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William Robert "Bob" BORIS

1931 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
William Robert "Bob" BORIS Obituary
BORIS, William Robert "Bob" 83, of Hingham, MA and Vail, CO died peacefully at home on March 7, 2014. Born February 26, 1931 in Queens, NY, he grew up in Howard Beach. In 1951, he was drafted in the Korean War, arriving there as radio operator/jeep driver and was swiftly promoted to official army correspondent. His efforts during those 17 months lauded him a bronze star (meritorious). After 6 years of night school working full time he graduated from Fordham University. During that time he courted Gisela Schneider of Siegen, Germany. They met in Lake George, NY, and married in 1960. Bob started his career as an industrial engineer before switching to magazine publishing. During his 30 year career, the highlight was being recruited to Boston to start-up Inc. Magazine. He is best remembered for his pet sales phrase "Nose to nose is where you close". Bob was a passionate skier who enjoyed many days on the slopes with family and friends and also enjoyed golf, hunting, and windsurfing. He was a 30 year member of the Cohasset Golf Club and former member of both Aspetuck Valley Country Club and Killington Ski Club. He was also a founding member of The Killington Trio, well known for performing acoustic music on skis. Bob was an avid joke teller, cherished for his ability to spin long tales. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Gisela, children & grandchildren, Prisca Boris & Rick Petrillo, Kendra, Michael and Maeve McKinley, Ji, Hong, Tien, Duy, Thinh, and Tory, Ethan, Kyle, and Cayla Van Lam. Bob was the caring brother of Tom Boris and the late Janet Sarter and loved his many nieces, nephews and grand nephews. A celebration of Bob's life will be held in May. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory would be appreciated to Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675 www.woundedwarrior project.org/donate, or The Interstitial Lung Disease Center - BIDMC, Tribute Giving, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, www.bidmc.org/Give-to-BIDMC/Ways-to-Give/Gifts-in-Honor.aspx. For online guestbook, please visit www.downingchapel.com.
Published in The Boston Globe on Mar. 16, 2014
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