Jim Cornish LCdr RCN Ret'd

January 13, 2016 34 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

Jim Cornish, LCdr RCN Ret'd, husband to Marlene, son, brother and friend, died peacefully in his sleep at home in the early hours of Sunday, January 10, 2016.

Jim is survived by his wife Marlene, mother; Kathy Cornish, and siblings; Carol, Kathleen (Reg Storms) and Darryl.

Jim was predeceased by his father Frank Cornish.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Lady of Loretto Roman Catholic chapel at the Edmonton Garrison at 11:00 am on Monday, January 18, 2016. The service will be followed by a reception at the Officer's mess starting at approximately noon.

As a continuation of the service that Jim gave in life, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Valour Place, Edmonton -- valourplace.ca.

  1. All are not taken! there are left behind
    Living Beloveds, tender looks to bring,
    And make the daylight still a happy thing,
    And tender voices, to make soft the wind.
    E.B. Browning

  2. Bravo Zulu!

  3. He will be missed, and remembered fondly.

  4. Fair winds and following seas sailor. We now have the watch

  5. I’m so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I will always remember the look of concern and care in his eyes when I told him who I was (and related to Tim, a fellow soldier serving in Afghanistan) during the flood aftermath in High River. His kindness and ability to help me feel safe and not alone will never be forgotten. ~Lori

  6. No matter how big Jim’s to do pile was, he always found room to fit everyone in.
    We all miss you!
    Marlene our thoughts are with you. Please call us anytime we owe it all to you.
    Love Gene & Jane

  7. Second star to the right and on til morning. Fair winds and calm weather Jim!

    Marlene, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this saddest of times.

  8. “Ready, Aye, Ready”

  9. Marlene, Kathy, Carol, Kathleen and Darryl
    I attended RRMC with Jim for a few years. We both enjoyed the status of being the “oldest” cadets in our respective RRMC classes. Jim was one of college’s leaders when it came to all things Navy and instilling pride amongst the cadets who were going to become young Naval Officers and I say this as an ardent Army guy. I remember Jim’s smile, sense of humour and utter grit on the rugby pitch. I offer my sincerest condolences to you, his family. He will be missed by his fellow Roadents.

  10. It seems like yesterday we we’re 2nd years together at RRMC. So very sad for a life to be cut so short. jim, thank you for your service.

  11. My condolences. I knew Jim for such a short period of time but I will remember him as someone who really cared about the people around him.

  12. The Storms family would like to express their condolences at this time of sorrow. Sorry to hear about your loss.


    Patrick, Colette, Garrett, Dillon and Madeleine Storms

  13. I am deeply saddened by the news of Jim’s passing. I knew Jim from our time at Royal Roads. My sincerest condolences.

  14. My deepest condolences to Marlene and family for this unexpected loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Jim was a great boss who I will always remember, he will be missed.

  15. Marlene, Charlie & I send our most sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  16. Our heartfelt condolences to Marlene and Jims family. We will always remember Jim as a gentle and patient man. I recall the time Jim and Lloyd tried to teach the 2 of us (Marlene & I) how to sail and somehow they ended up in the water and us trying to understand the instructions to get them out. Once back in the boat, there was no recriminations. Laughter I believe, and a tot of rum later. A good man. Fair winds and following seas Jim. xo

  17. So sorry to hear Marlene. Much love to you and your family. xxx

  18. I spent four years at RRMC 84-88 with Jim, the last 2 in a very small oceanography class – late nights studying, tough classes (for me but not for him!). I know I leaned on him often and was grateful for his help. My memories are of a super smart, hard working, proud and caring person with a smile as wide as the sea. Rest in peace, Jim. God bless your family.

  19. Fair winds and following seas old friend. You will be missed my brother.

    Marlene, our thoughts are with you and your family during this sorrowful time.

    Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but in thankfulness that he was. – Hebrew Proverb

  20. I fondly remember Jim from the rugby team at Royal Roads. He was the only player who wore a scrum cap. This wasn’t a fashion statement, it was a practical necessity because of the hard, physical and committed way that he played the game and supported his teammates. My lasting image of Jim is of him smiling as he would emerge from the bottom of a ruck, where he had worked to make sure we won the ball. I regret that I lost touch with him over the years since military college, but from what I have read here, it is clear that Jim was a strong, supportive man throughout his life, just as he was on the rugby field. He has left us too soon. My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

  21. RIP, Jim you helped introduce sailing to me thank you.

  22. I am sincerely saddened by the loss of my friend from RRMC and postings together along the way in our military careers. He loved the Navy, was a proud serving member of the CF, worked extremely hard in all he did with the service and beyond. To Marlene and family, you are in our prayers, remember him as you and all of us will, time will heal, remembrance will keep him where he belongs with his family and friends.

  23. On behalf of all of Jim’s fellow Roadents from the Royal Roads Military College Class of 1988, please accept our sincere condolences. Rest in Peace Jim.

  24. He was a fine man and will be missed by all he knew.

  25. I met Jim as my Platoon 2 IC in Chilliwack, and he put me through it. By the end of it I had a friend of the highest order. We helped one another through good times and tough times. He was someone his friends could count on, and his generosity humbled me. A classic Naval Officer, an academic, a craftsman, a musician, a sailor and a redneck all wrapped into one. We are enriched by his passing through our lives, and saddened for the life and times not to be seen. Fair winds and following seas Jim.
    Marlene, Kim and I send our love, our condolences and the wish for future remembrances.

  26. I remember jim as compassionate, kind, and competent. I learned much from him in the short time that I knew him.

    My thoughts and condolences to his family and friends.

    God bless. You will be missed.

  27. My condolences. RIP Jim.

  28. So very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing – we couldn’t have asked for a better neighbor – always friendly and always willing to help out. He will be missed by all of us. Hugs and prayers to Marlene and Jim’s family.

  29. On behalf of everyone at the Office of the Fire Commissioner, our heartfelt condolences. Jim ‘s contributions, his dedication to serving the public and his friendship will be missed.

  30. I had the pleasure of working with Jim at the Office of the Fire Commissioner and will remember him fondly as an exceptional writer and gifted problem-solver, with a wonderful sense of humour. We will greatly miss his dedication and passion.

  31. I am saddened to see that Jim has passed. I knew Jim in ’91 and ’92. During that time he introduced me to sailing in the Gulf Islands. Times that I will forever remember. Jim lived life to the fullest and loved everything that he did. I have a few of his wood carvings and will always have these as a memory of the very talented and good man that he was. Rest in peace Jim.

  32. My sincere condolences to the family.
    Rest in peace shipmate.

  33. So sorry to hear that Jim has passed. Too young for sure. I enjoyed spending time with him in Victoria. He took me sailing and I enjoyed his singing with the guitar. He was very accomplished and I feel honoured to have been able to spend some time with him. I hope he has peace now in heaven.

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