July 6, 1947 - June 18, 2022
Thomas E. Boote, 74, of Hamilton Twp, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at his daughter’s home, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Xenia, Ohio and raised in Lake Swannanoa, NJ where he lived until he enlisted in the Navy in 1967. While in the Navy he was stationed in Jacksonville Florida, he met and married his wife, Susan Boote. After their marriage, they moved back to NJ, where Tom held many positions from Marshall Maintenance in Teterboro, NJ, to AT&T in Princeton, Born Brothers Plumbing, and then working for himself. He would help anyone and everyone he could with the many skills he developed along his way.
Thomas was a devout Christian and a man of strong faith. He was a devoted, lifelong member of the Windsor Chapel in Princeton Junction, NJ. He was known to dress up as “Bootsie the Clown” who helped raise money for many charities to help children with special needs and disabilities. Anywhere he went he was known as the “balloon man”. But above all his favorite pastime was fishing.
Predeceased by his father, Elwood G. Leininger; mother, Elma Elmes; his stepfather who raised and adopted him, Henry Boote, Sr.; and his loving wife, Susan Boote, who passed away on October 19, 2021. Tom is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Doreen and Andrew Velez; son, Tobias Aaron Boote; brothers and sisters-in-law, William (Jan) Boote, Robert Boote and Henry (Nicole) Boote; sister, Pamela Moon; grandchildren, Austin, Brianna, Riley, Elliana, and AJ; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, James (Janis) Lumpkin and Roger Lumpkin; as well as many other nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and dear friends.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 22, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Windsor Chapel, 401 Village Road E., West Windsor Twp., NJ 08550, with Senior Pastor Andrew Straubel officiating.
Burial with honors will follow at the Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 350 Provinceline Road, Wrightstown, NJ 08562.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Deborah Hospital Foundation,
P.O. Box 820, Browns Mills, NJ 08015.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Buklad-Merlino Yardville Memorial Home, Yardville, NJ.
Send a flower arrangement to the family →
Please sign our guestbook
Leave a tribute or memory in the comments area, below.