Craig Curtis Croxall, 61, of West Hartford, CT, passed away peacefully on September 12, 2021, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He will be remembered by family, friends and colleagues for his attention to detail, impeccable work ethic, dedication to helping others, love for his family and his ability to listen and always deal with issues. 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 eardrum, vibraphone and trap. While he was a classically trained musician, his true love was jazz. After graduating from Miami, he traveled the world on cruise ships, performing in jazz combos and other musical groups, entertaining the ship’s passengers. Whenever Craig was docked at a new port of call, he would hire a local guide and explore “non-tourist” areas to better appreciate the local culture and the people who lived there. After several years of traveling and performing as a musician, Craig returned to Connecticut and enrolled at CPI (Computer Processing Institute) in Hartford. He discovered he enjoyed working with computers and obtained an associate’s 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 to Kaman Corporation in Bloomfield, Connecticut. It was there that Craig discovered he enjoyed 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 with Sikorsky Aircraft (now Lockheed Martin) in Stratford, Connecticut, where he remained for the rest of his career. During his tenure at Sikorsky, Craig designed, built and managed an avionics test systems laboratory, which gave him great pride. He was an avionics test manager on the CH-53K program, as well as a contributor on the S-92 and Commanche programs. His latest project was to support avionics testing for the CRH program. Craig loved his job and had a passion for every project he worked on. He was always actively interested 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 was a positive influence on everyone who had the privilege of working with him. He has been a great mentor to many. In all respects, Craig was a “class act”, both in his professional and in his personal life. Craig left a better world and will be sadly missed by everyone. Craig was a man of faith and was an active member of the Elmwood Community Church throughout his life. Despite his busy travel schedule, he still tried to be in town for religious events such as the annual church fair, label sales, strawberry festivals, and chicken barbecues. He was often found in the kitchen or on the grill flipping burgers and dogs. He was a deacon for many years and presided over this council during a very difficult time in the life of the church. Craig was also a youth leader for many years, both at Elmwood Community Church and Asylum Hill Congregational Church, where he helped lead many mission trips across the country. Craig is survived by his sister Ginger Croxall of West Hartford, CT, and his brother Lance Croxall and his wife Marge, of Naperville, IL. He also leaves behind nine loving nieces and nephews and their families: Lauren and Dan Miller of Newington, Connecticut; Lacy and Mike Hlasyszyn of Cromwell, Connecticut; Zak and Manami Croxall from Japan; Mike and Kim Foss of Columbia, Connecticut; Jennifer and Chris Pacourak from Riverside, Illinois; Michelle and Brad Crose of Woodstock, GA; Christy Croxall and Jarrett Anthony from Van Etten, NY; Matt and Mari Croxall of Aurora, Illinois; and Roxanne and Colt Roberts of Wheaton, IL. He also leaves behind 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 the many providers at the Cancer Center, the Palliative Care Team and the Palliative Care Team at Hartford HealthCare at Home for their excellent care, compassion and comfort. You allowed Craig to make the transition with dignity and grace on the last leg of his journey. There will be a “Celebration of Life” for Craigat at a later date, to be announced. Interment will be private. To share a memory of Craig or send condolences to his family, please visit www.SheehanHilbornBreen.com. Arrangements are in the care of Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home in West Hartford, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Craig’s memory at: Elmwood Community Church General Fund, 26 Newington Road, West Hartford, CT, 06110; or at: The Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, c / o Hartford Hospital Philanthropy Dept., 80 Seymour Street, Hartford, CT, 06106.
Posted by Hartford Courant on September 19, 2021.