Gary Borders Death – Gary Borders, who was a former longtime Sheriff of Lake County in Florida has reportedly died at the age of 61 after a courageous battle with cancer. The Agency said Gary died on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. He was the head at the sheriff’s office from 2006 when he was appointed into the office by the then-Gov. Jeb Bush before he retired in 2017. Gary also served as top lawman for the county for nearly 10 years.
Gary Borders began his law enforcement career in Osceola County, where he worked in the corrections division of the Sheriff’s Office for eight years. His son Jason Borders, 46, described him as a kind man, who was full of hope, a man who tried to see the best in people and helping them become the best version of themselves. “He’d talk to the inmates, ask them how they were doing and offered to help even though they were in his custody for crimes, To him, it wasn’t just a job. It was about helping people.” Jason Borders said
Gary Borders was described by Sheriff Peyton Grinnell as someone who touched many lives during his service years, a gesture that will always be remembered. “Prayers for our agency and the community he served are greatly appreciated.” Sheriff Peyton. Lake County commissioner who served with Gary, Jimmy Conner, described him as a thoughtful man cared so much for his employees and their family. Gary Borders Obituary and funeral service will be announced by the family.
Shared tributes on Gary Borders’s demise
Seminole County Sheriff’s Office – “Sheriff Dennis Lemma and the members of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office extend our heartfelt condolences to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office on the loss of Retired Sheriff Gary S. Borders. Sheriff Borders’ family, friends, and the entire Lake County Sheriff’s Office will remain in our thoughts and prayers.”
Lake County Sheriff’s Office – “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Retired Sheriff Gary S. Borders. Sheriff Borders began his law enforcement career in 1980 with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and came to Lake County in 1991. Sheriff Borders served as the Lake County Jail Administrator from 1989 until his appointment to Sheriff of Lake County in 2006. In 2008, Sheriff Borders was elected as Sheriff by the people of Lake County and served two more terms before his retirement in 2017. Sheriff Borders lived out his retirement in Howey-In-The-Hills before losing his battle with cancer. Sheriff Borders was loved and adored by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office as well as the citizens of Lake County. Ceremonial arrangements are forthcoming and will be properly announced once they are solidified.”
Jon Weber – “Processing, another one of my besties lost their battle with cancer, there won’t be another one like Gary Borders, he served our county with dignity and heart, true heart. He became a close friend over 30yrs who, and for whatever reason he looked out for narrow behind when I wasn’t living right. Words just can’t describe the hurt I’m feeling,and many others are feeling the same way. He was “Real”! Till we meet again my friend”
Tracy Carrasquillo – “So sad to hear about the passing of this wonderful man! Gary Borders you sir will always hold a special place in my heart. You took a chance on me so many years ago that created a career path that I will never forget. I will never forget all the conversation we had about life and I truly valued your opinion. Not just as a boss, but as a friend. You always seemed to know what was going on with me, sometimes before I could even see it myself. And that laugh of yours… it was definitely an infectious one. May all who knew and loved you find peace and comfort during this time. Fly high my friend, fly high!”
Photo Credit; Tracy Carrasquillo