RJ Corman lost his battle with cancer today. He was 58.
Corman is the founder and owner of RJ Corman Railroad Group, which he turned into a multi-million dollar company. The company is based in Nicholasville, but employs more than 1,100 people in 22 states across the country.
Corman’s visitation is Sunday, August 25th from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
His funeral service is Monday, August 26th at 4:00 pm. The front gate will be open at 2:30 pm.
Visitation and services will be located in Hangar 1 on the property of R. J. Corman Railroad Group, 101 R. J. Corman Drive, Nicholasville, KY.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Richard Corman Research Fund in Multiple Myeloma / Dana-Farber Cancer Institute / PO Box 849168 / Boston, MA 02284-9168.
Corman was known for his successful business and giving spirit. He and his company were the largest philanthropic supporters of Saint Joseph Hospital.
“Rick Corman and his legacy are so important to the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation and his friendship was very special for us,” said Barry A. Stumbo, President and CEO, Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation.
Corman was first diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer that impacts the body’s plasma cells 12 years ago.
UK Coach John Calipari sent out a tweet today saying, “I'm not in the frame of mind to talk about it right now, but I will shortly. Rest in peace, my good friend."
Later Calipari wrote on his website, “Rick was one of the absolute smartest and most humble people that I have ever met in my life. I’m going to miss him dearly.”
Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell said, "He was one of the most remarkable people I have known and he never forgot where he came from or the lessons he learned about hard work and honesty. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rick’s family and friends. He will be missed."
“By any definition Rick was the American success story...up-from-the-bootstraps, an unforgettable character, with a vigorous charitable, spirit and unshakeable passion for life. He will be missed,” said Lexington Major Jim Gray.