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MANCHESTER -- On Friday, May 5, of 2007, southern Vermont native Sean Stephen Wood Cornell died at the age of 20 in the area surrounding Paul Smith’s College, the school he attended and will graduate from over the weekend.

Dearest Sean is survived by his mother and father, Melinda Brown and Gavin Cornell; brothers, Aiden, Cruz, Raif, Trueheart, and Stephenson; grandparents, Jack and Shalie Bell, Joan and Woody Cornell; aunt Jackie and uncle Bub, aunt Missy and uncle Frank, aunt Kathy and uncle Derek, aunt Erin and uncle Martin, aunt Greer; extended family members, Brooks Brown and Denise Cornell; many others and the world he so devotedly explored.

Sean was born on Oct. 10, 1986, in Bennington. He patiently waited for the day he could walk and then swiftly set out on the first of his sun-kissed adventures. Growing up in the Green Mountains, Sean magnetically embraced his environment and all its good citizens with an enthusiasm that only grew stronger and stronger. Soon he was scoring goals, making friends, and sharing his spirit with everyone lucky enough to witness him. He was a gifted athlete and his family was one of the proudest during each sporting season. The physical dexterity that Sean was graced with went hand in hand with his scholastic pursuits and Sean, quickly and happily, found himself with a full schedule. Something he was always destined to have.

As he grew, Sean’s love for the world did too. He traveled the globe with his inquisitive, complex, and wide open mind. He visited London and Paris with his grandfather on a trip that he later said changed his life and his approach to learning and the world. Sean’s maturity was shining brightly when he began to pay closer attention to the earth and its needs. His upbringing in Vermont and love for nature were catalysts for what later became his major drive in life: protect this environment. Soon Sean will be awarded his diploma from Paul Smith’s in Urban Tree Management, a testament to his bravery, integrity, legacy, loveliness, and life.

A public memorial will be held at the Southern Vermont Arts Center on Friday May 11 at 2 p.m. Sean’s family has asked that donations be sent to the National Arbor Day Foundation in care of Brewster Funeral Service, PO Box 885, Manchester, Vt., 05255.

To send personal messages of condolences please go to http://www.sheafuneralhomes.com
Published in Bennington Banner from May 8 to May 10, 2007
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