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Connor V. Dean
October 17, 2006 ~ September 29, 2023 (age 16) 16 Years Old
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Connor Dean, age 16, of East Jordan, passed away on Sept. 29, 2023, after an automobile accident.
Connor was born on Oct. 18, 2006, in Charlevoix, He is survived by his mother, Lisa Dean; a loving grandmother, Janet Osterman; brothers Cody Dean and Jazon LaFleche; Aunt Lori; and many close friends, along with his beloved cat, Oscar. He was preceded in death by his grandfather and fishing partner, Philip Osterman, and cousin Joshua Standen.
Connor enjoyed being with his friends. He had a great sense of humor and always had a story to tell. He enjoyed spending time at the pool and cruising in his prized possession, the PT cruiser. He loved listening to music, and was rarely seen without an earbud in, listening to Eminem, Youngboy, and others. He enjoyed spending countless hours playing video games with his friends, writing and rapping his own music, and fishing when he had the chance.
Like a Russian nesting doll, Connor had multiple layers. His outer shell was his armor, but at his core he was a kind, compassionate, brilliant, and outgoing young man who brightened up the lives of everyone he cared for. He was the sun rising over the bay. Connor continued to overcome multiple obstacles in his life.
He wanted to share his new perspective, to give hope, and let others know that they can become more than what they thought about themselves. Connor’s armor only allowed those who he cared about the most into his inner core. He had a great future ahead of him. He was on his way to graduating from high school early. His goal was then to attend Northwestern Michigan College to obtain a degree from the automotive program.
He thrived off making the people he cared about smile with his quick-witted humor, and touched the hearts of many. Connor was always willing to help others, especially if he saw someone emotionally struggling. Connor dreamed of having children of his own, purchasing his own house, and owning multiple vehicles. He was determined to make his voice heard and change the way that people saw him. Connor had the ability to see things from the flip side of the coin, and operated with a sense of integrity. His boisterous presence was always known. Connor idolized his grandfather and was often seen as “his shadow.” He would often reminisce about the days they would fish together, or play euchre.
Connor donated to “the gift of life,” both bone and tissue. Connor will be greatly missed by his family, friends, teachers, and classmates.
A celebration of life will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the Boyne City Eagles Lodge FOE #1583, 106 River St., Boyne City, MI, 49712.