Fr. Edmund Stanley Borycz
Temrowski & Sons Funeral & Cremation Services
Fr. Edmund Stanley Borycz, age 76 of Warren, died Monday, January 8, 2018 at home surrounded by his loved ones. He was born April 15, 1941 in Detroit, son of the late Edmund Leopold and the late Roselie Virginia (nee: Bielski) Borycz.
Following high school, Ed's sights were set on furthering his education which is what led him to St. Mary's College in Orchard Lake, Michigan. It is there that he attained his Bachelor's of Arts degree in 1964. With that degree in hand, and a call upon his heart for the priesthood, Ed sought even higher aspirations by enrolling in the Master's program at St. John's Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan where he received his degree and was ordained into the priesthood in 1968.
In 1968, at the age of 27, Ed embarked on a ministerial path that found the next 21 years of his life devoted to the church and fulfilling various positions from pastor to chaplain. In his role as Associate Pastor over the years, Ed was an integral part of the daily operations and ministry at St. Renee's in Detroit, St. Peter & Paul's in Detroit, St. Cyril in Taylor, and lastly at St. Michael's in Livonia.
As a Chaplain, Ed's experiences began in June of 1969 when he was installed as the ministry leader at the Michigan Army National Guard at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township, Michigan. He spent 4 years there as Chaplain, as well as maintaining a position on the base's M.A.S.H. unit during his time at Selfridge. In September of 1970, Ed added the Taylor Police Department to his resume as Chaplain, and in October of 1974 became the Chaplain for the Michigan State Police. Ed followed that with a prestigious stint as Chaplain for the Detroit Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.). Then, in 1989, Ed was quite proud of his final appointment as Command & Installation Chaplain for the U.S. Army at their base in Fort Meade, Maryland.
Equipped with an impressive portfolio of academics to support his next move, Ed enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1989 and spent the next 12 years serving as Chaplain, with over 4 of those years stationed overseas in Stuttgart, Germany. Ultimately attaining the rank of Colonel, Ed achieved such awards and medals to include; Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (5th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, as well as the Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon.
So it is, with thanks and praise from a grateful nation, that we honor Ed's service to our country as a soldier and Chaplain in our great U.S. Army, and for willingly stepping forward to preserve the cause of freedom both at home and around the globe. For the sacrifices made and his patriotism exuded, we extend our posthumous gratitude to Colonel Edmund S. Borycz for answering the call of his American spirit.
Along with the positions he held and the work he accomplished while serving as Pastor and Chaplain, Ed was also quite proud and honored to serve with his fellow members in the Knights of Columbus. Known for their charitable works and the fraternal bonds that knit them together, it was the perfect venue for Ed to enjoy, both, helping those in need and sharing in the ministry that came with the brotherhood of Knights, one of the Catholic church's most profound outreaches for men. Not only was Ed honored to be a part of such an impressive league of men, but he also took great pride in being a part of 3 generations of Borycz's who have donned the uniform and countenance as a Knight.
A loving son, brother and uncle, Edmund wore a lot of hats in carrying out the various roles and ministries that enveloped his life,…but mostly, he wore his heart on his sleeve in answering the call of his heart to care for and uplift his fellow man wherever he saw a need. His ministry reached out to countless lives over the years, especially to his family and loved ones who meant the world to him. Ed's memory will live on with each reflection shared, and he will truly be missed.
Beloved son of the late Edmund and Roselie Borycz. Loving brother of Gerald (Lee) Borycz, and Marlyn (the late Don) Boomer. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Edmund will be held Sunday, January 14th from 3-9 pm, with a 7 pm Scripture Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren. He will lie in state on Monday from 9:30 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 10:00 am at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 1491 Baldwin Avenue, Detroit, MI 48214.
Edmund will be laid to rest at St. Roch Catholic Cemetery in Caseville, Michigan. His graveside committal service will take place at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
Memorial donations are welcomed to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott Street, Detroit, MI 48207,…or to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 1491 Baldwin Avenue, Detroit, MI 48214.
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