Louis Otero, 90, of Greenwich New York, formerly of Hollywood, Florida and Pownal, Vermont passed away after a short illness, August 7, 2014 at the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Hoosick Falls NY. Louis was born in Marianao, Cuba on June 19, 1924 and was the son of Louis and Marissa Otero. Louis had three brothers, Rolando, Alfredo, & Carlos and two sisters, Esther & Estelle. As a young man, Louis was active is baseball and professional boxing, competing against many former professional athletes that later came to the United States as professionals. He joined the Cuban Navy and served aboard a submarine as a sonar operator stationed at Guantanamo Bay Cuba. After the Navy, Louis became a renowned boxer in the welterweight division. He fought in the United States, the Caribbean and Mexico, fighting such big names as Indian Joe and Kid Gavilan. Louis left Cuba at the end of the Fulgencio Batista Regime and came to Miami to begin a lifetime career in the Thoroughbred horse racing industry. He became a groom for top known trainers such as Tommy Gallo, Allen Jerkens, Frank (Pancho)Martin, Gil Puentes and Bill Shoehoffer. He was the Assistant Trainer under Gil Puentes for many years. He then started his own stable, Little Blondie Stables. He trained at Belmont, Aqueduct, Saratoga, Liberty Bell, Monmouth Park and Calder to name a few. He met Lois Elaine Spooner and married in the 50's and had six children. Louis lived with his family in Hialeah, Florida before relocating to Pownal, Vt. shortly after Green Mountain Race Track opened. Louis worked as a jockey valet and assistant starter at the Green Mountain Race Track.
Louis was proud to become a citizen of the United States in 1978. Louis was last employed with Pinkerton Security Services, working at the New York Racing Associations tracks at Belmont, Aqueduct and Saratoga. He retired from the job after 20 plus years of service. He and Lois summered in Saratoga and wintered in Hollywood Florida. When Lois passed away in 1995, Louis made Hollywood, Florida his permanent home until 2011 when he came to Greenwich NY to live with his son Michael and wife Karen.
Louis is predeceased by his wife Lois, daughter Aileen, three brothers, Rolando, Alfredo and Carlos, and two sisters Esther and Estelle. Survivors included four sons, Thomas Otero and wife Linda, of Bennington, Vt. Michael Otero and wife Karen, of Greenwich New York, David Otero and wife Zane, of Coram, New York, William Otero and wife Stacey, of Hebron, New York and daughter Mary Ann Cole and husband Lawrence Cole of Bennington, Vt. 10 Grandchildren, Mike, Marie, Mark, Larry, Will, Walter, Bridgett, Felicia, Aimee, Angelina, Ashley and Kelsey as well as 5 great grandchildren.
Louis lived life to the fullest. He loved the horses and thoroughbred racing, and met many friends over the years. He will be missed by his family and friends.
There will be no calling hours. A service will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date. Anyone wishing to make a donation on Louis’ behalf, are asked to contribute to the Horseman’s Benevolent Association of the NYRA, through the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201