Costic 'Ike' Borsavage, Council Rock's First Basketball Coach

Ike was the athletic director at Council Rock High School from 1965 to 1970, and was inducted in to the CR Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.

From Swartz/Givnish Funeral Home:

Costic F. Borsavage, known to most in the area as 'Ike,' died Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne.

He was born in Plymouth, Pa., and was preceded in death by his parents, Costic Charles and Rose Mary Shebloski Borsavage. He joins his wife, Patricia Hawman of 45 years.

He lived in his home on Doris Avenue in Holland for 60 years.

He will be dearly missed by his four sons, Costic Michael of Wrightstown, N.J., Peter and David of Holland, Dave's girlfriend Regina Wallace, Thomas and his wife, Christine, of Ivyland, and his daughter, Rebecca, and his 'fifth son,' Harry Betz of Wrightstown. He also is survived by his grandchildren, Wade, Derek, and Jaclyn; and great-grandchildren, Makenna and Abigail. He also was preceded in death by his beloved sisters, Lillian Loke and Rose Gula.

Ike was a Council Rock teacher from 1953 to 1984. He taught many Newtown residents how to drive. He taught driver's education, mathematics, and social studies. He was the first basketball coach at Council Rock, and the first soccer and bowling coach as well. Ike was the athletic director at Council Rock High School from 1965 to 1970, and was inducted in to the CR Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.

Ike graduated from Plymouth High School in 1942; he lettered in football, basketball and baseball.

He served in the U.S. Army stateside during World War II from 1943 to 1946. He attended Temple University from 1946 to 1950, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Education, and completed his Master's degree in Education in 1954. He played basketball for Temple, and made the All-Area Team in 1949-1950, as a senior he set several scoring records, including a 42-point single game at Convention Hall. He played with the Philadelphia Warriors during the 1950 to 1951 season.

He was a member of the Newtown Legion Post 440, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, and a member of the National Basketball Retired Players Association. Ike like watching all sports, and movies, on television. He also loved his garden, and was especially proud of his tomato plants, which he shared with everyone. He also was a fisherman who enjoyed the pastime with his father, and passed the love of fishing to his sons and grandsons. Some of his happiest times were spent on Sharbot Lake in Ontario, Canada, where he owned a cottage. He enjoyed the times there with his wife, Pat, and in later years, with his sons, grandsons, and his wonderful companion, his sister, Rose. He also loved spending time in Florida on the Gulf Cost during the winters.

Relatives and friends are invited to Ike's memorial life celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Swartz/Givnish Funeral Home, 323 Washington Ave. Newtown.

Memorial contributions in Ike's name may be made to Newtown American Legion Post #440, 41 Linden Ave., Newtown, PA 18940, or the American Legion Ambulance Squad, P.O. Box 252, Newtown, PA 18940.


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