James Gregg Botkin

December 21, 1936January 23, 2019

James Gregg Botkin, 82, of Brookline, passed away peacefully at Southern New Hampshire Hospital with his grandson Maxwell, family friend Michele, and daughter Cathy by his side on January 23, 2019. He was born in Canon City, CO on December 21, 1936, son of the late Frank and Helen (Page) Botkin.

Jim grew up in and around Wichita, Kansas and graduated from Peabody, KS High School. He worked as a photographer for Cessna Aircraft, Quigg Studio, Edwards Typographic, and for many years worked as an independent wedding photographer. In 1957 Jim was Baptized as a Jehovah's Witness near Denver, CO. When he moved to New Hampshire, he became a member of the Hollis, NH Jehovah's Witness congregation. In 1971, Jim moved with his then family to Colorado Springs where he lived for 43 years before moving to Brookline, NH August 2014. He enjoyed volunteering with little league soccer and hockey. He was a member of ITEX, where he sold memberships through this company to allow businesses to barter between each other. At one time Jim was the proud host of a call-in radio show in Fountain, CO on business topics. During his years in New Hampshire he enjoyed going to the New Hampshire Scottish Highland Games, where he helped by stamping children's passports and passing out information. He loved to make others laugh with silly jokes. He was a positive, loving, patient and forgiving father to all his kids. Growing up, Jim and his mother Helen learned to play the Accordion. He also loved his cats and dogs throughout life. Jim enjoyed fishing, skiing, and traveling, especially to visit family. Jim really enjoyed being an entrepreneur and was self-employed through multi-level companies. Jim graduated from University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Business Computer Information in May 1999 at the age of 62.

He is preceded in death by his brother Frank (Butch) Lee Botkin, brother Gary Botkin, daughter Annmary Botkin, grandson Shelby Botkin, granddaughter Rebecca Shannon, and grandson Michael Vega. He is survived by his former wife and friend Paulette Wilson, former wife Mary Ann Rhoda, brother David Botkin (wife Deb), sister Dulcie Guinty (husband Kirby), daughter Cathy Botkin (husband Houston Galloway), son Thomas Botkin, son Robert Botkin (wife Heidi), son Matt Botkin (wife Jeanie), son James Botkin (wife Noelle), daughter Carolyn Washee- Freeland (husband Jeffrey), daughter Emily King (husband Kurt), daughter DeAnn McNea (husband Ted), and son David Botkin. He also had 20 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Memorial service will be held March 2, 2019, 2:00pm at the Kingdom Hall, 282 Broad St., Hollis, NH. A memorial service for Wichita, KS will be announced here at a later date.


2 March

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

Kingdom Hall

282 Broad Street
Hollis, NH


James Gregg Botkin

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Houston Galloway

February 3, 2019

James lived with us for almost three years and his incessant sense of humor was a thing to behold. Even when he obviously felt poorly, he would try to make something seem funny. He didn't always succeed but he kept on swinging. Often times his Doctors and health workers would get frustrated at his humor when they were trying to access his situation and he was continually making jokes. He loved to laugh as can be seen by many of his photographs were he is usually laughing. I want to share his favorite joke, a double kicker: How do you catch a polar bear? You dig a hole in the ice and surround it with peas. Then when the polar bear comes up to take a pea, you kick him in the ice hole!

It is a spoken joke so for it to work well it needs to be read aloud. You will be missed Dad. Thanks for giving me my wonderful wife at our Wedding.

Sherry Irwin

January 28, 2019

Jim (or Jamie) , was always my favorite cousin when I was a child because he lived in the same city. His two other brothers always teased us little girls, but Jim would stand up for us and protect us. The angels are rejoicing!

Gavin Galloway

January 27, 2019

Although as a child we always lived far away from my grandfather's home in Colorado, I'll always appreciate the efforts my parents went to to make sure we had a relationship with our family out West, because it meant that every summer, we got to know him and the family a little more each time. I'll always have fond memories of the house he lived in in Colorado Springs; talking with him in the kitchen or downstairs and listening to him telling me jokes or about their dogs or their raspberry bush behind the house. As a child, I remember how surprised I was by how soft-spoken he sounded when, from a child's point of view, he was much larger than I. It often left me wondering what he was thinking about the times when he was quiet.

I wish only the best as I pray for Grandpa and everyone else in the family affected right now as we honor his memory.

We love you, Grandpa. I'm truly glad we could be a part of each other's lives.

Carolyn Freeland

January 27, 2019

Daddy was a wonderful man who was very kind, patient and loving. He always had a positive attitude and enjoyed following his dreams. He loved living in Colorado and we were always going on some mountain adventure when I was a kid. I'm grateful that he taught me about Jesus and Jehovah. I love you Daddy and you will always be in my memories. Here's a picture of Daddy in 2007 with mom.


Dulcie Guinty

January 27, 2019

Sincere Condolences to all who are grieving the loss of my brother Jim. Much gratitude to you all for blessing his life with your presence. He was fun loving and quick with a smile, always forgiving and patient, loved life, people, critters, his kids and Jehovah. He will be missed.
Love you always James.