Holley: Evan Thomas Valentine, age 18, passed away peacefully on February 21, 2021 after a courageous battle with acute myeloid leukemia. He was born December 7, 2002 in Rochester to Neil and Diane (Kilker) Valentine.
Evan was full of life and laughter. He enjoyed snowboarding, golfing, camping, fishing, acting in the school plays, being a boy scout and simply spending time with his friends and family. He was a shining light and touched the lives of so many during his short time on this earth. He fought his battle with leukemia with an incredible amount of grace and courage. He taught us about perseverance, strength, courage, humor, humility and faith. He had a gift to find beauty in every single day. Evan would want everyone to remember him, not with sadness for a life ended too soon, but with joy for a life that was filled with love.
Evan was predeceased by his grandfather, Elmer Valentine and uncle/Godfather, Jeffrey Kilker.
In addition to his parents, Evan is survived by his maternal grandparents, Roland and Caroline Kilker, paternal grandmother, Betty Valentine, aunts, Connie (Darryl) Dunlap, Bonnie (Jim) West, Donna Kilker, uncles, Steve (Linda) Kilker, Dan (Jane) Kilker, Robert Kilker, many cousins, and countless close friends.
Evan’s family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. 16650 State Route 31 Holley, NY 14470 on Saturday, February 27th from 1:00-6:00pm. Please be prepared to wait outside before entering the funeral home as we are operating at 50% capacity. New York State requires those in attendance to adhere to the social distancing guidelines and face coverings are mandatory. Evan’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary's R.C. Church in Holley on Monday, March 1st at 11:00am. A livestream of his service will be viewable below his obituary or by clicking “Memorial Video” on that day. Interment will be held at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Albion.
Memorial contributions in Evan’s name may be made to Golisano Children’s Hospital (7 North Unit) 300 East River Road, P.O. Box 278996 Rochester, NY 14627, CURE Childhood Cancer Association 200 Westfall Rd. Rochester, NY 14620, 13thirty Cancer Connect 1000 Elmwood Ave. Rochester, NY 14620, or Anna’s Wish P.O. Box 27, North Chili, NY 14514.
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