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Scott Socquet, 53, Turned Love of Flying Into Successful Stratford Business

Scott Socquet.
Scott Socquet. Photo Credit: Contributed

Scott Socquet, 53, of Milford, beloved husband of Jessica Socquet, died on Oct. 23.

The son of Cliff (Arleen) Socquet and Linda (Jesse) Jameson, he was born on April 18, 1966 in Putnam, CT—in the car en route to Day Kimble Hospital. He lived in Connecticut through his childhood and teenage years.

Much of his charismatic, honest and caring character was established in these small New England communities with his family and friends,  acquiring many of life’s lessons from close family members like his grandfather, parents and siblings as well as uncles, aunts, and cousins.

His career in flight began when he was gifted a glider flight by his mother while in his teens—he was hooked. With some hard work on his part and support and guidance from his family and friends, the agreement was he would get the foundation of a solid education while fulfilling his dream of becoming a pilot.

Thus, he landed at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. Funding for his education and living expenses came from a combination of his parents, his hard work at multiple jobs and his uncle for direct flight-related expenses. It was not always easy because he needed to work during school and between semesters to continue to fund his education.

Scott graduated from ERAU and immediately went to where the work was, getting as much flight time as he could. That happened to be in California, where his older brother Neil had gone to school and settled. They lived together for a while and there Scott met his future wife, Jessica.

During this time he worked hard to gain experience and seat time while learning what it took to be successful in the business. He already had the right personal philosophies, ethics and credentials to excel as an individual in the field and he loved to fly.

His flying history is an extensive one with his many professional accomplishments inclusive of: Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science, Minor in Meteorology, Commercial Airplane & Rotorcraft-Helicopter certification and Flight Instructor privileges and numerous type ratings.

He continued to challenge himself and successfully went through the process of becoming an accomplished commercial helicopter pilot. He loved to spend time with the people that shared his passion and took every opportunity to spend time in the pilot’s seat. This all culminated in establishing Epic Aviation Management in Stratford, a business he orchestrated that was aligned with his personal philosophies and ethics and allowed him to fly daily.

Family and close friends continued to be important throughout Scott’s life. He created special relationships with everyone he knew; he was very close with his grandfather, father, brothers and many close friends.

Jessica and Scott were married on August 15, 1998 on a paddle boat on Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho. Even though the life of a pilot is a hectic one, Scott made choices that allowed him to be a caring father and devoted husband. He always made time for his children no matter how hectic his schedule was. He stayed available by keeping connected with his Blackberry and being there when needed.

Scott treated everything as a special time for family and friends and he would share his favorite things with everyone he knew. It could have been as simple as an Arnold Palmer from Chick-fil-A, a day at the Big E, buying super-absorbent towels or a lunch flight with a friend while sharing tips and advice on flying. He was also very generous, helping people fulfill their dreams. Sometimes people were aware of the help he provided and sometimes it was without their knowledge.

Scott had a tradition of nicknaming others as well as others giving him nicknames. That may be from his love of flight and the nickname of one of his personal historical idols, Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, a photo of whom he proudly displayed in his office. Much like Scott, “Pappy” and his “Black Sheep” did what needed to be done through personal commitment to achieve success. So many of Scott’s friends have nicknames that are cherished by the personal bond it created with each of them.

Scott was fortunate to have lived a life doing what he loved, flying and spending time with family and friends—taking care of others, laughing along the way while staying true to himself.

In addition to his wife and parents, Scott leaves behind his children, Chase and Alexa Socquet; brother, Neil (Christian) Socquet; sister-in-law, Claire Jameson; nieces and nephews, Sydney, Sabrina and Noah; cousin, Bill (Cheryl) Socquet; many extended family members and friends; and his beloved woodle, Casey. The family also mourns the passing of Scott’s brother, Howard “Ben” Jameson.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cody-White Funeral Home at 107 Broad Street in Milford. Interment will be held on Sunday, Nov.10,  at 1 p.m. at Union Cemetery on Starkweather Rd. in Moosup.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Socquet Children Education Trust at 34 Saranac Rd. Milford, CT 06461.To leave online condolences, please visit Cody-White Funeral Home .

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