During the Spring of 2015, Cullen Connolly, a 17 year old youth and his family moved to San Tan Valley, Arizona. Cullen was an vibrant and exciting youth who was not defined by his disability. Encouraged by his parents, although wheelchair-bound, Cullen pursued many interests one of which was to become the first youth member of the Pinal Gem and Mineral Society. The Society embraced Cullen and Cullen excitedly embraced the Society. He had a growing fascination with beautiful minerals from around the world provided by his mentor and teacher Dr. Ray Grant.
Tragically, Cullen was killed during the early summer of 2015 by a impaired driver on Hunt Highway in the San Tan Valley. A life taken much too soon. He is and will be missed for his warm personality and his love of life.
To celebrate his short life one our our lapidary artisans, David Scott created an original sculpture of copper silicates from the Florence Copper Mine and an African royal star ruby from Sri Lanka, Africa.
In addition, to the custom stone Dave wrote a memorial to Cullen called Angel Boy and dedicated it to his memory.-
"A stone has no value until it is touched by man, and only beauty by the touch of God"
Dedicated to the memory of Cullen Connolly and all of God's children called home to share in the marvels of His creations.
A gift from David and Mary Scott June 16, 2015
Pinal Geology & Mineral Museum
Located in- Artisan Village of Coolidge
351 N. Arizona Boulevard
Coolisge, AZ 85128
Phone: 520 723-3009
Dr. Ray Grant - Curator
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