“It’s not the number of years in your life, but the amount of life in your years.”
– Adlai Stevenson
Corey passed away suddenly in Winchester, VA at the age of 49. He was an inspiration to his family; the cherished son of Patty and Ron, amazing father to Matthew and Morgan; life partner of Arlene, devoted brother of Jeff (Blair) and Heather (Mike); and beloved uncle to Ethan, Kendall, Padraic, Ben, Madeline and Logan. Corey will be greatly missed by his extended family in Michigan, and was a treasured, loyal friend to too many to name.
Corey was a man who made life happen, no matter the obstacles or challenges. He built his own business, and his craftsmanship will endure in many homes across the area. His heart was as big as the outdoors he loved, from bowhunting on the Blue Ridge Mountains to kayaking and wakeboarding on Virginia’s rivers and lakes. He rapelled into deep caves throughout the south and as far as Belize. Corey imparted his love and knowledge of the outdoors as a Scout leader and was especially proud when his two boys were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout.
Corey’s personal qualities outshone all of his accomplishments, from his generosity of spirit to his sense of humor and a strong sense of self. Corey believed ingenuity and hard work could solve any problem; he was the first to roll up his sleeves and was a great teacher to those who didn’t know where to start.
Above all else, family came first for Corey. He filled our homes with light and laughter at every family gathering and his spirit will be irreplaceable.
For Corey, happiness was simple: love of family, loyal friendships, and a hard day’s work with his dogs by his side. If Corey called you a friend, you were one for life. It’s been said he’d give you the shirt off his back … and not just because he hated wearing one!
Corey’s life celebration will be scheduled at a future date. Until then and in lieu of flowers, please remember him by making time to reach out to an old friend, do a favor for someone, or have a good laugh with someone you love.