Emil Roland San Soucie, 79, of Ambler, Penn., died on Sunday, April 24, after an extended illness. Emil and his family were former summer visitors to Martha’s Vineyard Campground cottages in Oak Bluffs. His children and grandchildren continue to spend summers on the Vineyard.
Born on April 14, 1932, in Waltham, he was the son of the late Emil J. and Edna San Soucie (nee Williams) and brother of William San Soucie and his wife, Penny, of Watertown.
He graduated from Watertown High School in 1950 and Harvard University in 1954. At Harvard he was co-captain of the track team in 1954, under coach Bill McCurdy.
He was a director of human relations for Bell Atlantic in Philadelphia prior to his retirement in 1989 after 35 years.
During his years in Lafayette Hill and Fort Washington, both Philadelphia suburbs, he was a coach for Whitemarsh Biddy Basketball and Babe Ruth Baseball teams. With an active interest in sports, he was an avid Philadelphia sports fan, with Phillies season tickets for more than 30 years.
He served as an active member of the Whitemarsh Junior Chamber of Commerce, where he was Ways and Means chairman and president.
He was the husband of Harriet M. (nee Till) San Soucie and the devoted father of Stephen D. San “Sooch” Soucie and his wife, Francine, of Combloux, France; Michael A. San Soucie of Longwood, Fla.; Debra San Soucie Bortz of Longwood, Fla.; Linda Madsen and her husband, Robert, of Bluffton, Ind.; and Stephen Myers of Spring House, Penn.
He was the loving grandfather of Benjamin, Brandon, Stacy, and Ashley and great-grandfather of three, and he will be greatly missed.
A funeral service, provided by Urban Funeral Home of Ambler, Penn., was private, with interment at Hillside Cemetery, in Roslyn, Penn.
Remembrances in his name — either to Special Olympics of Montgomery County, Suite 161, 630 West Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 or a charity of the donor’s choice — would be appreciated by the family.