Evan Anthony Gallant

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Evan Anthony Gallant, 21
PORTLAND - Evan Gallant, 21, of Portland, was healed and called home to eternal peace and health on June 8, 2017. He was a precious gift to his parents, Anthony and Patricia Gallant, both of Portland.
Despite his short time here in this world, Evan has left an indelible impact as a teacher of strength, courage, tolerance and love that will transcend time.
His contagious sense of humor will continue to be medicine for our souls, and his bright smile and wonderful memories will make us laugh and keep our hearts full until we see him again.
Evan's life began just as purposefully as it ended, having been a gift from God through the medical miracle of in vitro fertilization. As a result, he began teaching patience and spreading love since before he existed.
His selflessness was transparent even as a young child. He never asked for gifts or material things, yet took great pleasure watching others enjoy his gifts or thoughtful gestures. Evan was not a boastful or jealous child or adult. In fact, he found great joy in the happiness and success of others.
Throughout his life, he has touched the lives of everyone whose paths he has crossed. Since he was a little boy, he showed us how truly easy it is to be selfless, kind and respectful -- qualities that were genuine and unrehearsed for as long as he has been with us.
He cared about his friends and family more than he did himself and this was even more evident during his final days while he made end-of-life decisions based on what was best for his family, especially his sister, Lily. He spent his final weeks and days on this earth ensuring that everyone knew how much he loves them and made them promise to take care of each other. He was especially careful to be certain that his favorite girl, Lily, was okay. He had peace in his heart and with Jesus and wanted the same for everyone. Evan was and will continue to be a teacher.
Although Evan didn't complete college due to his illness, he held his master's in the field of life lessons. Those who have been touched by Evan have been humbled by his strength and courage, and comforted by his kind and loving nature. He was truly a happy soul and he never allowed cancer to change that.
In fact, for Evan, life came first while cancer had its place on the back burner. He was never defined by the disease and refused to be labeled as "that sick kid."
Besides being humble and kind, Evan was also an athlete. As a proud 2014 graduate of Portland High School, Evan played second base for the Bulldogs from 2010-2014. Baseball was his passion as well as his therapy, despite multiple treatments and surgeries. Through his nine-year journey, he never missed a practice or a game. Being on the baseball field gave Evan peace, pleasure and allowed him to forget about cancer. He was respected by his teammates and by his competitors and had a knack for keeping the atmosphere in the dugout light and motivating…always sharing his grandfather's deliveries of Big League Chew and sunflower seeds with everyone. At Portland High School, Evan was an average student with above-average respect and an endearing sense of humor. In 2013, PHS presented Evan with the Springer Award, which is given to one student who exemplifies strength, character and courage through adversity. He was described as positive, humble, appreciative and respectful; all qualities that have been used to describe Evan throughout his life.
Besides the game of baseball, Evan's most precious time was spent with family and friends at his grandparents' home on Little Sebago. This is where family and friends have gathered and created memories throughout Evan's life. Spending a summer week-end boating, fishing, playing bocce, having cookouts and sitting around the campfire gave him joy.
Evan was employed by DiMillo's as a dockhand in the marina for the past several years. His friends Amanda St. Peter, Chris DiMillo and the entire team quickly became his extended family. He enjoyed spending the day at the marina helping customers and making his co-workers laugh. His sense of humor, work ethic and honesty will be greatly missed by his work family.
Evan will leave a hole in the hearts of everyone he's touched. However, he would expect that hole to be filled with loving memories, kind words, shared joy and much laughter. He will be joined for eternity with his paternal grandmother, Jacqueline Gallant, as well as his friend, mentor and coach, Ted Volger.
Surviving Evan are his parents, Anthony "Tony" Gallant and Patricia "Pattie" Gallant; his sister, Lily Shilale; paternal grandfather Robert Gallant, of Portland; and maternal grandparents Robert and Dolores Ferron, of Scarborough. Also surviving Evan is his stepmother Marie Finch, his stepbrother and friend Drew McInnis, and his stepfather and baseball mentor, Christopher Shilale. He will be loved and missed by aunts, uncles, cousins and extend family too numerous to mention, but was particularly close to his aunts Concetta Morse and Jeannie Gallant, uncle Joseph Gallant, great-aunts Katherine Thomas and Jean Thomas, and great-uncle Rocky Manoriti; and was best friends with cousins Jacqueline Morse, Concetta Gallant, Francesca Gallant, Marissa Gallant, Mia Gallant, Sammy Gallant, Daniel Krupski and Cassidy Ferron.
Similarly, the list of Evan's closest friends is enormous and he cherished each and every one.
For Evan, he was particularly blessed to find his best friend in Kelly Flanagan, who will always be considered his angel here on earth. With Kelly, Evan felt safe, loved and respected. She supported him throughout his journey, allowing him to share his fears without judgment and often spending days with Evan during his most challenging times. His family will be forever grateful for her gift of friendship and peace.
Evan's family would like to thank his doctor and our friend, Dr. Rick Polkinghorn, and his entire team at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care; as well as the interventional radiology team at Maine General Hospital in Augusta. More than outstanding medical professionals, they showed love and compassion to Evan and his family throughout the past several years. Special thanks to the team of caring and compassionate employees of the Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough for their care and friendship toward Evan throughout the end of his journey. Evan has left a lasting impression on the hearts of all of his caregivers simply by being himself.
Visiting hours will be at
Jones, Rich & Barnes
at 199 Woodford St., Portland, on Wednesday, June 14, from 4-8 p.m., and a Celebration of Life will be held at Eastpoint Christian Church at 345 Clarks Pond Parkway, South Portland, on June 15 at 2 p.m.

Donations can be made
in memory of Evan Gallant to the
Harold Alfond Center
for Cancer Care
P.O. Box 828
Waterville, ME 04903

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on June 12, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home
199 Woodford Street | Portland, ME 04103 | (207) 775-3763
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