The Pelham community is mourning the loss of Steve Soropoulos, a devoted father and business owner whose life revolved around working, family, celebrating his hobbies and the accomplishments of his children. Soropoulos died on Friday, April 1. He was 55 years old.
“He was just a caring, selfless person,” said his younger brother, James. “He cared about others more than himself.”
Soropoulos was born on Feb. 3, 1955, in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx. When his father, George, purchased Superior Exxon in Mount Vernon in 1968, the family moved to Pelham three years later. After graduating from Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle, Soropoulos attended Fordham University.
It was around 1968, and the release of the motion picture "Bullitt," starring Steve McQueen, that teenaged Steve began a lifelong love of Ford Mustangs. Even after his first car was stolen from a Fordham University parking lot, his passion for the muscle cars continued. Through the years, Soropoulos remained a car show and online Mustang forum enthusiast. His beloved, red hot-rod will now pass to his son, Steven George.
Besides cars, Soropoulos also shared a love of hockey with his son. When Steven George made Pelham’s varsity ice hockey team, his father became a devoted fan, attending and videotaping the team’s games even after his son left the team.
For the past 10 years, Soropoulous returned to work with his younger brother James at the service station their father bought 43 years ago, Superior Exxon in Mount Vernon. During the 1980s and 1990s, Soropoulos owned Pelham Manor Texaco, since sold. He also operated a rental property business called Skytop Land.
Soropoulos is survived by his wife Dora; children Steven George of New Milford, Conn. and Sarah Anne of Pelham; parents George and Doris Soropoulos; as well as siblings James (Amanda) Soropoulos, Francine (Steve) Kyriakos, and sister-in-law Maria (Thomas) Fee; and his parents-in law Pascal and Angie Kuvaroglu.
Services for Steve Soropoulos will be held this week: visiting hours on Tuesday, from 2- 9 p.m. at the Pelham Funeral Home, 64 Lincoln Avenue in Pelham; funeral services on Wednesday at 10 a.m., Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 10 Mill Road in New Rochelle. Burial to follow at Oakland Cemetery in Yonkers.