Community to pay final respects to Taunton police officer who lost his battle with COVID-19

A public wake for the Taunton community was held Monday afternoon at the Crapo-Hathaway funeral home.

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His colleagues described him as having compassion for everyone he met, adding that they knew him as both a “brother and friend.” 

The 48-year-old Taunton Patrolman, John Borges, died on Dec. 24 after “a courageous battle with COVID-19,” the Taunton Police Department wrote in a Facebook post announcing their loss. 

A public wake for the Taunton community was held Monday afternoon at the Crapo-Hathaway funeral home and a Mass of Christian Burial with a public funeral procession is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Mary’s Church on Mary’s Square to pay final respects to Borges’ life. 


Taunton officers also posted a photo in Borges’ memory, capturing the patrolman while he comforted a Portuguese speaking resident who had been displaced by a fire in downtown Taunton at the time. 

We wanted to share a photo of our colleague, brother and friend Patrolman John Borges who lost his battle with COVID-19…

Posted by Taunton Police Department on Saturday, December 26, 2020

“It displays the compassion John had for every one he encountered,” officers wrote. “I guess the saying ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ is true. You will never be forgotten.”

Born on Terceira island, in Azores, Portugal, Borges and his family immigrated to the United States when he was eighteen months old, according to his obituary. He graduated from Taunton High School before serving 22 years with the Taunton Police Department.

“John was a firearms enthusiast, an avid collector of police memorabilia and he enjoyed learning about the history of law enforcement,” Borges’ obituary read. “He cherished the time he spent with his family and friends.”

The Taunton Police Department said in a Facebook post that their administrative offices would close Monday afternoon and remain shuttered throughout Tuesday, allowing staff to attend Borges’ funeral services.

Chief Edward Walsh and his department thanked the community for their support, words of kindness, and sharing memorable stories of moments spent with Borges. 

Police suggested that anyone wanting to pay final respects consider standing alongside the road and waving a flag as officers escort Borges and his family on Tuesday from the Crapo-Hathaway funeral home to St. Mary’s Church, and then to St. Joseph’s cemetery.


The procession is set to leave Somerset Avenue around 9:30 a.m. and head north, merging onto Weir Street and continuing toward the Taunton Green. 

By 11 a.m., the procession is scheduled to travel north again on Broadway, turning right onto East Britannia Street, and then into St. Joseph’s cemetery.

On December 24, 2020 the Taunton Police Department suffered a great loss when Ptlm. John Borges lost his courageous…

Posted by Taunton Police Department on Saturday, January 2, 2021

Borges’ relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral at the church, while a recording of the service to watch from home will also be posted to the funeral home’s website shortly after. 

His burial, officials noted, will be held privately.


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