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Crozier remembered

January 27th, 2011

This past Sunday, Campus Ministry held a memorial mass for Matt Crozier at the Church of the Gesu.

On New Year’s Eve, Crozier, 20, sustained head trauma after an accidental fall that evening. He died at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital several days later.

In addition to being a business management major, he was a tremendous asset to the John Carroll basketball team. According to The Plain Dealer, Crozier was an honorable-mention All-OAC athlete as forward/ center for the Blue Streak basketball team.

“Some of my fondest memories are the times we spent between the lines on the basketball court, as well as the time we spent at my house this year just talking and watching TV. He was the best big man that I had played with,” said  junior teammate Corey Shontz.

Religious studies instructorJimmy Menkhaus attended the mass. He explained that half of the homily, delivered by the Rev. Bernard McAniff, S.J., was dedicated to Crozier. After this, Crozier’s sister gave a few words in honor of her late brother.

Menkhaus said, “I personally thought it was very moving.”

Junior Thomas Coast added, “The student body had a good turnout, more than they normally would [for a Sunday mass]. The family seemed to really appreciate it.”

Student Union President Rita Rochford said that the service really brought out Matt’s personality, and that the Class of 2012 will be doing a project to find some way to remember him on campus, hopefully with the basketball team.