Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident of the week, William Borland or Willy as we call him at Carlton Senior Living Elk Grove. Willy’s Italian ancestral roots start from his grandparents on his father’s side. They went through Ellis Island in 1898 in order to go to California to purchase 5 acres of land to grow grapes and cherries in the Fruitridge Area. Thus, Willy was born and raised in Sacramento, California on August 23, 1923. Though his family no longer owns the farm, the city named a street after his grandfather, Albert Caselli. The street is called Caselli Circle.
Willy’s family tree consists of four children, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. His children are Robert “Bob”, Christine “Chris”, Mora, and Bill. Their kids are Kevin, Casey, Jerry, Max, and Ella. As for his great-grandchildren, their names are Aubrey, Morgan, Hailey, and Ryan.
During World War II, Willy served in the Army and was stationed in Germany from 1944-1946. Due to his passion for cars, Willy was in charge of the motor pools in the military. For some 40 plus years, he was employed as a sheet metal worker and retired in 1989. In the early 1960’s he fell “in love” with a new vehicle manufactured by the Chevrolet, “The Classic Corvair,” when his oldest son brought one home. For 50 years, he owned anywhere from one to six Corvairs at one time or another. He was a loyal member of the “Corvair Society of America” where he serviced on the national board as well on local boards.
Another hobby he enjoys is collecting, trading, and maintaining jukeboxes and, at one time, his home was filled with five of these musical machines. He believes old movies are the best from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. Some of the actors he likes include Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Grable, and who can forget the great team of Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, to name a few. Music was great from that time also with the Andrew Sisters, Betty Hutton, Dinah Shore, Lawrence Walk and who could forget Elvis?
Willy used to sell magazines and newspapers for 4 cents on the street corner in front of Larkin Theater in San Francisco along with his kid sister, Doris, to get money for a hamburger at the Lumber Jack and admission to the movies. Three words to describe him are friendly, humorous, and a leader. Willy says his favorite thing about Carlton Senior Living Elk Grove is the staff.
View additional Resident Spotlight articles.