Connor Wade Gage|
December 15, 1998 - February 7, 2014
Connor Wade Gage, age 15 passed away suddenly at home on February 7th 2014. He was born in Salem, OR to Darrin W. Gage and Kay Marie Gage. His first five years he lived in Monmouth, Or until moving to Salem, OR in 2003.
Connor attended Sumpter Elementary School and Crossler Middle School. At the time of his passing, he was a freshman at Sprague High School where he was enrolled in honors classes.
Connor's favorite pursuits were video games, web site construction and all things Zelda. He was an accomplished artist who love to spend time drawing all sorts of subject matter. His artwork was published in an Oregon upcoming artist book and was in the Bush Pasture Park student art fair. Connor had Duchene's Muscular Dystrophy. He was heavily involved with the MDA Organization and was a goodwill ambassador for them in 2011. He attended MDA camp in Welches, OR, every year since 2007. He helped with the Fill the Boot campaigns with Firefighters from Salem and Tualatin fire stations. Connor went to the Salem City Council as an MDA representative, and also attended a Salem lockdown fundraiser event. He appeared on television both with the MDA Telethon in Portland and Drew Karney interviewed him for the Channel 8 morning news program 2 years in a row. This past October was a tester for the new Google glasses with programming capabilities for the physically disabled. He was scheduled to be the MDA Goodwill Ambassador for 2014.
Connor is survived by his father, Darrin his Mother, Kay and his sister, Katherine and his dog Roxy. He is also survived by His Maternal Grandparents Bill and Jan Stupfel and his Paternal Grandmother Wanda D. Gage. He is also survived by sixteen Aunts and Uncles about a billion cousins. He was preceded in death by his Grandfather Bill Gage.
Connor had time for anybody who needed it. He was outgoing, vivacious and talkative. Boy could he talk! We nicknamed him at age four "The Mayor". This was because any where he went, he made the rounds and got to know everybody. There were no strangers as far as Connor was concerned, everybody was a future friend.
Funeral services will be at Queen of Peace Catholic Church on Saturday February 15th at 11:00 am. Arrangements are by City View Funeral Home.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Feb. 14, 2014