OBITUARY

Michael A. Cornell

September 3, 1970February 4, 2019
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Michael A. Cornell, 48, of Binghamton, NY, passed away in the early hours of February 4th at his home. Mike is survived by his loving parents, Larry Cornell and Gayle Safford Cornell, his son and daughter-in-law, Tyler and Bailey Cornell, his brother and wife, Brian and Jen Cornell and his sister Michelle Cornell. Mike had a special place in his heart for 3 of his favorite children, including his granddaughter Coralynn Cornell, his nephew Zachery Cornell and his nephew Tristan Highter. Also surviving are several uncles, aunts and cousins. Forever grateful to Jennie Bea Gifford of Endicott, Mike’s long-time friend and loving home aide, who stood by his side for many years. Michael graduated from Unatego High School in 1988 and played baseball and football for the Spartans; both sports he truly loved. He had a passion for sports and was an avid Yankees and Broncos fan. Michael joined the Navy, shortly after high school, and graduated from its Nuclear Engineering School in Orlando, Florida. He served proudly and honorably in various roles and assignments for the next 5 years. Michael was a disabled veteran who overcame many obstacles in life as a long time quadriplegic. Despite his injury, Michael achieved the amazing and earned four Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Oneonta and his Master’s Degree from The Watson School of Engineering at Binghamton University. At SUNY Oneonta, Michael was a member of Sigma Pi Sigma and Phi Alpha Theta, earning the “Susan Sutton Smith Award for Academic Excellence”, the “Provost Academic Award” on three separate occasions and he was on consecutive “Dean’s Lists” during his undergraduate career. At the Watson School, he was awarded many honors and awards, including the “All College Honors”, the “Engineering Academic Excellence Award”, the “Outstanding Academic Achievement in Industrial and Systems Engineering Award” and he was a member of the Tau Beta Pi and the Pi Tau Sigma Honor Societies. Michael was an amazing man, a loving father and a dear friend to many who knew him. One can only admire the strength and courage he showed as he battled everyday challenges and accomplished the unimaginable. We know that Michael is finally at peace and free from his struggles. He will be sorely missed and will always be remembered. Funeral Services will be held Sunday, February 10th, 3pm at the Wm. R. Chase Funeral Home, 737 Chenango Street, Port Dickinson, NY 13901. The family will received friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-3pm. There will be a Graveside Memorial in the Spring at Evergreen Cemetery in Otego NY. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made “In Memory of Michael A. Cornell” to the Wounded Warrior Project. https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/

Services

  • Calling Hours Sunday, February 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, February 10, 2019
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Michael A. Cornell

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Brian and Lori Moriarty

February 9, 2019

Our thoughts are with your family at this difficult time. Mike was an amazing man with a brilliant mind and quick wit. We were very fortunate to have met Mike and your family through our son Aaron. Aaron was so blessed to have had such a wonderful friend and mentor in Mike.

Clare Rice

February 9, 2019

Mike was a wonderful example of a man who didn't give up. I met him after his paralysis, and fondly remember the camp fire evenings at his uncle's house in Kentucky. Mike's sense of humor was spot on! He was so intelligent and humble and determined to make the most of life.
I will see you on the other side my friend...

Karen Haney

February 8, 2019

Sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was always kind to me, and I remember the passion he had for the Broncos! I remember teasing him in regards to their horrible Super Bowl loss in 1987...
my condolences to your family. May he Rest In Peace and comfort.

Roger Brown

February 8, 2019

So sorry to hear about Mike. He accomplished so much during his shortened life. He was an impressive young man whom I will always remember, especially as one of my baseball players. May he Rest In Peace.

Aaron Moriarty

February 8, 2019

Alex Willen

February 6, 2019

Michael - News of your passing has me both saddened and celebrating. You're physical presence will certainly be missed. In many ways, you set an example of perseverance and dedication for myself and others. The memories created with you, whether laughing or struggling, have partly shaped who I've become. I'm confident you are looking after us with a smile and some wise-ass comment. Sending much love to you and your family, Alex Willen

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