Gordon L. Cornell, 88, of Meadow Street, Broadalbin, passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at Ellis Hospital with family at his side.
He was born in Broadalbin on May 27, 1932, a son of Lewis and Millicent Street Cornell and was a 1950 graduate of Broadalbin High School. Gordie lived in Broadalbin his entire life.
Mr. Cornell was employed as a lab technician at Mohasco Carpet Mills in Amsterdam until its relocation to Dublin, GA in the early 1980s. Later, he worked as a salesman at Jim Longwell Chevrolet until retiring in 1992. After retirement, Gordie worked as a caretaker at the Broadalbin-Mayfield Rural Cemetery.
Mr. Cornell was a lifetime member of the Broadalbin United Methodist Church, served as a trustee, and was involved in several church committees.
Gordie was a member of the Broadalbin-Kennyetto Fire Company for thirty five years and served as chief of fire police. He was a member of the Fulton County Civil Defense and the Air National Guard. Gordie was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America and was a cub master and pack leader for years. Mr. Cornell served as the town and village Historian for Broadalbin for many years.
He enjoyed summering at Hampton Beach, NH and camping with family. He also loved following the activities that his children and grandchildren participated in. In later years, he enjoyed traveling with his wife.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Elaine Perkins; and a son, David Cornell.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Dennis Cornell, whom he married on November 14, 1952; his children, Lawrence (Kathy) Cornell, James (Brenda) Cornell, Brian Cornell (Kim Smith), and Charlene (Brian) Westfall; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 111 County Highway 106 (corner of Route 29 and Black Street) Johnstown. A funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. David Deuel, officiating. In accordance with current health guidelines, facial coverings and social distancing are required. Burial will be in Broadalbin-Mayfield Rural Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Broadalbin-Kennyetto Fire Company or to the Broadalbin United Methodist Church.