Larry Borsos passed away peacefully in his sleep at 10:30 pm Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Langstaff Square, long-term care facility in Richmond Hill at the age of 87. He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Pauline (Tharpe) Borsos, his three loving daughters, Trudy (Miroslav), Erica (Sandro) and Lorna. Sadly missing their Opa are his six grandchildren: Savannah, Blake, Daniel, Adrienne, Dante and Nicholas. He was the loving older brother to Gabor Borsos, predeceased, (Audrey, predeceased), Joe Borsos (Astrid) and Erwin Borsos.
Larry was born in Budapest, Hungary on June 19, 1930 to parents Josef and Rosina (Kemencki) Borsos. The family moved and settled in Heidenheim, Germany in 1944. At the age of 23, Larry decided to search for a better life and applied for permanent residency to Canada, USA and Australia. Being a bit of a risk taker early on, he decided he would accept whichever offer came first. He immigrated to Canada in 1954, eventually settling in Toronto. In his single days, weekend fishing trips, soccer, music and dancing were his passions, often performing with his dance troupe at the Schwaben Club. His love of German and classical music continued his whole life. After meeting and marrying Pauline, with 3 kids in quick succession, he immersed himself wholeheartedly in family life, while working as a Quality Control Inspector at Continental Can.
His joy greatly increased when his grandkids arrived, giving him reason to go on ever longer walks, teaching them to explore nature, throw stones, and the curious ritual of stomping on ants. He was always the favorite grandparent, ready to receive them with arms wide open.
In his retirement years, the search for a healthier lifestyle had Larry join a walking club, walking for hours each day, while making lots of new friends to socialize with after. Beneath his twinkly eyes was a steely determination to live. Despite living with a heart condition for 25 years, and numerous calls by doctors preparing us for his imminent demise, he would bounce back as bright and chipper as ever, stunning them all.
He was lovely, kind and of generous spirit. He enjoyed meeting anyone and everyone and made time for a word with whomever he met. In all the years we knew him, there was never a soul that didn’t like him in return. Larry, Dad and Opa, your kind heart and warm smile will forever be missed.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Heart and Stroke foundation would be appreciated.