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George Cherpelis


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George Cherpelis

Scottsdale - Early morning on August 15th, the world suffered a tremendous loss. George X. Cherpelis born August 13th, 1929, passed away. He was preceded in death by his loving grandparents who raised him, Helen and George, his mother Athena Panas (step-father George Panas), his father Harry Nicholas Cherpelis and his beloved best friends he referred to as brothers, MacNeil Frasier and John LoGuercio. George was a devoted husband and incredible father, he is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Carol, their son Nicolas, and his older children from earlier in life, Michael (Pamela) and Lisa (Ray), 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin just before the start of the Great Depression, George grew up in the apartment above his Uncle's Drug Store. At the age of 8, he and his grandparents moved to Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan where he attended school. As an officer in Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and a starting Wolverine playing offensive line, George pursued a Bachelor's degree in Economics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he also studied Law after serving as a commissioned officer in the Air Force Intelligence during the Korean Conflict. George began his legal career as a trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board. He left the NLRB and served as labor counsel for General Motors throughout the 60s, followed by Chief of the Legal Staff at Burrough's Corporation before entering private practice. George was admitted to practice law in Michigan, New Mexico, New York and later in Arizona as the oldest person to take the Bar Exam. He was also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Sixth, Tenth and D.C. Circuits and practiced before the NLRB for more than 40 years.

While lecturing on Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations in the far-east, George was appointed V.P. of the Asia Pacific Lawyer's Association, on behalf of which he was invited to speak in Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kirgizstan and China. From the 80's through the mid 90's George founded and operated the AV-Rated firm Cherpelis & Salazar until moving to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1996. George also volunteered his time on various boards including a lengthy stint on the City of Albuquerque Personnel Board.

George had a great love for the practice of law and was the consummate "Labor Lawyer." He had an exacting taste for the finer things in life. He was an automobile enthusiast, he enjoyed traveling, Big Band and Classical music, and most of all spending time with his family, supporting his young son, an aspiring concert pianist. George believed that with hard work and dedication anything was possible. He was a strong supporter of the constitution and lifelong NRA member. His razor wit and tremendous sense of humor brought smiles to the faces of many and his loss has left a void in the hearts of all who knew him.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 14, 2018
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