OBITUARY

James G. Sottilo

February 23, 1967April 23, 2019
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Services

  • Visitation Monday, May 6, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, May 7, 2019
  • Cremation Private Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Memories

James G. Sottilo

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Marisa Thompson

May 7, 2019

I have had the pleasure of working with James for the past 5 years. He was such a pleasure to work with! He always had a wide smile, a pleasant good morning, and genuine care and concern for how my family and I were doing. He was so well respected and admired in his field. We spoke often to review business matters with him always off to travel somewhere for work and I'd always leave off with "I'm praying for safe travels for you!"

He spoke of his family, going to Disney and his "little guy". I wish I'd had the opportunity to meet his family at least once. I pray for his wife and his children as well as his extended family. I pray that in this time of grief, that they are comforted in the warmth of their memories. Know that James was a pleasure to be around and we are grateful for the time he shared with us.

I sincerely wish you peace of heart and mind, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

With warm sympathies,
Marisa Thompson

John Iurka

May 6, 2019

James came to work for myself and Carl at Sunburst Tree, at his entrance into the tree industry. He had a great work ethic, and was a great employee. James went on to many ventures, and I worked together with him on some. He, at my request spoke at some Conferences that I sponsored, and he gave me my most memorable moment, when he introduced me at some conference, when I was giving a speech. He told the crowd that I had helped train him to climb trees, and had showed him the most important knot, how to tie a beer can onto a climbing rope. Note: this was back in the bad old days of tree care, and I hope this training does not exist anymore! I will miss you James!

Jody McDaniel

May 6, 2019

James was a good friend.

He loved his family and that was the most important thing about him. I was privileged to get to work with James and grow as a person and a professional, but the passion for his work was just a reflection of the love that he had for his wife and kids. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

I will miss him.

Chris Minton- Milius

May 5, 2019

Kathy,
My heartfelt condolences are being sent to you with mental hugs from Florida. I pray that you and your children will remember all of the wonderful moments you have had together which will leave your hearts and souls filled with love and laughter when times become so challenging. I pray, also, for peace of mind and the courage and Faith to continue living life to it's fullest, with James always in your hearts.

Timothy Craul

May 5, 2019

James and I first met in a conference room at Princeton many moons ago. We were there to help get Princeton a better understanding of their soil issues for the campus. Many other projects since then, many other discussions and knowledge exchanges. James brought the soil biology aspect home of why the soil is what my dad called the "elixir of life". I will miss him and the profession is diminished.

Kim Gaydos

May 3, 2019

It is with sadness that I send my condolences to the Sotillo family. James was part of our Class of 1985 family, all who are a part, share in this loss. I first remember James in 4th grade, Mrs. Donowitz class. Oh, the crush I had on that brown eyed boy with big curly brown hair. I was thrilled that he sat with me on the bus going on our class trip! James was always a great guy. Living in Florida, I cannot be there to offer my peace and prayers in person. You are all in my prayers. Know that God has James tightly held in his arms! I know many of the fellow “85” family will be there for you all. I will keep your family in my prayers. God’s peace and presence be with you all.

James G Smith

May 1, 2019

James and I shared a lot, besides confusingly being in a lot of meetings where we were both being referred to as James S.
But mostly when I think of James, or when I think of our Arch Grounds project, I think of the phenomenal effort he invested with us at MVVA and the City Arch River Foundation, to replace the Allees at the Arch Grounds. That was 869 matching Planetrees, moved from Halka nurseries to Hoette Farms and Nursery in New Florence just west of St Louis. Into a special temporary nursery care including, of course, lots of Compost tea- then the planting and additional care for the last couple years.
I am very glad that he got to see that project successfully done- I know it was one of his greatest pride and joys to make that happen.
Love to you and yours Sottilo

I attached a picture James took of the temporary nursery... using the drone skills he learned for the project :)

Judith Fitzpatrick

May 1, 2019

It is painful to have lost such a true and sparkling friend. James changed the whole direction of my life in 2013 when his impassioned plea for healthy soil turned me into a soil scientist developing the tests he felt were needed to support regenerating soil. In 2014, James and I and Brady Trexler incorporated Prolific Earth Sciences to develop these tests and in 2018 launched microBIOMETERtm the first simple test for microbial biomass and the the first ever cell phone test to analyze test results. James was our beta tester, our critique and our cheerleader and inspiration. He had more ideas that we could every investigate but together we made many discoveries. I will miss his cheery "Good Morning" and the only hug he ever gave me on the day before he died as we finished working on the fungal test. His love for his family defined him. One thing that remains in my memory was his sharing his last birthday, "How was it? Iasked. "Perfect, my wife and I walked on the beach -- it was perfect -- everything I wanted."

Gerry Brady

April 30, 2019

From all at Seans landscaping ,
We wish to pass on our deepest sympathy to the Sottilo family
and all at E L M
James was very good to us , teaching us every time he visited our projects , understanding the audience , guiding us to make our
projects a success .
A good man gone !

Leighton Morrison

April 30, 2019

James and I met at Rodale in 2011. After Super Storm Sandy we became very close talking daily over coffee. He would be driving in or out of the city while I was up at my shop/lab in Conn. We would geek hard about biology, the rythems of nature and macro and mico-ecosystems. We had too many debates to mention but the one I will cherish the most is about Biodynamics and its roll in our work. He was adamant (as always) that it was hog wash. I believed there was somthing to it. So I did an experiment were I tested the soil under one old Rhododendron every day for 45 days. At the end I corrollated the data and there was a rise of microbial action around the new and full moon and when I presented my findings to him he beat me to the punch with his data which concluded the same results. I will so miss his drive which pushed all to uncover the mysteries of nature. It saddens me to think that there are so few others out there that can carry the torch he was in such a big way. He will be truly missed by all he touched. God Speed to you brother, I will keep you in my mind, with thoughts and prayers to your family.

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