George Sorn, former FFVA leader, dies

02/24/2014 02:24:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

George Sorn SornGeorge Sorn, 86, a longtime executive vice president of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, died Feb. 24.

Sorn first joined the Maitland-based organization in 1953 as a field representative. He led the FFVA from 1984 until retiring in 1992.

The son of German immigrant farming parents, Sorn was born and raised in Bridgeton, N.J., and spent his summers harvesting the family’s fresh fruits and vegetables before landing a job with Seabrook Farming Corp., in Seabrook, N.J., and serving in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.

After graduating from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, Sorn returned to Seabrook where he worked in a variety of capacities, according to a news release.

George SornFlorida Fruit & Vegetable AssociationGeorge Sorn, 86, was a longtime executive vice president of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association.At FFVA, Sorn was promoted to labor division manager in 1967 and in 1981, was advanced to assistant general manager and continued leading the labor division.

In 1984, he was named secretary-treasurer, executive vice president and general manager.

Sorn is survived by his wife, Joyce, and a daughter, Valerie.

“He suffered a stroke several years ago and never completely recovered,” according to an FFVA news release. “The entire FFVA family extends its sincere sympathies to the Sorn family and our gratitude for all George contributed to the industry and the lives of those who knew him.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.



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