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CORNELIUS VAN SANTVOORD KNOX - SHELBURNE - Cornelius Van Santvoord Knox, 92, formerly of Darien, Conn., passed away on July 8, 2013, at Wake Robin. Cornelius was born in Akron, Ohio, on Oct. 9, 1920, the son of Cornelius Van Santvoord Knox Sr. and Gladys Channell Knox. He grew up a Navy brat, living in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey. He graduated from The Hill School and Princeton University ('43). In 1943, he married Nancy Cronyn, whom he met at camp in New Hampshire. During W.W.II, Cornelius served in combat as a forward observer, tank commander and artillery captain in the field artillery. After the war, Cornelius began a career in the broadcasting industry, working first at NBC-TV at "30 Rock." In 1955, he switched to the CBS radio network where he had a great career in network sales, retiring in 1986 as VP for Affiliate Relations. Cornelius and Nancy lived in Darien, Conn., for nearly 50 years. He moved to Wake Robin late in 2011 to be near his daughter, Nancy, and her family. When not working, Cornelius was passionate about many leisure activities, especially sailing, skiing, boardsailing, golf, tennis and bowling. He was a member of Noroton Yacht Club, racing Lightnings and Ensigns. In 1970, he and his crew won the Ensign Long Island Sound championship. He also recently enjoyed the links at Silvermine Golf Club. He played for many years with the "World's Worst Golfers" at courses around New England. In 2003, he won the Silvermine Senior Mens Championship, beating several younger competitors. He frequented ski areas all over the northeast and west, especially Telluride and Alta. In Vermont, he taught his kids to ski at Mt. Snow, and also loved Stratton, Okemo, and of course, Stowe. In later years, he skied anywhere he could get a free senior season pass and ski on perfectly groomed packed-powder trails. He shared many great ski adventures with his kids and grandkids, and got out on skis as recently as last Thanksgiving. For 40 years he loved the family farmhouse his parents bought in 1950, "Stonegate," in West Halifax, Vt. In addition to using the house as a base for downhill ski adventures and great winter vacations, he loved to explore the Vermont woods and cut firewood and Christmas trees. Late in life, once this property was sold, he shared his love of the woods with anyone who would go walking with him in Selleck's Woods in Darien, and later on the trails in Shelburne. Cornelius was known by several nicknames, including Connie, Corny, Knox, Neil and most recently, Pete. He had a wide variety of interests including sports, especially baseball, and music, especially jazz. Cornelius is survived by his four children, Wendy Knox Bulkowski (John Bulkowski) of Newark, Del., Holly Knox (Bruce Adkins) of Charlotte, N.C., Scott Knox (fiancée, Tinalyn Caisse) of Franconia, N.H., and Nancy Knox (Thomas Porter) of Burlington, Vt.; sister, Eleanor C. Knox of Hingham, Mass.; six grandchildren, Brian Bulkowski, Julia Wilkowski (Shannon Wilkowski), Jennifer Knox Hastings (Nate Hastings), Wyatt Knox, David and Ian Porter; great-granddaughter, Caroline Zella Wilkowski; nephew, John Parrott of Dousman Wis.; stepgrandson, Rob Adkins (Saymai Adkins); and stepgreat-grandson, Joshua Adkins. He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Nancy Cronyn Knox, in 2010. He also leaves special lifelong friend, Dr. John B. Moses of Rexford, N.Y.; and many good friends from all the circles of his long life. The family wishes to thank Wake Robin staff, especially Linden Health Center caregivers, the FAHC Oncology team, Mary Loney and the VNA Hospice team, for their compassionate care during his illness, as well as the residents of Wake Robin for welcoming Pete into their midst. A Circle of Remembrance will be held at Wake Robin in Shelburne, today, July 13, 2013, at 2 p.m. Arrangements are in the care of the Cremation Society of Chittenden County, a division of the Ready Family, Burlington. To send online condolences to the family please visit In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 4472 Basin Harbor Road, Vergennes, VT 05491, or; or Patient Choices Vermont, 3218 Wake Robin Drive, Shelburne, VT 05482, or

Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 13, 2013
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