ORANGE- Corey Lee McCorquodale, (34) a long-time resident of Orange, MA, passed away quietly in his sleep on July 7, 2021. At last, he was finally free of the hard-fought battle with his demons and found the peace he had sought so desperately in the heavenly arms of his Mother, Grandmother and Uncle Mike.
He was born to Jeffrey McCorquodale and the late Chardell (Beaulac) McCorquodale, on January 30, 1987, in West Berlin, Germany. Being that his father was assigned to the United States Army’s 42nd Engineering Co. of the Berlin Brigade, Corey was made an Honorary Member of the Berlin Brigade upon his birth. He started life as an Army brat in Germany during the Cold War and was there as a toddler when the Berlin Wall came down. Corey was still very young when his father was transferred to Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, then to Ft. Carson, CO before his father’s retirement from the Army where upon he lived briefly in Townsend, MA. He spent most of his childhood in Orange, MA with father and brothers.
Corey attended Mahar Regional High School in Orange, MA before transferring to Shriver Job Corps Center in Devens, MA where he completed his GED and majored in Masonry.
He had a love of sports like tennis, basketball, and racket ball by either playing them or watching them on TV or in person and it should be noted that he was an avid Ping Pong player as well. Corey was always up to play a good game of cards any day of the week. But it was his affinity for socks that had many friends wondering which pair he would be showing off on social media or in person any day. It did not matter if they had bacon & eggs, chili peppers or anchors on them, he LOVED them and wore them with pride. Lastly, his love for his nieces and nephews surpassed all hobbies and sports as he was one of the most loving and caring Uncles that any child could ever dream of having.
As a young adult of 18 years of age, he was the victim of gun violence and suffered through 3 major surgeries, extended physical rehabilitation and PTSD as a result. But Corey was a fighter and a few years back, he battled Stage 4 Cancer and beat it. Eventually, his demons caught up with him and his struggle ended in a place where he thought he could finally defeat them. Despite the ending, on May 19, 2021 he posted online a quote from 3am Thoughts that perfectly describe Corey: “For the amount of shit I’ve been through… I really have a beautiful soul, I’m slightly damaged, but I still have a heart of gold.” This was his truth and the truth for anyone that knew and loved him.
Corey is survived by his father, Jeffrey McCorquodale of Phillipston, MA; brothers, James McCorquodale of Rochester, NH, Daniel McCorquodale and his wife, Kristen of Fitchburg, MA, Aaron McCorquodale and his wife, Carina of Athol, MA, and Ian McCorquodale of Phillipston, MA; nieces & nephews, Emma, Paige, Jeffrey, Brielle, Evy, Zoe, Ava, Oliver and Roman; his many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends; and finally, his beloved girlfriend, Lauren Kovalski.
He was preceded in death by his mother; grandparents, Charles A. McCorquodale and Joan P. McCorquodale; and his favorite uncle, Michael McCorquodale.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Corey’s name to any local pet shelter as he had a passion for all animals. A private service will be held for the family and close friends.
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