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Cornell Dumbravo

Cornell Dumbravo, 91, died peacefully Monday, May 20, 2013 at his home, in Laurel Md., where he has resided since August 2009. He was born January 6, 1922 in Wheatland, Pa., son of the late Vasile and Sophia Dumbravo. He was a graduate of Tech High School, in Erie, in 1941. He was Manager for the track team and the Drum Major for the band, and was also active in swimming, water polo, Hi-Y, band, basketball, and the glee club. His study of Machine Shop would later serve him well throughout a decorated military career. His first job was while attending second grade, selling newspapers for the Erie Times-News, earning one penny for every two pennies he collected. As he saved his earnings, he often contributed financially, when his family needed food, during the Depression. As an adult, he worked at Erie Forge & Steel and then entered the Army in December 1942, until he retired as an Officer, CW3, in August 1975. Cornell's long and decorated military career lead him to serve in WWII, during the Invasion in France, and both Korea and Vietnam, twice. During his last tour in Vietnam, Cornell and his son James served in the same location. Cornell became known for having exceptional judgement and a superior display of conduct, and was awarded over 15 medals, stars and ribbons for meritorious service, including the National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Bronze Star. He was most proud to have served as shown through his "dedication to the mission." Cornell's final station was at Fort Meade, Maryland. Following an honorable discharge from the Army, Cornell worked locally in Maryland, for several years, until he relocated to Port Charlotte, Florida, where he enjoyed his retirement with his wife Leona, whom he affectionately called Pinto, and was visited frequently by his grown children and grandchildren. He returned to live in Laurel, Maryland, in 2009, and began to regularly attend a Senior Center Plus Program, where he became known as a "gentle soul" and a very considerate man, yet quite competitive when he played billiards and bingo, both of which he excelled at. Cornell was preceded in death by his wife Leona, two sisters Marie Candia-Kishel of Erie and Olivia Dickerman of Ypsilanti, Michigan and three brothers, Oliver Dumbravo of Erie and two infant brothers, both named Charles, each whom died of pneumonia, shortly after birth. Cornell is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Curtis of Laurel, Md. and three sons, James Dumbravo and his wife Cathy of Lewisville, Texas, Paul Dumbravo of Erie and Cornell (Cobey) Dumbravo of Baltimore, Md. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Jessica Perkins of Tampa, Fla., Dustin and his wife Rosalyn of Washington D.C., Catherine R. Dumbravo of Columbus, Ohio, and Randall C. Curtis II of Laurel, Md., and three great-grandchildren, Chloe and Alyssa Perkins and Quinn Alvarez, with a fourth, Ricardo Alvarez, due this summer. Viewing was held in Laurel, Md. on Saturday May 25, 2013. Family and friends may attend a Memorial Luncheon to be held in Erie the second week of June. For more information, please call Cindi Curtis at 410-961-0600, for specific details. Burial will be at a later date at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Contributions can be made to the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society.


Published in the Erie Times-News on May 26, 2013
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