Connor Crooks passed away on June 18th, at the age of 3, after his ‘Superhero’ battle against cancer. At such a very young age, Connor fought his battle with profound strength and perseverance. Connor touched so many along his memorable journey, teaching unspoken lessons that life is a beautiful gift.
Connor was born on March 6th at just 25 weeks old and weighing only 1 pound 10 ounces. Entering this world with innate ‘Superhero’ qualities, he fought daily to survive and overcame numerous hurdles during his extensive NICU stay. At just 23 months old he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer and battled through endless rounds of chemotherapy and radiation that shortly followed his diagnosis. Each hurdle was fought away from the comfort of his own home but never approached without laughter, music, courage, perseverance and strength.
Connor’s life, although far too short, left a lasting impression on the hearts and souls of many. Those that were touched by him understood that the quality of one’s existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. Connor’s contagious smile, exuberant belly laugh, and bright blue eyes brought joy to all of those around him. His unyielding desire to play and interact with his cousins and family made him an absolute joy to be around. He taught all of us that each day is a blessing and an opportunity to create lasting memories. Connor enjoyed a memorable family trip to Disney to meet Mickey and frequent trips, in the summer, to the Jersey Shore. It was summers at the shore where Connor loved playing in the sand and watching the ocean. Connor enjoyed trains, especially his beloved Koko, trucks, his guitar, his signature shopping cart and just laughing and being silly with those closest to him. Most importantly, his devoted twin sister Claire, is what brought him the most joy, happiness, entertainment and an everlasting bond.
With Connor’s passing we remind others that his life is one to be celebrated. Although we will miss him everyday, especially his infectious laugh, he will forever remain in our hearts. Through his teachings about life, we were able to create wonderful memories and it has been a privilege to be his parents. We hope others will continue to practice acts of #kindnessforconnor in his memory and hold and cherish their children that much closer.
Connor is survived by his loving and devoted parents, Casey and Erin Crooks of Bernardsville, New Jersey; twin sister, Claire Crooks; paternal grandparents Donald and Carol Crooks of Bernardsville, New Jersey; maternal grandparents James and Cathleen MacMahon of Bridgewater, New Jersey; several aunts and uncles (Donnie Crooks, Allyson & Rick Thoms, Brady Crooks, Tucker & Kristina Crooks, Megan and Matthew Moran) and special cousins (Bauer Crooks, Lily Thoms, Caroline Thoms, Ellie Thoms, Cooper Thoms, Chloe Crooks and Jimmy Moran).
A celebration of Connor’s life will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Bernardsville, NJ at 2 PM on Monday, June 22nd.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Heartworks NJ, in Connor’s name, a charity that provided smiles to the entire Crooks family every day. http://www.njheartworks.org/ 19 Morristown Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920