David George Cornell

On December 25th 2021, David George Cornell died in Pinellas Park, Florida of natural causes. He was 76 years of age. David was preceded in death by his adored father Dewey G. and his mother Eva M. Cornell, and brother John Duane.

Dave, as he preferred to be called, is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 50 years, Barbara Cornell, nee Cobb. Dave also is survived by daughter, Amber and her husband, Franklin Fernandez and their two children of Trinity, FL, daughter, Stephanie and her husband Terry Jasch and their two children of Canberra, Australia, daughter, Sarah and husband, Shaun Hess and their child from Seminole, FL, sister, Dorothy Fletcher of Holley, NY, niece, Mary and her husband Ray Benson and great niece, Ally of Holley, NY, and nephew, David Kennedy of Bridgewater, NJ.

Dave was born on October 16th,1945 in Canton, NY. He graduated from Ithaca College where he earned a Bachelor of Accounting. After graduating, Dave took a job at R.E. Dietz where he was a senior cost accountant in Syracuse, NY. Dave later became the comptroller of R.E.Dietz. Dave went on to make friends and excel his career with several companies including Medalist Industries, Bear Archery, NCR, Sun Microsystems, Crane Aviation, and Tyco International. Dave’s work often required travel around the country which he embraced. Dave loved traveling, talking with every person he ever met, and trying new cuisine everywhere. Dave always had a good recommendation up his sleeve for those traveling.

In his younger years, Dave enjoyed bowling, tennis and canoeing and always had a trusty dog by his side. Dave was a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan and Tampa Bay Lightning supporter. Dave’s adult life included participation with several service organizations including Shriners and Habitat for Humanity.

Dave’s proudest accomplishment was his daughters. Dave was very involved in his daughters’ extracurricular activities including a member of the Board of the Lake Brantley High School Crew Team, coordinating soccer travel trips, and always on the sidelines cheering through endless track and cross-country races. Dave’s voice would carry across all others as he cheered his daughters and their teammates on. Dave’s final years were spent as an adoring grandpa watching his grandchildren grow.

Dave was always the first to initiate a conversation to the thousands of people he met on his journey on Earth. His ability to connect to people was uncanny. Dave was a devote Christian who always insisted on “making a difference to someone” and that he did.

No memorial service or funeral is planned. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Suncoast Hospice.


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