Jaime Ortiz, born January 27, 1967, died peacefully August 20th, 2023, after a long illness. He was surrounded by family and friends including his beloved wife Patricia, his parents, children, siblings, nieces and nephews, cousins and grandchildren. He is reunited with his cherished brother, Javier, who preceded him in death. The love that Jaime imparted and shared was never more evident than when he began his last journey, as he thanked loved ones for their influence in his life. Jaime was a chef, musician, and despite his physical struggles, did not complain nor give up. He lived and died with honor and dignity. He will be deeply missed.
Family and friends will meet at Lauterburg-Oehler Funeral Home, 2000 East Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004 on Saturday, August 26th, 2023 for a visitation at 2pm with service at 5pm. Flowers or donations to his surviving family as they navigate this difficult time are welcomed.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at Lauterburg - Oehler Funeral Home for the Ortiz family.
Hubble was one of a kind, a truly amazing person. I know we use phrases like that all too often, but with Jaime, it is absolutely true. If you were blessed enough to meet Jaime, you remembered that moment for the rest of your life.
The smile. That cat that just ate the bird grin. That smile. And the laugh. Oh the laugh! When he laughed, well, if you were anywhere near him, you laughed too. That’s just the way it was. Hubble was a big boy, intimidating almost, that is, if you didn’t know him. But if you did, you knew he was one of, if not the nicest, sweetest people you’d ever meet. He’d give you the shirt off his back, his pants too, if need be. And then he’d ask, what else can I do for you??? That’s just who he was.
Hubble gave me some of my most cherished memories of my lifetime. Working with him... Hangin’ with him... And of course, playing with him. I haven’t seen Jaime in quite a few years, but I always felt in my heart of hearts that we’d be together again for another jam. I still truly believe that, it will just have to be in a different venue.
The voice of Endless Flight. His voice. You didn’t need to see who was on stage singing, if you were within earshot, you knew... It was Hubble. His lyrics and voice touched so many, strangers and friends alike. Once you heard it, you were a stranger no longer. When you heard him sing, you couldn’t help but smile. You couldn’t help but tap your foot. You couldn’t help it, you had to get up and dance!
He created the soundtrack of my life, of so many. A gift he gave freely, unselfishly to so many. A gift that made your day, your life, better. No matter how bad it was going to that point, once he started singing, things just got better. I will miss you my dear friend, dearest Hubble, more than you will ever, ever know. You changed my life, and all of those around me, forever, a gift I can never repay.
Drive like Jaime.