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Alexander Paul Julian McCrone

September 15, 2006 ~ July 27, 2018 (age 11)

 

Since his days in preschool, Alex could be seen with his charming smile and flowing blonde curls running down the hall giving high fives to his friends and teachers. As Alex grew, he developed the ability to see and share life with the simple yet profound wisdom that God gives to exceptional children like him. 
Alexander Paul Julian McCrone was born on September 15, 2006 in the wake of a tornado…. literally…a Nebraska tornado hit the day after he was born, and baby Alex and his family were evacuated. After 11 ½ years on earth, Alex rested gently in the loving arms of Jesus on Friday, July 27, 2018. But the tornado of Alex’s spirit will live on in all of those who knew him and continue to love him. 
There are few people who have faced life’s trials as gracefully and courageously as Alex did. Diagnosed with cancer at age four, he triumphantly beat the cancer monster twice and continued to live his life fully, infusing each moment with his family and friends with all the love possible. 
A free-spirited philosopher well beyond his years, Alex taught us how to love, how to say, “I’m sorry,” and how to forgive. Alex wanted everyone to get along and appreciate one another. He loved to be active, playing baseball, swimming, doing karate and sharing his Pokémon cards with anyone who would play. During his final days, Alex spoke words of wisdom to share far and wide: “A world without love is impossible.” 
Every year during his time in school, Alex received well-deserved awards and recognitions including the Loyalty Award in second grade, the Character Quality Award in fifth grade. Alex attended Monterey Bay Christian School, Anthem Christian School, the Child Development Center on Monterey Road, and the Bulgarian School in Sunnyvale. He enjoyed karate at the Fierce Tigers Martial Arts in Salinas. 
Alex loved his family with all his heart. He will be missed by his parents, Paul and Sasha McCrone, his brothers Nicholas and Andrew, his grandparents Georgi and Dora Tepedelenov (Sofia, Bulgaria), Leo McCrone (d.2015, Warwick, RI) and Patricia McCrone (West Palm Beach, FL) and multiple aunts, uncles and cousins. 
Alex and his family have been part of community of Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services for eight years. Some of Alex’s best times were with his Jacob’s Heart friends at Camp Heart + Hands, the holiday parties and Kidrageous. Alex cared deeply about all children with cancer, not just himself. 
In lieu of flowers, the family would deeply appreciate donations in Alex’s memory to Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services 680 West Beach St., Watsonville, CA 95076 or at jacobsheart.org. The family also requests that we all remember Alex’s wisdom that a world without love is impossible.
A celebration of Alex’s life will be held Tuesday, August 7th at 5:00pm at the Salinas Valley Community Church, 368 San Juan Grade Road in Salinas California. 

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