Loved dearly by his family, John (Frederick) Borcherding passed away peacefully on July 22, 2013, at the age of 95. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., John was also a longtime resident of San Mateo, Calif., having traveled across the country with his young family by train from Brooklyn to reside in San Carlos, Calif., in 1948.
He was a hard worker, sometimes holding down two or three jobs, and ultimately spent many years as a well respected policeman and detective sergeant for the San Mateo Police Department from 1950-1973.
John was a loving husband for more than 60 years to the late Jean Borcherding and father to daughters Virginia Nimtz (Richard) of Napa and Louisa Davis (Kenny) of San Jose, Calif. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Gina Alemania (Rod) of Redwood City, Calif., John Savage (Jill) of Redwood City, Virginia Nicoletti (Brett) of San Jose, Julie Spencer (Steve) of Suisun City, Calif., Ken Henderson (Christine) of Naperville, Ill., and Stephanie McLaughlin (Chris) of Sunnyvale, Calif.; 10 great-grandchildren, Gabe, Olivia, Stone, Isabella, Francesca, Alex, Kenny, Ally, Nicholas and Brandon; and many nieces and nephews.
John lived a long, full life and was known by his family as a great storyteller of his experiences as the son of German immigrants, his years as an altar boy, and his eventful tenure with the San Mateo Police Department.
As a sergeant and detective, John was involved with many of the San Mateo County’s most high profile and newsworthy cases of 1950s and 1960s. John was granted an early retirement in 1973 for his years of excellent service. He enjoyed his retirement spending many years living in Napa with his wife, Jean, where he cultivated a beautiful vineyard on many acres on Silverado Trail.
His hobbies included golf, collecting hats and raising homing pigeons. In 1993, he moved to Vacaville, Calif., where he was a diligent and loving caregiver for wife Jean until her passing in 2004. Most recently, John lived at Aegis Assisted Living in Napa.
John’s family will miss him greatly, but his amazing legacy and memories will be carried on for generations. Services will be held at Nadeau Family Funeral Home, 180 E. Monte Vista Ave. in Vacaville, Thursday, July 25, at 10 a.m. Procession to Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery afterward.