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Paul Allen Cornett

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 22nd, 2013

CORNETT—Paul Allen Cornett, 79, of Florence, passed away Jan. 16, 2013.

Paul was born in Beaumont, Calif., on Jan. 14, 1934, the son of Blanche and Jack Cornett.

Paul graduated from Redondo High School in 1951 and entered into the Navy ROTC program at USC, majoring in chemical engineering.

He graduated in 1955 and entered the Navy as an ensign.

Paul’s 14 years of active duty service included deployment on a destroyer and an aircraft carrier. He entered Admiral Rickover’s elite nuclear power program and served on a nuclear submarine.

Paul continued his military career in the Naval Reserve for 17 years, retiring as a captain in June 1987. Paul worked for Lockheed as an aerospace engineer for 24 years before retiring in October 1995.

A world traveler, Paul and Nancy visited France, England, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, China, South America and many other countries.

Every Christmas holiday, they traveled to see family in California, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nev. Paul was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother.

Paul retired to Florence in April 1996 and became very active as a volunteer at the Florence Events Center, Habitat for Humanity and Heceta Head Coastal Conference.

He was also a multiple award-winning pie maker at the annual Winter Folk Festival.

Paul’s generosity, in both time and money, showed his unwavering kindness to his community; he could never say “no” when asked to help. Helping his community is how Paul enjoyed spending his time here in Florence.

He enjoyed sailing, reading, tennis and playing sports with his kids and grandkids.

Research and the education for both himself and others were also his lifelong passions.

He will be greatly missed.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents Blanche and Jack Cornett and brother Marvin Cornett.

Survivors include his wife Nancy; sister Jackie and brother Jock; son Bruce and Jeannie Cornett; daughter Pamela Cornett and Carl McKinniss; daughter Karen and Jim Parent; daughter Margaret Cornett; son Scott Cornett and daughter Denise Cornett, as well as stepdaughters Christine and Catherine Renninger; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A small memorial service will be held at the Florence Unitarian Universalist Fellow-ship on Sunday, Jan. 27, beginning at 10 a.m., where Paul was one of the founding members of the fellowship.

A celebration of life will be held at the Florence Events Center on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. Friends are welcome to come and reminisce.

Donations can be made to the Friends of the Florence Events Center and Habitat for Humanity.

Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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