Team 854 based out of Toronto’s west end lost a member this year during the summer just before school started. From what I have heard he died during surgery.
Cleon was going into grade 11 this school year and really enjoyed anything mechanical. Cleon had lots of ideas and just wanted to help out in any way he could, he will be missed in and around the shop. If anyone in Canada has seen the FIRST commercials on the Discovery channel he was in one of those and explained how being in FIRST had given him an idea of what he wanted to do (for a career). I believe Cleon wanted to become a car designer when he got older.
http://ripcleon.zoomshare.com is a memorial site set-up by Cleon’s family, please take some time to visit it and leave some comments on their guest-book.
I remember meeting Cleon a few times during the Greater Toronto Regional over the past few years. He was a warm soul and very passionate about robotics. I an very sorry for your loss, my prayers go out to the family, friends, and teammates.
I had the pleasure of speaking to Cleon the past two years at events. He was always very kind and passionate towards FIRST. There was always a certain energy about him. He was one of those people who always had joy in his voice, and his mood was infectious. He will be missed. Please convey my regards and prayers to his family.
Thoughts and prayers to all of Cleon’s family, friends, and team. I’ll know to watch for him on Discovery when I visit my family in Canada (it’s particularly near and dear to me as a Canadian citizen, even though I never had the opportunity to meet him).
Wow- he sounds like he was an awful lot like me. (most FIRSTers are) Mighty sobering thought- helps keep everything in perpsective.
My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. May God comfort you all.