EAST PALESTINE - Bernard C. "Cork" Doran Sr., 78, of East Martin Street, died at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at his residence following a one-month illness.
Cork was born May 31, 1934 in East Palestine, a son of the late Bernard P. and Larna Grimm Doran, and was a lifelong resident of the community.
He had been employed as a mechanic with the former Herriott Trucking company, as well as the East Palestine Police Department from 1968 until his retirement in 2004 as a sergeant. The police department had awarded him a Decoration of Valor for his service in an accident in the community's annual Christmas Parade later that year. He was a U.S. Marine Corp veteran.
He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church. For many years he had been active in the East Palestine Volunteer Fire Department, where he had not only served as a fireman, but as a paramedic for many years.
Survivors include his wife, the former Janice Mahon, whom he married Dec. 31, 1955; three sons, Bernard C. "Chuck" Doran Jr. and his wife, Cindy, of New Waterford, and Timothy W. Doran and Jeffery F. Doran, both of East Palestine; a daughter, Mary M. Burch of Hubert, N.C. ; a sister, Sandy Coon of East Palestine; and six grandchildren.
A son, Bernard Michael Doran, had preceded him in death in infancy. A brother, Hal Doran, and a sister, Nola Adams, also preceded him in death.
Friends will be received at the Oliver-Linsley Funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, with a funeral service to be held at the conclusion of calling hours, with his pastor, Rev. Thomas Ziegler officiating. A military service will be conducted by the combined units of the American Legion Post 31 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4579. Burial will be in East Carmel Cemetery.
The family has asked that material tributes take the form of contributions to East Palestine City School District, 200 W. North Ave., East Palestine, Ohio 44413, for a scholarship to be established in Cork's name.