Read the obituary for UVM freshman Connor Gage

Gage died from hypothermia and exposure Saturday morning, his family says. He was 19.

Connor Gage. —Courtesy

The family of Connor Gage — the freshman at the University of Vermont who died of hypothermia and exposure Saturday morning — is remembering him as someone who was loved by all and for his honesty and compassion.

“To know Connor was to love Connor,” Gage’s family wrote in his obituary. “He was extremely inquisitive and a conversationalist. He had a huge heart and knew how to make people feel valued. He was a natural born leader and could always see the other person’s perspective.”

Funeral services for Gage, a Little Falls (New York) High School graduate, will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Holy Family Parish in Little Falls, New York, according to his obituary. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Connor Gage Memorial Fund, “Never Walk Alone.”

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Read the full obituary, shared by Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, below:

Connor Francis Gage died unexpectedly in Burlington, Vermont. Connor was a freshman studying neuroscience with aspirations of entering the medical profession. He succumbed to hypothermia and exposure to extreme cold temperatures in the morning of 2/2/19. Despite heroic efforts, he could not be resuscitated and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Connor was the son of Ronald W. Gage Jr. of Frankfort, NY and his mother Dorothy Connor and husband Dr. Norman Freund of Little Falls, NY.

In addition to his parents, Connor will continue to live through his loving brothers and sisters Ronald W. Gage III and girlfriend Sara Annutto, Gerry Wiegand III and his wife Lynsie, Alexander Freund and Erica Freund; his girlfriend Claire Connolly of Little Falls. He is also survived by his paternal grandparents Ronald Gage Sr. and his wife Tina, and Donna Butler, all of Frankfort, NY. His maternal grandparents John Connor of Herkimer, NY and Ruth White of Ilion, NY and Norman’s mother Dorothea Bitterlich along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Connor was beloved by all. He was a 2018 Little Falls High School graduate who was elected for homecoming court, was a key member of many clubs, including Boys State and several other school activities. He was a senior captain of the Little Falls football team and also participated in Varsity wrestling.

Connor’s academic achievements led him to the University of Vermont. In his time there he was extremely successful academically. He pursued a degree in neuroscience while cultivating interests and skills related to the environment and outdoors. Connor was becoming a mentor to school children and volunteered his services to the UVM Bike Co-Op.

Connor was respected and loved by all and he loved his family and friends just as much. He coined many phrases, that to his family and friends are known as Connorisms. He was extremely inquisitive and a conversationalist. He had a huge heart and knew how to make people feel valued. He was a natural born leader and could always see the other person’s perspective. He was a man with a plan and even when his path in life changed he persevered. Connor was honest, a straight shooter and called it how he saw it; to know Connor was to love Connor.

Connor’s family would like to thank everyone for their support and love during this tragic time. Thanks goes to his extended family who have come together to honor Connor.  Thank you goes to the Vermont Medical Examiner’s Office, the Burlington Police Department and the University of Vermont staff for the compassionate and respectful handling of this tragedy. Thank you goes out to all of Connor’s teachers and coaches and friends who touched Connor in his short and promising life.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 10:00 am from the Holy Family Parish, corner of Main & John Streets, Little Falls, NY with Reverend Terence Healy assisted by Deacon James Bower. The family will be receiving relatives and friends on Friday, February 8, 2019 from 4-7 pm at the Holy Family Parish, corner of Main & John Streets, Little Falls, NY. In lieu of flowers please make all memorial contributions to the Connor Gage Memorial Fund, Never Walk Alone. Envelopes will be available at the church.

Arrangements are under the caring guidance of the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, (next to NBT Bank), 527 East Albany Street, Herkimer, NY. 315-866-1500.

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