State College, PA (March 8, 2019)—Longtime systems engineer for Clair Global, Andrew "Andy" John Sottile, Jr., died Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at his home. He was 67.
Born February 21, 1951, in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late Andrew John Sottile, Sr. and Genevieve Mary Scandaliato Sottile. After graduating from Calvert Hall College in 1969 and receiving his Bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1974, he played bass guitar for Sweet Pain and Tahoka Freeway, popular State College bar bands in the 70s and 80s.
In 1985, he became a systems engineer for Clair, where he worked until his death. In the intervening decades, Sottile toured and worked with prominent artists in the music industry, most notably spending the last decade touring the world with James Taylor and His All-Star Band. During a concert at the Frank Erwin Center, Austin TX on February 13, 2019, Taylor and Bonnie Raitt paid tribute to Sottile, dedicating a rendition of “You Can Close Your Eyes” to him.
In his spare time, Sottile enjoyed Civil War history and battlefields, baseball, music, and doing New York Times crossword puzzles. He was a member of the Tennessee Squire Association and Friends of the Pennsylvania Military Museum.
He is survived by Marianne Port, his wife; his sister, Michelene Sottile-Jackson (Edward) of Baldwin, MD; and nephews, Andrew Sottile, Justin Sottile, and Michael Sottile.