BORAIKO, Benjamin J. 98, died on Jan. 27, 2014, at James A. Haley VA Hospital. He was a WWII Army veteran who served in India and Burma. Born in Winnipeg, Canada, Jan. 24, 1916, Ben grew up in farming country along the Little Manatee River in Ruskin. He graduated from Wimama High School and attended the University of Tampa. Spending most of his adult life in Tampa, Ben began repairing farm equipment for his 'cattle man' father, became a vehicle mechanic in the Army and worked later for Orange State Motor Company. He was a 4th Degree Knight and member of St. Paul's Catholic Church. Originally a member of Sacred Heart Church, Ben led the young Catholic social club for several years and it thrived under his direction. He enjoyed classical music, boxing in his younger years, and always a good laugh. If you were in Ben's circle, his generosity and loyalty knew no bounds. When asked how he was doing as he grew older & more frail he would often respond with a quick, "I'm here!" and a mischievous grin. He was predeceased by his father, John; his mother, Rose; brothers, Alex, Joseph and Raymond; and sisters, Mildred and Eleanor. He is survived by his older sister, Frances M. Noble of Tampa; and a younger brother, Carl Boraiko (Carol) of Las Vegas; many nieces and nephews, including grand and great- and great-great-grand; as well as friends in Tampa, Pennsylvania and Texas. Ben was so impressed with the work of the Columban Missionaries overseas that he supported their mission by sponsoring several youth throughout their educational years. Donations in his name may be made to: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, 1 Elmwood Ave., Kansas City, KS 66103. Viewing: Feb. 2nd, 3-5 pm, at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 3207 West Bearss Ave., Tampa, FL 33618. Catholic Mass Feb. 3rd, 10:30 am, St. Paul's Church, 12708 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618 with interment to follow at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Feb. 1, 2014