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Terrance Arthur Cornett


Terrance Arthur Cornett




With heavy hearts, the family of Terrance (Terry) Arthur Cornett Sr., age 72, sadly announce his passing on the afternoon of November 2, 2018, in the Aberdeen Hospital, surrounded by his family.


Terry was born on October 25th, 1946 in New Glasgow to Arthur and Beatrice (MacPherson) Cornett. Terry loved to share stories and spoke fondly of his early childhood adventures while growing up in MacLellan’s Mountain and Issac’s Harbour which had always remained two of his favorite places. Terry split his high school years between East Pictou and Stellarton High. His passion for cars convinced him to continue on to obtain his mechanics license from TUNS.


On November 1st 1969, Terry married the love of his life Joeann Kontuk. Together they raised a son and a daughter.


Terry began his mechanic career with Market Square Motors (now Herron GM) and other dealerships before starting work at the Esso in Blue Acres in 1970 for Myrna and the late Elmer MacPherson, who have remained life long friends. Terry stayed there as a mechanic until 1985 when he took over management of the Esso. He managed the Esso until 1998, when he then left to open TJ’s auto service just across the street.  Terry ran TJ’s auto service until 2006, when he was asked to manage 3D Auto. Terry remained there until 2011 when he had to leave work due to a heart procedure. Although Terry’s desire to return to work was there, his health wouldn’t allow him.


Terry missed work greatly, mostly missing socializing with his friends, customers, past and present coworkers and employees. Terry was humbled when contacted by past employees (which happened often) to thank him for giving them their first job.


Terry was a long time donor to various local Fire Departments, Pictou County Food Bank and other county charities, always wanting to help out when he could.


Terry had many things he was passionate about and although the Montreal Canadiens was one of the obvious ones, his greatest passion was his family and especially his grandchildren.

He will be tremendously missed by his close family and friends, especially his son and "pal" Terry Jr, who would do anything in the world for him. He has been by his side unconditionally through everything– good or bad. Terry not only lost his Dad, he lost his best friend.


Terry is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Joeann (Kontuk), son Terrance (Terry) Cornett Jr. (Staci) and their children Cassidy, Madison and Caden.  


Terry is also survived by his sister Hilda Greene, Pictou, Brothers Roy (Donna) MacLellans Brook, and brother Bernie, Toronto. He is also leaving behind many nieces and nephews which he loved dearly, and chosen family members Kathy Nickerson and Taylor McLean who he thought the world of, and special chosen daughter Darlene MacLean who was a constant support in his life over the years, and who he loved and thought of as one of his own.


Terry was predeceased by his mother, father and his grandmother Hilda Clyburn (who raised him after his mother’s early passing), his sister Florence and Brother John, as well as brothers and sisters in infancy.


The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses, doctors and staff on the 4th floor of the Aberdeen Hospital for always going out of your way to make Terry and us feel comfortable and at ease. We would also like to thank the staff of the Pictou Landing First Nations Medical Centre for always taking the time for Terry and for helping in more ways than you know and to Dr. Cathy for everything she has done for Terry over the years, and going above and beyond her duty as a doctor and as a lifelong friend.


Visitation will be on Wednesday November 7th, 2-4 and 7-9 at H.W. Angus Funeral Home in New Glasgow and service will be on Thursday, November 8th at 11:00 am also at the H.W. Angus Funeral Home with committal to follow in the Springville cemetery.


After the committal there will be a celebration of Terry’s life at the Eureka Fire Hall. All are welcome.


Donations can be made in Terry’s name to a charity of your choice.

"We have  removed some family names according  to their wishes"  



Service Date
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Service Time
11:00 am
Service Location
H.W. Angus Funeral Home Chapel

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Visitation Time
2-4 and 7-9 pm
Visitation Location
H.W. Angus Funeral Home, New Glasgow

Burial Date
Nov. 8, 2018
Burial Location
Springville Cemetery

Requested Charity
A charity of your choice.