Jack Cord
Posted 10/26/2011 8:38:00 PM

I want to thank everyone for the tremedous support after the loss of my father, Jack Cord. We are all overwhelmed by your kindness.

Here's a picture of my niece Lily that I know my dad would have been proud of. I can hear him saying now, "Bless her little heart".

This is the eugology I gave for my dad at his funeral on October 21st, 2011.

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Today, the world is a little less funny,  a little less curious, a little less intelligent, and a little less loving. A great life has become a grand legacy.

Jack Cord, our dad, was one of the happiest people you'd ever meet. His personality lit up the room... An infectious smile, a warm heart, and gorgeous blue eyes. If you met him... you never forgot him. He wasn't loud or boisterous... didn't brag (unless it was about kids or grandkids)... and he certainly wasn't flashy.

He just made you feel like you were the only person in the room.

He loved his family! We were always the #1 priority. From his five kids and 11 grandkids to his trophy wife- in his mind, we were all that mattered to him.

We all know how smart he was and he loved to teach.. but he was always learning. He always told us kids "You don't learn by talking".

He loved God... he said the rosary every night before bed. He loved this parrish, St Thomas the Apostle... a parishioner for 45 years... From substitute teaching at the grade school to working the Panda Pitch at the Old St Thomas Country Fair, taking up the collection, lectoring at the old church, and countless fundraising efforts - he was what St Thomas is all about.

He also had a very unique and cute side to him, from...

Making his pumkin seeds

Coming home every night whistling to a growling German shepherd

Bloody Caesers on the Christmas show on WMMR

His #2 pencils (all over the house and sharpened)

He loved his work, he loved being an engineer at Boeing, he loved his coworkers, he loved the V-22

Going to Sixer games and hoping they would score 100 points so the next day he could take his ticket stub to a participating McDonald's... and redeem it for a free Big Mac

He had coupons for every restaurant imaginable

His "My Coke" rewards points are legendary

Booth corners every Friday night with the Powells

Riding the waves on his surf mat in Sea Isle City, and probably the only person in the entire Jersey Shore who still has a surf mat

Panera after church on Saturday nights

Bringing my mom breakfast in bed every morning

...and any and all types of food, any kind, anywhere, and any time of the day

He just loved life to the fullest.

And whenever you're with my dad and it came time to say goodbye, whether you were leaving the house, getting dropped off in a car, or on the telephone, he would always end every conversation with two words: Be Good... Be Good.

So Dad, we're all gonna miss you, but we're all gonna... BE GOOD.

Posted By: Matt Cord  

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  1. Loretta EllenE posted on 10/25/2011 11:47 PM
    Matt, I lost my dad two years ago. No matter how old you, you never imagine a world wthout the people.you love sharing the great moments with. Take care of yourself! ::hug::
  2. KarlK_11 posted on 10/26/2011 11:10 PM
    It's difficult to describe in a short Eugology the full scope of what a person means to you. You did really well and made me understand just a little more about your father. He sounded like a fantastic person to be around and I unfortunetly did not meet him, although I did hear him on the radio a few times. I'm going through the crushing pain of losing my father recently too and I am confident that the pain will slow lessen and breathing will become easier one day at at time. You've been honored to have such a wonderful person like your Dad in your life and nothing can take that away. I find when things get tough, I "hang in there" and "don't sweat the little things" and my favorite, "you don't have to explain what you don't say". All compliments of learning from my father. Death doesn't seem to be a celebration but that's what I do everyday to honor my dad's memory. I celebrate his life and the love he had for everyone of us especially my mother.
    Good look Matt with everything you do - I think you were guided properly and of course you're going to BE GOOD.
    Karl (Pennsauken, NJ)
  3. Joe_W posted on 10/26/2011 11:21 PM
    I lost my dad last year due to cancer so I understand how hard it is. When you have someone that you have looked up to all your life it's hard to let them go. In the hard times remember the good times, and Matt...Be Good.
  4. MichaelR_111 posted on 10/27/2011 02:00 AM
    Matt, I am sorry to hear that your dad has passed on. You described a man who must be at peace now. I have always enjoyed listening in on Christmas, usually I would be getting the house and kitchen ready for my family, and because of those shows with your folks I think of them as people I know and enjoy spending time with. My thoughts are with you, your mom, and your family. - Mike Ruane
  5. CarolB_25 posted on 10/27/2011 02:09 PM
    Matt,
    That was a great eugology for your dad. No matter how old or young we are when we lose our dad it still hurts. I lost my dad when I was 29, I'm 54 today. I think of him everyday and am so proud he was my dad. I love to tell stories about him cause there are plenty to tell. One day Matt, your heart won't hurt so bad and you'll enjoy telling all the great stories you have about your dad too! He sounded like a wonderful person and I can tell he was very proud of you and your entrie family.
    take care, Carol lee
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