James "Jimmy" G. Bethancourt

December 11, 1927May 1, 2021

James Gilbert Bethancourt, of Metairie, Louisiana, entered eternal rest on Saturday, May 1, 2021. He was 93 years of age. James was the beloved husband for 54 years of the late Joel-Lee Hazen Bethancourt; loving father of Jaime Aho, Joy Hymel (Mark Hymel), and the late John Bethancourt; grandfather of Lisa Beatty (Scott Beatty), Lisette Davis (Brian Davis), and Aubry Hymel; great grandfather of Abigail Beatty and Asher Beatty; brother of the late Wilfred Bethancourt, Jr., Robert Bethancourt, Edward Bethancourt, Charles Bethancourt, J.B. Bethancourt, Rose Kirby, Anna Faucheux, and Beverly Kurucar; and the son of the late Wilfred and Annie Dayton Bethancourt. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

James was a graduate of Jesuit High School, class of 1946. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy Reserves in 1953. After over 35 years as a sales representative with Gerber Products Company, James retired in 1990. He was a devout Roman Catholic and former parishioner of St. Benilde Parish in Metairie. He is best known for his sweet and generous disposition, his love of spending time with and deeply caring for his family, admiring classic antique cars, watching the Saints play, and eating oyster po-boys and gumbo!

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. in New Orleans (in Metairie Cemetery), on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 12:00PM. A visitation will be held at the funeral home beginning at 10:00AM. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.

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Karen Bethancourt-Michaels

May 7, 2021

Uncle Jimmy was my favorite uncle. He was always smiling and never seemed to have a care in the world. I remembered him and my dad, JB, always telling funny stories and laughing. He was my Godfather, and I'll never forget the time he gave me a beautiful basket for Easter. I'm happy that I was able to speak to him a few times over the last couple of years. He would talk about his children and grandchildren and how well they were doing. Jaimie and Joy, I'm very sorry for your loss and know you'll miss him dearly. I'll pray for you and your family to have strength and God's Special Peace during this time. John 14:27

Chuck Bethancourt

May 6, 2021

Uncle Jimmy was one of the nicest men that I ever knew!
The world needs so many more like him. He will be missed.

Steve Faucheux

May 5, 2021

Thank you Uncle Jimmy for all of the time you spent with me when I was a child. I learned so much from you about fixing appliances and automobiles and being a good man in general. God will welcome you in his home just as you were welcome in all of our homes. I will love you forever. Steve


May 4, 2021

My sincere condolences to the family. Mr. Bethancourt had such a sweet soul and was full of life. May the Lord continue to bless you all with his spirit and presence.


May 4, 2021

You have our deepest sympathy. We love Uncle Jimmy so much. He was so kind and fun loving. We will miss him dearly. He was everyone's biggest fan and he loved his family so much. Forever in our hearts.❤🙏

Guy Poché

May 4, 2021

On behalf of the staff at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, please accept our condolences for your loss.