Jaime Francisco Cortes
March 11, 1925 – July 19, 2018
Jaime Francisco Cortes, age 93, of McKinney, Texas passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018 at the home where he was cared for by his son, Juan Carlos, and his family for the past 7 years. The son of the late Jose Agustin and Anatilde (Forero) Cortes was born on March 11, 1925 in Bogota, Colombia. On October 18, 1953, he married Cecilia Arias. They were married for 50 years, until she preceded him in death on March 14, 2004.
Jaime was an electrician and worked with his father to build the first electric grid in the city of Billeta, Colombia. They were awarded the title “The Great Titans of Work” for their herculean efforts to install the electric poles and lines in the city, illuminating every home. Jaime and his sons, Orlando and Agustin, immigrated to the United States in 1972. In 1973, his wife Cecilia and their other five children joined them. Their youngest son, Steve, was born in Fairfax, Virginia. Jaime was a lifelong Roman Catholic and a proud member of the Knights of Columbus. He was an honorable man who served God with his whole heart, and set a fine example for his children to follow.
Jaime is survived by his sons, Jose Agustin (Julia) Cortes, Jaime Orlando (Beverly) Cortes, Raul Cortes, Juan Carlos (Naomi) Cortes, Leonardo (Mary) Cortes, Steve (Lithia) Cortes; daughters Ana Consuelo (Robert) Fleming, Cielito (Jeff) Bowman; grandchildren, Olga Cortes, Andres Cortes, Isabel Cortes, Humberto Hernandez, Jose Orlando Cortes, Jr., Maria Natasha Cortes, Amy (Brian) Turner, Crystal (Sammy) Powers, Christopher (Tiffany) Cortes, Alessandra Cortes, David Cortes, John Cortes, Sara (James) Garcia, Audrey Cortes, Everett Cortes, Angelina Cortes, Seven Cortes, Ana Maria (Michael) DeLaCruz, Victoria (Chong) Chien, Johnny Jones, Kandice (Dustin) Sieff; and 14 great grandchildren; sister Teresita Cortes and brother Armando Cortes.
In addition to his parents and wife, Jaime was preceded in death by daughter-in-law Olga Cortes, grandsons Jose Mauricio Cortes and Jackson Lawrence Cortes, granddaughter Jasmin Alexis Cortes, and his siblings Elvira Cortes,Marina Cortes, Beatrice (Rafael) Zamora, Clarita Cortes, and Enrique Cortes.
- Visitation Monday, July 23, 2018
- Visitation Tuesday, July 24, 2018
- Funeral Mass Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Jaime Francisco Cortes
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July 24, 2018
I first met Mr. Cortes when I worked at Sam's Club in McKinney, Texas. I was a door greeter, and he was known to me as my dancing partner. He would come through Sam's with his son, Juan, and he was always dressed-up in his suit, wing tip shoes and bow tie. I would ask him if he would like to go dancing. He didn't talk, but he would give me a big smile and make some dance moves on his scooter. His son told me that he had to take his dad to Sam's often to see Linda. He was a sweetheart of a man, and will be missed. He shared my birthday, March 11th, and he passed on July 19th, my mother's birthday. I will see you in Heaven some day, and we can dance again. Your friend, Linda Reagan
July 24, 2018
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