BURLINGTON – Cornel Thurlow, 56, died peacefully Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with lymphoma. He was born July 4, 1950, in Lincoln, the son of William and Ruth Thurlow. Cornel was the most loving, caring and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, that one could ever have. He enjoyed the simple things in life, which included visiting with his grandchildren, having dooryard visits with his friends, collecting and restoring Farmall tractors and watching and talking about sports. He especially loved NASCAR and the New York Yankees and took great pride in wearing one of his many Yankee hats every day. Cornel was a graduate of Penobscot Valley High School, Class of 1968. He then moved to Connecticut, where he met his wife, Ruth. They married in 1972 and soon moved back to Maine. He was employed by Sheridan D. Smith, Inc. for 32 years and worked there right up until his death. He was extremely hard working and often worked on his days off. Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Ruth A. Thurlow; son, Carleton Thurlow and his wife, Michelle, of Lowell; daughter, Andrea Thurlow of Burlington; and a very special niece, who he considered his daughter, Pamela Thompson and her husband, Craig, of Howland; his mother, Ruth G. Thurlow of Burlington; brother, Jerome Thurlow of Burlington; brother, William Thurlow and his wife, Paula, of Connecticut; sister, Dot Shorey and her husband, Walter, of Burlington and Florida; sister, Claudette Harriman of Lincoln; sister, Willa Jipson and her husband, Gene, of Burlington; many nieces and nephews; five very special grandchildren, Nolan and Payton Thurlow of Lowell, Alex, Alyson and Ryan Thompson of Howland; his mother-in-law, Esther Alexander of Wisconsin. He was predeceased by his father, William Thurlow; his father-in-law, Eugene Alexander and two brothers-in-law. Friends are invited to call 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Michael Hallett officiating. Interment will be at Mount Repose Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to CancerCare of Maine. Donations may be left at the funeral home. For an online register book, please visit www.clayfuneralhome.com