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Casey McCallum Rice South Shore Funeral Home

30 Nelson Avenue, Staten Island, NY

OBITUARY

John H. Borrell

December 7, 1933November 9, 2019

On November 9, 2019, John H. Borrell, passed away, just shy of his 86th birthday.

John was born and raised in Dongan Hills, Staten Island. He is predeceased by 3 siblings Frank, Alfred and Jerome. He is survived by three children Luann Teetsell, Lauren Scharfenberg and John Thomas Borrell. He is loved by his grandchildren Gregory and Sabrina and as well as two estranged grandchildren Brianna and Nicole. He also leaves behind many loved nieces and nephews.

John lived life to the fullest, where he proudly served in the Navy and then worked for 54 years as a broker on Wall Street. After retiring, he wanted to remain active, so he worked part-time at Colonial Gas Station to be productive and make people smile. He was an officer and member for many years of the Beachcombers and Zimmer Club Fish & Game. He was also an amateur poet, where he authored Feelings of Poetry. John’s passion didn’t only include poetry, his primary passion was singing -- partaking in various church choirs, including, but not limited to St. Rita’s and the latest St. Anthony’s. The church choir singing branched out to Karaoke where he was known as “Gentleman John.”

“Gentleman John” absolutely loved to sing Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Elvis Presley and the like. Two of his favorites songs to sing were also how he lived his life “My Way” and “It’s a Wonderful World.”

“God Bless” John, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle and Gentleman John…you will surely be missed by many.

In Lieu of Flowers Donations would be greatly appreciated to one of the charities of your choice:

Patient Advocate Foundation Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or Meals on Wheels

Thank You

Services

  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, November 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 16, 2019

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Glenn Borrell

November 16, 2019

Sad day today to say good by to my uncle. Broke my heat to say good by. Love you uncle John. Please say hello to my pop and mom. Till we meet again . Nephew Glenn.

Luann Teetsell

November 13, 2019

There are no words to express how much I will miss my Dad.

Christopher Garofalo

November 13, 2019

The Marina Cafe, The Dugout, Trackside etc etc . These are just a few of many places I have had the privilege of listening to and singing with Gentleman John at karaoke over the years. He truly was a GENTLEMAN who always gave 110% during his many renditions of Frank Sinatra's My Way or Let Me Try Again even during his long term illness. Rest in Peace John.

Anonymous Memories

November 11, 2019

Long ago but not far away, I will always remember “Honey” from Bobby Goldsboro. He sang it like he lived it!

Nancy Avignone

November 11, 2019

John, never without a loving smile & a hug whenever he saw me. I will always remember you that way, and among other songs the one that stands out in my mind is "Let Me Try Again". And you did, you tried again and again after every downfall you brought yourself back up and back into our social community who adored you. Your strength to fight back was always admired by not only me, but by all who knew you. We can all learn a lesson from that. You are our Gentleman John and I will forever remember you with love and admiration. Rest in Heavenly Peace my good buddy. I will truly miss you my dear friend.

Gina Ricci Monte

November 11, 2019

"You Don't Bring Me Flowers".... that was our song. Happy memories with our karaoke times.
I have to give you flowers one last time.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY