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Old 02-11-2008, 03:38 PM
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Capt George "Gige" Soter USMCR (ret), 80, Rocky Hill, CT

GEORGE "GIGE" SOTER , Captain, USMC-Retired, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Saturday, February 9, 2008 after a long illness battling Multiple Sclerosis for over 55 years. George was born in Worcester MA. on December 6,1927, where he was raised during the depression and rose from the challenges of an inner-city (Worcester, MA) to attain both scholastic and athletic excellence, a 3-Letter High School athlete and scholar. George was the son of the late Theodore & Eugenia (Panagopoulos) Soter (Sotiropoulos) of Worcester, MA and Greece. He is survived by his adoring wife Ann (Chrisoulis) Soter of Rocky Hill, CT., and would have celebrated their 55th Anniversary on April 12. In addition to George's wife he leaves his children; Philip his wife Deborah (Steele) of Colchester, CT; his son Theodore, and his daughter Angela, both of Rocky Hill, CT., a cherished grand- daughter Jaime Faith Soter of Colchester, CT. George is survived by a brother Constantine (Dino) and sister-in-law Elizabeth of Worcester, MA, brother Arthur Soter of Worcester, MA., brother Anthony Soter of Worcester, MA., a sister-in-law Irene (Pitsiladis) Soter of Willington, CT. George leaves a god-daughter and niece Joanne Chrisoulis, a special nephew David Chrisoulis both of West Hartord, CT, a great-nephew Nicholas Chrisoulis III, a great-niece Nikole Zaley Chrisoulis both of Houston, TX, and many nieces and nephews. George attended Brown University on academic and athletic scholarships. He met and courted Ann in Hartford, worked in retail sales and participated in the local (Hartford) Greek Orthodox community events, especially playing basketball for the inter-faith league where George was a star player. George enlisted in the Marine Corp and attended Officers Candidate School obtaining his initial Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant to serve his country during the Korean Conflict, retiring as Captain in the reserves. George received Service Stars and United Nations Medals while serving in Korea. Upon returning to the States, he married Ann and they raised their family. George continued his education at the Harvard Business School obtaining an MBA in 1955. George began his career with the pioneers of computing and worked with the inventors of the digital age; (John Mauchly, Presper Eckert, and Admiral Grace Hopper). George's outstanding communication skills (English Major at Brown), found him rising to the level of Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Sperry Rand (UNIVAC) Corporation where George sold many of the Fortune 100 Companies their 1st Mainframe Computer. George resided in Stamford CT with his family during his tenure at UNIVAC. In Stamford George was an active Greek Orthodox Sunday School Teacher as a member of the Church of the Archangels, Basketball Coach, and inspiration to all who knew him. George went on to provide Marketing Consulting Services throughout the US for several companies. Eventually, George's entrepreneurial spirit focused on a new invention: the first computerized cash register (Registar, Inc.1971). Unfortunately, George's illness took hold and the company was dissolved. George subsequently moved the family back to the Hartford area for medical treatment where he worked for many years for the State of Connecticut's Department of Labor (Data Processing Department). George was hired by the State of Connecticut through a new program initiated by then Governor Ella Grasso 'Hire the Handicapped Campaign'. George was a spokesperson for the program and 1st year Poster-Champion, as a member of both the PVA (Paralyzed Veterans of America) and the DAV (Disabled American Veterans). George retired from State Service in 1989. George received a War Medal from the President of South Korea commemorating the gratitude for George's Military Service at a special 50th Anniversary Ceremony in the Rocky Hill Town Hall in 2000 as presented by Congressman John Larson (CT). George was a generous and caring man who would defend his beliefs and those close to him. He loved to read, write, dance, and sing, and would light up the room upon entering. After retiring, George read many books and began writing his biography until he required the full-time care of the Belair Manor of Newington, CT. George leaves a devoted friend, Peter Dizes who often visited with George at Belair Manor and conversed with George in both Greek and English. Many who knew George as a young man stayed in close contact with George throughout the years including his "Koumbaro" -Costas "Charlie" Labovites; UCONN Ambassador and Basketball Coach Dee Rowe; Harvard roommate Pierre Cros of Paris, France, and his Brown roommate Rod Scheffer of New Hampshire, and numerous; childhood friends, university, church, community and business colleagues. George was pre-deceased by a sister Penelope of Worcester, MA, a brother Andrew Soter of Wethersfield, CT, a brother Angelo Soter and sister-in-law Eveylyn (Pallas) of Worcester, MA., a niece Lisa Soter of Wethersfield, CT. and a nephew William Soter of Worcester, MA. George's family wishes to thank the special staff of Belair Manor and VITAS Hospice, for the kind care that George received, as well as, the support of all who knew George. The funeral will Tuesday, February 12th, 11 a.m. in St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 433 Fairfield Ave. Hartford, with the Rev. Father George Ioannou, officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visiting hours will be Monday, February 11th, 5-8 p.m. at The Dillon-Baxter Funeral Home, 1276 Berlin Tpke. Wethersfield, with a Trisayion Service at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent in his memory to: St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 433 Fairfield Ave. Hartford, CT 06114 or The National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Connecticut Chapter) 659 Tower Ave. Hartford, CT 06112. To share a memory with the family, please visit www.dillonbaxter.com
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