Mr. James Edward Bootes

17 November, 193817 July, 2021

James Edward Bootes, 82, of Orlando, Florida, passed away on July 17, 2021. He was born in Lockport, NY to parents, George and Florence (Eifert) Bootes.

James served in the United States Navy from 1956-1975 retiring as Chief Petty Officer. Was a Company Commander for 2 groups and travelled to Greece, Italy and Turkey. After retiring he went to work for Walt Disney World as an Animation Machinist and retired from there after 20 years.

He was a devoted Catholic and in 1961 he joined the Knights of Columbus. Sir Knight James E. Bootes served as Grand Knight 1987-1988 and was a past Faithful Navigator.

James was a great husband, father, friend and caregiver and will be missed by all.

James is survived by his wife of 59 years, Margaret; daughter, Laurie Handley; grandchildren, Megan and Harrison Handley, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, As you know he loved helping children, please donate to either charity: The Russell home for atypical children or Toys for tots.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Mr. James Edward Bootes

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30 July 2021

I remember first meeting Jim Bootes when I was maybe 15 or 16 at the Bootes house. Way back in the day, a good man who cared so much for his daughter. And then a few years ago we all met each other again in Las Vegas, and he was still so full of life, and Peg too! He was so proud of his daughter. Awesome.
Hugs to Laurie, Harrison, Meghan, and Peg, you're all in our thoughts!
Eric & Mona

Amber Mao

26 July 2021

I have never met Jim before, but i feel so grateful to meet Laurie and her family in Melbourne and became part of the family. I often hear Jim and Peg's stories from Laurie and I treat them as my American grandparents too. His kindness and love will be missed.

All the best to Peg, Laurie, Harrison and Megan

Margaret Wehner

26 July 2021

Jim was part of our extended family for many years. Always loving and caring to all. My love and prayers go out to Peg, Laurie, Megan and Harrison.

Debbie Hammond

26 July 2021

I only met Jim once , he and Peg were so kind to allow me to stay with them and Laurie on my visit to the USA .
Jim was so welcoming and friendly cooking breakfast for us and taking us to Disney world and making sure we had an amazing time .
His kindness and friendliness will be missed .
All my best to Laurie and Peg

Eric n Mary Turk

25 July 2021

We both will miss you uncle Jimmy. . . You made us laugh. . . It was always a pleasure talking with you. . . Also Mary has fond memories of staying at your home the one summer, swimming, going to Disney, and sitting in your favorite chair, lol. . You were greatly loved n will be missed dearly, - we love you aunt Peggy n all the surviving family - the Turks.

Bonnie Kempton

24 July 2021

He was my great uncle on my grandma side .he was the best I’m sure going to miss him sending prayers to the family. Love u guys

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