Delbert "Del" N. Cornell, 68, of Newington, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 10, 2017 at his home. He was the beloved husband of Eileen Bloch. Born in Norwich, son of the late Levi B. Cornell, Jr. and Pauline L. (St. Martin) Cornell, he was a longtime Newington resident. Along with his parents he was predeceased by brother, Craig B. Cornell of Mansfield. He is survived by brothers Robert N. Cornell (Debra) of Coventry, Donn L. Cornell of Madison, Benjamin L. Cornell (Jane) of Hampton, and Willard S. Cornell (Lisa) of Mansfield, along with several cousins, nieces and nephews. Del served his country honorably in the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War and then the Army Reserves. He was employed by the Dept. of Motor Vehicles for 28 years until his retirement as Division Chief. He will be dearly missed by his hot rod buddies, Tom Shirshac, Barry Graugard, Len Widener and Monty Provost, who came weekly to work with him on their projects. We are proud of the restoration he did of his Dad's original 1959 State Police cruiser that he subsequently donated to the Connecticut State Police Museum. His most enjoyable project was restoring a 1931 Model A Ford as a father/son project during the 1990's. A special thank you also to Jerry Longo, Tony Dellafiore and Chet Camellieri and the gang. His funeral will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16th, at 9:00 a.m. at the Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Newington. He will be laid to rest with military honors in West Meadow Cemetery, Newington. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Newington Memorial. To share a memory with his family, please visit us at www.newingtonmemorial.com.
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