James “Jim” W. Bolton, PhD, of Edinboro, passed away on Saturday, May 8th, 2021. He was born on October 10, 1950 in Oil City, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Fonzy Willard Bolton and Evelyn (Lindquist) Bolton.

He received various degrees in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Westminster College of Pennsylvania, and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; culminating in receiving his PhD in Instructional Systems and Technology from Penn State University. He ended his career as Interim Dean of Education at Edinboro University.
On September 1st 1979, Jim married the love of his life, Christine Ozimek. They raised two wonderful children, Jamie and Jenna.

It was hard to go anywhere without Jim knowing someone there. As a former football player and wrestler, he went on to coach both sports, connecting him to many people in the surrounding communities. As the consummate coach, he later served as a mentor to his fellow educators during his time at EUP. He also was involved in many professional technology organizations: NPAECT, PETE&C, ISTE, as well as serving as the President of PAECT. He cherished his lifelong friendships from these organizations.

His love of sports continued through his devotion to Penn State. He enjoyed many tailgates and Saturdays armchair coaching the boys. He shared this love with his children and daughter-in-law who all attended Penn State. Jim also bestowed his love of other hobbies to his family including skiing, camping, boating, and gardening.

Known as “Papa” to his grandkids, he was a wonderful joke teller, elf, and source of joy and love for the children. Jim’s Christmas brittle was the hit of the season. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends for his story-telling, warmth, and unwavering generosity.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife Christine of 41 years; his children, Jamie (Amy) and Jenna; his grandchildren, Finlay, Anna and Mary; his brother John; and many other loving family members.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, May 12th at 1pm to 3pm and 5pm to 7pm at Van Matre Family Funeral Home, 306 Erie Street, Edinboro, PA. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 13th at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.