World War II Veteran Edward J. Borowski Turns 90

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New ImageEdward J. Borowski celebrated his 90th birthday recently with St. Thomas More Church Young at Heart Seniors Group of Hauppauge and at Patchogue Kiwanis Oktoberfest with family and friends.

Edward is a World War II Veteran as a Storekeeper 2nd Class (“SK2”) in the United States Navy on the U.S.S. Battleship Texas from November 27, 1942 to October 4, 1945. Among many medals received, Edward was honored with the Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two bronze stars and the Philippine LIB Medal.

He was married to his late wife, Rose for over 47 years until she passed away in 1999. They originally resided in Jamaica, New York when they were married. They had 3 children: Janet, Robert and Paul (and Kathryn). They moved to Hauppauge, New York in 1966 and have resided there ever since. He has four grandchildren, Stephanie, James and Michael and Amanda Rose.

He had worked as a technician for Fairchild and Hobart and retired from Mueller Martini in Hauppauge at age 70. His post-retirement life has been focused on his family and volunteerism. He has volunteered at the Long Island Veteran’s Home in Stony Brook, New York for over 6 years. He received the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame Award by Senator John Flanagan in 2010. He, also, enjoys building model ships, painting, sketching and traveling.

He continues to active in the community with the St. Thomas More Church Young at Heart Seniors Group. Ed has been very active in both, Jamaica, Queens and Hauppauge.

In Jamaica, Ed was Commander of the Catholic War Veterans in 1945, President of the Holy Name Society and Member of The Appolite’s Polish Social Club, Polish Legion American Veterans #5, St. Vincent Society and Usher at St. Joseph’s R.C. Church.

In Hauppauge, Ed was Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #5796 in 1980 located in Kings Park, Advisor of Explorer Post 1776, maintaining the Richard “Bull” Smith Historical Trail in Smithtown and Brookhaven started in 1975, Service Officer of the VFW presenting many citations to Eagle Scouts across Suffolk County, Boy Scout Fingerprinting Merit Badge Counselor, Usher at St. Thomas More R.C. Church and President of The Rose Borowski Memorial Scholarship Foundation, an annual scholarship given to a graduating Hauppauge High School Senior for exhibiting excellent qualities in community service, scholastic achievement and Scouting.

Ed was surprised by his son, Paul, at the recent St. Thomas More Church Young at Heart Seniors Group meeting in Hauppauge with a 90th birthday cake for him to celebrate with his friends. In addition, Legislator John M. Kennedy, Jr. presented him a Suffolk County Proclamation and new St. Thomas More Church Pastor, Father Antony Asir, shared his birthday wishes with Ed. The next night, he celebrated with some family and friends, at the Patchogue Kiwanis Oktoberfest that he attends annually, where his son, Robert, is the current President of the Patchogue Kiwanis.