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Rev. James D. Sorley

December 13, 2012
Lake Placid News

The Rev. James D. Sorley passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.

James was born in Ottawa, Ontario on April 4, 1927. He was the son of the late John Neil and Eunice Blair Sorley.

He was a graduate of Macdonald College, McGill University (1951), The University of Michigan, School of Public Health (1956) and the United Theological College of McGill (1963). James worked for the Ottawa Department of Health as a dairy inspector, and later as director of quality control for the Lawson Milk Co., Akron, Ohio. In 1961 he was ordained a deacon in the Methodist Church and an elder in 1963.

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The Rev. Sorley served churches throughout Troy conference, which included the state of Vermont and eastern New York. He served on various boards of the conference and chaired the conference ministry of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. In 1975 he attended the Educational Convention in London and later served as a Methodist Exchange pastor in Dorchester, England.

Churches served during his ministry were: Georgia and St. Albans Bay, Vt. (1961-65); North Chatham and Niverville (1965-1969); Jonesville/Clifton Park (1969-1978); Lake Placid (1978-86); and St. Albans, Vt. (1986-90). In retirement Rev. Sorley served: Willsboro Church of Christ; Dannemora Methodist; Clintonville and Ausable Methodist; Moriah; Essex Community Church.

The Rev. Sorley is survived by his wife of 52 years, Elsa Motzof , whom he married Dec. 23, 1960; four daughters: Margot Sorley, Sheila and William Tavares, of Lake Placid, Karen and Adam Brieant of Camillus, and Gwen and Peter Freer of Asheville, N.C.; seven grandchildren: James and Ian LaHart, Alexis, Lauren and Cameron Brieant and Noah and Natalie Tavares; two sisters: Isabelle Hume and Margaret Sorley; a sister-in-law Audrey Sorley; and nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Neil, and older brother Hugh, RCAF, lost over the North Sea while on coastal patrol in 1944.

Upon retirement, the Sorleys traveled in Europe and in 1991 established the "Sunburst Tea Garden," serving English tea at their property on the shores of Lake Champlain in Essex, N.Y. In 2001 they retired to Lake Forest Senior Housing in Plattsburgh.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3 at the Plattsburgh United Methodist Church, BeekmanStreet. Following the service, the family hosted a reception at the Lake Forest Senior Residence Memorials may be made to: Hospice of the North Country, 35 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 or the church of your choice.

The M.B. Clark Inc. Funeral Home in Lake Placid is in charge of arrangements.



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