Dorina Cornish

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Dorina Cornish passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2022, after a prolonged illness. The date of her death coincides with what would have been the 101st birthday of her beloved mother.

Dorina was predeceased by her brother Carlo Cornish, her sister Gloria Cornish Smith and her beloved mother Dora “Dorothy” Cornish. She is survived by her two sisters, Jelia Cornish Honeywell and Selena Tanya Cornish. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews; David Cornish, Eric Smith, Monique Smith Andersen, Shacyne Honeywell Suarez, Janelle Honeywell, Anthony Smith and great-nephews Austin Suarez, Justin Suarez, Jade Andersen, Amber Andersen, Alexander Smith, Elijah Smith, and Bryson Carlo Hadley.

Dorina Cornish was born at Fordham Hospital in the Bronx on April 30, 1955 and was the fourth of five children born to Dora DeRisi Cornish and Leon Randolph Cornish. She grew up in the Parkside Housing Complex and attended PS 41 and Junior High School 135 in the Bronx. Later, Dorina went on to eventually earn her GED. After earning a degree from Optician’s School in 1990 and, upon passing the NY State Board Exam, she went on to receive her license to practice in 1991. Dorina worked within the field of optometry for over 40 years. During the course of her career, she worked in the Bronx and most notably co-owned Mount Vernon Optical and then Clearview Optical with Dr. Charles Chapman.

Dorina was a notable figure in her neighborhood, often helping those in need. She was an outgoing, outspoken woman with a great sense of humor and a deep, enduring love for her family. She will be remembered for her wit, her generosity, and her loyalty. Dorina will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Visiting will be Friday, December 16 from 4-8pm, with a service at 7pm, at Joseph A. Lucchese Funeral Home, 726 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx. Family and friends wishing to attend the visitation virtually may do so by clicking the following link at any time during the visiting hours Cornish Virtual Visitation  Family and friends wishing to leave a message of remembrance may do so on this page below. Flowers arrangements can be ordered via a local florist at Park Floral Company (1055 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx Park Floral



  1. Selena Tanya Cornish on December 14, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    I miss you my sister. You sometimes had this gift of
    saying the right things the right way.
    Calming me when I was troubled.
    Being an anchor when I was lost. Being a big sister.
    God, I wish there was more time for us to settle our
    differences. But I know our bond is an unbreakable
    one. No matter what, I will cherish you and all those
    special moments we shared.
    Rest in peace with our angels.

  2. ESTELLA BALDERAS on December 14, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Fly free dear cousin. You will be missed.

  3. Kim Jones on December 15, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I will always remember and cherish the times we spent together. You will be missed my cousin and friend, as I reflect back of our fun times as kids in the Bronx and also later in life as we shared a common love for optometry as a career choice we both shared. You will be missed.

    Love Kim

  4. juanita aikens english on December 15, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    you will surely be missed my friend . Juanita Aikens English

  5. Keith Honeywell on December 15, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Dorina had a loving heart, always willing to help family and friends. She will be missed by those who really knew her and loved her. Rest in heavenly peace!


  6. Austin on December 15, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    Dorina or DD depending on how you knew her was my whole childhood. She would do everything she could to make me happy whether it was going to toys “R” Us or going to rye Playland. She was the most loving Aunt. I’m sorry we disconnected but you are in a better place. I love you.

    Your little brother,

  7. Jimmy on December 15, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    Dorina was the realist person I’ve ever met since day one. She would tell you how it is and how it was going to be. Beyond all that, she was the most loyal and dedicated person I’ve met. She would go out her way to make sure you were taken care of. If she had it, everyone would get to have a piece. That was Dorina. She lived her life to the fullest and didn’t care what you thought of her. She lived it! A true Mets fan to heart! I will miss you, girl, and will always keep my promise to take care of your baby girl.
    Love you DD, until we meet again.

  8. Elaine Rabadi on December 16, 2022 at 8:03 am

    May her memory be eternal

  9. Geisha Alomar on December 16, 2022 at 9:26 am

    Dorina, The last time we spoke you were so broken over your Mom passing I loved how you loved your Mom, your nieces , your sisters and family You loved helping when you could . I admired your drive to get things done …. I renember when you bought baked ziti to the hospital after my surgery ….. every nurse came into the room Thank you for loving Taisha, , giving her a job . I renember she quit for whatever reason and you said “ let it go “ when I got upset We lost touch for a while, but you were always in my heart I will forever be grateful to you for helping me when my sister passed suddenly …… I knew I could depend on you Rest in peace darling Please find happiness in knowing you touched many Please kiss your Mom, Gloria and Sara for me Until we meet again…. Te amo Mil Bendiciones ❤️❤️❤️

  10. Carmela Carella Romero on December 16, 2022 at 10:33 am

    Although we saw each other about 4 times, we were the best of friends. We shared common bond, both being raised by single Italian mothers at a time when it was not acceptable . You always spoke the “rude truth” and I loved you for it. Our optical days at Grace Optical were some of the happiest times for me. You called me Carella and I loved our talks . I will miss you my friend and I know our conversations will continue some day, your mom called you home.

  11. Esther Mahabir on December 16, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    Dorina always kept it interesting. She always tried to ignite life to get the sparks going. My first meeting with her still makes me smile. The world is a little duller without her. She will be missed by many. RIP

  12. Glendora Williams on December 16, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    Dorina, I will forever miss you! You were always that woman that would help if needed. This is so hard because I live right next door to you and will always wait for you to either knock on my wall or come to the hallway. I’m going to miss that. You were the woman who would not sugar coat anything. If you ask you are going to hear what you had to say. I always loved that about you. Fly high my friend and take your rest. Writing this has me so emotional because you’re supposed to still be here but God needed you more. I will always love and miss you Dorina. Rest in heavenly peace my friend❤

  13. lucretia v laureda on December 16, 2022 at 3:34 pm

    Be at peace my cousin. Fly high with all of the angles.
    I love you lulu

  14. Lisa Jandacka Lewis on December 16, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    You are always in my heart my beautiful cousin Dorina

  15. Linda Sampson Danavall on December 18, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    It has been many years since we have seen each other. Time flies so quickly. Dorina, I will always think if you as my friend. You gave me courage because you were so brave. I don’t believe in regrets but I wish I had reached out and reconnected with you.
    I offer my most sincere condolences to your family. Please old friend I pray that you rest in eternal peace.

    • Jelia Honeywell (sister) on December 26, 2022 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. I will always miss my sister. I like to think she is at peace and with her mother and sister Gloria. Bless you.

  16. Linda Sampson Danavall on December 18, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    It has been many years since we have seen each other. Time flies so quickly. Dorina, I will always think of you as my friend. You gave me courage because you were so brave. I don’t believe in regrets but I wish I had reached out and reconnected with you.
    I offer my most sincere condolences to your family. Please old friend I pray that you rest in eternal peace.

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