LAKE PLEASANT — Leslie R. Borland Sr., 98, passed away on Thursday, April 15, 2010 in the Douglasville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Georgia.
Born in Walden on Jan. 14, 1912, he graduated from Walden High School in 1931 and from Rutgers University in 1935. He retired in 1972 after 32 years with the Syracuse China Corporation as director of personnel. He had been a resident of Syracuse, Speculator, Edgewater and New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Thornton, Colo. and Carrollton, Ga.
Leslie volunteered in many capacities, both in his church and in the community. Active for 39 years at West Genesee United Methodist in Syracuse, he held many leadership positions. He was a YMCA camp counselor in Orange County and later chaired many membership campaigns in Onondaga County. He was a Life Saving and First Aid Instructor with the American Red Cross. Instrumental in starting the volunteer Ski Patrol at Toggenburg Ski Center in Fabius, he was an early patrol leader. Leslie was the Central New York Ski Patrol Section Chief for 11 ski areas and was appointed as National Ski Patrolman # 2814 in 1964.
An Eagle Scout, he was a member of the Boy Scouts of America for 46 years. He served in various leadership roles as camp counselor, Scoutmaster, chairman of Troop committees and Cub Pack.
In 1935 he directed the Boy Scout Council Camp at Bangor, Maine, and was an adult adviser for the Onondaga Council Coed Camp experiment at Camp Askenonta, Lake Placid, in the 1950s. He served on the Girl Scouts camping committee for the Onondaga Council.
For many years he was in charge of the First Aid Station at District and Council Boy Scout Jamborees. His legacy in Scouting was carried on through his family, as his son Lee and four of his grandsons achieved the Eagle Scout rank; his daughter Lois earned the Curved Bar, the highest rank in Girl Scouting.
Leslie was a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Solvay Geddes, member of Lodge 1109 F.& A.M. of Solvay and a life member of the American Society of Safety Engineers.
Among his many interests were hiking, canoeing, hunting, sailing, swimming, fishing, golf, bridge, ballroom dancing, snow skiing, traveling and making craft items for his and his family’s homes and to sell at Adirondack craft shows. He worked as a volunteer with the international press at Lake Placid for the 1980 Winter Olympics.
He married Laura Helen Styn of Eden on July 3, 1937. They dearly loved their family and participated in many volunteer, sports and craft activities together; she was the love of his life. Laura predeceased him at age 96 on January 25, 2010, about 11 weeks before Leslie passed away. They joyfully celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary last July.
Leslie is survived by a son, Leslie Jr. “Lee” and his wife Judi of Villa Rica, Ga. and Speculator; a daughter Lois and her husband Arnie Hart of Poulson, Mont.; five grandsons: Chris and Richard Hart, Mark, Bill and Dave Borland and their wives; five great-granddaughters; and two great-grandsons.
A joint memorial service will be held in July at Airdwood Cemetery in Lake Pleasant at the convenience of the family.
Memorial donations in Leslie’s name may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Hiawatha Council, 2803 Brewerton Road, Syracuse, NY 13211.