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Special Feature September 17th, 2009

George Cordry Dies
Longtime Newspaperman, Community and Sports Activist

by lyle e davis

As we neared completion of this week’s issue of The Paper, word reached us of the passing of long time friend and colleague, George Cordry. George was a former reporter for the old Times Advocate, then focused on sports, which he loved, then became an editor and, ultimately, became managing editor in 1969.

He had been hired right out of high school where he had covered sports for the Times Advocate. His passion for sports, particularly Escondido sports, was unbounded. His passion for the city of Escondido was also of the highest order.

George could talk. Oh, how he loved to talk. One could talk to George for an hour and a half simply about the weather. Correction: one could listen to George talk for an hour and a half. One seldom interrupted George when he was “on a roll.” All of his friends knew George’s penchant for talking, and they encouraged it.

In 1983, George left the Times Advocate and joined Ron Kenney in a run at publishing a local newspaper known simply as “The Reporter.” It was a good paper, well written, well edited . . . but underfinanced. It lasted but two years.

But, George had plenty of writing assignments, acting as a public relations director at Palomar College and helping to raise funds for the Palomar Pomerado Health Foundation.

Cordry was inducted into the Escondido High School Hall of Fame in 2005. He and wife, Shirley, were Grape Day King and Queen in 2008. Though in declining health (that I was unaware of) he continued his active promotion of Escondido High School and, in particular, its many athletic programs.

George Cordry was 75. Rest in Peace, old friend.

 

 

 

 


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