Anthony "Tony" Robert Borba was born on June 18, 1939 in San Luis Obispo, CA to John & Rose Borba. He passed away on January 14, 2010 at the age of 70 years. Tony spent his earlier years in San Luis Obispo, CA, and as a teenager, the family moved to Hanford where they bought a ranch. He graduated from Hanford High School in 1957. In 1959 he married the love of his life, Evelyn Ann Azevedo. Tony continued his education at San Jose State where he earned his BS Degree. While going to college, Tony rose through the ranks of General Electric becoming one of the top executives in their Nuclear Division. The couple moved to Visalia and with Tony's entrepreneur spirit, the couple started their own corporation which is now known as Western Utilities Transformer Service, Inc. Their company is one of the largest service providers of transformer repair services and in manufacturing transformers for the Western states, as well as major international counties which includes embassy work. Tony was a member of the NRA, Knights of Columbus, Order of the Franciscans, Christopher, Sons of Italy, President of the Fatima, an American Family Association pro-life advocate, major supporter of St. Mary's Catholic Church, and very active in the George McCann School. Tony had a samaritan heart and helped individuals in need either by employing them, donating his time, counsel and prayer. His gentle warm heart reached out to everyone touching them in a special way. He was his wife Evelyn's best friend and best friend to his family. He loved his beach home in Pismo and loved visiting frequently. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn, Visalia; family, Anthony (Francis) Borba, Jr., Visalia, Sandy (David) Telfer, Exeter, Stacy (Séan) Broderick, Visalia, Mark A. (Kimberly) Borba, Visalia, and Scott-Vincent Borba, Beverly Hills, CA; brother, John (Linda) Borba, Hanford; sisters, Rosie (Vollmer) Coelho, Oregon, Emma (Alcidas) Coelho. Pismo Beach, CA; and Theresa (John) Perry, Santa Maria, CA; 16 grandchildren. The Holy Rosary will be prayed on Wednesday, January 20th, 6:30 p.m., Miller Memorial Chapel with Mass of Catholic burial at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Thursday, January 21st, 10:00 a.m. with graveside following at Visalia District Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Miller Memorial Chapel on Wednesday 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Condolences may be made at www.mem.com under the direction of Miller Memorial Chapel, Visalia.
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register from Jan. 16 to Jan. 19, 2010