John Van Valkenburg, age 79, passed away on Saturday, June 15 in Somers, NY. John was a long time resident of South Salem, NY, and spent his entire life in Westchester County. He was born December 18, 1939, and was raised in Larchmont, NY.
John leaves behind many dear friends in Westchester County, and he cherished those friendships greatly. Also among his friendships were not just his dear friends, but also numerous animals over the years that he had either befriended, or taken in, which often included nursing them back to health. John was exceptional and special in his qualities as a friend to people and animals alike. John was also a professional photographer, selling many of his photographs to local merchants, collectors, or to publications such as the New York Times. He also did photographic work for the New York Rangers. John was also an accomplished musician, playing in several bands during his lifetime.
John is survived by his brother, George Van Valkenburg Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla, his sisters Joan of Charleston, WV and Ann of Bradenton, Fla., as well as 13 nieces and nephews.
He is pre-deceased by his parents, George Van Valkenburg and Catherine Ryan Van Valkenburg, of Larchmont, NY, and his sisters Mary and Arlene.
Clark Associates Funeral Home, of Katonah NY, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Visitations are scheduled for Tuesday evening, June 18, from 5PM to 8PM, and Wednesday morning, June 19, from 8.30AM to 10AM.
A brief Religious Service will take place at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 19 at 9:45am.
Burial will take place on Wednesday morning at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY, following the visitation.