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William B. "Bruce" Borwegen

July 14, 2017

Bruce BorwergenFishers Landing, NY – Wm. Bruce Borwegen, 86, of Reed’s Point Road died unexpectedly on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse. Bruce, son of the late William Borwegen and Eleanor Louise Steim, was raised in Franklin Square, Long Island, NY, an only child. After graduation from Sewanhaka High School, Floral Park, NY, he joined the US Navy and served for four years. He proudly held the Electrician’s Mate Third Class rank when honorably discharged in 1952. Bruce married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Joan Mantz, later that year.

Although Bruce began his career as a naval electrician, he chose plumbing and heating as his life-long trade. The young couple grew to love the Catskill mountains where Marilyn worked summers at Sunny Hill Farm Resort in Freehold, NY.  They settled in those mountains in the hamlet of Oak Hill to raise their family and partnered with Freehold friends, Gunther and Rosemarie Preisner, to launch and grow B&G Contractors Plumbing and Heating.  Upon his "retirement" in 1985, the couple relocated to Fishers Landing in the Thousand Islands region of upstate New York, a favorite family vacation spot.

Incapable of being idle, Bruce became a school bus driver, instructor, and examiner for the Thousand Islands Central Schools while continuing to provide plumbing, heating and electrical services in his new community, retiring again in 2007.

Believing in the importance of public service, Bruce was a lifetime member and former chief of the Oak Hill-Durham Volunteer Fire Company. He served as Greene County Fire Coordinator and, for a time, was a member of the Fishers Landing Volunteer Fire Department. He served as Secretary-Treasurer of the International Good Will Committee of the Canadian & American Legions, and until his demise was an active member and served as  Finance Officer for Colon Couch American Legion Post #821, Clayton, NY.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Marilyn, sons, Robert and Eric, and son-in-law, Gerald A. Siesfeld. Survivors include his daughter, Gail Borwegen Siesfeld, Averill Park, NY; son, Ralph (Teresa Baitsholts) Borwegen, Greenville, NY; grandchildren, Lacey Borwegen (Daniel) Sala, Shana Borwegen (Grif) Fig, Kristy Borwegen, and Jonathan (Amanda Cettina) Borwegen; three great-granddaughters and two great-grandsons; along with step grandchildren, step great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., 320 John St., Clayton, NY, on Saturday, 7/22/17, from 11am-1pm.

Relatives and friends are also invited to call at Cunningham Funeral Home, Rt 81, Greenville, NY, on Friday, 7/28/17 from 6-8pm. Funeral Service 12pm on Saturday, 7/29/17 at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Rt 81, Greenville, NY, followed by an interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Rt 81, Oak Hill, NY, immediately following. Bruce and Marilyn will be interred together.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Wm. Bruce Borwegen may be made to the American Cancer Society, or Oak Hill-Durham Volunteer Fire Company, POB 51, Oak Hill, NY 12460.

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#6 Jim & Dee Heberger 2017-07-19 20:01
Bruce was a great man, always willing to help out, or add that suggestion on how to do things the easier way. He will remembered for his contagious smile and friendship he brought to everybody! "5 BELLS @ 5"


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#5 NINAMAE M SMITH 2017-07-18 07:45
I will miss Bruce. He was a wonderful person. Always in "Tip Top" shape. So sorry for your loss. My condolences to his family. Always had wonderful stories to tell. Even with his hardships he always had a smile.
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#4 Jeremy Wood 2017-07-17 15:57
Bruce was a great man. He drove my morning bus everyday to school. He always smiled and had a good word. I remember that it was grand parents day and we were supposed to have are grandparents in and mine couldn't make it. I was a up set and bruce asked what I was up set about I told him and he smiled and said I am a grand parent. So he was my grand parent at grand parents day. GREAT man and sorry for your loss Prayers and Thoughts are with the family and friends.
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#3 walt & gail christen 2017-07-17 09:56
Our deepest sympathy, Bruce was a good citizen and friend.
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#2 john chalk 2017-07-16 20:35
Sorry for your loss Bruce was a interesting person always had a smile , he will be missed
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#1 Charlene Heinrich 2017-07-14 18:42
Condolences to the Borwegen family. Being in Fishers Landing for most of my life, it was always nice to share a conversation with Bruce. He was a gentleman and always had a smile to share. My husband and I will miss our neighbor.
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