Owen Stanley Comora
1931 - 2016
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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.

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Published in Herald Tribune from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2016.
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March 1, 2016
Farwell to a very special friend. We mourn the loss for his wife Betty and family, and for ourselves, and remarkably, for his feathered friends. He was their spokesperson and advocate, and we all benefitted from that. Owen, you are missed.
Laura and Steve Krieger
February 15, 2016
Jen and I and the Utica College community offer our deepest sympathy to Betty and the entire Comora family. Owen touched the lives of countless students through his support for the Raymond Simon Institute.
Todd Hutton
February 8, 2016
We will miss Owen leading our classes with knowledge, enthusiasm, and humor.
He was a great naturalist.
Barbara and Cliff Bart
February 4, 2016
We first met Owen Comora birding at Myakka several years ago, and we always enjoyed seeing him there and at the Celery Fields. We went on one of his Myakka field trips where he helped us get a new life bird. He will be missed by many.
Dave and Sherry Hayden
February 3, 2016
My heartfelt condolences to Betty and family for the loss of Owen. I dearly wish I had managed to attend one of his Celery Fields birding sessions. I will visit the memorial in his honor. (Repeating this message because my name was not attached to original).
Barbara Beattie
February 3, 2016
A wonderful , kind sharing man that the world has lost but not forgotten
Jerry Bortman
February 3, 2016
My heartfelt condolences to Betty and family for the loss of Owen. I dearly wish I had managed to attend one of his Celery Fields birding sessions. I will visit the memorial in his honor.
February 1, 2016
Owen was a very special person, loved by many it is a great loss for this world.
Rose Lettiere
January 31, 2016
Owen never realized how many people he impacted through his love of birding. His gentleness made him a giant amongst all mankind. Rest assured Owen, you will never be forgotten in Sarasota and beyond.
Barry Gerber
January 31, 2016
We will miss this kind, caring, talented gentleman of diverse interests. His thoughtful participation and timely comments at Florida's Media Roundtable are much appreciated. Condolences and very best wishes to Betty and the family.
Irwin Starr
January 31, 2016
Owen, I will always cherish our friendship and our birding times together. You are flying with the birds now.
Jeanne Dubi
January 31, 2016
Fond memories of our Paramus friendship and get-togethers with Owen, Betty, their children and our family. Celebrating a life well lived. Our sympathy & love to the family.
Simone & Maurice Kaufman
January 31, 2016
Owen taught us how life should be lived. I will never forget him.
Chris Barber
January 30, 2016
I feel fortunate for having known Owen and enjoyed many private moments with him. He taught a most popular birding course at Pierian Spring Academy with great care and tremendous knowledge of birds. I will miss him.
Robert Carlson
January 29, 2016
Owen was a true gentleman and class act all the way.
Doug Miles
January 29, 2016
Owen was a beautiful man. Kind, gentle, friendly, caring, loving, competent, concerned for others, the list could go on. I will miss him. Tom Dietrich, Pierian Spring Academy.
Tom Dietrich
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