William Sorokin

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August 16, 2012

William Sorokin, 67, of Plains Township, died Thursday, August 16, 2012, in a weather-related boating accident while fishing on Lake Michigan with his friend Ray "Finny" Finholm.

Born in Jackson Township, he was a son of the late John and Julia (Novak) Sorokin.

Bill was educated in Lake-Lehman schools and the U.S. Naval Air Technical Training Center, Memphis, Tenn., for Aviation Mechanics.

He worked as an auto and refrigeration mechanic, was a truck owner and operator and electrician/lineman and dispatcher for Detroit Edison. He recently retired as fleet operations mechanic from Sears Logistics Services, Wilkes-Barre.

Bill was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was a member of the Irem Temple Motor Corps, George M. Dallas Masonic Lodge 531, Lifetime member of ABATE of Pennsylvania, National Rifle Association, Electric City Harley Owners Group, Boy Scout Troop 146, Jackson Township, and Cub Scout Pack 232, Dallas.

Bill enjoyed fishing, hunting, vegetable gardening and the challenge of growing new cultivars of backyard fruit trees.

He treated his grandchildren to the Irem Shrine Circus every year and enjoyed making "caaandy ap-ples" as much as the kids enjoyed the vendors cheerfully selling them.

Bill took great pride in his many successful creative projects, especially the electrical, plumbing, concrete and structural renovations of his 100+-year-old home in Plains Township. He just completed a three-year renovation of his 30-year-old fishing boat, the "Brandi Gee," in which he died salmon fishing in the waters of Lake Michigan. Had he returned safely from the storm, he was only hours away from closing on the purchase of his next project, a 3-acre horse farm in Ludington, Mich., along the shores of Lake Michigan, where he planned to retire permanently.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Alex and John Sorokin; and sister, Mary McGlynn.

Surviving are his daughter, Amy Huntington, and her husband, Dr. Richard Huntington, Dallas; son, William A. Sorokin Sr., and his wife, Sharon, Harding; grandchildren, Anthony, Christopher, Michael and Marigrace Cecelia Huntington; Brandi Marie and William A. Sorokin Jr.; sister, Kathryn Mezaber, Old Bridge N.J.; former wife, Christina Florio Daugert; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Friends may call Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the . Online condolences may be made at


Published in Times Leader on Aug. 22, 2012
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