August 23, 1968 – October 3, 2021
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of “Kiko” Enrico Primo Paul Alvano on October 03, 2021 after a valiant nine and half year fight with lymphoma.
Kiko was predeceased in death by his father Paul Alvano, his Zia Maria Micallef, her late husband John and his Zio Franco Valvo.
He leaves behind his ever loving and devoted mother Sandra Alvano, his sister Christina Barnard, his brother Stefano, his nephew Kennedy Armstrong and his brother-in-law Jason Barnard.
Kiko is also survived by his Uncle Vince Alvano (Mary Ann), his Zia Carla Valvo and all his numerous cousins and their children. Kiko had a very close-knit group of friends whom he considered family and his void will be felt tremendously. He also leaves behind his loving and faithful companion, his Jack Russell, Kumba.
Kiko was born and raised in Nanaimo graduating from NDSS and moved to Vancouver where he spent most of his adult life. He started a career in the restaurant industry at il Gardino and after trying his hand at different careers, including being a realtor, he settled quite comfortably as client service relations at Hasson and Wong.
Kiko loved watching all kind of sports but especially loved cheering on his Italian soccer team and eating a good Italian meal.
He continued to work through his illness as much as possible never complaining always talking about the future and how he was going to beat this disease. He was known for his positive outlook, bright infectious, wicked sense of humour, for being a great listener, and the best friend to everyone. Kiko fought this to the very end never giving up hope that he was going to persevere.
With that it’s the family’s wish a donation be made to The Canadian Cancer Society instead of flowers to honour his memory. A special thanks to Dr. Nantel, Dr. Savage, and Kristina Morrison, NP, the home support workers, and nurses for all their wonderful care and support over the years and lastly, Leah Chalmers for her unwavering compassion and empathy during Kiko’s final stages.
His service will be held on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 11:30 am St. Peters Catholic Church, 301 Machleary Street, Nanaimo BC. BCCDC COVID protocols will be followed with full masks mandates and ask that you remain seated with social distancing outside your respective parties please.
The family would like to invite you to gather at St Peter’s Hall, below the church for light refreshments following his service where continued BCCDC Covid protocols will continue to be enforced.