I used to have a name like a valediction,
Others say it's purely fiction.
My surname keeps your valuables safe,
My upbringing was completely as a waif.
You've seen me in many a grand time,
Up the ladder did I climb.
I can be found picking on the smaller man;
There are many that I am better than.
My lover found a life of empty space,
Vowing that I would never see her face.
I decided to live like a camelid,
In hopes to overcome what I did.
Even in death I provided support,
Though to base pleasures I did resort.
What is my name?
The first line of each stanza leads you to a homophone. Don't look for it in the second line of the stanza. Each stanza (after you find the homophone, of course) leads you to either one or two clues (but usually one), so if you can only relate a stanza to one, there may be no extra meaning.
The answer to each line (I think) is a homophone to the synonym of the last word/phrase. e.g. Cain's sibling --> Abel --> Able