Cornell, Michael J. NORTON HILL Michael J. "Mike" Cornell, 66, of Norton Hill, N.Y., passed away suddenly at his home on May 23, 2014. He was born in Catskill, N..Y on October 13, 1947, son of Mary (Miller) Cornell and the late Harold Cornell. Mike was a graduate of G.C.S. Mike joined the Air Force in 1966 and was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of staff sergeant. He worked for Orange Motors and then with his late wife Pauline operated the Kilcar during the 80's. He also worked for many years as a carpenter. An avid snowmobiler, he used to race and won many races throughout New York. His true passion though was his commitment to the American Legion. He was a 42 year member of the Greenville American Legion Post #291. He served twice as post commander and twice as the Greene County American Legion commander; a position he held at the time of his passing. He was a 2010 graduate of the Dept. of NY's American Legion College. His was the voice heard at most of the Color Guard Ceremonies as he barked out the commands as color guard captain for the past two decades. He was also the 3rd District color guard captain for the past 15 years and the vice chairman of the Sons of the American Legion for the entire Dept. of N.Y. Mike will be missed by his family, friends and his many legion friends throughout New York State. Besides his father, he was predeceased by his wife, Pauline "Polly" Cornell; and a brother, Gary Cornell. Surviving is his mother, Mary Cornell; three daughters, Wendy M. Bridges (Richard), Melissa M. Santucci (Jerry) and Krystal L. Cornell; also his grandchildren, Amanda, Marcus, Corbin, Jaxon and Hailee. Funeral Service will be Wednesday, May 28 2014 7:00 p.m. at the A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, N.Y. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. prior to the service. Greenville American Legion Post #291 will conduct services at the funeral home on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Interment with Military Honors will be Thursday, May 29 11:00 a.m. at the Greenville Cemetery. Those who would like to remember Mike in a special way may contribute in his memory to the Greenville American Legion Post #291. Write a condolence message at ajcunninghamfh.com.
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Published in Albany Times Union on May 26, 2014