With broken hearts, we sadly announce the sudden death of Alan Michael Proctor of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania on Sunday, August 16, 2020.
Alan was born on June 22, 1993 in Wilmington, Delaware. He grew up in Elkton, Maryland and went to Chesapeake City Elementary and Bo Manor Middle & High School.
Growing up, Alan enjoyed and played baseball, football and lacrosse. Alan was an avid Ravens and Yankees fan. He had a love for animals including his previous pit bull, Baby, family pets Coco and Chase, dirt bike riding, the beach, nature, tattoos, skateboarding and his friends. He had a hilarious sense of humor and often made thoughtful and profound statements with those in his company.
He adored his sister, Melissa, his best friend and confidant along with his nephew, Reign and niece, Briella. They all enjoyed riding dirt bikes, exploring outside, wrestling each other, dancing, singing, going to the beach and basically trying anything new. Alan never missed an opportunity to attend his nephew’s award ceremonies, school or sport events. Despite his disease of addiction, he never lost sight of teaching Reign and Briella important life skills, which they will hold in their hearts forever. He will always be deeply loved and cherished by his family.
Alan was an inspiration to many people and would easily give the shirt off his back to someone who needed it more than he. He made it a priority to help those in need, be it a homeless person needing a meal or someone with a flat tire. He could light up a room with his big blue eyes and smile.
Alan struggled with addiction and fought tirelessly to overcome it. He worked in the food industry as well as landscaping and dreamed of becoming an electrical engineer. He found peace in Lancaster where he met good, honest people who turned into true, life-long friends. We extend deep appreciation to Retreat Behavioral Health at Lancaster County. We would also like to acknowledge Paul at R-3 for his support, dedication and commitment to helping those with addiction, especially with Alan. We would also like to mention our gratitude to all of Alan’s friends, including Carly, who loved and supported him over the years. To anyone fighting addiction, please stay safe and strong, your families love and need you.
Even though Alan lost his battle with addiction, we pray that those seeking sobriety continue to pursue community resources to win this awful battle. Remember, if there is a heartbeat, there is hope.
He is deeply missed and loved by his mother, Kimberly (Proctor) Vignola (Bob), sister, Melissa Proctor (Brian), nephew Reign and niece Briella. Additionally, he will be missed by his maternal grandmother, Elaine Wagner, his paternal grandmothers, Barbara Proctor and Janice Butler, his “Fairy Godmother” Joyce Vitiello (Joe) along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Alan was predeceased by his maternal grandfather and mentor, Paul Wagner, paternal grandfather, Willis Proctor and his father, Jeffrey Alan Proctor who chose to be estranged from Alan.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Retreat Behavioral Health in memory of Alan to assist those who continue to struggle with the disease of addiction. Donations may be made payable to: NRPA Associates, LLC, Attention: Jodie Bruce, Controller, 1170 South State Street, Ephrata, PA 17522. Please place Alan’s name on the bottom left corner of your check. Melissa and Kim thank you in advance for your consideration to this worthwhile cause, which is very dear to their hearts.
If you are unable to contribute to Retreat, please see it within your hearts to reach out to someone known or unknown and do an act of kindness or pay it forward as Alan so often did.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Longwood Funeral Home & Cremation of Matthew Genereux, 913 East Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
Due to Covid19 restrictions, a private Memorial Service at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Kennett Square will be scheduled on a later date for immediate family members.
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