George R. Brodie Jr., 80, died peacefully at his home in Eagles Mere, Pa., on Fri., Nov. 12, 2021, after valiantly fighting a lengthy and debilitating illness. Son of the late George Rogers Brodie and Frances Peter Brodie, he was born Nov. 21, 1940, and raised in Penn Valley, Montgomery Co., Pa. George attended Episcopal Academy and settled in center city Philadelphia in his 20s where he still maintains a home.
He was a contractor and real estate developer who purchased and renovated many properties in Philadelphia, including his current residence. As a master woodworker, George built his two residences himself as well as many pieces of furniture. Most notably, he built the house in Eagles Mere from lumber milled from trees on the property.
George and his wife of 35 years, Nancy Stricker Brodie, traveled widely and especially enjoyed visiting opera houses throughout the world. George loved music and was a regular subscriber to performances at New York City’s fabled Metropolitan Opera House and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. He and his wife were also regular supporters of Broadway musicals. In his younger days he belonged to the Savoy Company of Philadelphia, performing Gilbert and Sullivan operas in Philadelphia and at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa.
He was an avid reader, especially of history, and savored visiting historic sites and museums. George was active in the Center City Residents' Association, for which he served a two-year term as president. Through George’s leadership, CCRA initiated the sidewalk cleaning program which has benefitted our neighborhood for more than twenty years. “
His welcoming smile was familiar to residents in his center-city neighborhood where he was well known to enthusiastically greet and speak with people on the street.
George was a member of the Racquet Club of Philadelphia and the St Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia. He was also a member of the Eagles Mere Association.
George and Nancy very generously gave their numerous nieces and nephews many years of memorable experiences, entertaining them in their homes and arranging trips for them in the states and overseas. They also hosted them at many operas and musicals.
In addition to his wife, George is survived by a brother, Frederick Peter Brodie and his wife Sally of Radnor and Eagles Mere, and two sisters, Barbara Frances Brodie and her husband William Riggar of Philadelphia and Sarah Hunter Brodie of Tucson, Ariz., as well as a number of nieces, nephews, and other family members.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA 18614.
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