OBITUARY

J. Eliot McCormack Jr.

August 30, 1931June 12, 2019

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, John Eliot McCormack Jr., of Cedar Park, Texas, loving husband and father of two, retired professional electrical engineer, died at the age of 87.

Eliot was born on August 30, 1931 in Flushing, New York to John Eliot and Audrey McCormack. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and worked in the cable and power industries in New York State. He married Liljen Ronnow from Denmark on April 11, 1964 and raised a daughter, Christina and son, Scott in New York.

Eliot was an avid sailor and woodworker. He enjoyed pursuing these hobbies during his years in Rhode Island with his wife. His character was defined by his strong dedication to family, willingness to help others, and a warm sense of humor. His most cherished times were spent with family –especially when sailing in the Caribbean. His sailing experience culminated with his participation in the Newport-Bermuda offshore sailing race.

Eliot was preceded in death by his father, John, and his mother, Audrey. He is survived by his wife Liljen, his two children- Scott and Christina, five grandchildren, and his sisters, Cynthia and Pat.

A Celebration of his Life will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 1pm – 4pm at the Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home located at 1200 S Bagdad Rd, Leander, Texas 78641

In recognition of Eliot’s achievement learning to walk again with a prosthesis at the age of 76 the family has selected Limbs for Life charity for those interested in making a memorial contribution.

Limbs for Life Foundation 9604 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73120 or online at www.limbsforlife.org.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, July 13, 2019

REMEMBERING

J. Eliot McCormack Jr.

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Tim Blancke

July 12, 2019

My friend Eliot

Looking back, Eliot and I were friends for seventy years, starting 1949 as Cornell engineering classmates, then in the Army at Fort Devens. While Eliot lived in Fort Washington, Long Island, we used to go sailing. Sailing was his passion, lasting all the way up to his very strong and very helpful connection with the Bristol Rhode Island Yacht Club.
In 1959 Eliot and I travelled to Europe and visited about 6 countries. Most memorable was at the end when we visited Liljen’s family in Copenhagen and Helsingør.
We both married and kept contact as the McCormacks lived in Westchester, then Bristol Rhode Island and now in Austin. Eliot used to phone me every month or so to catch up on our families’ events. Always positive and joking. Long conversations!
Of course, what one remembers most is Eliot’s strength of character, and even humor, as he faced a series of adversities that accumulated: Loss of part of his leg, cardiac problems of slowly-increasing severity, and strokes. Through all that he always lived life to the very fullest. Simply admirable!
Finally, he leaves a strong family who loved him dearly and supported him every step of the way.
Shirley and I will always remember Eliot as a fine, very enjoyable person, and I hope that the memory of his wonderful life will also help ease his family’s sorrow of his loss.
Tim Blancke

Cecilia Stanley

July 10, 2019

Eliot was a very special man and we were blessed to know him. I remember receiving words of wisdom from him from the time I was a young girl. He was always able to share his humor to make any situation seem so much better. We will be mourning with you. Eliza, Sabrina, Matt and I are sending our deepest condolences to Liljen, Scott, Christina and the extended family.

George Heidenrich

July 9, 2019

Eliot was my best friend and coworker for many years. Lost track a few years ago,, and very sorry to hear of his passing. My sympathies and condolences to Liljen, Scott, and Christina. He and you will always be in my heart.

Cynthia Lewis

July 7, 2019

We were sad to learn of Eliot's passing. When Burt and I moved to Bristol he was one of the people who helped us fit into and become involved in our new town. He was a very kind man with a good sense of humor. Suzy, Robert, and I share our condolences with Liljen who is in our thoughts.

Cynthia, Suzy, and Robert Lewis

Hadley Rood

June 19, 2019

Susan and Hadley Rood
June 19,2018
With Eliot's passing i am so glad that i had a great conversation with him just a few weeks ago. Eliot was a true and caring friend. He was always glad to assist in the many ways that he could. Our condolences go out to Liljen and his family.

Mike Hanney

June 18, 2019

In the years I was privileged to share Tuesday morning breakfasts with Eliot, I grew to know him as a kind, witty, courageous, and good man. His positive attitude, even in the face of significant physical setbacks, has been an inspiration to those who knew him. Eliot, you will be missed.
Mike Hanney

John DaPonte

June 18, 2019

We join the host of friends recalling moments we shared with Eliot with the fondest of memories-- a person treasured by all who were fortunate to know him. Today at the weekly meeting of our Food Works breakfast club in Portsmouth RI (aka ROMEOS) we talked at length about Eliot, one of the club's founding fathers (some 15 yrs ago) whose witty quips enlivened our meetings, During his retirement years in Bristol RI he left a legacy of accomplishments added to those of a long, successful and fulfilling life. FAREWELL ELIOT
John & Gunilla DaPonte

Frank & Elizabeth Arnold

June 18, 2019

It is with great sadness we learn of Eliot's passing. He was a dear friend and an inspiration to many with his wisdom, humor and courage. We send our heartfelt condolences to Liljen and the family.

Jack Reinholt

June 17, 2019

Eliot lived a life of principle and caring. He was a treasured friend and neighbor. Sylvia and I share our sincere condolences with Liljen, Scott and Christina. All are foremost in our thoughts and we share our prayer for their peace with this great loss.

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