Mr. James G. Botelho, 95 of 11 Franklin Street, Bristol, died Saturday, May 4, 2013 following a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Virginia (Martinelli) Botelho, his wife of 59 years, who died in 2007.
Born in Fairhaven, Mass. and raised in Warren, he was the son of the late Manuel and Alexandrina (DeJesus) Botelho. Mr. Botelho had been a Bristol resident since 1948. Mr. Botelho was a gunnery sergeant in the US Army during WWII with Battery C of the 169th Field Artillery Battalion a unit of the 43rd Division in the Pacific Theatre serving in the battles of Guadalcanal, No Solomons Islands, New Guinea and Luzon, receiving the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Campaign Ribbon with Bronze Arrowhead and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Star. Previous to his war service, he joined the RI National Guard. He was a rubber worker for over 20 years for the former Carr Fulflex Corp., formerly in Bristol retiring in 1980. He started his work career at the former Francis Farm and an oyster farmer for the former B.J. Rooks and Son Co. both formerly in Warren.
James was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Bristol and an avid golfer was a member of the Bristol Golf Club and several of the area’s golf leagues. He was a member of the 43rd Infantry Division Veterans Association. James enjoyed spending time and cooking for his family and friends. He is survived by four nephews, Gene Massa of Warren, Robert Botelho of Providence, Robert Silva and his wife Ruth of Oxford, Mass. and Richard Silva and his wife Kathy of Naples, Maine and two nieces, Phyllis Ruth of Chula Vista, Calif. and Rose D. Goltman and her husband John of Portsmouth and a sister-in-law, Mary M. Silva of Worcester, Mass. He is also survived by several great nieces and great nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Silvia, Bella Massa and Sylvia DeMonte and three brothers, Manuel Botelho, Jr., Joseph and Arthur Botelho.
Funeral services from the Sansone Funeral Home, 192 Wood Street, Bristol, are Friday, May 10, 2013 at 9 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 141 State Street, Bristol. Burial with Military Honors will follow in North Burial Ground, Hope Street, Bristol. Visitation will be Friday morning only at 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bristol Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 775, Bristol, RI 02809. For online condolences, shared memories, information and directions go to www.sansonefuneralhome.com.