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Bill Crooks, Town Finance 'Professor', Dies Suddenly

Crooks was recently elected chairman of the Board of Finance.

Bill Crooks, considered an expert on Trumbull's finances, died suddenly about 5:30 p.m., said Board of Finance Vice Chairman Mark Smith.

But the Board of Finance's meeting will still take place Thursday at 7 p.m. in , starting with a public comment period dedicated to remembering Crooks. 

Smith will assume the chairman's seat.

"It's a big hit to the town," he said, adding that Crooks was a Trumbull football fan who loved sports.

"He loved being around people. He was a class act," Smith said.

Crooks, the Board of Education's finance director for 36 years, often went to colleagues' homes to help them with budget matters. And before Crooks' passing, Smith said the chairman called him on the way to the hospital asking that the meeting be held Thursday.

"Here's a guy in distress and he's worried about the Board of Finance," Smith said.

"He was the professor of all the books and records in town," the vice chairman added.

Jack Testani, chairman of the Republican Town Committee, said Crooks was a father figure who helped him with politics and helped his boys with football.

"Bill was like a member of my family," he said. "He was my adopted father and I was his adopted son."

"I found a picture of Bill with me [from about 10 years ago]. It was a memory of how long he's been a part of our life," the chairman added.

He was also known for his agility with numbers. "He was so incredibly smart," Testani said.

Crooks was also a democrat for several decades before he became a republican and joined the Board of Finance, but he "transcended political differences," Testani said.

Testani noted that the Lincoln Reagan Dinner planned for Sunday has been cancelled out of respect for Crooks.

"He was there for us whenever we had family issues. He did a lot for my boys. If he liked you and you showed him respect in return, he treated you like family," Testani said.

joe rosa February 10, 2011 at 02:02 AM
Trumbull has lost a good and honorable man .my. deepest sympathy to his family. You are in my prayers. Joe rosa
Lora rossomando February 10, 2011 at 03:29 AM
Bill has been a great friend to our father and to our family from one generation to the next. He will be greatly missed by all. We loved him. The Rossomando's
Michael London February 10, 2011 at 03:36 PM
What a terrible loss to our community! Whether you agreed with his point of view or not, you couldn't help like him. Kind, thoughful, caring and deeply concerned about the well-being of Trumbull. He helped me considerably when I served as an alternate on the Board of Finance. He will be long remembered and sincerely missed.
Mark E Smith February 10, 2011 at 03:52 PM
Tonight at 7pm in the Council Chambers we will be having our Board of Finance meeting. We will be having a Public Comment session at the beginning for anyone who would like to come a say a word or two about our Chairman, Colleague and Friend Mr. Crooks. Regards, Mark E Smith Vice-Chairman, Trumbull Board of Finance
ROSE MARIE ARLIO February 11, 2011 at 11:53 PM
WHAT A TERRIBLE LOSS BILL I HAVE KNOWN FOR MANY YEARS ALWAYS HAPPY TALKING WITH HIM AT MARTY KANES ON SATURDAYS ABOUT MY GRANDDAUGHTERS AND HIS WILL BE MISSED HE ALWAYS HAD A SPECIAL WAY ABOUT HIMSELF ALWAYS WITH A GREAT BIG SMILE AND TALKING SO HIGH OF HIS FAMILY I AM REALLY GOING TO MISS SUCH A WONDERFUL GENEROUS PERSON GOD BE WITH HIM AND WITH HIS WHOLE FAMILY HE IS WELLED LOVED GOD BLESS LOVE YOU BILL ROSE AND JIM ARLIO

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