George Peter Cordes

Born: Mon., Dec. 2, 1946
Died: Mon., Mar. 22, 2021


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Mar. 25, 2021
Location: James J. Sweeney Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Fri., Mar. 26, 2021
Location: St. Anastasia Catholic Church

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George Cordes was born on December 2, 1946 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, His family moved to Broomall Pennsylvania in 1956. George graduated from Msgr. Bonner High School in 1964. He graduated from St. Joseph's  University with a Bachelor's degree in business Administration and a Master's degree in American Studies. He also graduated from Temple School of Law. He was always proud of the fact that all of his graduate and post graduate degrees were obtained at night school.

      He married Susan McKeon in 1971. She was the person, in his life, that enabled and inspired him to achieve whatever success he had. They had three children; Shawn (Anna Gryglewska), Megan (Gary Bernhard), and Kate Hackenburg (Paul). George and Sue have five grandchildren; Emily, Jack, and Finn Hopkins, Gavin Johnson and Evan Hackenburg. They also have three step-grandchildren; Zachary, Trinity, and Bryce Hackenburg. George was the oldest of seven siblings; Kevin,(Edward Kazio) Timothy (Christine), Mary Dunn (Richard), Ruthann Cordes (David Baker), Gregory (Linda Kunze), and predeceased by his brother Mark and sister-in-law Jeanne. He is also survived by 9 nieces and nephews and 6 great nieces and nephews.

     George began his working life in the consumer finance business. In 1975 He began working for Delaware County Government and soon began his love of politics, specifically Republican politics. He met and was mentored by Faith Ryan Whittlesey, She introduced him to Ronald Reagan's campaign for the presidency, in 1979. In 1982, he was appointed Regional Administrator for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the US General Services Administration (GSA), wher he served for 11 years. Much of George's last year with the GSA, was in serving as the commissioner of Public Buildings for the entire US, in Washington, DC.

     He completed his law degree in 1996 and upon passing the bar, he worked for Michael FX Gillin & Associates, in Media, PA., where he also returned to Delaware Government, which he served until his retirement in 2018.

     George was an avid collector of both political memorabilia and 45 records throughout his life.

     He was the recipient of many awards, most notably: Outstanding Young Man in America; The Chapel of the Four Chaplains Award; all of the GSA Performance Awards culminating with the agency's Outstanding Achievement Award. He always considered his greatest GSA achievement was in moving the National Archives from 5000 Wissahickon Avenue to the Old Post Office at 9th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia for which he was awarded the Public Service Award from the Society of Access Professionals.

     In his retirement he authored his families' genealogy, as well as other introspective studies. He published his autobiography; "Political Hack, My Life in Politics", so that his children and grandchildren  would know what he accomplished in life.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to St. Anastasia Endowment Fund, 3301 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 19073, would be appreciated.

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Tony Maalouf
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
An excellent mentor and friendly neighbor, George helped get me involved in local politics and motivated me to stay involved in the community. He'll be missed by many here in Newtown Square who benefited from his efforts and his wise advice and his work. My prayers go out to Sue, his daughter, Megan and the family.

Sally and Skip Ziegenfuss
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
Our deepest sympathies are sent to Sue and the rest of the Cordes family. George gave so much of his time and talents in Newtown Square. With his wife Sue, George raised a beautiful family. We will keep all of you in our prayers.

John Thompson
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
George: I know that you are serving the Lord our God, Jesus the Christ. We worked together at GSA for many years. In my long career I never met a man more honorable that George. I will forever reflect fondly on our relationship. John27

Donna Thormann
   Posted Thu March 25, 2021

Grandma's Garden Table Basket was sent by Donna Thormann .

Our Deepest Sympathies! Praying for you all..... Donna, John, Stephanie, Justin, Celine and Sophie Thormann

Donna Thormann
   Posted Thu March 25, 2021
We are thinking of all of you during this difficult time. You were our great Hacks Point neighbors and we miss you all. George was a wonderful man and will be missed. Sue, and your whole wonderful family, we are praying for you all.
The Thormann family

Michael Mckee
   Posted Thu March 25, 2021
Sue and the family: Not many knew the gang used to call George ( Geep). His family called him Dad.I called him, friend.I will miss him, as will others but he is not forgotten.
Sorry I couldn't be there,my heart was for me sure. Love to all the family.

Mike Mckee

Gryglewski Family
   Posted Fri March 26, 2021
We would like to offer you and your family our deepest and most sincere condolences. Wishing you peace and strength during this difficult time.

Marybeth Livengood
   Posted Sun March 28, 2021
I was struck with my remembrance of living on Pennview Avenue as a child as I saw this notice. Your family has popped in and out of my life since-reunions, through my cousin, Jack Williams, and here again. I am sorry for your loss and will keep you all in my prayers.

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