John Cornell

John S. Cornell Jr.

Thursday, July 16th, 1931 - Monday, December 30th, 2019
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John S. Cornell Jr., 88, of Fayetteville passed away peacefully. He was born in Saratoga, NY the son of the late John and Margaret Cornell. After graduating from Syracuse University School of Forestry he proudly served in the United States Navy.

He worked with Western Electric as a Senior Manager for 29 years. He was a member of DeWitt Community Church, Alumni Board President of New York Alpha Chapter Sigma Phi Epsilon.

John enjoyed wintering in Florida with his wife and son Robert, golfing, reading and his 4 o’clock cocktail.
He is predeceased by his wife Elizabeth (Pericola) of 53 years; sister Joan Winzler; brother, Walter Cornell. John is survived by; daughters, Anne (Steven) Culhane, Kristin (Billy Paradise) Cornell; sons, John S. (Lauren Caudel) Cornell III, Robert Cornell; sister-in–law, Beverly (Philip) Brown; grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Davis and Shannon Culhane, Curtis, Brittany (Steven) Mills and Autumn Cornell; great-grandchildren, Charlie Cornell, Everly Mills, Eva Cornell; several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be January 11 at 12:00 p.m. at Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel, 7191 E. Genesee St. Fayetteville.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to; Majestic Memory Care, 1200 Arthur St., Hollywood FL 33019.
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    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 12:00pm
    Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel
    7191 E. Genesee Street
    Fayetteville, NY 13066
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Jeanne Chu

Posted at 02:59am
Dearest Anne, Kristin, Robbie, and Scott (and all you wonderful Cornells and Pericolas too), I have so many great memories of your Dad as he dealt with our adolescent silliness! I'm sure Anne and I drove him bananas 90% of the time... and yet he'd do something like arrange a special business trip so that he and your mom could take the day to drive us across the state to an Eagles concert, pick us up after, and drive our sleepy selves home. That's true love, way above and beyond the call of duty, and I'll always remember the sweetness of that gesture and others like it. I'll be toasting Jack Cornell at 4 pm today and beyond. Love, peace, and strength to you all in the coming days. xoxo

Dennis McAndrew

Posted at 03:43pm
Dear Robby and Kristen, Both your mom Betty and father John were very kind and special to me. They and I were a wonderful team while my dear Robby was my student. Please accept my condolences. Denny McAndrew

Kristin Cornell Posted at 10:08am

Denny, we love you and love how you have always been there for us. Thank you for your kind words. God bless you, Love, Kristin and Rob

Ed Jones

Posted at 12:56pm
I was saddened to read of the passing of Brother Cornell, and my thoughts & prayers go out to his family, friends & chapter brothers at Syracuse. While I never had the honor of meeting John, I pledge that the SigEp Patriots Project will always remember him & his patriotic service. Rest easy Shipmate. We have the watch.

Fraternally & Respectfully,
Chief Petty Officer Ed Jones, US Navy (Ret)
NY Eta '96

Kristin Cornell Posted at 10:11am

Ed, Your thoughtful message brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for the respect you paid to our father. It means a lot to know you care. All our best, The Cornell children.

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