SAYRE, Pa. | Longtime Riverside Village Mayor Bill Cornell died Saturday, surrounded by family members at the Robert Packer Hospital.
Cornell, 74, who long struggled with cancer and a recent blood infection, had 40 years of service to the village, the last 25 serving as village mayor.
“He served the Village of Riverside with the highest integrity and great leadership,” Deputy Mayor Carol Ferratella. “The one thing that always impressed my is on the Village Board we could disagree, but we always walked away as friends. I think that is an example of Bill’s leadership.”
Corning City Councilman Frank Coccho, said he’s known Bill Cornell his entire life.
“I’ve known him really well. I’ve know his for 70 years,” Coccho said. “Bill Cornell is probably one of the most dedicated public servants I’ve ever know, and that’s the truth. He always cared about his friends and his community and that’s why he was a public servant for 40 years and nobody was ever close to taking him out of that position.”
Ferratella said Cornell was just reelected to the mayoral seat in March.
The Village Board will appoint a member, likely in July, to fill the remaining one-year of Cornell’s two-year term, Ferratella said. Next March a special election will be held to complete the final year of the term.
Calling hours will be 10 a.m. to noon and 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Carpenter’s Funeral Home, 14 E. Pulteney St., Corning.
Services will immediately follow at 5 p.m. at the funeral home.
Cornell’s full obituary is on page A5.