October 14, 2013
George Borecky Jr. died on Oct. 14 at the Castle Point VA Hospital after a long illness. He was 90 years old. Born in Brooklyn on Feb. 8, 1923, he was the son of George and Anna Borecky. He served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne unit in World War II, fighting in many battles in Europe, from North Africa and Italy to Germany (his discharge papers list the Rhineland, Sicilian, Naples-Foggia and Rome-Arno campaigns). He was shot in one of these battles, after he parachuted out of an airplane but accidentally landed in a tree. The enemy left him for dead, but thankfully, he survived and went on to win a Purple Heart. But he had pain in his leg for the rest of his life from the injury. He also won four bronze stars, one bronze service arrowhead and an oak leaf cluster.
After the war, George settled down in Brooklyn, went to work as a mail carrier, and married Edna Carol Phelps. They had three children, George, Karen and Audrey. In 1967 they became one of the first families to build a summer/weekend house in the Wild Acres development, in Dingmans Ferry. After George retired, he and his wife moved to Florida and, later, to Las Vegas, where they enjoyed Sun City living and the excitement of the nightlife and the casinos. They traveled extensively, visiting Mexico several times, Europe, Hawaii, the Caribbean and Alaska. Edna predeceased him in 2010.
He is survived by his son, George Borecky III of Milford and wife Jacqueline; daughters Karen Ferraro of North Massapequa, NY, and husband Vito, and Audrey Borecky of Hudson, Florida; four grandchildren, Anthony, David and Alicia Ferraro and Cynthia Borecky; two great-grandchildren, Colton Borecky and Ahnalysia Cardinal; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held last Friday at Saint Patrick’s Church in Milford, with burial immediately following in the Delaware Cemetery, Dingmans Ferry, PA.
Memorial donations can be made in his name to the VA Hudson Valley HCS Volunteer Services, to fund the hospice and palliative care program at the Castle Point hospital. (Put “GPF 1536” and the name “George Borecky” in the memo line.) The address is VA Hudson Valley HCS, Castle Point Campus, Castle Point, NY 12511.