James Vicent Potestio

james potestio

July 10, 1934 ~ January 27, 2016

Resided in: Pueblo, CO

James Vincent Potestio, 81, passed away Jan. 27, 2016. Preceded in death by his wife, Ethelyn Thatcher Jones Potestio on Oct. 21, 2008. Survived by his daughters, Mindy (Clay) Ranson and Mary (Rich) Lane; sister, Joan Potestio; and Andy Johnson. Special thank you to his friend, Arnold. Jim was born July 10, 1934, in Pueblo. He taught Industrial Arts for 32 years at East High School. He enjoyed all athletics and spending time with his friends. Jim was a wonderful man who lived a wonderful life! As per his request, a private entombment was held. In lieu of food and flowers, the family respectfully requests memorials be made to East High School Athletics Foundation through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Mary, Rich, Mindy, Clay, Joanie and Family,
    Words cannot express how sad we are to hear about the loss of one so loved by all of you. Jim was always so cheerful bringing much joy everyone he met. I have many of his special sculpture articles that we have enjoyed over the years and will always treasure. We are wishing you all strength during these difficult days. May the love of family and friends bring you comfort.
    Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Helen and Gordon Murley, Pueblo, CO

  2. Dear Joanie, Mary and Mindy,
    Our thoughts are with you, we will miss talking with Jim at Seabel’s. God be with all of you.
    Frank and Martha

  3. Mindy,Mary, and Joanie, Connie and I send our condolences to you all. Jim was one of the good guys for sure. I have many fond memories of our fishing trips down to Vermejo Park. We always had a good time and a lot of laughs. I have one of his metal sculptures of the coke plant that always reminds me of our good times with Willie and Dave.

  4. Dear Joanie, Mary and Mindy,
    I was so very saddened to hear of Jimmy’s passing. He was a kind, thoughtful, and creative person. I remember his beautiful gardens on Bonfort, his gorgeous landscaping up at the cabin, and his cool innovative metal sculpture art. He was so very talented, and yet always humble about his accomplishments. I am sorry for your loss and send light and blessings to support you through your grief. Please know my thoughts are with you.
    Sandy Vernon

  5. The Leyh family sends their love and condolences to the Potestio family in the passing of their father. We pray you will find peace in God’s grace for your father and for all of you. May you feel joy in the continued love and many wonderful memories you family has shared. You are in our thoughts and prayers, God Bless.

  6. Mindy, Mary, and Joanie, My sincere condolences in your loss. I know that Jim was reunited with Esther and that they are both surrounded by God’s embrace. Jim touched a lot of people throughout his life and we are all richer for his presence.

    Sue Aronofsky

  7. I am so saddened by the death of your father. My love and prayers go out to all
    of his wonderful family. I will miss seeing him coming out to Clark Stadium for the various games. My love and prayers go out to his wonderful family.

  8. Sally and I are saddened by the death of your wonderful father. He was truly a remarkable person who kind, generous and a very loyal friend. I cherished the years I worked with your father at East. May God extend his blessing on your family.

    Sally and Jack Pecoraro

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