Harry James Borden, a Pocasset resident who was known as “Stubby” to friends and family, died July 10 at Royal Fairhaven Nursing Home after a long illness. He was 88.
Mr. Borden was the son of Henry and Grace (Boyle) Borden. He grew up in Attleboro during the Great Depression and worked as a child as a bowling pin setter to help support his family. Later he bought and restored a large home across the street from the small apartment that he grew up in with his parents and siblings.
After being denied a commission to the US Navy during World War II due to a health condition, he enlisted in the Coast Guard. After the war, he attended the New England Institute of Art. He was a salesman at New England Lithograph in Boston until the 1980s, when he formed Village Graphics in Attleboro.
While in Attleboro Mr. Borden enjoyed singing with the Jewelry City Harmonizers and his quartet, Lordan, Borden, Jordan, and Schultz. He was also active in the Norton Players, where he was known for his rendition of “If I Were a Rich Man.”
He spent most of his life in the Attleboro area before relocating to Pocasset. He also was a former resident of Norton.
Mr. Borden leaves his wife, Virginia (Lee) Borden; his children, Lynne Borden and her husband, Tom Lopes, Virginia Lee Landrigan and her husband, Kevin Landrigan, and Gregory James Borden and his wife, Mary Borden; his sister, Constance Mullaney; his granddaughter, Brianna Ortiz-Lopes; and three great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his brother, Bob Borden.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday, July 14, from 4 to 7 PM in the Duffy-Poule Funeral Home, 20 Peck Street, Attleboro.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 15, at 10 AM from the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM in St. John the Evangelist Church, 133 North Main Street, Attleboro.
Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery in Attleboro.