CAROL BORCHARD SOPKIN

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:16 p.m.

SURRY – Carol Borchard Sopkin died April 24, 2005, at a local nursing facility. She was born Feb. 1, 1916, in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Edwin and Corinne Borchard. Carol had a lifetime love of music. She met her husband, George Sopkin, when she was a cello student under his fine tutelage and they were married Aug. 30, 1956. George is a world-class cellist, a founding member of the Fine Arts Quartet and the New England Piano Quartette and serves on the Kneisel Hall faculty. In addition to her husband, Carol is survived by two daughters, Nicky D’Attilio and Paula Friedman; a son, Tony Durham; and was predeceased by another son, Edwin Durham. She was an avid grandmother known as G-mom to her grandchildren, Mackey and Kate Friedman and Matthew and Daniel D’Attilio. She lavished comparable love on her great-grandchildren, Isaac Foster Friedman and Benjamin and Sophia D’Attilio. Carol is remembered by us all as a consummate hostess and defender of healthy eating habits. Indeed her days included working in a major garden, much of which produced fresh food for the table, and in taking a healthy, ritual walk whenever possible. She was a voracious reader, followed the news and still managed to maintain a sense of humor. She was the quintessential ailurophile. If you weren’t lucky enough to be one of her children, being one of her cats wasn’t a bad second prize. Lox and Bagels were the latest beneficiaries of her caring. She was a lifelong radical Democrat and proponent of social justice and civil liberties. Her father was an early member of the American Civil Liberties Union and Carol was equally active in that cause. A memorial event will be held in the summer. Memorial donations to the ACLU may be sent to MCLU, 401 Cumberland Avenue, Suite 105, Portland, ME 04101.

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