CONNOR MICHAEL CLANCY

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ST. ALBANS/BOULDER, COLO. — Connor Michael Clancy, 29, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 23, 2015 in Boulder, Colo. Connor was born on July 19, 1985 in Montreal, Quebec to adoring parents Timothy and Jennifer Clancy of Barlow Street, St. Albans.

Connor attended Williston Central School, St. Albans City School, and Bellows Free Academy. Connor completed his senior year at The King George School in Sutton, Vt., graduating valedictorian of the class of 2003.  Connor attended the University of Vermont, Naropa University, and the University of Colorado – Boulder.

As a youth, Connor participated in many sports activities including swimming, skiing, soccer, little league baseball, Steelers football, and Phantoms lacrosse. He played on both the football and lacrosse teams during his three years at BFA. He was a member of the St. Albans City School Band and Bellows Free Academy Band, where he played the saxophone. Connor discovered his true passion for the outdoors during his senior year at the King George School, where he was exposed to a variety of outdoor activities including mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing, and white water kayaking.

In his adult years, Connor moved to the West, living in different parts of Utah and Colorado. During his time in Utah, Connor worked for Wilderness Quest, helping teens and young adults overcome addiction. In Colorado, he worked for years in fire mitigation, helping sustain the forests in which he lived and played. Connor’s true passion was rock climbing, something he encouraged any and every one to try, personally leading and mentoring those who accepted the challenge.

Connor’s love and appreciation of nature allowed him to experience many great pastimes. Scuba diving in the Cayman Islands and the Great Barrier Reef, skiing at Jay Peak and in the Rockies, backpacking and rock climbing in Utah and Colorado, and climbing Colorado’s “Fourteeners” are all memories that those closest to Connor will forever cherish.

Connor leaves his devoted parents, Tim and Jen Clancy of St. Albans, his loving sister Eileen Volquez and her husband, Romny Volquez of Philadelphia, Pa., and many caring aunts, uncles, cousins and friends around the country. Connor was most excited and looking forward to welcoming his first niece this spring.

Celebrations of Connor’s life will take place in Vermont and Colorado this summer.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Connor can be made to The Sharmafund, P.O. Box 1027, Bishop, CA 93515-1027 (http://sharmafund.com/).  Please make checks payable to “SEE”, noting “The Sharmafund” on the memo line, and in memory of Connor Clancy.  Connor’s passion for climbing is reflected in the Sharma fund video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh0sj8qwynM&sns=fb.  Condolences may be left at the Darrell Howe Mortuary website at www.darrellhowemortuary.com.