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Friday, April 1, 2011

Wilfred J. (Willy) Cornelius, 85, Niagara Falls, Shinglehouse Native

NIAGARA FALLS — Wilfred J. (Willy) Cornelius died March 26, 2011, at the age of 85, after a brief illness, while under the care of Niagara Hospice. Wilfred was born December 31, 1925 in Oswayo, PA. He was the son of Howard and Violet Cornelius.

He graduated from Shinglehouse, PA High School in 1944 and served in the United States Marine Corp from 1944-1946. In 1950 he married Doris L. McNeil (died 1988) and moved to Niagara Falls.

He was employed as a pipefitter and then maintenance foreman at Stauffer Chemical Corp. from 1950-1966. In 1966 he became employed at the Tonawanda Chevrolet Engine Plant as a maintenance foreman until his retirement in 1983. More recently, Wilfred worked part time for the City of Niagara Falls at the downtown parking ramps.

Wilfred enjoyed spending time with his family whom he lived with and especially attending his grandchildren's sporting events. He also loved taking care of and spoiling the family dog (Bear). He was a member of the Masonic Temple Ransomville Lodge No. 551.

Wilfred is survived by a son, Brian (Robin) Cornelius of Niagara Falls; a grandson, Justin of Crofton, MD and a granddaughter, Andrea of Niagara Falls. He is also survived by a sister, Jan Butts of North Chili, NY and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sisters, Lula and Faye and an infant baby brother.

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