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Obit: George Brooke, Funny Man With a Love for Radnor

Brooke was committed to "all things Radnor."

The world just got a lot less funny.

On Dec. 4 George Brooke, an ardent supporter of Radnor Schools and teller of jokes, died at his home in Paoli. He was 86.

As a member of the Alumni Association of Radnor High School, Brooke was a member of the Radnor Alumni Council. He regularly represented the organization at the Radnor Fall Festival every September.

Brooke was "so committed to 'all things Radnor'. His passion was the alumni association and he was instrumental in the donation of the memorial wall at Radnor High School that graces the view from the student parking lot area down onto the athletic fields," said Joy Antonoplos, executive director of the Radnor Educational Foundation.

Leo Bernabei, director of operations for Radnor Township School District, said: "George was instrumental in the donation of the wonderful memorial wall at Radnor High School that graces the view from the student parking lot area down onto the athletic fields. He saved, organized and lead the charge of the extensive archive collection in the Radnor Alumni Council room, downstairs in our administration building. Most of all he poked and prodded us in Operations with great humor, guidance and a deep appreciation for the history and traditions of Radnor."

"We have lost a most dedicated Radnor Alumnus," said Art Lewis, president of the Radnor High School Scholarship Fund. "His energy and good humor will be greatly missed."

Lisa Borowski, Radnor school board member, said of the archives that "The room is really a tribute to George's love of Radnor and his passion for preserving our history.  He will be missed."

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According to his death notice, Brooke is survived by his wife, three children, three step-children, eight grandchildren and nine step-grandchildren.

He was the owner of Stock Controls, Inc. of Wayne.

View and sign his guest book here.

Do you have an anecdote about George? Share it with us here by commenting below on this article.

Anne-Marie Staples December 12, 2012 at 01:58 PM
George will be greatly missed by the Radnor Gridiron. The stories he shared with the players at the annual Has Beens luncheon during LM week were full of his self-deprecating humor and love for Radnor. The boys loved gleaning from him the tradition behind the rivalry and the pride of Radnor alumni. My personal favorite, although not a football story, is his joke about the Leprechaun and the soda can tab. If you know George you probably know exactly the joke I am remembering.
Amy Gordon December 12, 2012 at 06:28 PM
What a wonderful human being. He praised our daughter who won a scholarship from the RHS alum committee 2 years ago, and he only wanted to congratulate her personally for her contribution to the school and now, the world. Rest in peace George! Amy Gordon


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