As a township trustee and fair board member, as well as a neighbor, family member and friend, Dana Boord left his mark on the Barlow community.
The man known to some as the "Mayor of Barlow" passed away Sunday at the age of 91, as he continued to deal with the effects of a cardiac condition and strokes.
"He was kind of a highlight of living in Barlow," said Teresa Turner, 49, a neighbor and friend of Boord's for 12 years. "He always had a smile. It didn't matter what he was going through."
Turner said she spent a lot of time sitting and talking with Boord on his back porch. She described him as a man with a sharp sense of humor, who loved his family and God.
Involved in the founding of both the Barlow Volunteer Fire Department and the Riverview Credit Union, Boord retired from Union Carbide in 1981. But he didn't stop working, said his grandson, Shawn Spence, 36, of Barlow Township.
"He just sort of dove into the community and did what he could," Spence said.
Clarence Dana Boord
Born June 13, 1922, near Layman.
Died Sunday, July 7.
Retired from Union Carbide in 1981.
Involved in the founding of the Barlow Volunteer Fire Department and Riverview Credit Union.
Served as a Barlow Township trustee and Barlow Fair Board member.
Spearheaded the community walking trail at the Barlow Fairgrounds, known as the "Barlow Boordwalk."
Source: Times research.
That service included a dozen years as a Barlow Township trustee, as well as time on the Barlow Fair Board. He led the effort to establish the walking track - called "Barlow's Boordwalk" - at the fairgrounds in 1992.
Boord didn't need to be working in an official capacity to give of his time and talents, said Spence, who recalled accompanying his grandfather on his circuit of yards to mow for people who weren't able to do it themselves.
"When I was young, I kind of ended up being his right hand - well, his left hand actually," Spence said.
Boord lost his left arm at the age of 30, but when people mention that, it's usually as an afterthought. He didn't let the loss stop him from doing just about anything he set his mind to, Spence said.
"The only thing he couldn't do was swim and tie shoes," he said.
Just three years ago, Boord got stuck on his roof while trying to clean out his gutters, Spence recalled.
"He loved to help people ... but he wanted to do for himself as much as he could," he said.
Barlow Township Trustee Darren Roddy, another neighbor of Boord's, agreed the man "would do anything for anybody" but never asked for help himself.
"He was quite an amazing man," he said.
Roddy said Boord remained active in the community after he left the trustees board and would still come to the meetings if he felt an issue needed addressed.
"You always knew where he stood," Roddy said.
And often he could be seen sitting on his riding mower - "He usually mowed twice to our once," Turner laughed.
"Then he'd even mow out in front of my rental that I've got," Roddy said. "He was just that type of neighbor."
Boord's funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the Barlow Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home.
"I feel like it's almost a community event as much as a family one," Spence said, adding that he is looking forward to, and honored to be, representing his grandfather.
Spence is one of three grandchildren surviving Boord, as well as two daughters and five great-granddaughters, along with close friend Jean Miskimins and her children and grandchildren.