Sean Hennelly remembered

By Angela Marcinik

Sean Hennelly, a Prescott College sophomore studying Adventure Education and Wilderness Leadership, passed away January 17 after a rock climbing accident at the Granite Dells in Prescott, AZ. Sean was born on October 4, 1984 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was 27 years old.

On a sunny afternoon at the Crossroads Cafe, Spencer Bapst sat down to talk about his friend and co-worker Sean Hennelly. Hennelly had a strong work ethic. Bapst said, “One of the reasons he was an extremely … hard worker … was because he wanted to send money back to his daughter [in New Mexico].”

Bapst talked about how almost everyone who met Hennelly became his friend. “I never met anyone who didn’t like him. He was such a nice guy. I was like, ‘Is he always this nice? Or is it just a mask?’ But he was just a really nice guy,” said Bapst.

The background on Bapst’s phone is a sunset — bright orange and purple hues. While working with Hennelly on the way back from a job, the sun was setting and the boss took an unexpected U-turn onto a dirt road. At the end of it they got off the road and watched the sunset. Bapst said, “It was the last sunset Sean saw. It was the day before the accident.”


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