OBITUARY

Jaime Francisco Cortes

March 11, 1925July 19, 2018
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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.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, July 23, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, July 24, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, July 24, 2018
REMEMBERING

Jaime Francisco Cortes

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Lithia Cortes

December 18, 2018

JuanCarlos Cortes

December 18, 2018

Since I was able to reason I was given the great honor to be raised and mentored by this great man. Jaime had gentle words and a strong presence. He would always give me sound advice with a soft approach so that I could understand.

He was a gentleman and a true romantic. He loved my mother to the end.

His loving eyes never waivered. He was true and kind.

He was my mentor and confidant.

Because of Jaime I learned to love without expectations,

to be compassionate to those who could not face their fears,

to know when to humble myself so that others might express their pain and heal their souls.

I learned to recognize my mistakes in order to better myself.

I learned to treasure life and love without fear.

Thanks to my Dad I know what it is to have integrity, respect and a kind heart.

I share these thoughts because my understanding of who I am was fundamentally transformed while spending precious moments with my Dad.

I helped Jaime during his golden years to confront every challenge despite the outcome, learning along the way why courage is measured by the way you handle adversity.

As Jaime became frail, I had the honor to care for him to the end. This meant that I had to overcome all my fears and drop all my walls in order to reach all his needs. This humbled me. This experience taught me that compassion must not have boundaries and that true love has no limits.

I just lost a treasure that cannot be replaced.

I will never forget my father because he made me the man I am today.

Thank you, dad,# for being you. I will always love you and I will always remember!

May God bless you and keep you.

JuanCarlos Cortes

December 18, 2018

True hero’s never waiver they always step outside the box heroics is their nature: Always doing what is right.

Now Mama told my Daddy, There is a place were milk in honey never ends, I dream of someday living in the good old USA.

So Daddy saved up money packed his bags and his tool box. He said mama grab the children; Let go flying in a big old Jumbo Jet.

Remember that true hero’s always step outside the box
Heroics is their nature; Always doing what is right.

We settle near the White House in the good old USA.
Daddy said “don’t worry Mama I’ll get us through each day.”

Daddy knew his knowledge was far greater than his pay, but he couldn’t speak the Language, So he settle for less pay.

Remember that true hero’s always step outside the box
Heroics is their nature; Always doing what is right.

Now, Mama always told me, Son go out there and live your dream,
I’m proud you joined the Navy, you’re protecting this big dream.

Now Life ain’t full of roses every life comes to an end.
The good Lord took my Mama, I took care of Daddy until he finally met his end.

Remember that true hero’s always step outside the box
Heroics is their nature; Always doing what is right.

When I look up at the heavens and see golden clouds up above,
As the sun pierces through the heavens, I’m reminded of this song.

I remember my 2 heroes; their courage and their dream. I’m the product of their journey. My name JC I’m hear to live their dream.

Remember that true hero’s always step outside the box
Heroics is their nature; Always doing what is right.

Linda Reagan

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

T T

July 24, 2018

I am truly sorry for your loss, so I share with you bible comfort and hope that has helped me through the pain of losing loved ones. The Bible assures us that Almighty God is able and promises to resurrect our loved ones who die (1 Cor 15:20-22, Acts 24:15, Job 14:14-15) to live forever in perfect health (Isaiah 33:24), with no more tears, pain, nor death (Revelation 21:3-5). May this future hope (Romans 15:4) bring you comfort, as you examine more of life's manual, the Bible. (free online self-guided Bible study lessons https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/online-lessons/)

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