George Antonio Borba 1932 - 2012 After fighting a courageous battle with cancer, George Borba was called home to heaven by Our Lord on October 23, 2012, with his loving wife Dolores, five children, spouses and grandchildren at his bedside. He was born in Ontario, California on June 5, 1932, to Pete and Maria Borba and lived in the Ontario-Chino area his entire life. He made board sustained contributions to the Community as a president, director or vice president of the California Milk Producers Cooperative; Los Angeles Mutual Dairyman's Association, Challenge Creamery Association and Chino Jr. Fair Association. He was a member of the Portuguese DES Association and was a former Fire Commissioner. In addition, George served as President of California Milk Marketing Agency and was a member of the Alliance of Western Milk Producers. He also served for 22 years as Director of the Inland Empire Utilities Agency. One of George's most cherished accomplishments was founding Chino Valley Bank in 1974. His life was one of tremendous personal and professional achievement. His unparalleled work ethic and innate sense for business opened the door for the success of Chino Valley Bank now Citizens Business Bank. George served as Chairman of the Board of Citizens Business Bank and CVB Financial Corp. for 38 years. In 1995 he received the Inland Empire Entrepreneur of the year award. George was a dairy farmer and the owner/partner of George Borba & Son Dairy. He was very proud to be a dairyman and always strived to be the best that he could by producing quality milk which resulted in countless quality milk production awards. George's favorite sport was baseball and at one time he was scouted by the Boston Red Sox. He was proud of his Portuguese heritage and often visited the Azores Islands, homeland of his parents. He also served in the US Army. George was predeceased by his parents, brothers Pete Borba and Joe Borba and his granddaughter Ava Borba. He is survived by his lifelong love and wife of 57 years, Dolores: his daughters, Kim Borba, Linda Gourdikian and husband Armen, Victoria Rynsburger and husband Andrew, Cynthia Podmajersky and husband Tom, and his son George Borba Jr. and wife Jennifer. He is survived by 18 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, his brother John Borba and his sister Mary Borba Parente. Funeral mass will be held on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church - 14085 Peyton Drive, Chino Hills, CA. Interment immediately following at Forest Lawn Memorial Park - 21300 East Via Verde Street, Covina, CA. George will be remembered as a man of remarkable character, humility, integrity, honesty, faith and dedication to his family. He was deeply respected and loved. His passing will be a great loss to all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, the Borba family would be honored if charitable gifts be directed in memory of George Borba to: The Dr. Edwin Posadas Prostate Cancer Research Center - 8700 Beverly Blvd., Suite 2416, Los Angeles, CA 90048. www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian from October 30 to November 1, 2012