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Antonio "Cocomo" Molina

The story in Spanish follows below the story in English:

Historia en español sigue a continuación.

Antonio Borges leaves behind a brilliant tapestry of moments shared with those he loved in which the common threads woven throughout are great integrity, an unending love for and devotion to family, and good old fashioned hard work. Some might say he lived the American Dream as a man who came to this country in search of a better life and looked to no one to hand it to him, working tirelessly in order to provide for his family. Cocomo was never concerned with building wealth according to the world’s measure, but he felt a duty to give back to those around him realizing that it is through blessing others that we ourselves are richly blessed. A man who created a legacy of triumph through his determination to succeed, his unmatched character, and his continual love for all, Cocomo will be deeply missed while his life continues to inspire the generations who follow him.

The 1920s were a time of great celebration for the citizens of Puerto Rico as a drastic increase in the price of sugar, the country’s principle export, brought rising revenues to the island, which resulted in an economic boom. In turn the island’s infrastructure was steadily upgraded with new roads, better schools, and the construction of additional bridges. Amidst this time of prosperity a young couple was filled with unspeakable joy as they welcomed a healthy baby boy into their hearts and home on January 12, 1927. Baby Antonio was the first of five children born to his parents, Evangelista Borges Santana and Joaquina Molina. He was born and raised in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, alongside his siblings, Juan, Carmen Maria, Maria Teresa, and Maria Rosario. Antonio, or Cocomo as he was often known, contributed to the well being of his family from a young age. It was often his duty to get eggs for his family, which required him to walk four to five miles just to get them, and he then made the same trek back home carrying them on his head. Antonio attended schools through the 11th grade and although he never completed high school as he had obligations to his family, he went on to develop a great aptitude for both math and science.

In order to help support his younger sisters Antonio began working picking apples and oranges as a teenager in Vega Baja. He was always a man whose dreams were as endless as the sky, and his dream as a young man was to buy a truck to carry produce back and forth. Eventually, Cocomo went on to work at a carpet company in his home town.

It was while he was working the fields that Antonio met they young lady with whom he would share the best years of his life. Her name was Sara Rosario Rodriguez and while he was busy gathering produce, Antonio couldn’t help but notice this young girl who was the “prettiest thing he’d seen.” Fate was certainly in command that day as she was carrying well water for her family when the first chapter in a love story that would span several years was written. After falling deeply in love the couple was married in April of 1948 in Vega Baja.

The couple was soon thrilled to begin welcoming children into their family. As their family continued to grow, Antonio would always tell his wife that if she could care for one she could care for two, and as this tradition continued Sara decided that eight would be the magic number. Always proud of his family, Cocomo would jokingly flex his muscles and say, “I built it with this muscle,” in reference to his full quiver of children.

Wanting a better life for himself and his family, Antonio moved to New York with his wife and young children in 1956 after being invited to the shores of America by a friend. For a time he worked in manufacturing and eventually moved to Chicago with the same friend in search of yet a better opportunity. It was in Chicago where Cocomo envisioned his future using the vehicle of free enterprise. Antonio and his family eventually settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the late fifties, which is where his dream for a better life took root when he started working at Wehr Steel Mill. He remained there for 15 years before being laid off, which left him to embark on the journey of launching his own business.

Milwaukee was a good fit for the Borges family as Antonio desired a more family oriented and stable lifestyle than life in the big city of Chicago was able to provide. Wehr Steel was a great company to work for and one that encouraged their families to thrive. Each year the company held a Christmas party for their employees and their families, and of course Antonio always came with his bustling group of children in tow. It was a great time where his children enjoyed Christmas cookies, a visit with Santa Claus, and a vast collection of candy, cookies and sweet treats, stuffed animals, and toys to go home with.

It is impossible to reflect on Antonio’s life and not be inspired by his belief in achieving the American Dream through hard work. His devotion to his community is also to be admired as he believed in giving back, too. Cocomo took his role to provide for his family seriously, but it was also his desire to share with others that was the driving force behind his hard work. As he became increasingly more successful, he enjoyed giving to his clients as he always presented them with a turkey at Thanksgiving or a ham in celebration of Easter. Throughout his life he never received public assistance of any kind and managed to exceed even his own expectations.

Both the strength of family and the love of community yielded a vast investment in real estate and land development. Antonio has been called a true pioneer and entrepreneur who created and acquired sustainable assets including a home, which remains the cornerstone and infrastructure to the strength of family. One could say that Antonio came, he conquered, and blew the door open for his community and others to reap the rewards of all that came after.

A true gift in the lives of so many within his reach, Antonio Borges was deeply loved. He was a self-made man who achieved so much of which to be proud, yet he was a humble man who saw to it that his success benefited others more than himself. Antonio’s strength, courage, and kindhearted ways are to be admired.

Antonio “Cocomo” Borges died on February 17, 2012. Antonio’s family includes his children, Joaquina Borges, Juan Antonio Borges, Louis Borges, Angelo Borges, Rogelio (Linda) Borges, Felipo (Wendy) Borges, Roberto Borges, and Madeline Borges; siblings, Maria Teresa Borges and Maria Rosario Borges; 19 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; 1 great-great-granddaughter; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Antonio was preceded in death by his wife, Sara, brother, Juan Borges, sister, Maria Rosario Borges “Carmin.”

Visitation at the Funeral Home Tuesday, February 21, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until the time of Funeral Services at 7:00 p.m. Interment Los Cipreses Cemetery, Baymon, Puerto Rico.


Antonio Borges deja atrás unos brillantes momentos compartidos con sus seres queridos con los que tenía lasos de gran integridad, una devoción y amor incondicional para su familia y para su arduo trabajo. Algunos podrían decir que él vivió el “sueño americano” como un hombre que vino a este país en busca de una mejor vida. No buscó a nadie que se lo diera en el plato tendido sino que trabajó sin cansancio para proveer para su familia. Cocomo nunca se preocupó por adquirir la riqueza mundana, pero sintió la obligación de dar aquellos que estaban a su alrededor, a través de bendiciones. Un hombre que creó un legado de triunfo a través de su determinación de sobresalir, su carácter inigualable, y su amor continuo para todos, Cocomo será extrañado mientras su vida siga inspirando a las generaciones que lo precedan.

Los años 20 fueron un tiempo de gran celebración para los ciudadanos de Puerto Rico con un aumento dramático del precio del azúcar, el exporte principal del país, que trajo ingresos grandes que resultaron en un boom económico para la isla. A su vez, la calidad de la infraestructura de la isla fue elevada con nuevas autopistas, mejores escuelas, y la adición de nuevos puentes. Durante está época de prosperidad, la joven pareja fue colmada de alegría por la llegada de un saludable hijo varón a sus vidas el 12 de enero, 1927. El bebé Antonio fue el mayor de 5 hijos de los padres Evangelista Borges Santana y Joaquina Molina. Antonio nació y fue criado en Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, con sus hermanos Juan, Carmen María, María Teresa, y María Rosario. Antonio, o Cocomo como fue conocido, contribuyó al bien estar de la familia desde una temprana edad. A menudo, era su responsabilidad recoger huevos para la familia, que requería que anduviera de 4 a 5 millas solo para recogerlos, y luego hacía el mismo recorrido a casa llevando los huevos encima de su cabeza. Antonio asistió a la escuela hasta el onceavo grado y aunque nunca terminó la escuela secundaria, porque tenía obligaciones para con su familia, siguió desarrollando una aptitud para las matemáticas y la ciencia.

Para mantener a sus hermanas menores, Antonio empezó a trabajar recogiendo manzanas y naranjas desde que era un adolescente en Vega Baja. Siempre fue un hombre que soñó con el cielo como el limite, y su sueño fue desde joven comprar una camioneta para llevar las frutas de ida y vuelta. Eventualmente, Cocomo empezó a trabajar para una compañía de alfombras en su ciudad natal.

Durante el tiempo en que Antonio trabajaba en los campos, fue que conoció a una señorita con la cual compartiría los mejores años de su vida. Ella se llamó Sara Rosario Rodriguez, y mientras estaba ocupada recogiendo las frutas, Antonio no pudo resistir notar que esta joven mujer era “la persona más bella que jamás había visto en su vida”. El destino ciertamente se apoderó de su vida aquel día mientras que ella llevaba agua del pozo para su familia. Fue aquí que el primer capítulo en esta historia de amor que duraría muchos años, se escribió. Después de enamorarse profundamente, la pareja se casó en abril de 1948 en Vega Baja.

Justo después, la pareja estuvo feliz de agrandar su familia con la llegada de muchos niños. Conforme iba creciendo la familia, Antonio siempre le decía a su esposa que si ella podía cuidar de uno, entonces podía cuidar de dos. Como dicta la tradición, Sara decidió que tener ocho hijos sería el número mágico. Siempre orgulloso de su familia, Cocomo flexionaba sus músculos en gesta y decía, “Yo lo construí con estos músculos” en referencia a su gran número de hijos.

Queriendo una mejor vida para él y su familia, Antonio se mudó a Nueva York con su esposa y sus jóvenes hijos en 1956 después de ser invitado a las costas de América por un amigo. Por un tiempo trabajó en la industria manufacturera y eventualmente se mudó a Chicago con el mismo amigo en busca de una mejor oportunidad. Fue en Chicago donde Cocomo visualizó su futuro usando el vehículo del libre comercio. Eventualmente, Antonio y su familia se establecieron en Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a fines de los años 50, y fue allí donde su sueño de tener una mejor calidad de vida dio raíz cuando empezó trabajar para la compañía Wehr Steel Mill. Permaneció allí durante 15 años antes de ser desplazado, lo cual le dio alas para poder embarcarse en su viaje de lanzar su propio negocio.

Milwaukee le cayó como un anillo al dedo a la familia Borges ya que Antonio quería una vida familiar más estable de la cual la gran ciudad de Chicago no le podía proveer. Wehr Steel fue una gran compañía y una que estimuló a la familia a tener éxito. Cada año la compañía tenía una fiesta navideña para sus empleados y sus familias, y por supuesto siempre llevaba a su robusta familia. Era una gran época donde sus hijos disfrutaban de las galletas navideñas, visitar con Papá Noel, comer una gran cantidad de dulces, peluches, y juguetes para llevar a casa.

Es imposible reflexionar en la vida de Antonio y no ser inspirado por su creencia en lograr el sueño americano a través del trabajo arduo. Su devoción para su comunidad también es admirable ya que creía en dar devuelta a su comunidad. Cocomo tomó su papel de proveer a su familia seriamente, pero también era su deseo de compartir con otros, que fue el tesón detrás de su esfuerzo. En la forma de que iba creciendo su éxito, disfrutaba de dar a sus clientes un pavo para el Día de Gracias o un jamón para la celebración de Pascua. A través de su vida, nunca recibió ninguna manera de asistencia pública y logró superar hacía sus propias expectativas.

Tanto la fuerza de su familia como su amor para la comunidad le forjaron una gran inversión en bienes raíces y desarrollo de las tierras. Antonio ha sido llamado un verdadero pionero y empresario que creó y adquirió ganancias sustanciales incluyendo un hogar, que yace como la piedra filosofal y el sostén de la infraestructura familiar. Uno puede decir que Antonio vino, conquistó, y abrió la puerta para su comunidad y para todos aquellos que lo sucedieron.

Una verdadera gema para las vidas de tantas personas, Antonio Borges fue inmensamente querido. Fue un artífice de su propio éxito que logró tanto de lo cual uno se enorgullece, hoy en día pero a la vez fue un hombre humilde que se aseguró de que su éxito ayudara a otros más que a si mismo. La fuerza, el coraje y la nobleza de corazón de Antonio son netamente admirables.

Antonio Cocomo Borges falleció el 17 de febrero del 2012. Antonio deja atrás a sus hijos Joaquina Borges, Juan Antonio Borges, Louis Borges, Ángelo Borges, Rogelio (Linda) Borges, Felipo (Wendy) Borges, Roberto Borges, y Madeline Borges. A sus hermanos, María Teresa Borges y María Rosario Borges. A sus 19 nietos, su bisnieta, su tátara nieta, sobrinas, sobrinos, y a otros parientes y amigos. Antonio fue procedido en vida por su amada esposa, Sara, su hermano Juan Borges y su hermana Maria Rosario Borges “Carmin.”

Las horas de visita serán el martes, el 21 de febrero desde las 5 de la tarde hasta los servicios funerarios de las 7 de la noche en la casa funeraria. El entierro será en el Cementerio Los Cipreses en Baymon, Puerto Rico.

Past Comments

Maria Teresa Borges (hermana)

Te extrano mucho, que el senor te tenga en la gloria. Tu fuistes bueno con toda la familia. Para mi fuistes mi hermano, mi amigo y mi padre. Te quiero mucho. Tere

Rosie Melendez

Tio, you will be missed. You were a wonderful husband, good father, great brother and an amazing uncle. You touched the lives of many and you will always be remembered with kindness.

~Rosie, Gilberto, Joel and Alex

Maria Melendez

Tio bendicon i love and i will miss you alot i will always remeber the days when u would come to abuela tete house in puerto rico just crakin jokes in the morning talkin abt my hair lol love you tio.

Elisio Felipe Borges


I’ll never forget the way you always smiled, joked, and laughed! You always read the paper in the mornings, and insisted on drinking your strong cafe’. When I went to visit you in Puerto Rico back in 06′ you showed my g/f and I the utmost courtesy and hospitality. I enjoyed the time that I spent with you at the house. I love you and thank you for your courage. You’ll always be with me. Rest in peace.


feels like it was just yesterday when we were all playing dominos oh how much he loved that but he would always win somehow jaja man i miss him and thank him for all he has done in my heart mind and soul til the end te extrano

Justin "LUIS" Borges (Grandson)

Abuleo I will always love you and honor you. Your son my father will always be taken care of no matter what thank you for coming to see me and taking me out to eat and giving me love everytime you saw me. Te Amo Abuelo

Kina "Grand-daughter"

Grandpa u will truly be missed. I will miss when I was out of school an we would go have breakfast. You would order your favorite “french toast” and sausage with a cup of coffee on the side. The thing I will miss the most is when you would talk to me in spanish and then mix a little bit of english in so I could understand what you were saying. I love you always….. You are in a better place……..



It was my pleasure and honor to get to you know you. Rogelio and I really enjoyed having you in Colorado with us. One of my foundest memories is going to the dog track with you and how much you enjoyed the race track. I also remember you ordering food for me at the Puerto Rican Resturaunt in Milwaukee it was delicious. I will forever keep your memory in my heart. Your loving daughter in-law Linda

Joaquin Angelo Borges

It was always fun going over granpa’s house when we were younger to see him, I always liked it when he had sopa and chicken ready to eat. He would fix me a bowl and before I could finish he would already have more in a spoon dumping it in my bowl. It seemed like the bowl was endless and never got empty but it was always good. I learned that taking care of your family was an important value for a man and granpa was there when needed. Granpa you will truly be missed and surely was loved. Love,


Christina Garcia

Tio yo soy tu sobrina christina, recuerdo cuando yo manejaba la guagua escolar y te pasaba volando por el lado y tu despues ibas a casa y me decias , Tina cojelo suave en esa guagua que un dia de estos le vas a pasar a alguien por encima y despues terminabamos riendonos. Siempre me decias Tina tu tienes mas valor que un hombre y un caracter muy fuerte cuidate por ahi nena. siempre ponia una sonrisa en mi cara con sus comentarios. Tio tienes un corazon grande y siempre te gustaba ayudar a todo el mundo. Siempre estaras en mi mente y en mi corazon se que estes donde estes siempre me estaras velando. Bendicion

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