Cornel was born on February 7, 1944 in Finate, Romania to Ioan and Ana Saiu. He met his wife, Maria Moldovan, and got married on July 12, 1970. This last July they celebrated their 50th anniversary surrounded by his children and grandchildren. In 1991, he packs up his family and left Romania, looking for a better life for his wife and children. He is survived by his wife, Maria; Cornel and Meda (Alexandra and Nathan); Marcel and Cristina (Alex, Jason, Andre, and Alysa); Emil and Camelia (Ashlee, Cameron and Preston); Mircea and Carmen (Ethan); and Remus and Mihaela (Lucas and Brielle).