Morris Joseph Soler, 72, of Galveston, passed away Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at UTMB Hospital. He was born November 8, 1942 in Galveston and was a proud BOI who loved living in Galveston. After graduating from Kirwin High School, Morris attended St. Mary’s University. He returned to Galveston and worked for the Santa Fe Railroad. Morris married the love of his life on January 27, 1963, and they spent 52 years together and raised two daughters. Morris decided to go back to college and worked evenings to put himself through school. After graduating with a BBA from the University of Houston, he went to work for American National Insurance Company, where he most recently served as Assistant Vice President and HIPAA Privacy Officer, retiring in May 2009 after 40 years of service. During his career, Morris received his FLMI designation and served as Director-at-Large for the FLMI Society of Greater Houston in 1987-88. He also received his CLU designation and was the recipient of the American Society of CLU & ChFC Galveston Bay Chapter President’s Award for 1995-1996.
Morris was an active member of the Galveston community, serving as a member of the Galveston Jaycees, a member of the Parish Council at St. Patrick Catholic Church, and a school board member at St. Patrick’s School. He also served as a member on the Family and Youth Children’s Board and the Children’s Center Board.
Morris was also an active and attentive father and grandfather. He enjoyed being involved in his daughters’ activities, and you could always find him helping out with the O’Connell Bucco Belles drill team during the time that his daughters were in school and even after when Michelle was their Director. He could also be found watching his grandchildren at Little League games, soccer games, and karate tournaments.
In his early years, Morris enjoyed playing poker and going crabbing and spent many evenings and weekends enjoying time with family and friends. He loved to dance and could outlast anyone on the dance floor. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, and when they were young you could always find him giving them horsey rides and rolling around on the floor with them. Morris loved talking to people and enjoyed telling stories of times gone by. He loved to travel and took many trips with a travel group consisting of his younger brother and other friends that he grew up with, along with their wives.
Morris was preceded in death by his parents, Julia and Vincent E. Soler, Sr., and sister, Jean Ellen Polocheck.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannette Soler; daughters, Lynn Garibaldi and husband, Chris, and Michelle Profitt; grandchildren: Devon Profitt, Dylan Garibaldi, and Morgan Garibaldi; brothers, Vincent E. Soler, Jr. and wife, Mary Frances, and Richard Soler and wife, Ruth; numerous nieces and nephews; his traveling friends: Dennis and Darlene Lively, Tom and Darlene Lively, Jack and Sandra Oliver; and his ANICO Buddy, Jennie Meyer.
Morris’ family will receive visitors beginning at 3:00 pm, Sunday, February 1st, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary will begin at 5:00 pm, led by Deacon Sam Dell’Olio.
Funeral Mass will be 1:00 pm, Monday, February 2nd, at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father EJ Stein, OFM, as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Dennis Lively, Sr., Devon Profitt, Tom Lively, Chris Garibaldi, Dylan Garibaldi, Scott Soler, and Jeffrey Soler.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Priddy, Mark Pandanell, Frank Kaplan, James Polocheck and Chad Windham.
Memorials may be made in Morris’ memory to Holy Family Catholic School or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.