After a brave battle with cancer, Carl Cornelissen passed away peacefully on Monday, December 20, 2021 surrounded by members of his loving family. He was 79.
Carl was born in London, Ontario to the late Arnoldus and Mildred (Musgrove) Cornelissen. He spent his early childhood in London, moving with his family to Clearwater, Florida during his teenage years where he completed high school. In his early twenties, Carl returned to London to attend London Teachers’ College and Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo.
From there, Carl enjoyed a lengthy career in education. He taught in schools across the Perth County Board of Education. He was a respected and well-loved teacher who taught various grades and subjects including special education and math, and coached many sport teams including basketball and volleyball. Carl also served for a number years as the local president of the Ontario Public School Teachers’ Federation.
Carl had a keen interest in restoring automobiles of different makes and models, his favourite being a 1962 Corvette that he fully restored over a number of years. He had other hobbies and interests that he liked such as building model train sets and woodworking, and was an enthusiast of jigsaw and crossword puzzles. Carl also looked forward to going to the annual Barrie Flea Market with good friends every September.
Carl enjoyed spending time at the cottage in Huron Woods where he could relax with family and friends as well as take in the sights, sounds and excitement of the drag races at the Grand Bend Motorplex.
Carl was a loving parent to Jason (Stanley) and Anna, Richard (Cornelissen) and Amanda, Mike (Stanley) and Arlene, and Karl (Cornelissen), and grandfather to Madelyn and Cameron Stanley of Ottawa, London and Victoria Cornelissen of Vancouver, and Owen and Lachlan Stanley of Stratford. Carl truly adored his grandchildren and took great pride and interest in their activities and accomplishments.
Carl was a loving, kind and supportive husband through 40 years of marriage to Patricia (Ball) Stanley. The two of them shared many great memories of travelling with friends, and spending time with their family in the summer and during holidays as well as time together at the cottage and their home in Stratford.
Carl was predeceased by his brother Glen Robb and his wife Marie of London, brother George Robb, also of London, and his sister Dorothy Thomas and her husband Donald of Hanover, Ontario.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff from the third floor at the Stratford General Hospital for their care and kindness. Donations in Carl’s memory can be made to the Stratford General Hospital Foundation.
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