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Industry mourns longtime New Orleans dealer

Louis H. Soroe, who was a marine dealer in the New Orleans area from 1955 to 1971, died recently. He was 93.

Louis H. Soroe, who was a marine dealer in the New Orleans area from 1955 to 1971, died recently. He was 93.

An obituary said Soroe had several locations and that the most remembered one was Soroe’s Boat Exchange, a custom-built, three-story building with 8,100 square feet on each level at 850 Veterans Memorial Highway in Metairie, La.

The lines Soroe handled include John Allmand, Aristo-Craft, Glasspar, Boston Whaler, Kayot, Slickcraft, Drift-R-Cruz, Chris-Craft, Johnson Motors and Moody Trailers.

The New Orleans native served for years as executive director of the New Orleans Boat Show, which was held in the Louisiana Superdome.

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