Joseph Donald Borowski of Mashpee, who had been battling with a heart condition, died November 17. He was 80.
He was raised in Paterson, New Jersey, and spent his summers at the Jersey Shore. He loved fishing and boating and earned his boat captain’s license at 18.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Montclair State University, he enlisted in the US Air Force and realized his dream of becoming a pilot. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Distinguished Flying Cross for his achievements and valor in the Vietnam War.
Following Vietnam, Mr. Borowski was stationed at Otis Air Force Base and moved permanently to Cape Cod. He ultimately joined the Air National Guard, retiring as a lieutenant colonel after 28 years.
During and after his time in the National Guard he explored additional careers. He taught in the Falmouth Public Schools. He was a commercial photographer, shooting weddings, sports teams and doing aerial photography for the military and the Falmouth Road Race, among others. His photography appeared in numerous magazines and is still seen on the walls of the Pentagon.
His final career was forming a company, All Cape Pest Control, with his son Jonathan.
An avid reader and always eager to learn, if a subject sparked his interest Mr. Borowski became animated about the topic. His love for travel resulted in visits to every US state and most European countries. In recent years he especially loved his time spent in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
He also was a man of religious faith.
He leaves his wife of 46 years, Sharon T. Borowski; his daughter, Audrey White and her husband, Fred White, of Boston; his son Jonathan T. Borowski and his wife, Sarah A. Borowski, of Mashpee; three grandchildren, Quentin White, Paige Lundberg and Jack Borowski; and other family.
He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Therese Borowski; and by his son Kenneth Borowski.
Visitation will be Saturday, November 27, beginning at 11 AM with a funeral service at 1 o’clock, at Chapman Funerals & Cremations, 74 Algonquin Avenue in Mashpee.
Burial will follow at Great Neck Woods Cemetery in Mashpee.