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Longtime Silo Exec Sotoloff Dies At 78

9/08/2009 02:58:38 PM Eastern

New York - Al Sotoloff, longtime
Silo Appliance City
executive, died on Sept. 3. He was 78.

Sotoloff retired from Silo in 1982 after a long career with the
chain, eventually becoming executive VP.

Silo, a member of the NATM Buying Group for many years, was
founded in the late 1940s and was a powerhouse retailer in the Philadelphia area until the
1990s when it attempted to go national. One of Silo's claims to fame was as one
of the first electronics/appliance chains that operated in a big-box format.

In recognition for Sotoloff's service to the industry, the
Anti-Defamation League's CE/Major Appliance Industries division presented him
with its Torch of Liberty award in 1986.

Sotoloff,
who lived in Boca Raton, Fla., and Margate City, N.J.,
is survived by his wife, Laurette; a daughter and two sons; a brother; six
grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. In lieu of flowers, contributions may
be made to Atlantic Care Hospice at P.O. Box 1626 Pleasantville, N.J.,
08232-6626.