BOOTIER, Richard James, died October 4, 2012. He was born in Saratoga Springs on March 24, 1919 to Frederick and Frances Bootier. He attended Saratoga Springs schools, graduating from High School in June, 1936. He attended Delhi Agricultural and Technical College (today's SUNY Delhi) to study mechanical drafting and building trades. World War II interrupted his studies and he enlisted in the US Army Air Force in 1942. He was promoted to Second Lieutenant as a motor transportation specialist, and received an honorable discharge in 1946. Richard completed his bachelors degree in teaching at the New York University at Oswego, where he met his future wife, Emily J. Dzedzej. Richard and Emily were married on August 9, 1947 in New York Mills, NY. Mr. Bootier was hired as a teacher at Middletown High School in New York State, where the couple lived until 1994. Richard retired from Middletown High School in 1975. After retirement he taught Driver's Education in Washingtonville, NY. In 1994 they moved permanently to Lake Placid, FL. Richard and Emily are members of the St. James Catholic Church in Lake Placid and belonged to the Placid Lakes Golf Club and Golf Hammock. Mr. Bootier was an avid golfer. The funeral service is at St. James Catholic Church, Lake Placid, on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 11:00am. Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Hospice, 1110 Hammock Road Sebring, Fl., 33872 Richard passed away Thursday, October 4, 2012, at 12:15am at Florida Health Center in Lake Placid. He was 93 years old. Richard Bootier is survived by his wife of 65 years, Emily; their three daughters, Nancy Geyer, Cheryl Andersen and Susan Humeston; and four grandchildren, Jennifer, Rebecca, Alfred and Ashley; and several great-grandchildren. Words of comfort to the family and a video tribute of Richard's life can be seen by visiting www.scottfuneralservices.com. Arrangements entrusted to: Scott Funeral Home, Lake Placid, FL 863-465-4134
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Published in TBO.com on Oct. 7, 2012