LATHAM - Eugene G. Borden, 75, died early Friday morning, April 29th at his home, following a brief illness.
Born in Troy, Nov. 23, 1946, son of the late George and Mafalda “Murph” Lanzone Borden, Gene was a 1964 graduate of Mechanicville High School, where he played some hard-nosed football for the Red Raiders. A 1968 graduate of Plattsburgh State Teachers College, Gene began a short lived teaching career as a math and social studies teacher for the Shenendehowa School Dist. Gene realized that teaching didn’t answer his life’s call, and then began a long time career as a foreman of the track gang for the Delaware and Hudson and later Canadian Pacific Railroads in Colonie. A former union leader of the Brotherhood of Maintenance and Way, Gene found his niche working on the railroad, and was considered to be a great guy to work with and for.
Gene was pressed to be a Mechanicville-Stillwater Little League Pony League manager, Gene was given the task of shaping his 8 yr old players, known by some as the Bad News Bears. Gene promised his charges that if they worked hard, he would have a special end of year surprise for his team. That team went undefeated, and were treated to a trip to New York City, to attend a Yankee game. Many believe that Gene was as happy as his team to see the Yankees. He was also a past president of the Cohoes Pop Warner football program. A lifelong NY Giants, Yankee and Ranger fan, a frequent visitor of Saratoga Race Track, and once owned a thoroughbred, but never found the winners circle.
A popular and well loved nephew and cousin to many of the Lanzone clan, looked forward to family gatherings, Gene was the eulogist for a number of family members.
A fun guy with smart wit, Gene had comedic answers to almost anything, was very proud of his children, grandchildren, someone who never missed a scholastic or sports event.
In all, Gene was a great guy, caring husband, loving father and proud Pop, who will be sadly missed.
Gene’s family extends heartfelt thanks to Kathy, John and Justine Bonville for taking such great care of him in his final days.
Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years, Joan Renehan Borden, adored daughter Lorrie and husband Matt and grandchildren Jessica and Jack Bonville of Clifton Park, his proud son George Borden of Latham, sister-in-law Carol (the late Vincent “Jim” ) Borden and children Renee (Manny) Vargas and Jamison Borden, and his many Lanzone and Renehan family relatives.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wed , May 4th at 9:30 AM at All Saints of the Hudson Church, (St. Paul’s) 121 No. Main St, with burial to follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery. Calling Hours at the Church on Tuesday from 4-7 PM.
Remembrances may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, in loving memory of Eugene G. Borden.