Longtime Greenport resident Angel Soto Jr. died Oct. 8. at San Simeon by the Sound. He was 83.
Mr. Soto was born Dec. 11, 1930, in Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico to Julia Torres Martinez and Angel Soto Ramos. He married Philomena March 31, 1951, in Brooklyn.
Mr. Soto attended Manhattan Medical Assist School, where he studied to become a lab technician and X-ray technician. He later worked for Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport , serving as chief medical technologist for 43 years. During his time at the hospital, he won employee of the month. He also worked as a Spanish interpreter for Southold Town Police and Southold Town Courts.
For 40 years, Mr. Soto served in the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of master sergeant. He was part of the 82nd Airborne devision and also Special Forces as a Green Beret.
Mr. Soto was a 48-year member of Greenport Fire and Rescue Department, where he served as past captain of Eagle Hose Company, past fire warden of Greenport Fire Department and a past EMT. During his service, he received the Emergency Medical Service Greenport Rescue person of the year award.
Other organizations Mr. Soto was a member of include the American Legion, Mattituck Gun Club and Catholic War Veterans. Family members said he enjoyed woodworking, coin and stamp collecting, hunting, gardening and traveling.
He was predeceased by his wife in 2013 and his sister Delores and is survived by his sons, Angel Soto III of Tuscon, Ariz, Anthony Soto of Rochester and Ralph (MaryAnne) Soto of Southold; daughters Julia (Wayde) Manwaring of Greenport, and Diana (Chuck) Cook of Moorseville, N.C.; sisters Edith Irrizary of Henrico, N.C., and Estelle and Esther Arizmendi; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and three grandchildren-in-law.
The family received visitors Oct. 12 at Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport. A funeral mass was held Oct. 13 at St. Agnes R.C. Church in Greenport. Burial with U.S. Army honors took place at Calverton National Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to San Simeon by the Sound, Greenport Fire Department Rescue Squad, or Eagle Hose Company.