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Robert N. Borden, Army veteran, active churchman

March 20, 1933 – Dec. 24, 2014

Robert N. Borden, a longtime employee of a title abstract firm, Army veteran and active churchman, died Wednesday in his Town of Tonawanda home. He was 81.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Borden grew up in St. Brigid’s Parish in the Old First Ward, worked the lunch counter of a W.T. Grant store and also worked at Bethlehem Steel. He was a 1951 graduate of Bishop Timon High School. During the Korean War, he was based in Germany.

Mr. Borden was employed by Monroe Abstract & Title Co. in downtown Buffalo and Erie County Hall and also served as vice president and director of the firm’s Lockport office.

An active member of St. Amelia’s Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda, Mr. Borden served as a lector, Eucharistic minister and religious education instructor. He also was a mission leader, CYO parent and member of the folk group and Parish Council and Liturgy Committee.

He and his wife of 55 years, the former Elizabeth A. Billman, were honored by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo with the St. Joseph’s the Worker Award.

Mr. Borden served as parent-teacher association president in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District and also was a member of the Kenmore East High School Marching Band parents group.

A lifelong learner and avid reader, he enjoyed music, pinochle, bowling and was a fan of the Buffalo Bills and Sabres and New York Yankees.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Rosemary Quebral, Amy Fritzinger, Virginia Maier and Helene; one son, Kevin; and 11 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered 11:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Amelia’s Church.

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