Donald Q. Cornish

Age 73 Firefighter enjoyed traveling.


Donald Quentin Cornish, a retired Baltimore firefighter and longtime Abingdon resident, died Wednesday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 73.

Mr. Cornish was born in Baltimore and raised on Schroeder Street. After graduating from Douglass High School, he held various jobs before joining the city Fire Department in 1957.

At the time of his 1987 retirement, he was acting lieutenant at Engine 30 on Frederick Avenue.

He enjoyed playing poker, watching CNN, traveling and attending family reunions.

Mr. Cornish also liked to reminisce about his days as a firefighter, said his son, Eric Q. Cornish of Upper Marlboro, a firefighter at BWI Marshall Airport.

"He was a pleasant and unassuming man who enjoyed the simple things in life," his son said.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Estep Bros. Funeral Home, 1300 Eutaw Place.

Also surviving are a daughter, Donetta Williams of Baltimore; a brother, Rowland Cornish Jr. of Goose Creek, S.C.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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