The Life of George Bonadio
George Bonadio, 85, of Glen Mills, PA, former longtime resident of Springfield, Delaware County, died July 15, 2018. Born and raised in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, class of 1950, and received his BS from Drexel University. George was President of CPV Manufacturing and Moldcraft Inc., before retiring in 2014. George was a steadfast husband and father, and truly loved his seven grandchildren. Relationships and trust were “king” and George’s family and friends always knew they could rely on him.
George worked at CPV Manufacturing for over 50 years, where he was President from 2004 until its sale in 2013. He had the opportunity to work for his Father-in-law, Warren Engle and with his brothers-in-law Robert and Calvin Engle among other family members. He revered Warren for his mentorship and fatherly love. The company was of utmost importance to George. He always had the best interest of his employees at heart.
George strongly believed in the importance of giving back to his community and volunteered countless hours for several organizations. As a teenager in Maryland, he served as a camp counselor for children with disabilities and at Drexel University in support of Easter Seals. He was active in his church, Covenant United Methodist. He served for many years as Chairman of the Board for the Methodist Home for Children of Philadelphia, and has an award named in his honor. The Lions Club became central to him later in his life, where he served as a District Governor. George treasured the many friends he met through Lions. He was particularly proud of his club’s relationship with the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley, where he served as an active Board of Trustee member since 2002.
George loved golf, country music and cruises. He was a member at Rolling Green Golf Club for decades and pursued his love of country music on Branson Country Music tours. He was also a connoisseur of Manhattans and a master of Uno, which he often played with friends and grandchildren in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
While George played many important roles, had great interests, and achieved a long list of accomplishments, there is no question that he will be most remembered for his incredible sense of humor. George delighted in good banter, and his laugh was contagious. He was able to share his jokes not only with his closest friends, but with those he just met.
Survivors: include his wife of 60 years, Nancy (nee Engle); his children, G. William Bonadio (Jenny) of Great Falls, VA, Janice Zaballero (Alec) of Brooklyn, NY and Sara McMahon (Richard) of Tetbury, UK and 7 grandchildren Alex, Claire, Madelyn, Xavier, Matthew, Elizabeth and Peter.
Service: Funeral Service at 12 noon Friday, July 20, 2018, Toppitzer Funeral Home at Arlington
Visitation: 11am Friday at the Toppitzer Funeral Home at Arlington
Internment: Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill, PA 19026
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, George’s family requests that donations are made to Lions Eye Bank:
Via mailing address:
Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley
401 North 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
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He Served with Strength and Kindness, Humor and Thoughtfulness
From All of Us at Methodist Services/Methodist Home for Children: George Bonadio was a passionate leader and servant, who brought his talents and dedication to the Methodist Home for Children in 1980 and served on the Board of Directors until 2002. As Board Chair, George pressed for the good of the organization, upholding its mission and ensuring its future. He served with strength and kindness, humor and thoughtfulness. George and his family created the George Bonadio Leadership Excellence Award in 2003. The Methodist Home for Children both honors and is honored by George Bonadio. John 12:26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. Anne Rice-Burgess, President/CEO, Methodist Services