Howard Borden

Howard Borden

AGE: 86 • Toms River

Howard "Bud" Borden, 86, of Toms River, passed away on Thursday, March 20, 2014, lovingly surrounded by his family. Bud was born on January 25, 1928 and graduated Asbury High School in 1946. He served in the US Army from 1952-1954 and, working as a commercial fisherman to put himself through school, graduated from both Florida Southern College and Stetson Law School, FL. He was a member of both the Florida and New Jersey Bars. Bud married Lois MacKenzie in 1957 and they settled in Toms River where he spent the next 30 years in his private law practice. In 1987, Bud joined the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office as the liaison to all the Ocean County police departments until he retired in 1999. A proud lifelong "Clam Digger / Piney" Bud was an avid outdoorsman and reveled in sharing a wide range of Jersey Shore pursuits with his children including racing hydroplanes, hunting, fishing, ice boating - and for several years had his small plane pilot license. A longtime environmentalist he particularly enjoyed his involvement with Ducks Unlimited and had a special affinity for all things mechanical - including the Pinelands Gas Engine Club. Despite his many interests and accomplishments, he was most proud of family and considered everything else just gravy.

Bud was predeceased by his parents, Howard and Eleanor Estelle Borden and his sister, Jane. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 56 years, Lois; his sister Gayle Buist; children, Eric and wife Kathy of Toms River, Ian and wife Dawn of Jackson, Andrew of Jersey City, and Leslie Brennan of Forked River; grandchildren, Heather Borden Rice and husband Greg of Point Pleasant, Alison Borden Nightingale and husband George of Abington, MA, Stephen and Charlotte Brennan and Conor and Aidan Borden; and 5 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Jean MacKenzie Bennett and Shirley MacKenzie Wilton.

A humble man uncomfortable with "a fuss", family and friends are invited to a memorial gathering Thursday, March 27 from 3pm - 6pm with a Celebration of Life service at 5:30 (and as Bud would especially appreciate, socks are not required), at Carmona-Bolen Funeral Home, Main St. Toms River. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Toms River YMCA in his name. Condolences can be sent to:

Funeral Home

Carmona-Bolen Home For Funerals
412 Main Street Toms River, NJ 08753
(732) 349-1922

Published in Asbury Park Press on Mar. 23, 2014