Peter Merland Cornell

October 14, 1947July 26, 2012

Cornell, Pete M. of Port Charlotte, FL formerly of Ann Arbor, MI died Thursday, July 26, 2012 he was 64. Peter was born in Lansing, MI on October 14, 1947 the son of Merland and Laura Cornell. He graduated from Lansing Everett High School and was an accomplished wrestler and honored as Michigan State Wrestling Champ in 1965. He went on to the University of Michigan and was on the freshmen football team in 1966, he was also named All American and Captain of the University of Michigan Wrestling Team from 1968 until graduating in 1969 as well as the NCAA runner-up in 1969. In 2010 he was inducted in the Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame. Peter was a life-long member of the real estate community in Ann Arbor including owner of Cornell-Morris Real Estate Company, Ann Arbor Board of Realtors as the Executive Vice President from 1992 to 1994 and as the CEO from 1995 to 2004, past President (1989) of the Michigan Association of Realtors, and served on the board of the National Association of Realtors. Pete enjoyed fishing, dancing, waterskiing and weight lifting but most of all he was an avid cyclist cycling the 4 corners of the USA completing 9,223 miles in 89.5 days among many other cycling trips. It was on his cycling trip from Prudhoe Bay, AK to Key West, FL with less than 7 days and 700 miles to the finish that his life was taken in an early morning accident in Georgia. Peter is survived by his loving children; Amy (Matthew) Armstrong and Dan(Jennifer) Cornell, his partner; Sue Pavlat, grandchildren; Sarah and Hannah Lewis and Alice and Laura Cornell, sister; Jean Chapman, Dorothy hays and Barb (Duane) Fowler. He is also survived by his beloved dog Buddy, several nieces, nephews, family members and close friends. Family and friends will gather to remember and celebrate Peter’s life at Muehlig Funeral Chapel on Friday August 3, 2012 from 1:00 until 2:30 P.M. and then proceed to Bethlehem United Church of Christ for a memorial service at 3:00 P.M. There is also a memorial service being planned in Englewood, FL on August 10, 2012. Please visit for further information and leave the family your fond memories and condolences.


  • Visitation Friday, August 3, 2012
  • Memorial Service Friday, August 3, 2012

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Dan Cornell

July 24, 2014

Can't believe this Saturday marks 2 years since you left us. You did a great job being my dad and I can't wait to see you on the otherside!

Terry Lynam

February 5, 2013

I knew Pete through highschool and watched his career at U of M. I last saw him at his office when visiting Ann Arbor many years ago. He was, as always, so kind, with that gentle strength that seemed to be his trademark. I have always remembered that quality, which was there even during highschool.He was a man who will be missed by all who knew him, however briefly.


December 22, 2012

Pete is a good friend and always will be to me... he was always fair dealing with me when it came to putting Real Estate transactions together and I always considered Pete as honorable... I will miss our Harley rides to Brighton "Rocky's". Allen Elmer

Jim Tervo

December 22, 2012

I knew Pete in high school and then at Michigan in the dorm East Quad and then the fraternity we both joined. We learned to drink beer and how to play euchre. Pete of course was a great athlete and competitor supreme, but very humble. He was one of the kindest friend I ever had. I am sure he had a wonderful influence on many many people. Our continuing memory of Pete will continue to make us better people.

December 20, 2012

It's wonderful that Dan completed the trip for his dad. In 1965, our first year at U. of M., Pete and I roomed in East Quad with Charlie Casgrain and Charlie's record player. Our second year, 1966, we roomed at Phi Psi with Joe Kunsa and Joe's Big Ben Alarm Clock and pet duck. I remember Pete's parents. He was very tough and she was very nice and Pete had a great combination of those two qualities. I've told all our children and many friends about my college friend who drilled wells as a kid,played football at 200 plus pounds and wrestled at 167, was the best college wrestler in the country, and bailed me out of brawls in an Ann Arbor bar and a U.of M. basketball game. He was the toughest guy I've ever known,yet gracious and nice when years later, and very late at night, George Sinadinos (sp?) stood there in the Knight Cap and talked me into joining in a call to Pete. I'm sad that Pete passed away, but happily remember 1965, 1966, and Pete with Ann. Jack Hobey.

December 18, 2012

Saddened at the loss. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Bill and Susan Shipp, TX

Kim Pettit

August 12, 2012

I was saddened to hear about Pete's life being cut way too short. From one the wrestling team members of the 1965 team I enjoyed seeing him once again at the induction hall of fame in Lansing. We communicated occassionally on facebook, I so regret not seeing him again since we did not live that far apart. You never know when a friendship can be taken away, cherish and take some time with those you meet.

Mike Hatfield

August 11, 2012

I went to school with Pete all the way from third grade through high school. Pete was a great guy. He was a person everyone knew would be successful. My condolences to Pete's family and friends.

August 11, 2012

Today, we celebrated Pete's exceptional life with his family and friends. It was a sad time but still a good time to remember all the good Pete did for all of us. He was a great friend to so many people. Our memories are so full of the good times-cards, dinners, riding. We'll miss you, Pete.
Frank & Sandy Lentz

Ian Russell

August 10, 2012

Pete was a rare person deserving in absolute unreserved respect. He balanced drive and determination with humour and charm and my time spent with him was a privilege but sadly cut short. He will live long in the memory and has set standards that few will meet. He remains an inspiration to me and that will not change.

Our thoughts are with all his family and friends, and of course especially Sue.