Comora, Owen Stanley
May 24, 1931 - Jan. 27, 2016
Owen Comora of Sarasota, passed away on January 27th. Comora, an avid birder since his early teens, continued to share his love of birds with Sarasota residents and visitors. In 2013, Comora was named Volunteer of the Year by the Sarasota Audubon Society 'In recognition of outstanding commitment to the preservation of our environment and natural resources.' He lectured and led birding field trips for The Pierian Spring Academy, the Audubon Society, Road Scholar programs, the Meadows Community Center and a number of other venues. Comora devoted over 5,000 volunteer hours at Myakka River State Park in Sarasota County, where he created the popular Bird Naturalists' program at Myakka Park. He was honored as 'Senior Volunteer of the Year' in 2009 and 2010. Ten years later, Comora organized a similar volunteer program in the Celery Fields for the Sarasota Audubon Society with volunteers helping visitors to identify the variety of birds. He continued this work for the rest of his life. Professionally, Comora spent over 40 years as a Television Public Relations executive, conducting national television publicity and public relations campaigns. Owen Comora Associates, an award-winning television program public company, created and implemented national publicity-promotion for outstanding PBS series as 'The Civil War,' 'Baseball,' and 'Lewis & Clark' among many others. He worked closely with famed filmmaker Ken Burns for over ten years. Prior to that, Comora spent 20 years at the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and as the Director of National Press, conceived and conducted the PR campaigns for hundreds of television series. He covered five Democratic and Republican National Presidential Conventions for NBC-TV. Earlier in his career at Young & Rubicam Advertising agency, he was honored to lead Rod Serling on his first press tour to promote the premiere of 'The Twilight Zone.' Comora, a graduate of Utica College, NY, lived in Paramus NJ. He is survived by his wife, Betty, children Michael, Cathy and David, plus grandchildren Ben, Emily, Sage and Theodore. Donations may be made in his name to either the Sarasota Audubon Society or Tidewell Hospice House in Sarasota.