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OBITUARY

Dr. William P. Booras

July 27, 1931June 23, 2020

William “Pete” Booras, MD., 88, of Neptune Bch., FL. passed away on June 23, 2020. He was born in Pensacola, FL, the youngest of 6 children born to Greek parents.

He married Betty Jo Durden on September 21, 1951 and is survived by 5 children; Terri (Bill) Joyce, Charlie (Christine), Cynthia (Tim) DeHof, Peter (Anne) and Christopher (Mary). He is survived by 10 grandchildren; Tammy, Jason, Julie, Tara, Tyler, Kirstie, Olivia, Isabel, Brandon and Andres. He is also survived by 10 Great grandchildren; Cameron, Tristan, Lindsay, Brendan, Karissa, Caleb, Trinity, Lucas, Parker, Connor.

Since childhood Pete knew he wanted to pursue a career in medicine and worked very hard to follow his dream. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1961and was awarded his Medical Doctor degree. In Arlington, he started a Family Medicine practice in 1961 with long term friend L.E. “Bruno” Masters, who graduated medical school with him. They were later joined by Duane Bork, MD and served the Jacksonville community for many years.

In 1984, he started a new Family Medicine practice with his son, Charles H. Booras, MD until his retirement in 1999. He enjoyed working in an office that employed both of his daughters and two of his granddaughters. He earned a reputation among his peers as an excellent diagnostician and was voted into the prestigious “Best Doctors in America”. Patients found him to be warmly caring and compassionate, with many remaining under his care for much of his 38-year career.

Pete was also active in serving the medical profession. He helped with the creation of Memorial Hospital and was on its inaugural Board of Directors. Pete was a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Practice, Florida Medical Association, Florida Physicians Association, Duval County Academy of Family Physicians, Duval County Medical Society (DCMS), Duval Family Physicians, Morocco Temple of the Shrine and the Rotary Club of Arlington. During one particularly active year, he was president of the DCMS, Chief at Memorial Hospital and earned his airplane pilots license while also running a solo practice as Charles was finishing his residency!

He had many hobbies and loved things that go fast! His passions included flying planes, Harley motorcycle riding, cars, sailing and snow skiing. He attended St. John The Divine Greek Orthodox Church and has known Senior priest, Reverend Dr. Nicholas Louh since “Father Nick” was a child.

Pete had a wonderful sense of humor and deeply enjoyed time spent with Family, Friends and Pets.

Pete served his country as a Corpsman with the Navy and Marines. He will be buried with honors at the Jacksonville National Cemetery. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only 20 family members will be allowed to attend.

Services will be broadcast live on July 2, at 2:30 pm at https://youtu.be/2SXr5gyxJT8 and https://youtu.be/Ynyv9RZzzDM

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to… St. John The Divine Greek Orthodox Church Capital Campaign 3850 Atlantic Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32207

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Janine Pappas

July 3, 2020

The Booras family has been an inspiration to me and my children since the first day we met. Pete shared his time with us and his positive, humble and determined spirit and energy will be with us forever. Love all of you.... Rest In Peace Pete


Derek Hess

July 2, 2020

Our heartfelt condolences and sadness at the loss of this pillar of a wonderful family. It has been an honor and true pleasure to grow with all of you..The last of the "trio" of wonderful men serving the medical needs of a very large community..truly the end of an era. Our thoughts and prayers...Derek and Bunny Hess

Seth Kottler

July 2, 2020

He was a great man that remained humble regardless the success he accomplished in life. I met him when I was a teenager without a whole lot of direction, but he would always have an encouraging word or just something uplifting to say to show support. Thoughts & Prayers to the Booras Family.

Aimee Craven

July 2, 2020

Dr. Booras ~

Thank you for being so kind and accepting to me and my kiddos. You always, always had a kind word for us! What a blessing to be considered part of your beautiful family!

Your jovial smile and contagious laughter will be missed at all the family get-togethers. It just won’t be the same without you.

Rest In Peace....how reassuring it is to know you’ll be looking down upon your loved ones, always!

Rick Poland

July 2, 2020

There is nothing to say except I adored this man. He was an inspiration, patient and wise even when I should have gotten a swift kick to the rear. I love the entire Booras family and Sophia and I know this is so hard for them and are sending them all our love.

Loukas Pappas

July 2, 2020

I remember every day when I would look out the window and saw Pete the first thing I would do is smile and grab my shoes then sprint outside. Every time he always greeted me with the biggest smile and a hug. One day before I left for boot camp he asked me to stop by because he had something for me. He pulled out a package that had a marine corp Eagle Globe and Anchor wallet in it. He looked at me, smiled, and said I can’t wait to see you do amazing things Loukas. I couldn’t hold it and started crying right there. Pete was a huge inspiration to me to be better every day. I am still trying to live up to his example.

michael poland

July 2, 2020

I've had the pleasure of knowing Uncle Pete for my entire life. He is truly one of the best men I have ever known. He was my father's best friend and although he is not a blood relative he was my favorite uncle. His sense of humor was legendary, always up for an adventure or a party. With his awesome wife. "Aunt Betty Jo" they created a truly special family full of love and honor. I have so many wonderful memories of Uncle Pete. How Bubba and I would push his patience to the limit as young teenagers over and over. He was also my physician as a child and I was very blessed to have him. I am heartbroken with his passing but I know He loved the Lord and I will see him again in a perfectly restored body and God will give his family the strength to get through this

Bruce Durden

July 2, 2020

Uncle Pete has always been the backbone of our families, even for so many non family members. He has truly made me a better person helping me through tough times and I could go on for days on his remarkable family. I know that he is in a better place and has to be so proud of each and every member of the Booras family. I am so proud to be related and feel nothing but love every time I get around any one in his family. There are not many (if any) that can come close to being such a great role model. From being serious when needed, but always making a way to bring humor and joy, even in the worst circumstances. I know in my hear that he would want all of us to remember the joy that he brought to every one of us, and God only knows how many that he touched with not only his gift of physical well being,but his mental encouragement will help us all through this day, as will as the future. And for the record I had to be nice to him and let him win the big nose contest at Chris' house a few years back. I love you Uncle Pete and all of our family that was privileged enough to spend time with you.

Kelly Harris

July 1, 2020

I remember meeting the Booras family for the first time and how welcoming and friendly Mr. Booras was. Every time we saw each other after he remembered my name and any new dish I brought to family gatherings and always made it a point for us to talk about "what's cooking" next! He was such a kind person and made you feel like you had known him your whole life. I sure will miss our talks and his smiling face at get togethers. Sending all our love and prayers to the family during this time.

Cindy Pittman

July 1, 2020

Where do I begin? A lifetime of sweet memories! I had the honor of calling you Uncle Pete from the day I was born. You and my daddy, Richard Poland, were the best of friends! I was so blessed to have worked in his pharmacy for over 7 years and had you right down the sidewalk at the doctor's office! We had so many lunches together! One of your favorites was a Dairy Queen foot long hot dog (you had another name for it! LOL!) with chili and onions. I loved spending time with you and your family through the many years from the time we were little when you had to watch us all swim in the ocean (which you told me as an adult trying to keep an eye on 15 + kids made you a nervous wreck!) and hanging out at the marina bar listening to live music and having cocktails. When daddy passed away you told me that you would be my daddy here on earth. That was so comforting to me in my greatest time of sorrow. Now you are gone and I am grieving again. I will miss your sweet smile, your limitless positive attitude and your genuine spirit. I love you to the moon and back and I know you, daddy and Uncle Bruno are enjoying your reunion!! I know where you are and that is a true comfort! You were a wonderful man of faith! I am so grateful you are whole again and no longer suffering! The world will never be the same! Until we meet again!! God bless you and keep you in his loving arms!!
Love always
Cinderella aka Cindy

FROM THE FAMILY