Obituary: Marcelino Solis Jr.

     BRINY BREEZES — After a lifetime career at IBM and many years helping to raise four children, Marcelino Solis Jr. found his final days of peace and quiet on a porch at the end of a road. 

7960456300?profile=original    “My dad had reached a state of what he called contentfulness,” said Karolyn Baumgartner, Solis’ daughter. “Every day at about 4, he’d go down and sit on the Briny Breezes porch.” 

    He’d watch the sky, and the pelicans. (The beach was their airport runway, he said.) He’d chat with the neighbors. Baumgartner said her father and her mother, Marie, had discovered the small-town joys of Briny about 13 years go. 

    Mr. Solis was 80 when he died June 1 of complications of multiple myeloma at Bethesda East Hospital. 

    Born in New York City on Jan 12, 1933, Mr. Solis was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. An engineer, he spent 25 years with IBM at the East Fishkill, N.Y., operations until he retired in 1991. 

    A lover of small-town life, Mr. Solis and his family lived in the small New York hamlet of Hopewell Junction for more than 40 years. 

    In his later years, Mr. Solis loved giving more attention to the things that eluded him during the years of work and family. An avid history buff, Baumgartner said her father enjoyed woodworking, music, puttering around the house, drinking scotch and reading. He also enjoyed his seven grandchildren. 

    Mr. Solis was buried June 8 in Hopewell Junction. 

    Surviving him are Baumgartner, of Bethel, Conn.; his wife, Marie; and three other children: Christopher Solis, of Richfield, Ohio; Margaret Solis, of Kansas City, Mo.; and Jeanny Busacca, of Orlando, Fla. 

    The family asks that any memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

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