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Reflecting on the life, legacy of Ben Borden

A lifelong resident of Gloucester, Benjamin Elias Borden Jr. was a well-respected businessman, very involved in his community. When he passed away in January at the age of 94, he left a worthy legacy as an honorable and Godly man.

Friends and family continue to speak highly of him, remembering his genuinely kind and caring manner.

“Ben was a very kind, Southern gentleman who loved the Lord, family, life, and community,” said the Rev. Richard Croxton, pastor of Beech Grove Baptist Church, where Borden was an active member for more than 50 years.

“He was an historian and quite a storyteller and a revered member of our church, serving as Deacon Chair for many years,” Croxton said. “Ben was one of my best friends in life. I respected him for the man of God he was. Ben’s passing has left a gaping hole in the fabric of Beech Grove and the Gloucester community.”

He also sang in the church choir. Choir director Rachel Serio recalled that Borden loved all music, but especially coun...

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