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Philip J. Cornacchia
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Phil Cornacchia, 102, a true servant of the Lord, went to his Eternal Home in Heaven, to join his beloved wife, son and many family members and friends. His passing, while surrounded by the love of his family, was on Tuesday evening, October 23, 2018, at the Masonic Care Community.

He was born in Utica on February 10, 1916, a son of the late Dominic and Rachel (Morro) Cornacchia. He began work at an early age at the CCC Camps, he was later a shoeshine boy, a counterman at the Bagg Square Restaurant and then worked at EZ Spring Mattress Co., on Lincoln Ave., for several years.

On June 22, 1940, Phil was joined in marriage to the former Margaret DeGeorge. Phil and Margaret shared 69 years of marriage and according to Phil, the secret to the success of a long marriage was that he claimed he never won an argument in all those years. His beloved Margaret passed away on June 18, 2009.

In 1941, Phil began a career with the New York Central Railroad, which later became, Penn Central, Conrail and eventually retiring from CSX, as a "Maintenance of Way" in 1981. Following retirement and with his great analytical and accounting skills, Phil volunteered his time helping railroad retirees with their benefits, as well as a tax aide for the AARP right up until recent years.

A devout Catholic and a true man of faith, he was a lifelong devoted communicant of St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church and one of its most beloved parishioners. He was a member of the Holy Name Society for over 80 years and an usher for over 75 years. Even after he gave up driving, he would do his daily chores, which included shoveling his driveway by hand, walking to St. Agnes Cemetery to visit his beloved Margaret and son, Phil and then walking to church. He was honored in 2011 as the Oneida County Senior Citizen of the Year. Phil Cornacchia was truly a man to admire and emulate.

Surviving is his beloved daughter, Donna Jean Cornacchia, of Hannibal, NY; his grandson, Keith Cornacchia and his wife, Tracy; two great-grandsons, Andrew and Anthony Cornacchia; great-great-grandson, Brayden Cornacchia; one sister, Rose Mischione; also several in-laws, nieces, nephews and their families; and many special friends, with special mention of nephew, Frank, and friends, Joe Furgal and John Jones, all his personal Uber drivers.

He was predeceased by his son, Philip D. Cornacchia, who was always close to his heart; and his brothers, Frank, Chet, Joseph, Rocco and Ernie Cornacchia; sisters, Lena Pane and Nan Herdon.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, October 26 at 12 Noon at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Parish, celebrated by Father James Cesta, Pastor. Private interment will be beside his wife at St. Agnes Cemetery.

In recognition of Phil's devotion to St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church and in accordance with his wishes, he will lie in repose in church in front of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Statue, from 10:30 a.m. until 12 Noon.

The family would like to offer their heartfelt thanks to the staff at the Masonic Care Community for their care and compassion during this time. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations, in his memory, to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Envelopes will be available.
 
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It's sad to see the news of Phill's passing. He was a pillar at Mt. Carmel and committed to our Lady. I always made him smile when I'd say to him "Phill you like the energizer bunny". He will sadly be missed in church and the East Utica community. My condolences and prayers for the family and may he RIP.

Written by Bobby Ollerenshaw
2018-10-25 4:58:17 PM


Phil was a awesome guy. Always positive, smiling and generous! I would always take him to our union meetings and to the RR retirement meetings in Albany . He remained involved and active. He was a man to admire and look up to. I will miss him. Rest In Peace Phil. Friends forever.

Written by Fred Kovits
2018-10-26 10:44:44 PM


I first met Phil at Conkling School and continued and deepened the relationship for many years with the Mt. Carmel Holy Name at the annual retreats at Christ the King in Syracuse. Truly, if I were asked to name Christians I'd most like to emulate, Phil would be among them.

Written by Jim Griffin
2018-10-26 9:43:12 PM