OBITUARY

Joseph Jan Borges

March 29, 1943October 15, 2020
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Joseph Jan Borges of Croton-on-Hudson/Ossining, New York sadly passed away after his battle with an aggressive form of leukemia (AML) on Thursday, October 15, 2020. In 1943, he was born to longtime Croton-on-Hudson residents, Joseph Souza Borges and Lydia Rancourt Borges. He died at the age of 77 and is survived by Marion Borges and their loving children: Kimberly Borges, Melissa Brown (husband Adam Brown), Allison Borges (husband Bruce Hayes) and Joseph S. Borges (wife Anne Borges). He also leaves behind his adoring grandchildren: Victoria Borges, Blake Borges, Alexa Borges, Faith Brown and Schuyler Brown. He was a proud locomotive engineer and enjoyed spending his spare time tinkering with and restoring old cars. He was a unique character with a charming playful personality. For all those near and dear to him, it was inevitable that he would adorn you with a playful nickname. His contagious sense of humor, warm smile and genuinely kind and loving heart will be missed by all who have had the good fortune to know him. So many fond memories and his unconditional love for family and friends will remain etched in our hearts for an eternity. Dad...Benoit, sweet dreams and have a good sleep. Rest in peace until we meet again...

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - Leukemia Research, either by phone at 866-815-9501, or by check or money order mailed to: MSKCC, PO Box 5028, Hagerstown, MD 21740. Please include a notation stating, "In Memory of Joseph Jan Borges for Leukemia Research."

WAKE: Carter's Funeral Home in Croton-on-Hudson, Sunday, October 18, 2020, from 2:00-6:00 PM.

FUNERAL MASS: Holy Name of Mary Church in Croton-on-Hudson on Monday, October 19, 2020, at 10:00 AM. Funeral procession will follow to Bethel Cemetery (1/4 mile away).

  • DONATIONS

  • Memorial Sloan Kettering- For Leukemia Research

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Burial Following Funeral Mass

    Monday, October 19, 2020

Memories

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Jesse Dean

October 18, 2020

Great person. A wonderfully memorable part of my Grand Street Youth. Rest In Peace Jan.

John&Donna Dunford

October 18, 2020

John&Donna DUNFORD
I will always remember our great Railroad years together. The good days when Jan would stop over to our house in Pocantico and we would work on his Mustang & my Vette, things would go all wrong and he would give that big smile and all would be good. Then there was the ( six million dollar trike) He was one of the good one’s we will miss him. Love to you all from Florida

Karen Cunningham

October 18, 2020

I always remember Mr. Borges coming to the Cunningham house on 8 Truesdale and sitting at the kitchen table with Big Jim talking railroad. He was always smiling and a happy soul, which rubbed off on my father for the rest of the day! My Heart felt condolences to all who had the joy and pleasure to love and care for him. Rest, Jan you have done well.

Karen

Stephanie Bale

October 18, 2020

I am saddened to hear that Mr. Borges has passed away. He was one of a kind. I’ll never forget when I accidentally backed into his beautiful baby blue mustang and dented it. I was terrified to tell him! I’m sure he was upset but he did not make me feel worse by expressing it to me.
I am so sorry for the heartache that you all must feel.

AnnMarie Cicero

October 18, 2020

Dear Marion and family
Frank and I are sorry to hear about Jan’s passing. May he Rest in Eternal Peace.

All our prayers to you and the family
The Cicero Family

Holly Powell

October 18, 2020

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the entire Borges family. Mr. Borges was a kind, loving man. This strong patriarch headed a beautiful family and will be deeply missed.
With Love,
Bruce and Holly Powell

Chris Sorenson

October 18, 2020

Uncle Jan always and generously gave time, help, humor, and wisdom during my entire life. He stuck by me at my lowest points in life and celebrated my happiest. It is with deep gratitude and reverence that I rejoice in how you have touched my soul. Sweet and joyful rest beloved uncle.

christina DEHM zulla

October 17, 2020

JAN WAS THE FIRST BOY WHO EVER KISSED ME. WE WERE AT PVC IN THE SUMMER, WE WERE BOTH 13. HE TOOK ME CRABBING AT THE CROTON DOCK AND SHOWED ME HOW TO CROSS THE 3RD RAIL. I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT HIM. SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. HE WILL BE MISSED BY EVERYONE WHO KNEW HIM.

FROM THE FAMILY

Joeseph J. Borges: A treasured photo that captures wonderful you!

FROM THE FAMILY

Fifth grade...You were very cute!

FROM THE FAMILY

Joeseph J. Borges: A treasured photo that captures wonderful you!

FROM THE FAMILY

Fifth grade...You were very cute!

FROM THE FAMILY

Your gooney phase in high school. Don't worry, we all had them! You ended up looking like quite the stud!

FROM THE FAMILY

You and mom on your wedding day. February 9, 1965. Uncle Gordon was your best man and a wonderful and loving brother who passed way too young.

FROM THE FAMILY

Your beautiful baby!

FROM THE FAMILY

Your four little babies...
You will always be our daddy! We will miss you so!

FROM THE FAMILY

You and Kimberly, your first baby girl!

FROM THE FAMILY

You were a handsome stud in your day. We are forever grateful for your dedication to your babies and your family!

FROM THE FAMILY

Always the jokester! We so loved your humor and will miss it immensely.

FROM THE FAMILY

A classic 1970s memory of you. These were the days of the "Extra List". We thank you for all that you did to support our family! You and mom had your roles and were quite the team!

Biography

Eulogy
In loving memory of...
Joseph Allen Jan Borges
Born March 29, 1943 – Died October 15, 2020
Tribute: Holy Name of Mary Church, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
October 19, 2020


When the time comes and beautiful people leave us, they each deserve to be acknowledged because they’ve blessed the Earth with their presence, and as we say farewell, we have the opportunity to tell the world about the many ways that special someone has had a positive influence and touched the lives of others.

I’m honored to be the one to speak of this special person whom we gather here to remember and celebrate today—October 19, 2020. He was known by many names…Joe, Jan, Uncle, Grandpa, Grand Pierre, Papa, Dad and Friend! I wanted to speak of him publicly and share what he so quietly represented as he journeyed on this Earth alongside each of us.

Our dad was many things to us, and throughout our lives we grew together, not apart, like so many families. This speaks of him--His commitment to family, friends and togetherness. He was loyal and never hesitated to give, regardless of the need. His generosity was rare and those who knew him knew he wouldn’t hesitate to give you his last dollar if you needed it.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that humor he brought along with him. He loved to joke around and find humor where he could—busting on each other always managed to lighten things up. We’re going to miss the humor and the drama he would inadvertently bring wherever he went. Those who know him well, know he was a bit of a drama king. Sorry dad, just had to say that.

He cared…He cared about everyone and his care was genuine! And he was the quietest social person you’ll ever meet, if that makes any sense at all. He just loved being surrounded by people, but you’d oftentimes find him just a quiet observer. But that was never to be mistaken. How he loved being surrounded by others, especially his family and his treasured grandchildren, even as he sat quietly watching them, while the rest made a ruckus--he was in his glory, as long as we were all together.


When he was diagnosed with multiple cancers at the onset of COVID-19 in March, our family went into high gear without hesitation and his four core and beloved Marion rallied like no other. We just wanted to make him better and even more importantly, feel our love given what we knew he would face. Even in his most trying times, he never expected, assumed or demanded anything from anyone. Even a simple phone call never ended without him expressing his appreciation for the call! This simply made it easy to give to him—He had a way that made you always feel like you wanted to give more.

We oftentimes called him the Mayor because he had a way of connecting with people whether it be at the local deli, the post office, Eagle Bay condominiums or Sloan Kettering. The medical team at Sloan became fast friends with him—He was always met with welcoming waves, many smiles and loving goodbyes. From the beginning of his diagnosis, he accepted his fate regardless, and he was going to make the best of it. He faced the many challenging days that Kimberly so selflessly brought him down to Memorial Sloan Kettering, with an incredibly positive spirit, and in his darkest days, together, we all worked to preserve that spirit in our own special ways. His strong faith was clear!

The memories he leaves behind affirm the kind of life he lived while on this Earth. Family and friends were what he always made time for and treasured most. The words of his grandchildren attest to this, and when I asked each of them to share a special memory of him, here is what they had to say: Grandpa always let me be who I wanted to be; he was the best friend to play with and I loved when he let me dress him up, especially like a girl; he taught me how to wink and I loved dancing in the living room with him; we would always talk about the Giants and Jets; when we lived in Croton, he’d always come over for Capriccio’s pizza dinners and watch Christmas Vacation like a kid, every year; he never missed a birthday; for his own birthday, all he would ever wanted was a Thanksgiving dinner and Nona’s chocolate cake; and his favorite color was pink—but between us, a dad with three daughters really had no choice in the matter but to fall in love with the color pink. This collection of memories from his grandchildren alone, affirm the beautiful person and good life he lived. How he gently touched us all and left a part of him within each of us to treasure--forever!

While nothing in life is ever certain or forever as he would attest, there is one thing that will always be…Our profound love for him, our appreciation of his generosity and his sincere love for family and friends. As his soul journeys into Heaven, we thank him for the humble way he lived his life, the kindness he showed others and the cherished family memories that he and mom in their own unique ways, created—Together! We love you, dad.

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