LEWIS - Wm. Henry Cornwright, better known to all as "Hank," a fun-loving, well-liked entrepreneur, passed away on June 4, 2007. He lived his life in an area he loved as much as life itself.
Hank was born in Lewis, N.Y., on July 7, 1924, to Grover and Lydia (Sangbusch) Cornwright. His mother passed away when he was 1 month old and his paternal uncle and wife, George and Myrtie Cornwright, raised him.
He was an outstanding athlete during his school years and served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific theater. He was a third generation war veteran.
He married Barbara Gibson of Elizabethtown, N.Y., in 1950. He started his own business, Cornwright Lumber Corp., in 1954 and he was a charter member of the Lewis Fire Department and the American Antique Car Club. He was an antique car enthusiast and loved to drive and restore them. He was a member of many organizations, including the Mt. Fay Fish and Game Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Keeseville Elks Club. He was also a supervisor for the Town of Lewis for several years.
He is survived by Barbara, his wife of 57 years; his son, William Henry Cornwright IV and daughter-in-law Elizabeth (Miller) Cornwright of Lewis, N.Y.; and his daughter, Terri Jo Brock and son-in-law Timothy Brock of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Tina and her husband D.J. Belzile of Willsboro, N.Y., Todd Cornwright and his wife Laurie of Lewis, N.Y., and Mark Henry Morris and Barbara Carolee Morris of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He leaves behind four great-grandchildren, Joselyn, Katherine and McKinley Belzile and Brianna Rose Cornwright; and two stepgreat-grandchildren, Tyson and Cole Fernandez. He also leaves behind a sister, Barbara Coolidge of Connecticut; a sister-in-law, Etta Cornwright and her son Ed of Westport, N.Y., a sister-in-law, Marion Williams of Glens Falls, N.Y.; and many nieces, nephews; cousins; and friends that he held dear to his heart.
He lived his life as full as he could make it and enjoyed every moment. "It was a good ride."
Calling hours will be held Thursday, June 7, 2007, from 6 to 9 p.m. at W.M. Marvin's Sons Funeral Home in Elizabethtown. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 8, at 10 a.m. at the Lewis Congregational Church. A reception will follow in the parish hall.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lewis Fire Department, the Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency Squad or High Peaks Hospice in Saranac Lake, N.Y.