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James Nicholas Sotis

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- James “Jim” Nicholas Sotis, 77, formerly of Cambridge, died peacefully on Saturday morning, Nov. 4,2006 at the Vermont Veteran’s Home in Bennington.

Born Sept. 4, 1929, in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, he was the son of Nicholas and Ingrid Hansen Sotis. He graduated from Fort Hamilton High School and attended Niagara University on a full basketball scholarship. Jim served in the Army from 1952 to 1954 in Korea. He was awarded a Bronze Service Star, a United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Jim continued his education at New York University and earned a master’s degree in education and guidance counseling. He worked as a guidance counselor in the New York towns of Mineville, Montrose, and Lawrence as well as South Royalton, Vt.

He loved all aspects of the natural world -- birding, camping, canoeing, stargazing, photography, and wild flowers, to name a few. He was a true Renaissance man. His poetry was published in the New York Times and several poetry publications.

Along with his long time companion, Joan Sheppard, of Queensbury, he is survived by five children, Tina Sotis (Richard Siddell) of Sandisfield, Mass., Lynne Bittner (Randy) of Greenwich, Nick Sotis (Betty Jo Merek) of Hillsdale, Jaime Sotis of Monterey, Mass., and Lincoln Sotis of Pittsfield, Mass.; three grandchildren, Dorothy, Jasmine and Mohee; a sister, Gloria Kesten (Larry) of Hurley; his former wife and mother of his children, Linda Sotis of Hillsdale; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Friends and relatives are invited to call on Monday, Nov. 13, 2006, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Ackley & Ross Funeral Rome, 73 West Main Street, Cambridge. A time for sharing memories of Jim’s life begin at 12 p.m. Burial will follow at Woodlands Cemetery, Cambridge.

For those wishing to make a donation in memory of Jim the family suggests the Vermont Veteran’s Home music program, North Street, Bennington, VT 05901 or the Battenkill Conservancy, PO Box 327, Cambridge, NY 12816.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at a later date.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 6, 2006
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