By Dorie Cox
Capt. Anthony “Tony” Francis Cornes of Lancashire, England, died Sept. 13. He was 72.
Capt. Cornes worked on M/Y Metsuyan, a 37m CBI Navi custom build, M/Y Aristotelis and other yachts and worked in the industry for nearly two decades until his retirement due to health reasons. He served as a staff sergeant in the 14/20th King’s Hussars, a regiment of the British Army, before becoming a yacht captain.
He was a salt-of-earth captain, according to Capt. Chris Hezelgrave who met Capt. Cornes about 15 years ago. The two men met when Capt. Cornes was working on a new yacht build and he asked Capt. Hezelgrave to be the project manager and engineer. Capt. Hezelgrave said later he often used Capt. Cornes for relief work.
“I could send him to a boat and know he would take care of things,” Capt. Hezelgrave said. “He did what he said he would do. Tony was quiet, steady and competent. He kept his head down and did the job.”
Capt. Hezelgrave described his colleague as a perfectionist and a capable engineer.
“He was the kind of guy that left things absolutely spic and span,” he said. “He didn’t try to be a rockstar.”
Unassuming and old school, Capt. Cornes came up through ranks and loved being on the ocean.
According to an online post, “He died after a courageous fight against cancer, quite suddenly and unexpectedly. His passing was quick and painless.”
He is survived by his brother, Peter, two sisters, Deirdre and Cecile, his step-daughter, Carole, and numerous nephews and nieces.
His remains are to be cremated and his ashes will be immured at the Regimental Wall at the Church of Saint Lawrence at Barton near Preston in Lancashire.
Dorie Cox is editor of The Triton. Comments on this story are welcome at email@example.com.