John C. Cordaro
SHREVEPORT, LA - John Christopher Cordaro, the most wonderful husband, father, son, brother and friend, gracefully entered the Kingdom of Heaven on Sunday, February 9, 2014. He is now at peace.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Shreveport, LA on February 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Centuries Memorial Cemetery on Mansfield Rd. Officiating will be Father Charles Glorioso and Monsignor Earl Provenza. Visitation will be held at Rose-Neath Marshall St. from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. February 12, 2014 with a Rosary to follow.
Chris was born July 29, 1948 in Shreveport LA to Anthony John and Betsye Jean Moseley Cordaro. He was preceded in death by his father Anthony John Cordaro. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 38 years, Debbie; precious daughters, Amy Cordaro, Katie Cordaro Bethard and husband, Henry. His first grandchild, Henry William Bethard, VI., due to be born in the spring; his mother, Betsye Jean Cordaro; sisters Kathy Schafer and husband, Larry; Julie Aillet and husband, Joe; brothers, Joseph "Bubba" Cordaro and wife, Sunny; Michael Cordaro, Emile Cordaro and wife, Sherry. Also a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Chris graduated from Jesuit High School in 1965 where he earned City and State honors for baseball and basketball. He attended LA Tech and graduated from Northwestern, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
He was the owner of a liquor business for over 40 years, where his faithful employees were considered family. Out of respect for his kindness and generosity he was nicknamed "Big Daddy" by his many friends, employees and customers.
Chris was a true renaissance man who had passion for everything from drag racing to opera, theatre to all beautiful music, especially Sinatra. He was known to always be humming a tune. He was a gentle giant who will be remembered for his honesty, integrity, dependability and loyalty. He generously gave to those in need without expecting recognition. He was a man of few words, yet captivated us all with his witty stories and one-liners. When he spoke, we listened. He commanded your attention. He loved all God's creatures and enjoyed caring for them.
Honoring Chris as pallbearers will be Art Adams, Henry Bethard, Tony Calantone, Phillip Cordaro, Bob Dennehy, Sammy Fertitta, Rusty George, Vincent Glorioso, Mike Harper, Bob Johnson, Mike Lombardino, N.C. McGowan, Tony Papa and Robert Pringle.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Staff at Willis Knighton Cancer Center and St. Joseph Hospice and the staff at Sam's Club Pharmacy.
The family suggests memorials may be made to
, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or to Yogi and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027.
If success is measured by the way you live your life and the positive impact you make on others, then he was an extremely successful man. We are grateful for the time we had with him and are better for having known him.
"See ya Cuz"
Published in Shreveport Times from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14, 2014
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