Joseph R. Borden

August 23, 1923January 23, 2012

Joseph R. Borden, age 88, of Somerset, died Monday, January 23, 2012 surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Lorraine B. (Lach) Borden to whom he had been married for 54 years.

Born in Fall River the son of the late Leroy and Annie (Howard) Borden, he was a 1940 graduate of BMC Durfee High School and a United States Army Veteran of World War II.

Mr. Borden was employed as a Machinist for several years with Brown & Sharp in North Kingston and later as a Machine Set Up Man in Warren before his retirement in 1967.

He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus and American Legion. He was an Avid Boston Sports Fan and enjoyed traveling with his wife.

In addition to his wife he is survived by three children Christine Comella and her husband Thomas of Johnston, RI, Nancy Wiseman and her husband Michael of West Palm Beach, FL and Michael Borden and his wife Gail of Fall River and three grandchildren Andrew R. Galuska, Candice Borden and Thomas Comella Jr. and his wife Beth; and two great-grandchildren Thomas and Nicholas Comella.

His funeral will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 8am from the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME OF MEMORIAL TRIBUTE AT ROSE E. SULLIVAN 866 County St., Somerset followed by his funeral mass at 9am in St. Joseph’s Church, 1335 N. Main St., Fall River. Visiting hours will be Wednesday from 4 to 7pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his honor may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or New England Center for Homeless Veterans 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Fall River.



  • Visitation Wednesday, January 25, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 26, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, January 26, 2012


  • Burial

Joseph R. Borden

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January 17, 2013

We remember Joe with much fondness and he will always be remembered as a kind and gentle man. Our sincere sympathy to the entire Borden family, he was your hero.

Marian & Irving Wiseman

Meryl Costa

March 17, 2012

Very sorry for your loss. Condolences to the family. Miss you very much.
love, George and Meryl (servita) Costa

January 28, 2012

Joe was best man at our parents' wedding in 1950 and an invaluable friend to them during their entire lives.They frequently shared memorable stories of Joe with us and we always knew our parents treasured his friendship. We know was a good and Godly man and has earned his eternal rest. Our deepest sympathies are extended to Lorraine, Christine, Nancy, Mike and all family members.

Shott children -- Kathe, Barbara, Chris and Mike

January 26, 2012

Dear Lorraine, Nancy & the rest of the Borden family. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on your loss. May the wonderful memories spent with Joe be a source of healing in the coming year.\

Dorothy& Sol Stober

Rebecca Bursey

January 26, 2012

Uncle Joe,
Thank you for showing me so much in these last dozen years I was blessed to know you. I will always be thankful for your encouragement, guidance, leadership and your love. Your smile lights up any room, your joy is contagious and your desire to fight has been what has influenced us the most. For so many years fought for your life, I've never known someone with such drive. You never gave up - even when you probably should have, you hung on. You waited for that last 'it's ok' from Auntie before you went home...

I honor you, our family honors you, and our future children will honor you. Your love and your memories will forever be present in our house. I cannot wait to see you again and tell you how handsome you are once more. I love you Uncle Joe.

Mark Cangelosi

January 25, 2012

My deepest condolences. He wa a great man!

Jeff Nunes

January 25, 2012

To Mrs Borden and family.
I'm so very sorry for your loss. Growing up in the neighborhood I have many memories of Mr Borden all of them bring a smile. As I got older time would pass since I last saw him but when I did it was always a pleasure speaking with him. May he have peace and happiness in heaven and may God bless you all.

Peter McDonald

January 25, 2012

Mike and Gail,

I would like to express my deepest sympathy on the passing of your father. I read about it today in the Spectator, unfortunately I have not felt well (flu) for the past couple of days, otherwise i would certainly express my sympathy in person. May the lord bless your father and and his family and may he rest in eternal peace.

Deborah Kotarba

January 25, 2012

I am very sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts from our family to yours. God bless you all.

January 25, 2012

We were deeply saddened at the news of Joe's passing and convey our condolences to Lorraine and the family on their great loss. May his memory be for a blessing and may he rest in peace.

Marian & Irving Wiseman