John Sorich, 91, of the Weatogue section of Simsbury, husband of the late Alice Sorich, died Monday, (May 13, 2013) at his home with his family by his side. He was born Jan. 11, 1922 in Preko, Croatia, son of the late Marco and Simica Sorich. John left his beloved homeland in his teens and joined the Merchant Marines and traveled the world. However, he had a longing for freedom and came to the United States, which for him, held the promise of such freedom. He proudly served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, being Honorably Discharged as a Sergeant. After serving the country that he loved and that was his second home, John received his architectural degree, and was in private practice for many years. After relocating with his family to Connecticut, John was the Assistant City Architect for the City of Hartford until his retirement in 1989. He was a member of St. Mary's Church in Simsbury, the Codgers, the American Legion, and various Croatian organizations. John enjoyed painting, sailing, gardening, and cooking, and loved volunteering at Simsbury High School, sharing tales of his life experiences with the high school students. Most of all, John loved his family and cherished their accomplishments. He is survived by his four beloved children, his son, John M. Sorich and his three daughters, Anna Fusari, Joan Sorich, and Jean Sorich; seven grandchildren, Caitlyn, Christopher, Jacqueline, Sarah Smith and her husband, Richard, Heather, Shaun and Ivo; his brother, Victor Sorich and his wife Jean; his sisters, Josephine and her husband "Buzz," and Blanca; sisters-in-law, Kruna and Bla enka and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Steve and Tony, and his sisters, Annie and Bo ica.
Friends may call at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury on Sunday, May 19 from 4-6 p.m. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, May 20, 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 942 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury. Burial with military honors will follow in Simsbury Cemetery, followed by a private family reception. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Simsbury Senior Services Center, 754 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT 06070. Please visit John's "Book of Memories" at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online condolences.