Business, community leader Sordoni dead at 73

By Times Leader Staff
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William B. Sordoni, former president of Sordoni Construction Services and noted community leader, died Wednesday at age 73.

The Vietnam veteran and his three brothers took over the firm based in Forty Fort in the late 1960s, when they were only in their late teens and early 20s, according to a 2010 business profile of the firm to mark its 100th anniversary.

Sordoni Construction’s work stands throughout the area and state and includes schools, hospitals and office buildings.

The company also expanded into New York and New Jersey during Mr. Sordoni’s tenure, building a campus in Poughkeepsie, New York, for IBM and tackling a host of other significant projects.

He retired from the construction firm in 2010, when the company had grown to include approximately 75 employees in Forty Fort plus more than 300 in the field.

Throughout his working career, Sordoni also served in leadership positions with the Sterling Industrial Corp. and Commonwealth Telephone, or CTEC.

He was also known for his philanthropic work, including roles with the United Way of Wyoming Valley, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce and The Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development at Wilkes University.

Sordoni is survived by wife Margaret, three sons, a daughter, and eight grandchildren.

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By Times Leader Staff