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Alec John  Borden
  • Junior Sailing Club c/o Gull Lake Country Club
    9725 W. Gull Lake Drive
    Richland, MI 49083

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1 of 12 | Posted by: Richard Taylor - Battle Creek, MI

“Prayers ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Michelle Price - Battle Creek, MI

“Dear Bob, Julie and families,We are sorry to hear of the loss of Alec. He was a terrific and understanding person. I have fond memories of working...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Kenny & Louisa Donahue - Troy, OH

“Alec and I lived just 6 to 8 blocks from one another growing up but didn't play together much. I walked to Junior High and High School past Alec's...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Dan Convis - Friendsville, MD

“TOO MANY GREAT MEMORIES--will miss him --unable to attend memorial (sad)CMG3i ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: vaughn gresly - battle creek, MI

“You knew is was WMU's Basketball season when Alec would start showing up at the University Roadhouse.....Good, good man, and I'm so sorry he has...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: John prince - Kalamazoo, MI

“Alec served with me and other dedicated volunteers for SCORE Kalamazoo/SW Michigan where Alec volunteered his time, energy, and business knowledge...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Tom McKenna - Portage, MI

“Gail, I am so sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your friend. May God send angels to surround you and give you peace. Hugs and Love. ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Joyce Soaresr - Panama City, FL

“I am so sorry for your loss. Alec was a great fan of Bronco sports. I'm going to miss seeing him at University Roadhouse/ Fieldhouse for all the...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Kathy Dilsaver - Kalamazoo, MI

“Sorry for the loss of Alec, I met Alec as I served on the Board of Justice Mary Coleman Fraternal Order of Police over the past 8 years or so....Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: David Censke - Battle Creek, MI

“Gail, you've lost a wonderful friend...Our thoughts and prayers are with you.... ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Otto and Karen Schmiling - WI

“Hope he is with his wonderful parents sailing in the clouds. Joni Melges ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: A friend


Alec John Borden of Kalamazoo, MI

Alec, age 77, died unexpectedly Wednesday evening, June 13, 2018, at his residence.

Born in Battle Creek, MI on October 14, 1940, son of Alec E. and Rose (McQuillen) Borden, he was a graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY.

Alec, Class of 1962 at Colgate, was inducted into the Colgate Hall of Honor for Athletics in 1980 for Men's Swimming & Diving. An accomplished swimmer, he was a two-time, Division I All-American, earning honors in 1960 and 1962. His first selection came during the 1960 NCAA championships in the 200-yard breaststroke while the second honor was in the 200-yard individual medley in the 1962 NCAA finals. He also was the Upper New York State 200-yard individual medley champion in 1962 and Captained the 1962 team.

Following graduation, he returned to Battle Creek to work in the family business, Ashley Dairy. From there he went on to work with Snyder Foods Corporation and was instrumental in the start-up of a food production facility in Taiwan.

Upon return to the U.S. he managed operations for Roelof Dairy and after Roelof was purchased by Prairie Farms Dairy, Alec was responsible for starting up the new Prairie Farms facility in Fort Custer, MI. He continued as the Plant Manager until his retirement in 2003.

Alec had a passion for life on the water, growing up on Gull Lake where his family still owns a home. He loves sailing and was a long-term member of the Gull Lake Yacht Club where he served on the race committee.

Alec is survived by his two sisters, Caroline 'Kay' Reinstadtler of Champion, PA and Julie Borden of Norwalk, CT; his brother, Robert J (Anne) Borden of Hickory Corners, MI; several nieces and nephews who adored him, and his significant other, Gail Mahnke of Marshall, MI. Alec was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Helen Church.

A Memorial Gathering to celebrate Alec's life will be held on Thursday, June 21st from Noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Gull Lake Country Club, 9725 W. Gull Lake Drive, Richland, MI 49083. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Alec's honor may be directed to the Junior Sailing Club in care of the Gull Lake Country Club (see address above). The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel (269) 629-6022 is assisting Alec's family.