Donald J. Bores
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Donald J. Bores
  • November 21, 1934 - December 1, 2016
  • Apopka, Florida

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Donald John Bores



November 21, 1934 ~ December 1, 2016



Just 10 days after celebrating his 82nd birthday at home in Apopka, Florida, Don, ‘Pops’ Bores received an opportunity for yet another venture that he could not pass up. This one came with a great sign-on bonus of meeting his Creator and being reunited with his friends and loved ones that have gone before him. He has accepted this new opportunity and has left us, not to return, while he beings this new journey. He will be missed beyond measure.



Don began his first venture in Brecksville, Ohio, the oldest son of Kazmer and Wanda Bores.



His entrance was followed by his brother, Ken and many years later by another brother, Jack.



He spent his early years in Ohio, playing first string quarterback at and graduating from Brecksville High School before entering Kent State University where he graduated with a business degree in 1957. He served in the United States Marine Corp & Reserves from 1957 to 1963.





Don met Patricia Morin on a blind date in 1960 and they were married in 1961 in a beautiful church in Nashua, New Hampshire. Together they had three children, Michelle, Linda and DJ. Don began his career at Norwich Eaton Pharmaceuticals, where he spent 25 years and held several positions cumulating with the Director of Sales and Marketing. His positions took him and his growing family to live in several states including Ohio, New York, & Illinois. When Don felt he’d shared enough of his talent at Norwich Eaton, he joined Brown and Williamson in 1980 in Louisville Kentucky, as the Director of Trade Marketing.



Don was married to Patricia for 25 years and although their marriage ended, their friendship never did. From 1985 to 1992 Don was married Shirley Engelmeier, and they had one son, John Michael Bores, who gave Don a second chance at fatherhood at 55 years old, one that he took very seriously and as a result he had an extra special connection with John.



After 7 years at B & W he felt the need to go out on his own so he started CTI, (Consultant to Industry) in 1987. His success there and cumulative experience in the industry encouraged him to establish Tobacco Trade Magazine in 1998, and one year later a successful candle business in 1999. Although that would be an impressive career for most, Don was just beginning. He continued on to establish the NATO (North American Trade Organization) trade show in 2004, (and was just recently honored by them in 2015) while he continued to consult with MSA



(Management Science Associates) for almost 25 years and with American Tobacco for almost 10. Although he officially retired at least twice, (retirement parties included) he continued actively working, obtaining patents and direction for his newest venture which holds great promise, until his last days on earth while still consulting and directing his other businesses. Don was recently perfectly described as ‘Gritty and Generous’. He was never afraid to color outside of the lines, take risks or keep going until he got a ‘Yes’.



Don had a fondness for Fox News, talking politics, beautiful cars & homes, sports, golf, travel, a good (or not so good) Pinot Grigio and an Outlaws cigar. He was an avid golfer until age 75 (4 hole in ones!) and played regularly with his two best friends Stu and Steve until they left this earth to pursue their own adventures. It was rare for him to say anything negative, unless it had to do with California or Democrats. But, without a doubt Don’s biggest passion was his family. His children have blessed him with 8 amazing grandchildren: Cristen, Ryan, Christian, (Gabriella) Matthew, Patrick, Katie, Justin & Nolan. He was the driving force in keeping his kids and grand kids together & connected despite their geographic distance. He was generous to everyone he met whether it be a neighbor, friend, (or friend of a friend) or a local church or business. His generosity to his family was extra ordinary and he was responsible for so much, including but not limited to: annual family vacations, home improvements, education, braces, cars, washer/dryers, or any other need they might have.



Pops worked hard to build a family that he was proud of and he has left a great legacy. He led by example (and by lots of direction and advice…both solicited and not) He taught about honesty, integrity, unconditional love, hard work, making time to enjoy life, kindness, loving and accepting everyone for who they are (unless they are a Democrat), generosity, humor, faith in ourselves, confidence, getting the job done right, and success. He was proud of all of his children and grandchildren, and they were proud of him. He made sure his family remained very close to each other and that may be one of his biggest gifts that lives on with them. We are better people because of him.



Don Bores was a great example of a life well lived. He lived life on his terms and yet he was the ROCK to so many and made an impact on all he met. His departure has left a hole that will never be filled but also a memory and example that will never be forgotten. He was a true legend. In addition to his 4 children and their families, and 8 grandchildren, he leaves behind his two brothers Ken and Jack and their families, his Aunt Jane Martin, sister in law Priscilla Morin and very special neighbor, best pal and partner Linda Lipham, and her family, their dog Gracie and so many friends, family and business connections.



Long live the beauty and strength that comes down from you and into all of us Pops. You will remain forever in our hearts.



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