Richard Bordas

November 19, 1938July 26, 2012

Richard Bordas, 73, of Fairhaven, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He was the husband of Lee (Cauley) Bordas with whom he shared 41 years of marriage.

Born in Vanderbilt, PA, a son of the late John and Johanna (Wisilosky) Bordas, he was a resident of Fairhaven since 1978, moved to New Bedford in 1986 and returned to Fairhaven in 2005.

Richard was a graduate of Divine Word Seminary, received his STB from St. Mary’s Seminary, received his MS in English from Loyola University in Illinois and received his MSW from Simmons School of Social Work. He was ordained a priest as a member of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD).

His life was spent in service to others. He was an English Teacher at Divine Word College in Iowa and had worked as a Social Worker for the Department of Social Services in Fall River until retiring in 2002.

Richard was a beekeeper and a choir member at St. Joseph’s Church and enjoyed travelling, reading and the symphony. He was a devoted husband, father and friend who touched the lives of many people.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his children, Edward Bordas and his wife Nina Columbaro of Dorchester, John Bordas and his fiancée Clara Simoes of New Bedford, and Hanna Bordas and her husband Eric Vargo of Santa Monica, CA; his grandchildren, Lorenzo Bordas and Rosanna Vargo; his sisters, Joan Stanko of Scotia, NY, Marlene Riggin of Vanderbilt, PA and Vicky Basinger of Scottdale, PA; his brothers, David Bordas of Charlevoix, MI and William "Bobby" Wisilosky of Connellsville, PA; and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late John Bordas.

His Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 10am in St. Joseph’s Church, 74 Spring St., Fairhaven. Visiting hours will be on Thursday 4-8pm in the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Mariner Youth Soccer Club, PO Box 958, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For online tributes and directions please visit:


  • Visitation Thursday, August 2, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Friday, August 3, 2012

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Georgene Fabian

September 19, 2012

Hi Lee and family. Dick has meant so much to you. Your lives have been full and we have enjoyed your annual letters so much. We wish you all well. Best, Georgene

August 4, 2012

Herky and Jean Dye-Vanderbilt,PA

Robyn Carpenter

August 3, 2012

Please accept my deepest sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Dennis Mattos

August 3, 2012

My condolences on your loss. Unfortunetly I have never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Bordas. I worked with John and tonight met his family. How blessed you all are to have had such a remarkable man in your lives. Peace be with all of you.

August 2, 2012

There is no death! the stars go down To rise upon some other shore. and bright in Heaven's jeweled Crown, They shine for ever More! "Mcreery" All who Knew Dick Knew what fine man he was. . Lee to you and the family all our Love! Garnett, Sean , Heidi & Karrie- The Powers family of Fairhaven

Larry Paquette

August 1, 2012

My sincere sympathy to Richard's family. It does not seem so long ago that I worked with Dick in the Fall River area. Dick was a compassionate human service professional who impressed me as I learned social work. I am grateful for having worked with him.

Ron Desnoyers

July 31, 2012

It was always such a pleasure to share time together with Dick. Either at work, talking together during a shift change, or just a tap on the shoulder and nod in church. He was a kind and compassionate man, and I consider myself a fortunate human being to have been able to spend time with such a nice guy.
My sincere condolences, Lee. You are in my prayers.

Lucy J. Ramos

July 30, 2012

Mr. B. was one of the people in my life that inspired me to become a Social Worker. He was a wonderful man and both he and Mrs. B. are a big of my family. Mr. B. officiated at our wedding back in 1998 and we had the pleasure of him officiating at our daughter's wedding last September. I will never forget the kindness both Mr. B. and his wife afforded me through some very difficult times in my life. I will miss him at our family functions as he always took time out of his busy life to be in attendance. Godspeed. Love you.

kathy frias

July 30, 2012

My prayers are with you! I was a coworker of richards at st lukes. He was kind to everyone that is truly a gift!

July 29, 2012

So sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy,
Karen (Jabotte) Medeiros