Obituary: Earl Owen Cornish, 85

Earl Owen Cornish, 85, of Terryville, husband of Donna (LeSavage) Cornish passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the Pines in Bristol.

Earl was born July 25, 1933 in Munising, MI; he was the son of the late Earl C. and Ethel Belle (Strong) Cornish. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a self-employed Design Engineer.

In addition to his wife Donna of 64 years, he is survived by his sons, Steven of Burlington, Timothy and his wife Monique of Bristol, Kristine Dobrowolski of Farmington, Richard and his wife Vicki of Mandeville, LA, Thomas and his wife Elizabeth of Burlington, David Cornish and Robin Gilghrist of Dillon, CO, and Sharon Harshaw and her husband, Gregory of Simsbury; as well as his beloved grandchildren and their spouses, James and Michelle, Nicholas and Melissa, Louis Sgt. US Army and Angie Cossette, Jessica and Rich Sanzo, Dustin and Lauren Dobrowolski, Samantha and Nick Chiasson, Owen Cornish, Sgt. US Marines, Michael Cornish, Rachel, David, and Brian Harshaw, as well as four precious great grandchildren, Hannah Cossette, Carter and Mathew Sanzo and Richard Cornish, and Earl’s lap cat, Raven.

Earl enjoyed fishing, and flying model airplanes; although visually impaired, after his retirement, he kept busy by making homemade sauerkraut and pickles, as well as using his smoker to make a variety of jerky and sausage. He loved to tell tales of his youth spent in the Upper Peninsula, MI. In his later years, he spent many enjoyable hours playing WII golf with any family member, but especially his oldest son Steven.

In memory of Earl’s love for children, and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Earl’s name to ‘Make a Wish’ foundation at

A memorial service will be held 11AM on Monday at the Scott Funeral Home, 169 Main St., Terryville.  Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.  Burial with military honors will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol.