Jerry Cornell

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DELAWARE - Jerry (Gerald) "Coach" Cornell, 90, of Delaware, died peacefully Sunday, February 2, 2014,at his home. He was born on October 26, 1923 in Spencer, WV, but spent most of his life in Delaware.

He proudly served his country in the Army in Europe during WWII. Upon his return he graduated from West Virginia Tech becoming a teacher and coach. He taught and coached for many years in West Virginia, Johnstown (OH) and here in Delaware. Coaching was his passion and he did this for more than 50 years. He coached all sports during his tenure especially enjoying football, wrestling, track and golf. He touched the lives of so many through teaching, coaching and running the local swimmingpools. "Coach", as he was known to most, felt honored to have been involved with so many students and athletes, enjoying the letters and notes of appreciation he received from them. These meant a great deal to him. Over the past few years he was recognized for his coaching dedication with his induction into 4 athletic Halls of Fame.

When he was not involved with sports, "Coach" also enjoyed spending time with family, talking to friends and fishing. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and The American Legion #115.

Gerald was preceded in death by son, Michael, his parents, and several brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joan, son Barney Cornell of Prospect, daughters Stephanie (David) Cozzarelli of Apex, NC, Rebecca (Richard) Ambrose of Mission Viejo, CA and Anita (Richard) Shively of Delaware. His grandchildren include Nate and Mathieu Cornell, Lauren and Andrea Cozzarelli, and Cornell Scott and Lindsay Shively. He is also survived by 2 brothers, Jim and Teddy, and many nieces and nephews. He will be missed by so many.

He had chosen to donate his body to The Ohio State College of Medicine.

Visitation will be Friday from 4pm to 7 pm at the First Presbyterian Church where a memorial service will be Saturday at 11am with Rev. Deborah Patterson officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family has suggested donations to: Delaware Athletic Boosters, P.O. Box 11, Delaware, Ohio, 43015 or Team OWU c/o OWU Athletic Dept., 61 S. Sandusky St. or First Presbyterian Church, 73 W. Winter St., Delaware, Ohio, 43015.

Arrangements are in care of Robinson Funeral Home.

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Published in The Delaware Gazette from Feb. 4 to Feb. 5, 2014
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