Craig Curtis Croxall
1960 - 2021
Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home
1084 New Britain Avenue
West Hartford, CT
Craig Curtis Croxall, 61, of West Hartford, CT, passed away peacefully on September 12, 2021, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He will be remembered by his family, friends, and colleagues for his attention to detail, impeccable work ethic, dedication to helping others, his love for his family, and his ability to be a good listener and to always treat people with dignity and respect. He was born to Al and Ethel(Sheffield) Croxall on July 20, 1960, in Hartford, CT and raised in West Hartford, CT. Craig attended the University of Miami, studying Jazz Performance. He was an accomplished percussionist, playing the tympany, vibraphone, and trap set. While he was a classically trained musician, his true love was jazz. Upon completing his studies at Miami, he travelled around the world on cruise ships, performing in jazz combos and other musical groups, entertaining the ship passengers. Whenever Craig was docked at a new port of call, he would hire a local guide and explore the "non-tourist" areas to gain an appreciation for the local culture and the people that lived there. After several years of travelling and performing as a musician, Craig returned to Connecticut and enrolled at CPI (Computer Processing Institute) in Hartford. He found he enjoyed working with computers and completed an Associates Degree. He then began a long and rewarding career in aerospace engineering. He started gaining work experience at Hamilton Standard (now Hamilton Sundstrand), then moved on to Kaman Corporation in Bloomfield, CT. It was there that Craig discovered he loved working with helicopters: designing and implementing electrical and computer systems. After gaining a solid background in helicopter design and flight testing, he accepted a position at Sikorsky Aircraft (now Lockheed Martin) in Stratford, CT, where he stayed for the rest of his career. During his tenure at Sikorsky, Craig designed, built, and managed an Avionics Test Systems Lab, which brought him great pride. He was the Avionics Test Lead on the CH-53K Program, as well as a contributor on the S-92 and Commanche programs. His last project involved supporting the Avionics Testing for the CRH Program. Craig loved his work and had a passion for every project he worked on. He always took an active interest in developing the talents of the people who worked for him and was well known and respected for his commitment to safety and customer satisfaction. Craig had a positive influence on everyone who was privileged to work with him. He served as a great mentor to many. In every way Craig was a "class act", both in his professional life and in his personal life. Craig left the world a better place and will be sorely missed by all. Craig was a man of faith and was an active member of the Elmwood Community Church throughout his life. Despite his demanding travel schedule, he would always try to be in town for church events such as the annual church fair, tag sales, strawberry festivals, and chicken barbeques. He could often be found in the kitchen or out at the grill flipping burgers and dogs. He served as a Deacon for many years and chaired that Board during a very difficult period in the life of the church. Craig also served as a youth leader for many years, both at the Elmwood Community Church and at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, where he helped lead many mission trips around the country. Craig is survived by his sister Ginger Croxall of West Hartford, CT, and his brother Lance Croxall and wife Marge, of Naperville, IL. He also leaves nine loving nieces and nephews and their families: Lauren and Dan Miller of Newington, CT; Lacy and Mike Hlasyszyn of Cromwell, CT; Zak and Manami Croxall of Japan; Mike and Kim Foss of Columbia, CT; Jennifer and Chris Pacourak of Riverside, IL; Michelle and Brad Crose of Woodstock, GA; Christy Croxall and Jarrett Anthony of Van Etten, NY; Matt and Mari Croxall of Aurora, IL; and Roxanne and Colt Roberts of Wheaton, IL. He also leaves his sister-in-law Sue (Foss) Croxall of Newington, CT. Craig was predeceased by his sister Sue (Croxall) Riba and his brother Hal Croxall, as well as his parents Al and Ethel Croxall. Craig's family would like to thank Dr. Timothy Hong of the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center for his extraordinary care. We would also like to thank all the nurses and numerous providers from the Cancer Center, the Palliative Care Team, and the Hospice Team from Hartford HealthCare at Home for their excellent care, compassion and comfort. You allowed Craig to transition with dignity and grace on the last leg of his journey. There will be a "Celebration of Life" for Craigat a later date, to be announced. Burial will be private. To share a memory of Craig or send a condolence to his family, please visit Arrangements are in the care of the Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home in West Hartford, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Craig's memory to: Elmwood Community Church General Fund, 26 Newington Road, West Hartford, CT, 06110; or to: The Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, c/o Hartford Hospital Philanthropy Dept., 80 Seymour Street, Hartford, CT, 06106.
Published by Hartford Courant on Sep. 19, 2021.
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I extend my condolences to the family of Craig... working at H & H Gray Cancer Center I saw first hand how uplifting & full of joy he was while fighting his long battle! Always asking how I was doing as he checked in for his treatments - since leaving the Cancer Center he was one of the many patients that I thought of & prayed for! Reading his Obituary gave me such a thrill to have known such a man! Susan was a treasure as well... God Bless all of you - I know you have many wonderful memories to keep them alive in your hearts. Be well & let the God of Peace comfort your hearts. With Love & Hugs Loreen L
Loreen L
September 24, 2021
Ginger & Family - I'm so sorry to hear of Craig's passing. I know he fought long and hard and am thankful for the time he was able to spend with family and friends. I always enjoyed our chats at church and his neverending smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Linda Kresge
September 22, 2021
My deepest condolences to the Croxall foamily. We're sorry to hear about your loss. 2 Corinthians 5:7-9
Juan Rodriguez
September 21, 2021
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