Anne Arundel County Delegate Ted Sophocleus Passes Away at 79

Delegate Ted Sophocleus of Anne Arundel County died on Friday, June 8, in Baltimore.

AACo Delegate Ted Sophocleus spent 35 years in public service (Photo courtesy of MD General Assembly website)

At the age of 79, Delegate Sophocleus spent nearly half his life in public service. He began his 35-year career as an elected official on the Anne Arundel County Council in 1982, where he served two terms. He was appointed to the House of Delegates by then Governor William Donald Schaefer in 1993, and was elected to his own seat in 1998. Delegate Sophocleus served on the Appropriations Committee and was vice chair of the Health and Social Services Subcommittee. He served as Anne Arundel County delegation chair in 2018, even though his health was declining.

Before becoming one of the longest-serving public officials in Anne Arundel County history, the Delegate was a practicing pharmacist and a store manager for an independent pharmacy. He brought this small-business experience with him to the Appropriations Committee, which oversees taxes and fees. As a delegate, he was also a frequent advocate for the needs of teachers, police, and hospitals.

Delegate Sophocleus was revered and respected by all who had the opportunity to work with him:

 

The family will receive visitors at Singleton Funeral & Cremation Services, P.A., 1 2nd Ave. SW (at Crain Hwy) on Wednesday, June 13, from 4 pm – 8 pm and Thursday, June 14, from 2 pm – 4 pm and 7 pm – 9 pm, a Trisagion Service will be held at 7:30 pm. Delegate Sophocleus will Lie-in-State at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, 24 W. Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201, on Friday from 10:30 am – 11 am, at which time the funeral service will begin. Interment will be at the Greek Orthodox Cemetery in Woodlawn.

Memorial donations can be made to Opportunity Builders Inc. (OBI), 8855 Veterans Hwy., Millersville, MD 21108.

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