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Richard G. Borden

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SHAFTSBURY -- Richard G. Borden, 70, a resident of Route 67, Shaftsbury, died Sunday, June 6, 2004 at his residence following a long illness.

Born in Chelsea, Mass. Jan. 19, 1934, he was the son of the late Raymond and Alice (Whitenact) Borden. He received his education at Saint Rose Catholic Elementary School in Chelsea and at Don Bosco High School in East Boston.

After completing his education he served in the United States Marine Corps for three years during the Korean Conflict. After his return from Korea he was stationed at Opa Locka Air Station in Florida where he was discharged a year later.

He joined the Miami Police Department at which time he met his wife-to-be, Teresa Ann Kelley, a psychiatric nurse at Jackson Memorial Institute. They were married in Coral Gables, Fla. on June 1, 1957. Following their marriage they traveled to Shaftsbury to meet her parents and Dick fell in love with Vermont. They moved to Shaftsbury in February 1958.

After moving to Vermont, Dick worked at Albany Novelty Corporation, John Hancock Life Insurance Company, Stanley Tools and was director of security at Bennington College for 25 years until his retirement in August 1998.

He enjoyed fishing, art, music and photography and was leader of Riverbound Gospel Music Group at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in North Bennington. Prior to that he sang in the church choir where he had been an active member for more than 45 years.

Survivors include his wife, Teresa Borden of Shaftsbury; a daughter, Kim Borden, and her partner, Larry Wick of Pownal; two sons, Kevin P. Borden and his wife Jane of Shaftsbury and Michael P. Borden and his fiancée Jane Bisson of Pownal; nine grandchildren, Jared, Joshua and Jessica Borden of Panama City, Fla., Trinity, Richard, Jacob and Noah Borden of Shaftsbury, Hunter Wick of Pownal, and Mindy Borden of Bennington; one great-grandson, Dylan Shephard, son of Mindy; a sister, Margaret (Dolly) Grey and her husband, Robert of Cameron, W.Va.; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and six half-brothers and sisters from his father’s second marriage. Mr. Borden was predeceased by a sister, Jean Saley of Chelsea, Mass.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Wednesday, June 9, 2004 at 9:15 a.m. with a prayer, and from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in North Bennington at 10 a.m. where the liturgy of Christian death and burial will be offered.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. The wake service will be offered Tuesday evening.

Burial will take place in the family lot in St. Johns Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Richard Borden’s memory may be made to his wife Teresa Borden to be divided between Dick’s favorite charities through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, Vt.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 9, 2004
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