"Dan was boat-rocker," his older brother David said. "He was always looking for a better way to do something."
Once a cable TV installer, he pioneered a way to make phone calls on the Internet that led to sales of more than 10 million devices, landing him in a
Close friends recalled wanting to choke him at times even as they praised his achievements and generosity. He inspired an outpouring of tributes for his efforts promoting soccer and charitable giving such as contributions to the families of the Newtown shootings.
"We love you, Dan," said women's soccer star
Borislow owned the
Borislow, who was 52, died of a heart attack Monday, collapsing after play in an adult men's soccer league in
He loved to have the last word, younger brother Andrew said. He was also fond of "the horses, fishing, tequila, the Rolling Stones and I heard he loved to gamble just a little bit." Just two months ago, he won nearly
His brothers remembered getting texts from Dan saying "I just won
Friends who knew him from childhood told of being so poor in early business ventures they stripped the wooden furnishings from a residence to burn them in a fireplace to stay warm. But in time he would sell products "that made life easier for millions," brother David said.
Family members said they have been overwhelmed with testimonials from people who said Borislow encouraged and helped them.
Borislow leaves a mark in telecommunications with millions of magicJack devices promoted on TV and shipped from a West Palm Beach warehouse. He told
A crowd packing a Kravis Center ballroom saw a slide show of pictures from his life and heard songs ranging from "Danny Boy" to "Wild Horses."
His wife Shelly addressed her late husband: "I'm so sorry you're not here to enjoy the life that you built."
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