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Dr. Richard Winstead Borden

October 29, 1925 ~ December 20, 2012 (age 87)
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Message from Commandant de réserve Jacques Grenier
March 3, 2014 8:53 AM

As a Major of the French Air Force Reserve, I had the honor in june 2004 to welcome a group of US Veterans in Paris for them to receive the red ribbon of Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, the highest french decoration, and later lead them to Normandy for a memorial ceremony at Omaha Beach war cemetery.

During the journey, I was impressed by "Doc" Borden simplicity despites the high value of his war duties, especially as a member of the medical staff of 6th Naval Beach Battalion on D-Day. He introduced me to his friend John Gallagher, whose face covered with bandages while awaiting evacuation from Omaha Beach is famous in french schoolboys' history books.

To his family, especially his youngest daughter and (as far as I remember) his niece who both escorted him to France 10 years ago, please accept all my sympathy and codolences. The booklet he then dedicated to me still stands proudly on my desk.

As said the speaker at the end of Normandy celebrations of 60th Anniversary, "I will never forget you".

Jacques A. Grenier
Commandant de réserve de l'Armée de l'air française
Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite
Message from Captain Horatio Sinbad & Lt. Terry Brown
December 27, 2012 2:03 PM

Ahoy Bordens!

The crew of the MEKA II were saddened by the passing of "Doc".  He was my children's doctor and became a friend to me.  Another milestone in my life gone.

Please accept our sincere condolences.

Your humble servants, Capt. Sinbad & LTB

Message from Clip and Debbie
December 26, 2012 3:40 PM

Sarah, Paul, Martha, Miriah, Carmen, and Bo

We will truly miss our dear friend! We walked with your father through many miles of his interesting life! He was a wonderful friend/ second dad to us! Thanks to him we have a love for nature. Not only birds but the frogs in the shower, the snakes and the mice at the river! It didn't matter which porch he sat on the hummingbirds found him and would fly all around him! He taught us much and over the 52 years we knew him he was a caring, loving, and kind hearted man! May you all feel Gods love and Peace at this time!
Message from Bettie D. Lewis and Family
December 26, 2012 12:20 PM

Dr. Borden was an excellent family practice doctor and obviously loved his work.  He was the attending physician for both of my parents and provided outstanding care for them.  We took comfort in his caring and compassionate bedside manner. He will be missed.  I will continue to pray for the family.  May the God of all comfort surround you with the outpouring of His love.
God Bless and Keep You,
Message from Tom Bertrand
December 25, 2012 9:34 PM

Bo, Carmen, Mariah, Martha, Sarah, Paul,

I am very sorry for your -- our -- loss.  In addition to his devotion and remarkable intuition and skill as a physician, your father was a generator, an energy source of compassion, idealism, and inspiration for generations of patients and young people.  I was one of the many who were enriched by his friendship and inspired by his example.  I will be with you in spirit, if not bodily present, on Thursday.  If possible, my daughter Maggie and I will drive down from Virginia Beach to join you.  Rest in Peace, Dick.
Message from Chylene Smith( Newport)
December 25, 2012 3:04 PM

Family & Extended Families
Sending my heartfelt sympathy and my prayers. Dr. Borden just full of life a great sense of humor, he was my doctor back in the late 70's and then became my son's doctor later on in the years,also. He really loved children and his patients and when you brought your child in for a checkup he was so amazed with them and how well they were doing and growing. He will be miss dearly and memories for years to come.
Message from LaVera M. Parato
December 25, 2012 8:15 AM

Dr. Borden helped bring me and my siblings into the world.
Message from grey mccormick
December 23, 2012 7:37 PM


You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.  Each of you had your own special relationship with your father and will be sustained by the memories of many important milestones that you shared.  He enjoyed a long life and one of many achievements.  God Bless you and your family.
Message from Joyce King
December 23, 2012 2:32 PM

Dr. Borden was my family doctor from 1963 on.  We were both living in Goldsboro and then our families moved to Carteret County.  He had been a close friend of Sr. Sam Hatcher of Morehead City who was my doctor prior to moving to Goldsboro.  It was the best referral I ever had  when Dr. Hatcher gave me his name.  He was famously late keeping appointment.  I have waited in his waiting room up to three hours before being seen.  There was one time I told my sick son to cry loud hoping that would speed up getting to see Dr. Borden..  He was a man of many interests and I tolerated his lateness because I knew he would cure whatever ailments I and my children had.  I grew to love him as a friend.  My heart is heavy with so many memories.  He was a great doctor and I grieve along with his family and friends.
Message from Barbara Dunsmore
December 23, 2012 11:35 AM

Sarah, Paul and Martha,
Your father is now in a better place resting comfortably with God.  I will be praying for all of you during this most difficult time.  It is not easy when one of our parents pass.  May God Bless You Always.
Barbara Dunsmore
Message from Ihrie Pou O'Bryant
December 23, 2012 8:42 AM


Prayers and thoughts are with you during this sad time.

Message from Genny Hill
December 23, 2012 5:41 AM

Tom Tosto and family are so sorry to hear of your loss but know that "Doc" is at rest. This was truly a remarkable man with more love for mankind and nature than you can imagine. Please accept our prayers and may it help knowing that he touched many souls while on this earth for 87 years.
Message from Lisa Pelletier - Harman
December 22, 2012 7:56 PM

Paul, Sarah, Martha and Mariah,

Your Dad was my Doctor for many years. I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember him for many things, but will remember him most as the man who brought such wonderful people , like you all, into our lives.

Sending you love.
Message from Nancie Oakley
December 22, 2012 1:11 AM

To Sarah and Paul,
I'm so sorry for your loss, but so glad you were able to have your dad for so long. We are keeping you in our prayers and thoughts.

Nancie, Cindy and Doris Oakley
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