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Thomas C. Van Avery

January 12, 2002 - November 26, 2020

Chesapeake – Thomas Christopher Van Avery, 18, died November 26, 2020.  Thomas was born in Chesapeake to Christopher E. and Kellie M. Van Avery.  Thomas was a Life Scout, loved camping, and being outdoors.  He enjoyed working with robotics, playing video games, airsoft, and anything aquatic.  Thomas was a gifted piano player, former lifeguard and enjoyed helping at the Pipsico Scout Reservation.  He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Paul F. Van Avery and a maternal grandfather, Robert Sawyer.

Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Chris and Kellie Van Avery of Chesapeake; brothers, Crispin and Daniel Van Avery of Chesapeake; paternal grandmother, Mary M. Van Avery; maternal grandparents, Jo Ann Sawyer and John T. Drews, Jr. (Joyce); a great aunt, Elizabeth McGrath; and a host of other family and friends.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday at 2pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Chesapeake, with Pastor Joel Brown officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the aquatics program at the Pipsico Scout Reservation at  Express condolences to the family and watch the service online at

To make a donation in Thomas’ name please click HERE.

In order to watch the service online please click HERE.

The family will be receiving friends at the residence, 405 Woodards Ford Rd, Chesapeake, on Saturday from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm for a time of fellowship and to gather around several portable bonfires.  All are welcome to attend.

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm


Altmeyer Funeral Home - Chesapeake Chapel

929 Battlefield Blvd S
Chesapeake, VA 23322

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