Walter Van der Borght
(1924 - 2010)

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Walter Van der Borght

Birth:
Roeselare, Belgium
April 14, 1924

Passing:
Minnesota
September 15, 2010


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Walter Van der Borght, my Grandfather, died early Wednesday morning, September 15th, after a long struggle with prostate cancer.

My Grandfather was an engineer, a problem solver, and a peacemaker. He had an unquenchable desire to help people, and I can trace many of the qualities I admire in myself to his influence.

Although I miss him terribly and it is difficult to imagine a world without him, I am grateful he was able to live a long and substantive life and for the time I had with him.

I love you Grandpa. You will always be in my thoughts and your spirit will live on in all of us.

--- THERE WILL BE A MEMORIAL HELD FOR WALTER ON OCTOBER 9TH BETWEEN 2PM AND 7PM IN MINNEAPOLIS. FOR THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING, PLEASE CONTACT ME USING THE LINK IN THE UPPER RIGHT-HAND PORTION OF THIS WEB PAGE ---

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This site is a wonderful tribute to nonkel Walter. I vaguely remember meeting him as a child in Belgium on one of his many visits. Like him I emigrated to the US (some 34 years later), and he is one of the few relatives I have in the States. When I visited Minneapolis in '85 I planned to drop by, but he was on one of his many travels. But after my sons were born,he came to visit by Greyhound bus. I cherish the conversations we had about the past - his friendship with my grandfather and my aunt Zuster Cecilia, and his retelling of how he and his family made the move to the US. We shared an interest in genealogy, and he later sent me some beautiful stained glass pieces of the Scharpés that I proudly display in my study. A decade later he planned to come for another visit, but his declining health didn't permit it.

Rest in Peace nonkel Walter.
Geert Jan Wilms (Walter is my father's cou)
March 3rd, 2019
greetings from Belgium
Claudia Van Der Borght (passenger)
August 22nd, 2011
Walter befriended me when we both worked in Togo. He was a father to me; and Franz was an uncle. He was a wonderful, creative and sensitive man as the letters before mine attest. We kept in touch by letters but had recently lost touch. I now understand why. I would have loved to have joined his family at the memorial service. I know many of you as he talked of you often. What a legacy you have!
Ann Hebenstreit Ponty (friend)
May 24th, 2011
My father, Walther Paul VanderBorght, as he referred to himself, was an extremely loving, amazing, always curious, and sometimes exasperating man to everyone who knew him. Driven with an insatiable need to support and assist others; friends, family and random strangers alike, most who knew him would often reward my father’s heartfelt insistence with appreciation and gratitude.

Strangers often became new friends and family members could be known to quietly wince and hold our breath waiting for positive outcomes while loving him for his efforts regardless.

Born a European in 1924, my father was an eldest son exhibiting characteristics typical of a first born child. A plan and execute type of man, engineer by trade, he led his children, two daughters and a loving supportive wife on the journey of an amazing life – moving from one adventure to another with the natural ease of a nomad fitting himself into the world no matter where he was.

When his physical life came to an end and he left us on September 15 of this year, approaching the end of his eighth decade, we experienced immeasurable loss felt as the darkness and cold of a gathering winter storm.

On the other hand his enormous love for his family and people in general surrounded many at unpredictable times, perhaps as a sense of soft and hazy light bouncing on walls of a room as trees wave their leaves, or, in my case, the quiet, steady gaze, and whispering wings of a persistent, aged, grey, but huge and seasoned grasshopper that stubbornly perched on my foot commanding my attention on two separate days in the most improbable way.

Even in his last moment, I believe that my father may have engineered his passing from this life to the next as he chose the middle of the month and the middle of the week to ease his anxiety overall as he commenced his journey into the universe with navigational skills intact.

I am his eldest daughter and I give loving tribute to my father. A persistent and enormous presence in my life, I credit his beliefs, actions, and most of all his love for all of us because we remain a close and bonded family under his watchful eyes from heaven.

I love you Dad and I am grateful for your ongoing presence in my life as I still benefit from your guidance.

Nadia
Nadia (Daughter)
November 30th, 2010
Oncle Walter.. that's how we liked to call him in Belgium. We loved having him over... I'll miss him and his creative sense of humour.
It was just fantastic listening to his amazing travel stories and adventures. In his last mail, he suggested me to come visit my US family. I hope to do so soon...

We'll miss you oncle Walter...

Patrick
- Great Son of Bomama/Godelieve
Patrick Demaret (Great Nephew)
October 11th, 2010
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"When you are sorrowful look into your heart and you shall see that you are weeping for that which has been your delight Kahlil Gibran We will miss you. Ingrid & Ray"
Ingrid Verbraeck
October 11th, 2010
"ADIEU WALTER... TOT WEERZIENS...IN DE HEMEL"
GODELIEVE VANDERBORGHT
October 11th, 2010
"Grandpa lived 31,565 days. That's 86 years, 5 months, and 1 day between his birth and death dates."
Aaron Kaase
September 20th, 2010

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