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Robert Borsay

Birth Date: August 13, 1919
Death Date: March 25, 2018

Robert “Bob” Eugene Borsay was born in Monessen, Pennsylvania on August 13th, 1919 to Adolph and Rose Borsay. He passed away Sunday, March 25, 2018, from complications of pneumonia at the age of 98. Bob was one of six children, he grew up in Monessen and New York City. In the fall of 1941, he joined the US Army and served in World War II where he participated in the landing at Normandy, France for General Patton’s 3rd Army. There he earned the Bronze Star for valor and the Purple Heart. He began his career as a photographer after graduating from the New York Institute of Photography. This brought him to Decatur, Illinois where he met Lois Kathryn (Sparks) Borsay in 1953 and married later that year in St. Louis, Missouri. They spent many years traveling the country for photography jobs, then settling back in Decatur, opening his own studios in Sullivan and later opened Borsay Studios in Decatur which Lois and Robert owned and ran until they retired. Bob enjoyed working hard and living life to the fullest. He enjoyed experimenting with new methods of photography, wood working, yard work, music, and loved bowling which he participated on in senior leagues into his early 90’s.

He leaves behind one son, Greg (Shannon McColley and son Dillon) Borsay of Decatur, Illinois and one granddaughter, Elizabeth (Lucas) Quiles; and two great grandchildren, Jocelyn & Elijah Quiles of Florissant, Missouri

He was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife, Lois Borsay.

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Robert Borsay will be 1 p.m. Thursday, March 29, 2018, at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday before the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery with full military honors to be conducted by the Macon County Honor Guard. Memorials may be directed to the Macon County Honor Guard or Patriot Guard.

The family of Robert Borsay is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

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March 29, 2018
1:00 pm
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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March 29, 2018
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  1. Mr. Borsay did my senior pictures in 1976. He was so talented and even made me look good. Even after the thousands of pictures he took he would still act like he knew me if I saw him out in public. I am praying for your family during this time of loss.

  2. My only encounter with Mr. Borsay was that monumental day when I sat for my senior pictures. Everybody knew that if you didn't get your pictures taken by Mr. Borsay, you might as well not get them done at all. I still have mine (four decades later), and I cherish them so very much. Thank you, Mr. Borsay, for your kindness, talents and patience in giving me such a great experience and a lifelong treasure.

    Trish Phipps Swartz
    EHS Class of 1977

  3. I remember Mr. Borsay’s patience, beautiful Homecoming photos, such a gift he was to all who were able to experience his kindness over many, many years. My sincere sympathy. Frau Parriott, retired SDHS.

  4. Bob was such an intelligent and entertaining person – with his love of family, photography, bowling(amazing, considering his sight impairment) and "words." I truly enjoyed visiting him and Lois at the various places life brought them. He loved to give dictionary quizzes – always asking the definitions of elaborate words – he got such a kick out of using them in conversations. And what a story-teller! He led such an interesting life and could captivate any audience. His popularity at the different care facilities could easily be explained that he never knew a stranger and treated everyone as though they were old friends. I will miss him and his wit and his goodness!

    Mary Harter
    Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

  5. Bob was such a wonderful conversationalist and dedicated Catholic Christian. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Lois and Bob at their home and at the different care facilities, as did our Visitation Circle volunteers from Our Lady of Lourdes Church. My life has been blessed for knowing him and I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to your family, especially to Greg and granddaughter Elizabeth.

    God Bless,

    Sister JoAn Schullian
    Pastoral Associate
    Our Lady of Lourdes Church

  6. It is hard to accept the loss of an uncle, a God fearing man, who I admire and love. We had many wonderful memories from my childhood to present, reminiscing one each time we talked. He is deeply missed as is our calls to each other.

    My sympathies to the family

    Gods faithfulness is unfailing. His love is for always that nothing we hold so dear
    within is never really lost and those we cherish always live on in our hearts and

    Always in my thoughts and prayers. Your loving niece.

  7. I only met Robert a couple of times, but if he was anything like his son he was was a great guy, sorry for your loss Greg! May God Bless you and your family.

    Delano and Jan

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