Borger, Samuel, 89, of Tamarac, FL, passed away April 6. Born in Pottstown, PA, the son of Bessie and Ben Borger, he was the cherished husband of Adele (Levine) for 66 years, adored father of Hara (Michael), Bruce and Karen and revered grandfather of Benjamin (Brooke) and Ashley Cohen. Funeral services will be held on Monday April 8, 2013 1:45PM at Star of David, 7801 Bailey Rd., North Lauderdale. After graduating from Pottstown High School, Mr. Borger served as a combat engineer in the 244th Engineering Combat Battalion in WWII. He and his father purchased the former York Pipe and Steel in York, PA. Later joined by brother Herbert, they founded Borger Steel Co., a steel warehouse servicing the Middle Atlantic states until sold in 1986. Mr. Borger's legacy includes a lifetime of magnanimous contributions of time and philanthropy. During his nearly 40 years in York, he was president of Ohev Sholom Synagogue and the Jewish Community Center, Director of the United Jewish Appeal, on the Board of Directors of the York Chamber of Commerce, the American Red Cross and United Way and a member of the President's Club at York College. After relocating to Harrisburg, PA and then permanently to Ft. Lauderdale, he was a founder of the Ben Gurion University in the Negev, a member of the Circle of Founders of the Hadassah Medical Center in Israel and a recipient of the City of Peace Award from Israeli Bonds. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jewish Federation, was a founder of the Miami Jewish Home for the Aged and a member of the Legacy Society of the Anti-Defamation League. Samuel and his wife Adele donated the Adele and Sam Borger Senior Residence at the Daniel Cantor Senior Center. In later years, his primary charitable involvement was JAFCO, Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options in Sunrise, FL, a village for abused and neglected children in South Florida. His contributions included the lobby of the main building and, in 2013, The Sam and Adele Borger Campus of The New JAFCO Respite and Residential Children's Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities will open. A developmentally challenged sister led to his enthusiasm for the center that will support special needs children and their families by offering respite care for children so parents and siblings can take a necessary break from the stresses of special need child care. He was pre-deceased by brothers Herbert, Hyman, Sol and sisters Minnie and Helen. He leaves many nieces and nephews. Contributions in his memory may be made to JAFCO, Developmental Disabilities Respite Center, 4200 North University Dr., Sunrise, FL 33351 or VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, 5420 NW 33rd Ave., Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel from Apr. 7 to Apr. 8, 2013