March 22, 2012, today this earth lost a warrior. Justin Shane Alvarez, age 11, battled the cancer that invaded his little body like a true warrior. He didn't complain or wince with pain, but he praised God and spoke his truth through his entire journey. His mommy and daddy were by his side when he left to be with the Lord. He was born on January 21, 2001 to loving parents Jeff and Kerry Alvarez and big brother Jeffrey Ryan Alvarez. Justin was a 5th grade student at Bishop Schad Regional School in Vineland.
He was loved by many and HE LOVED as well, for that we are all grateful! We are so blessed to have known this special little guy. Although he will truly be missed here on earth, he is in a place where he can sing out loud, SMILE, run and praise the Lord. Justin had an unwavering love for the Lord and His word. Justin loved his family and his favorite place in the whole world to be is home. Justin loved to sing and those who had seen and heard him know he was not shy. His favorite little dachshaund, Oscar was always at his side. When Justin did something, anything he put his mind to, he gave it 110%! Justin had many collections, the latest being over 70 Ugly Dolls. When someone dared challenge him at arm wrestling or a board game Justin was usually the winner!
May he shine down on us as we miss him and grieve our great loss.
Justin is survived by his mommy and daddy, Kerry (Landicini) Alvarez and Jeffrey Alvarez; his big brother Jeffrey Ryan Alvarez; his paternal grandparents (Mama) Carmen Alvarez and (Papa) Modesto "Chito" Alvarez; great grandmother Emily Vasquez; his maternal grandparents (Mommom) Patricia Costa-Lake and step-grandfather (Poppop) Dr. Bill Lake; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and LOTS of friends.
Justin touched the lives of so many people as he was a true warrior in the flesh and of God. He spoke the truth and believed with his heart and soul every word of the Holy Bible. Some of Justin's favorite sayings to his family and friends were "by His stripes we are healed" and "count it all joy." What an inspiration, wise beyond his years, Justin Shane Alvarez is and will always be our special hero.
A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday at 12 noon at the Chestnut Assembly of God Church, 2554 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland. Burial will be private. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday from 5pm-9pm at the DeMarco-Luisi Funeral Home, 2755 S. Lincoln Ave., Vineland and again on Thursday from 10am to 12 noon at the CHURCH. The family requests no flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Justin Alvarez Trust Fund, 1404 Nelson Dr., Vineland, NJ 08360.
A Memorial Tree was planted for Justin
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at DeMarco-Luisi Funeral Home