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Sep 24, 2009Cornelius Nash, 48 Surrounded by family and friends, Cornelius C. Nash died at home in New York City on Sept. 9. Mr. Nash, who was 48, had been diagnosed with brain cancer in 1993.
“Being a father” was his most heartfelt achievement, his family said. Jedadiah and Campbell C. Nash are his 9-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter.
He is also survived by his wife, Martha Brophy of New York City, his sister, Juliana Nash Stenerson of Amagansett, his mother, Juliana van der Vloed Nash of New York City and Amagansett, and by a niece and a nephew.
Although he was a consummate New Yorker, Mr. Nash had spent summers in Amagansett since his early teens and “loved Indian Wells Beach more than anything.” As an adolescent he enjoyed surfing and “hanging out with his herd of friends” there.
Around that time he helped his parents renovate Moose Brown’s old house next to the American Legion Hall on Montauk Highway, which they had bought in 1976. He also spent a couple of years in Miami Beach, where he worked as a partner in a fine-cabinetry company.
Mr. Nash went on to become a project manager for D.B.I., overseeing a wide array of endeavors in New York City and throughout the United States. He helped manage large institutional restoration projects after Hurricane Katrina and worked on luxury residential projects in New York City.
He had also been an event planner for James McNabb Associates; his last job with that company involved doing work during the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.
He was born on May 1, 1961, in New York City. His father was James C. Nash, who died in 1998. He attended Stuy­vesant High School in Manhattan as well as the University of Rhode Island, where he was on the crew team, and the City University of New York at Hunter College.
He and Martha Brophy were married on Oct. 17, 1992, the year before his cancer, a pineal blastoma, was diagnosed. His doctor did not expect him to live even a few months, but his condition was stabilized for 10 years.
“Neil was like a tall oak — sturdy, strong, upright, resilient,” his family said, as well as “intelligent, rational, egalitarian.”
Funeral arrangements were private. Donations have been suggested to the pediatric brain tumor unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 27106, New York 10087-7106.
the previous obituary was from the new york times September 16 th and no i didn't' get a paper copy either- this is the long island version-
did i ever tell you about the time Neil and i were down by the old swimming hole and had found a big old raft and we started pulling it around the cliffs, Neil tied it to his belt and then i stepped on a yellow jackets nest and we were both instantly engulfed with stingers and insanity-
at which point i ran away as fast as i could and poor Neil was stuck tied to the raft-while yellow jackets destroyed him
then we proceeded to run from room to room at grandma's house until it too was full of wasps-
good times- Screaming !


  1. Thank you for posting Neil's obit. I was friends with him (well, a little more than friends) at camp when I was 17 and he was 15 (I admit, I robbed the cradle; we kept it quiet as it the age difference was quite scandalous!). At a women's reunion for camp 2 weeks ago, I found out Neil had died. I know it's been a while, but I'm so sorry; from what I remember he was a terrific guy. Is there any way you can get me info for his sister Julie so I can support the cause to send his son to camp??? Thanks for your help.

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