In Memoriam – Pastor Arild Borch

Arild Borch

Rev. Arild Borch
June 3, 1930 – June19, 2015

Arild passed away in peace at RUH with his wife, daughter and pastor by his side. He will be dearly missed by his wife, Marilyn; son, Peter Borch; daughter, Andrea (Darryl) Cameron; grandchildren, Joshua and Camilla Cameron; step-children, Deborah (Patrick) Sim, Joanne (Jerry, Clara & Hannah) Nelner, James Collicutt; brothers & sisters-in-law, Ed & Mary Rostad, Harold Rostad, John & Blanche Rostad, Olaf & Ivy Rostad, Vi & Rick Stalwick, Muriel & Walter Tastad: his nieces and nephews Steinar, Birgith, Ågot, Jarl and Therese Borch of Norway; as well as his many nieces and nephews across Canada. He was predeceased by his parents, Sverre and Andrea Borch of Bergen, Norway; his brother Sverre Borch of Bergen, Norway; nephew, Bjørn Borch of Bergen; Norway, and his wife, Camilla.

Arild was born in Bergen, Norway. A baker by trade, he set sail for Canada in 1954 with the intention of returning to Norway after one year. He worked at various jobs across Canada before settling in Saskatchewan. Here he attend LCBI in Outlook, and then went on to the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon where he obtained his Masters of  Sacred Theology. Needless to say, his plans to return to Norway had changed. While attending LCBI, he met his future wife, Camilla Rostad. They were married in 1958 and spent their married life serving the Lutheran Church in Manitoba, Norway and Saskatchewan, mostly in Saskatoon. Outside of his family, Arild’s passions were travelling and humour. He loved to laugh and will be most remembered for his sense of humour. He was a great speaker, story teller, and comedian. He shared his gift of humour throughout his ministry and in doing so, heartened many lives.

Arild retired in 1995, the same year he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. He was fortunate to enjoy many more years before Parkinson’s began to have a significant impact on is life. He and Cam continued to travel and enjoy life until Cam’s passing in 2002. In 2006 Arild met and married Marilyn Collicutt and still, Arild’s Parkinson’s remained at bay long enough for them to be blessed with eight remarkable years together. Marilyn was a loving and devoted wife. With her, Arild was able to live life to the fullest, including one final visit home to Norway, despite the progression of Parkinson’s. Marilyn continued to care for Arild in their own home at Luther Heights until one week before his passing, when hospitalization became necessary.

Arild devoted his life to serving the Lord Jesus Christ. He wanted no glory. He showed his kind gentle spirit to all those he met. A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, June 24th at 2:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Saskatoon. Officiating will be Pastor Randy Meissner. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Parkinson’s Society (610 Duchess St., Saskatoon, SK S7K 2T4), LutherCare Communities (1212 Osler St., Saskatoon, SK S7N 0T9) or the Lutheran Theological Seminary (114 Seminary Cres. Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X3). A Private Family Interment will take place prior to the service. Arrangements in care of David Schurr – MOURNING GLORY FUNERAL SERVICES (306-978-5200) www.mourningglory.ca.

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