Published On: Thu, Jul 31st, 2014

Obituary John Cornett

John Cornett was publisher of the Boca Raton News from 1975 to 1980. I was very fond of him and he treated me well.

John Cornett was tall and thin with a Southern accent as slow and thick as molasses. He was also a chain-smoker back in the day most newspaper people were. Lung cancer is what finally got him, even though he had given up smoking. The obit is below

John Randolph Cornett II, 81, passed away on July 12th, 2014 in Columbia, SC after a battle with lung cancer. He is survived by his wife, Dianne; children John (Amanda) and Virginia; sister, Maryann (Ozzie) Lyttle; grandchildren, Peterson (Peyton) Randolph, Thomas Ford, and Margaret Grace; and a new great-grandson, Peterson Randolph II.

John, aka Randy, served in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1954 after which he worked his way up from an entry level position to become the publisher of two Knight-Ridder newspapers. He retired in 1986 but that only lasted about a month. He then moved to South Carolina where he published Sporting Classics magazine for 10 years. In 1996, he started his own business, Classic Sports International, a sporting travel business, with which he was the President and CEO.

John loved fishing, hunting, golfing, Alabama football and most of all his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandson.

John’s favorite sayings were “Don’ wurry ’bout it” and “This too shall pass”. He was a brilliant man, a gifted writer, and had a sense of humor that could make anyone laugh – or groan. He had a high standard for personal and business integrity and ethics and passed this down to his children, a legacy of which he was greatly proud.

He is greatly missed by his family and friends. His life and spirit will be celebrated at a small gathering of close family and friends. In lieu of flowers, John would like donations to be made to LaPorte Youth for Christ, the organization for which his son has worked for 15 years. Mail donations to Youth For Christ, 232 Main Street NW, Suite 103, Bourbonnais, IL 60914 with memo stating “In memoriam of John Cornett”.

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