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Romeo Valianti, tax division director

Romeo Valianti had been director of the Maryland State Comptrollers’ Admissions and Amusement Tax Division.
Romeo Valianti had been director of the Maryland State Comptrollers’ Admissions and Amusement Tax Division. (Baltimore Sun)

Romeo Valianti, who had been director of the Maryland State Comptroller's Admissions and Amusement Tax Division, died Wednesday at his Finksburg home of a heart attack. He was 90.

The son of Vincent Valianti, an immigrant Italian tailor, and Castellani Valianti, a garment worker, Romeo Valianti was born and raised in Westminster, where he graduated in 1942 from Westminster High School.

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In 1942, he enlisted in the Navy, and served in the North Atlantic and Europe. He remained in the service after the end of the war. He later served in Korea during the Korean War. He was discharged in 1952.

He was a graduate of the Baltimore College of Commerce and worked as an auditor for Credit Finance Co. In 1955, he joined the Maryland State Comptroller's Office and eventually was named director of its Admission and Amusement Tax Division.

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In 1967, Gov. Spiro Agnew appointed Mr. Valianti as chief auditor for the Maryland Gambling Commission. A year later, he appointed him as a member of the executive committee for the Maryland Sales Tax and Use Tax as well as the Admissions and Amusement Tax.

Gov. Agnew appointed him in 1970 to the board of the Carroll County Department of Social Services, where he served until 1976. He retired from the Maryland State Comptroller's Office in 1981.

In 1987, the Carroll County Commissioners appointed him to the board of Carroll County Parks and Recreation, a position he held until 1993. He chaired the Carroll County Board of Zoning Appeals from 1993 to 2005.

Mr. Valianti served as chairman of the Carroll County Board of License Commissioners, or the liquor board, from 1992 to 2010.

He was a lifetime member of VFW Molville Farm Post 467 and the Disabled American Veterans Old Glory Post 22, and was a member of American Legion Post 31. He was also a charter and life member of the Westminster Elks BPOE 2277.

Mr. Valianti's hobby was politics, family members said. He also had been a fan of the old Baltimore Colts and had attended the historic 1958 championship game in New York City against the Giants. He also had attended the 1969 Super Bowl.

He was a member of St. John Roman Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St., Westminster, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday.

Mr. Valianti is survived by his wife of 69 years, the former Ethel Bish; a daughter, Carole Valianti Hammen of Finksburg; a sister, Clara Schaeffer of Westminster; and a grandson.

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