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Louis Otero

1924 - 2014 POWNAL Louis Otero, 90, of Greenwich, N..Y., formerly of Hollywood, Fla., and Pownal, passed away after a short illness on Aug. 7, 2014, at the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. Louis was born in Marianao, Cuba, on June 19, 1924, and was the son of Louis and Marissa Otero. Louis had three brothers, Rolando, Alfredo, and Carlos and two sisters, Esther and Estelle. As a young man, Louis was active is baseball and professional boxing, competing against many former professional athletes that later came to the United States as professionals. He joined the Cuban Navy and served aboard a submarine as a sonar operator stationed at Guantanamo Bay Cuba. After the Navy, Louis became a renowned boxer in the welterweight division. He fought in the United States, the Caribbean and Mexico, fighting such big names as Indian Joe and Kid Gavilan. Louis left Cuba at the end of the Fulgencio Batista Regime and came to Miami to begin a lifetime career in the Thoroughbred horse racing industry. He became a groom for top known trainers such as Tommy Gallo, Allen Jerkens, Frank (Pancho) Martin, Gil Puentes and Bill Shoehoffer. He was the assistant trainer under Gil Puentes for many years. He then started his own stable, Little Blondie Stables. He trained at Belmont, Aqueduct, Saratoga, Liberty Bell, Monmouth Park and Calder to name a few. He met Lois Elaine Spooner and married in the 50's and had six children. Louis lived with his family in Hialeah, Fla., before relocating to Pownal shortly after Green Mountain Race Track opened. Louis worked as a jockey valet and assistant starter at the Green Mountain Race Track. Louis was proud to become a citizen of the United States in 1978. Louis was last employed with Pinkerton Security Services, working at the New York Racing Associations tracks at Belmont, Aqueduct and Saratoga. He retired from the job after 20 plus years of service. He and Lois summered in Saratoga and wintered in Hollywood Fla. When Lois passed away in 1995, Louis made Hollywood his permanent home until 2011 when he came to Greenwich, N.Y., to live with his son, Michael and wife, Karen. Louis was predeceased by his wife Lois; daughter Aileen; three brothers, Rolando, Alfredo and Carlos, and two sisters, Esther and Estelle. Survivors include four sons, Thomas Otero and wife, Linda of Bennington, Michael Otero and wife, Karen of Greenwich, N.Y., David Otero and wife, Zane of Coram, N.Y., and William Otero and wife, Stacey of Hebron, N.Y.; daughter, Mary Ann Cole and husband, Lawrence Cole of Bennington, 10 grandchildren, Mike, Marie, Mark, Larry, Will, Walter, Bridgett, Felicia, Aimee, Angelina, Ashley and Kelsey and five great grandchildren. Louis lived life to the fullest. He loved the horses and thoroughbred racing, and met many friends over the years. He will be missed by his family and friends. FUNERAL NOTICE: There will be no calling hours. A service will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date. Anyone wishing to make a donation on Louis' behalf is asked to contribute to the Horseman's Benevolent Association of the NYRA, through the MAHAR AND SON FUNERAL HOME, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201


Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 8, 2014
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