RALEIGH, N.C. – Southern Industrial Constructors today celebrates the life of a cherished family member, John M. Cornick, the company’s retired former chief financial officer. Cornick passed away May 14 after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was 52. A celebration of his life was held at Edenton Street United Methodist Church on Monday, May 16. He is survived by his wife Gina Brooks Cornick; daughters Mary Catherine and Macon Louise; sister, Ginny Bauman; and brother, Dr. Jim Cornick.
“While we are heartbroken by the passing of our cherished friend and family member, we remember fondly all that John Cornick brought to our lives,” said John G. Wilson, president of Southern Industrial Constructors.
Cornick was born in 1959 in Marion, Va., and loved playing sports while attending schools in Marion and Alexandria, Va. He went on to graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Phi Delta Theta. Upon graduation, he moved to Raleigh and met and married his wife, Gina.
John was a dedicated husband and father. His outstanding career as a CPA culminated with his role at Southern Industrial. According to those closest to him, his hardest day was when illness forced him to retire and leave behind those he so enjoyed working with every day.
“Over the years, John’s leadership and direction helped our organization grow to among the largest private companies in North Carolina,” said Earl Johnson, III, president of Southern Crane, and executive V.P. of Southern Industrial. “He was a wonderful family man and mentor to many in our community.”
Cornick was an active member of Edenton Street United Methodist Church, and loved his family history, serving many years as treasurer of The National Society of James Madison Family Descendants. He also enjoyed many friendships, attending sporting events, playing golf, and relaxing vacations at the coast. He was a big fan of UNC athletics, Red Sox baseball, and Hurricanes hockey.
Cornick battled ALS with great vigor, volunteering to participate in the first U.S. clinical trial for spinal stem cell transplants and working closely with the team at Emory Healthcare Spine Center in Atlanta. He advocated far and wide for patient participation in ALS studies in the hopes of discovering new treatments and a cure.