Donald John Bores – November 21, 1934 – December 1, 2016

With sadness I pass on this information. Don helped me greatly and I will miss him greatly.


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


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.

Services to be held:

Funeral Visitation/Wake

Monday, December 5th from 6-8pm

Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home

601 North Park Ave

Apopka, FL 32712

Funeral Service

Tuesday, December 6th from 10:30am

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

834 S Orange Blossom Trail

Apopka, FL 32703

There will be an open house at Don’s home immediately following the funeral service (1792

Cranberry Isles Way, Apopka, FL 32712).

Should you wish to honor Don, please make a donation to your favorite charity in his name.


1 comment so far ↓

#1 Copenhagen Charley on 01.12.17 at 7:07 PM

Wow I just saw this so sorry to hear of Don’s passing.

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