Gary R. Corn, 72, a 15-year resident in Tellico Village, passed away Saturday, Aug. 24, of complications from Parkinson’s Disease.
Born in Pittsburgh, Penn., he grew up in the Philadelphia area and graduated from Penn State.
After graduation, Gary entered the Marine Corps as an officer and served in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star medal with valor, the Vietnam Service medal, the RVN Cross of Gallantry, the Vietnam Campaign medal, the Combat Action Ribbon and others. Gary served in the Marine Corps and reserves for eight years, reaching the rank of captain.
After Vietnam, Gary was stationed in Hawaii, earning a Master of Business Administration.
In civilian life, Gary held various financial positions, most noteworthy as chief financial officer for Carborundum in Dallas, Texas, and in other financial, manufacturing and service industries. Gary taught finance in the Master of Business Administration program at the University of Dallas for a few years.
In 1996, Gary left the business community to start a new adventure with his wife, Gail: cruising the Caribbean, the U.S. coastal waters and Canadian provinces on a 41-foot sailboat, then on a 36-foot trawler. During that time, Gary was licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard as a Master of Steam, Motor and Auxiliary Sail, to operate vessels up to 50 tons. This license served Gary well while he supervised a charter sailing fleet in Florida, worked as a SeaTow captain and delivered vessels in the U.S. and the Caribbean.
In 2005, Gary and his wife, Gail, moved to Tellico Village. Gary became very active in T-BART. He served on the board as director of operations, director of communications, vice president, member-at-large and provided more than 30 tow assists for our local boaters. Gary was also active in downhill skiing, hiking, kayaking, bicycling and boating. He also served with the Night Special Support.
Gary is survived by his wife of 35 years, Gail; son, David of Houston, Texas; and brother, Roger, of Kent, Wash. He also leaves many devoted friends.
Gary will be interred at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in an intimate military honor service in late October. In lieu of flowers, please celebrate Gary’s life by sending a donation to the Gary Sinise Foundation that serves and honors our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. www.garysinisefoundation.org.