George Borababy

Obituary of George Joseph Borababy

It is with a mix of sadness and loss, but also joy and fond memories, that the Borababy and Hood families report the peaceful passing of their beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, George Joseph Borababy on January 7, 2021 at Sitrin Health Care Center in New Hartford, NY at the age of 101. George was born on February 28, 1919 in New York City, the only child of James Borababy and Ameena Bailish Borababy. An excellent student and an athlete, he loved playing baseball and stickball on the cobblestone streets of the lower West Side of Manhattan, while also studying at the prestigious Stuyvesant High School in Brooklyn. He went on to get his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at St. John's University in Brooklyn, graduating with honors. He worked at the Arthur Young accounting firm until 1942, when he joined the Army and served in the Finance division of the Army Air Force during World War II, rising to the rank of Sergeant before being honorably discharged in 1945. He then returned to Arthur Young before moving on to become the Controller of Mele Manufacturing Co., first in New York and, beginning in 1956, in Utica, NY. He remained as Mele's Controller until his retirement in the early 1980s, after which he continued with Mele as a consultant for several years. In 1947, George married the first love of his life, Ann Mosleh (who, like George, had also been born on February 28, 1919). They were married for 28 years and raised a family of six children together until, sadly, Ann passed away in 1975. In 1976, George married Jan Hood, the second love of his life, and inherited her family of five children, whom George came to regard as his own and loved just as much. They, too, stayed married for 28 years, until Jan's untimely death in 2004. George loved to watch sports, especially baseball, football and boxing. He was an avid lifelong Yankees fan, and was especially fond of Lou Gehrig, his idol. He was also a big fan of Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals. George enjoyed playing cards as well, and, in recent years, could often be found at the slot machines at Turning Stone and Vernon Downs casinos. George was active in the Kiwanis Club and served on the Finance Committee of St. Peter's Church in North Utica, helping with the financing of a new church building in the 1960s and 1970s. He also coached youth baseball for a number of years, and was active on the Mele bowling and golf teams. But most of all, he loved his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Known affectionately as Jiddoo and Papa, he made each of them feel special, unique and loved. He is survived, and will be sorely missed, by his children James Borababy, George Borababy, Ameena Jabbour, Regina Cichon, Anne Marie Shore, Keith Hood, Craig Hood, Darlene Lemaire and Donna Doolen; his daughters-in-law and sons-in-law Michelle Hood, Mitch Lemaire, Billy Doolen and Pam Hood; his 16 grandchildren; and his 17 great-grandchildren. His sons John Jabbour and Gary Hood, and son-in-law Jimmy Doolen, unfortunately passed away before George. He has also left behind many nephews, nieces, friends and admirers. All who knew him loved him. Due to covid restrictions, a private service will be held at Heintz Funeral Home in Utica. A memorial celebration will be held in the Spring. George was especially devoted to St. Kateri Tekakwitha, who was canonized a saint by the Catholic Church in 2012. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Kateri Shrine (EIN 43-2037018). Contributions may be mailed to St. Kateri Shrine, PO Box 627, Fonda, NY 12068-0627, or made online via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KateriShrine. Donations by mail should reference that your gift is in memory of George Joseph Borababy.
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