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Adelino "Pete" Borges 1920 - 2014

Adelino "Pete" Borges

This Guest Book has been kept open by Edna Borges, Your Loving Wife.
January 27, 2014
Richard, Judy, and I wrote this Eulogy for Dad for his funeral service.

Dad's Eulogy

Our father lived a long life and he was fortunate to have lived most of it with an extraordinary woman...our mother Edna. Dad was born and raised in FR and even though he had very little formal education, he was a lifelong learner and was especially interested in history and geography. He always impressed upon the three of us the importance of an education.
>> He liked people and enjoyed a good conversation. When he met someone, he didn't ask what do you do, but rather who are you, where do you come from, what is your nationality?
>> As fate would have it, our mother relocated from Westfield to Fall River, to find employment ,after she graduated from high school. Our dad often told us that the day he walked into the bakery where Mom worked, saw HER, he knew his life had changed forever. He said it was love at first sight...and I BELIEVED him!
>> In 1942 Dad joined the Navy to serve in World War II. He volunteered for the submarine service and he and Mom were married in 1943...he in his Navy uniform and she in her beautiful satin wedding gown. These wedding portraits hang in all our living rooms!
>> Early in their marriage our parents lived in Westfield where Diane was born. At the time, our father was stationed in New London, CT and hadn't seen his wife and newborn daughter.
>> He hitchhiked to Westfield to be with them for a short visit...TECHNICALLY HE JUMPED SHIP. On the way back to his base, he was offered a ride by no other than the captain of the submarine he was serving on.
>> After asking about dad's wife and baby, the captain informed Dad that he would be spending time in the brig...jail in Navy language. It was well worth it!
>> Eventually our father was stationed in Bermuda, where his company had the opportunity to learn the secrets of and to sail a captured submarine. They used this U 505 to sail down the East Coast promoting the War Bond Effort.
>> In 1946 and 47, the other two children were born...Richard and Judy. In 1950 the new family moved to Fall River.
>> During our childhood, our mother's country upbringings influenced the frequent collection of small animals. We will always remember the " Easter" baby chicks we would purchase from a department store in Fall River, raise them until we brought them to Mom's childhood farm in Westfield on Memorial Day weekend....not an easy task in a small apartment. One year, the trip was delayed and we had half grown chickens flying around in the car on our way there.
>> There were also starlings my mother fed and taught to speak, and "rescued" lab mice that produced and ran amuck in the house. It amazed us how tolerant Dad was during all this chaos!
>> We were frequently told by our dad how much he loved our Westfield family...he knew he was loved and accepted by them. We all have so many wonderful memories at the farm in Westfield...cookouts, card games, sleepovers, tractor rides, hay and corn season, milking the cows, walks in the woods looking for blueberries and wild mushrooms and much much more.
>> In the evenings, we all took part in the fierce card game...pitch...spouses, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, and yes, boyfriends and girlfriends, were all initiated to the competition and heated discussions.
>> Dad was a great storyteller. There was always an opportunity between activities for him to tell jokes and relate stories...this was often the highlight of the weekend.
>> When I was a little girl my father would tell me bedtime stories...not Mother Goose...he would narrate a John Garfield movie or a Van Johnson film. For all of you who are old enough to remember...Dad would often tell me he looked a lot like Van Johnson and he was certainly handsome enough!
>> After raising their family and working hard all their lives, Dad and Mom got to spend many years together doing what they loved.
>> Our Dad retired in 1982, Mom in 1983. Then they were able to do what made them most happy...visiting their family in Maine, Westfield, CT, and making many trips to flower shows, the Eastern States Exposition, Newport, and Vermont for the fall foliage.
>> Especially in his later years, Dad loved to reminisce about family times...and this sustained him till the end of his life.
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