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Richard G. Borden

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SHAFTSBURY -- Funeral services for Richard G. Borden were held from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in North Bennington on Wednesday, June 9, 2004 where the liturgy of Christian death and burial was offered by the Rev. Michael A. Demasi, retired pastor. Also participating in the funeral mass were the Rev. Edward Howard, pastor of St. John the Baptist, and the Rev. Douglas Hawkins, c. s. c., of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington, and the Rev. Mr. David O’Brien, deacon of St. John the Baptist. Acolyte was Ivan Matte.

Organist Louise Gauthier and members of the St. Johns church choir, Francene Endres, Mildred Pierce, Dorothy Frost and Randy Frost, provided the musical selections for the funeral service: “On Eagles Wing,” “Yes, I Shall Arise,” “Precious Lord Take My Hand,” “This Bread That We Share,” “Because He Lives” and “How Great Thou Art.” Mr. Borden was a longtime member of the choir at St. Johns and the leader of “Riverbound,” a gospel music group at the church.

The funeral pall that draped Mr. Borden’s casket during the funeral mass was placed by his children, Kevin, Kim and Michael Borden. A wooden cross was laid on the funeral pall by his wife, Terese Borden. The scriptural readings were offered by the Rev. Mr. O’Brien. The offertory gifts were presented by Kevin, Kim and Michael Borden and by two grandchildren, Mindy and Jared Borden. Bearers were Carl Davis, Joseph Thibodeau, Merton Snow, Henry Simpatico, Kevin Davis and Ernest Barone.

A prayer service at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home preceded the funeral mass.

Tuesday evening the wake service was offered at the funeral home by Father Demasi and Father Howard. In attendance at the funeral service were representatives of the administration and staff at Bennington College where Mr. Borden was employed as director of security for 25 years.

Burial took place in the family lot at St. Johns Cemetery in North Bennington with Father Demasi and Father Howard offering the committal prayers. Following the committal service a reception was held by the family at the parish hall at St. Johns.

Mr. Borden, a resident of Route 67 East in Shaftsbury, died June 6, 2004 at his residence.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mahar & Son Funeral.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 10, 2004
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