Isidor "Izzy" Cordova

  • "To the most wonderful man in the world I miss him dearly..."
    - Ray Helveston
  • "Izzy was a wonderful person. The world was richer with him..."
    - Janna Stewart
  • "Rest in peace dear Izzy. Will miss your smiling face and..."
  • - Toni
  • "I first met Isidor in the 90's when I'd come to Anchorage..."
    - Kathryn Whitacre

Longtime Alaska bartender Isidor "Izzy" Elfido Cordova died on June 1, 2018, at 4:20 a.m., in Anchorage, Alaska. Izzy was born on May 24, 1942, in Hudson, Wyo., where he lived until joining the Navy. In 1962, Izzy deployed to Southeast Asia serving on the USS Terrell County, a tank landing ship, during the Vietnam War. After a 4-year hitch, he was honorably discharged and came to Alaska in search of his mother whom he hadn't seen in 21 years.
Izzy's bartending career started at Pal Joey in Anchorage, then in Kodiak at the Kodiak Inn and other fishermen's bars. He moved to Anchorage working for the Reilly's again at the Cheechako (for 33 years). He came out of retirement to work at the Raven Bar. Izzy loved making cocktails and proudly invented the "Best Brandy Alexander," not telling anyone his secret. He took pride in sponsoring coed, men's and women's baseball, rugby, hockey, basketball and softball teams. Izzy loved everyone! He was a touchstone to many people and made lifelong, lasting friendships. Many couples had Izzy officiate their nuptials; and, he was godfather to a multitude of children. Izzy prized his collections: beer steins, paintings, Alaska Native art, decanters, rocks, bolas, etc. He was a great cook: you couldn't visit without him offering up simple fare or a five-course meal. Izzy loved animals; at one time he had two cats named Joan Crawford and Harry Truman. He also loved his bulldogs: Barney, Hector and Eleanor.
He was predeceased by his mother, Maria Dora McCrae; and adopted son, Rodney James Sagnolini. Siblings of Izzy include: Alice Cordova, Orlando Cordova, Carmen Montero and David Reeves. Survivors include daughter, Kathy Kight (Scott); grandchildren, Bradley Kight (Amanda), Cassandra Wentworth and Ashley Wood (Joey); five great-grandchildren; and cherished confidant, Mimi Silveira, husband Rick and godson Robert Silveira of Cordova, Alaska.
All are welcome to a Life Celebration Potlatch for Izzy taking place on the full moon, Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 5 p.m., at the American Legion Jack Henry Post 1, 840 West Fireweed Lane.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from June 26 to June 29, 2018
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