Richard Kent Borden (1953 - 2014)

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Richard Kent Borden was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Nov 7, 1953 to Manuel Perez and Rona Storey.
His family moved to St. Petersburg, where he and his two siblings were raised. His parents divorced and his mother married Ira Bruce Borden, a longshoreman who proved to be a kind man and good father figure and adopted the three children.
When Richard was a teenager, he began working with his stepfather as a deckhand on the tugs and barges operating out of Tampa Bay at Benton & Co.
Richard attended Northeast High School where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Pam, and began a relationship that spanned 43 years.
Richard worked full time at Benton and Company, passed his Inland Rivers and Waters Exam and advanced to First Mate on the tugboats. He moved to Andros Island, Bahamas and worked for AUTEC, undersea testing and evaluation center.
While on Andros, he learned celestial navigation and honed his seamanship skills, which made him a valuable civilian participant in military practice drills and exercises. He was first mate on the 306 on AUTEC, the sister ship to the USS Pueblo and operated several other vessels.
Richard earned his captain license and worked mainly in the Gulf of Mexico as a tugboat captain. He was a good provider and a dedicated seaman. Throughout his career he earned the respect and trust of any crew he captained. He took life support courses to provide emergency care to his crew in the event of injury at sea. In his off time, he enjoyed taking his personal boat out to fish; tried his hand at golf with his brother, Gerry and nephew, Tim, and like his daughter, was a NASCAR enthusiast.
Richard was preparing for retirement when he became ill. He fought long and hard, winning the battle over two unrelated cancers, only to succumb to this last attack when his body was too weak to fight another round.
He is survived by his two children of whom he was very proud, his loving and devoted daughter, Jennifer Borden of St. Petersburg and his son, Christopher Borden of Pembroke Pines; Jennifer's daughter and son, who loved their granddad so very much, Sarah Bracha Borden of Jerusalem, Israel, Brandon Bush of St. Petersburg and Pam Borden of Raleigh, N.C.
Richard is also survived by his sister, Joanne Johannessen and brother-in-law, Danny Johannessen, Yankeetown and brother, Gerald Borden of St. Petersburg, who were a constant source of love and support throughout his life and especially during difficult times; his nephews, Tim and Alan Johannessen and their children, to whom Richard was "Uncle Ricky"
There are many crew members and friends that he cherished throughout his life and missed so very much once he became ill. He will be missed beyond measure, our tears can fill another sea, Sail on, Captain.
On behalf of Richard's children, siblings and Pam Borden, friends are welcome to join us to Celebrate the Life of Capt. Richard Kent Borden and Burial at Sea Saturday, Aug. 9 at 4 p.m. aboard the Barge O'lais leaving from IC Sharks 13040 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg.
Published in Chiefland Citizen on July 3, 2014
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