Timothy S. Borne
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Timothy S. Borne
  • July 27, 1946 - October 27, 2017
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Timothy Scott Borne, 71, died on Friday, October 27 after a sixteen month battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in Fort Wayne, Tim was the son of Chalmer and Donna Borne. He graduated from Elmhurst High School and Indiana University. In 1968, Tim was the Indiana coordinator for Senator Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign. After Kennedy's assassination, Tim participated in Volunteers for Service to America (VISTA) and was assigned to Washington, D.C., after which he enrolled in law school for a year. He returned to Fort Wayne to assist in Ivan Lebamoff's first mayoral campaign and then took a role in the administration as assistant to the Chairman of the Board of Works.

Tim's interest in politics included a run for the Indiana State Senate in 1972. He led the Democratic ticket in Allen County, but lost the race. Tim stayed active in politics, advising and fundraising for candidates, both Republicans and Democrats, throughout his career. As a lifetime participant in the political process, Tim was frequently called upon to help communicate the interests of business and industry in northeast Indiana, in addition to helping social service agencies and other nonprofits seeking state assistance. He helped place many local residents on important state boards and commissions.

In 1974, Tim founded The Asher Agency, an advertising and public relations firm in Fort Wayne, which has grown from one person and one client to over 65 employees and nine offices throughout the country.

Tim was a generous contributor to the Fort Wayne community. He served on the Fort Wayne Economic Development Commission, Headwaters Park Alliance, and was a trustee of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. He served the Mad Anthonys as Public Relations Chairman for many years and was a member of the board of Junior Achievement. Always a fan of basketball, Tim was a minority owner of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants until the sale of the team to the Pacers. He was a member of the Allen County Public Library Foundation, a Director of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection and an active member of Quest Club. For fifteen years, Tim was a Trustee of Canterbury School and served on the Canterbury Foundation until his death. He was a fifty-plus-year member of Plymouth Church.

In 1997, Governor Evan Bayh presented Tim with the Sagamore of the Wabash award, which recognizes distinguished service to the state of Indiana. In 2010, Tim received the Silver Medal Award from the Advertising Federation of Fort Wayne for his service to the advertising community. In 2016, he received an honorary degree from Ivy Tech Community College for dedicating his personal time, financial support, and business acumen to Ivy Tech Northeast.

Over the years, Tim enjoyed spending time at Lake Wawasee and in Naples, Florida, He was an avid golfer and a member of the Fort Wayne Country Club, Tippecanoe Lake Country Club, and Imperial Golf Club in Naples FL. He loved fishing and vegetable gardening, and each summer tried to grow the perfect tomato. He donated many of his crops to local food banks.

Tim is survived by his wife of 43 years, Ann; daughters Kate Borne (fianc Brian Louisos) of Jamaica Plain, Mass.; and Christine Weadick (Marshall) of Fort Wayne. Also surviving are brothers Jeff Borne (Bobbie) of Wallingford, Conn.; and Tom Borne (Ann F.) of Fort Wayne. In addition, he is survived by four nephews, Ben Borne (Jackie) of Newton, Mass.; Karl Borne (Kristin) of New Haven, Conn.; Spencer Feighner (Taylor) of Fort Wayne; Dr. Ryan Borne (Breanne) of Denver, Colo.; and two nieces, Lindsey Torres (Justin) of Fort Wayne and Dr. Betsy Feighner of Denver, Colo.

A memorial service for Tim will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 23, at Plymouth Congregational Church, 501 West Berry Street, Fort Wayne. Preferred memorials are to the Church, Canterbury School (Borne Library Fund) or Visiting Nurse and Hospice.