Joseph M. Bova Sr.

Joseph M. Bova Sr., 77, of 89 Greenwood Ave., Lake Placid, died on Thursday, May 29, 2014.

Born in Vermontville on July 14, 1936, he was the son of Elmer and Clara May (Shene) Bova. Joseph married Dora Gates on Dec. 24, 1954 in Church of the Nazarene in Vermontville.

Mr. Bova had worked as a welder in Warren, Ohio before returning to the Saranac Lake area. He is a past member of the Saranac Lake Moose Club. Mr. Bova loved going to yard sales and long rides in his car. He was an avid deer hunter and clock collector. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by four sons: Bradley Bova of Orlando, Florida, Timothy Bova and his wife Susan of Malone, Joseph Bova Jr. and his wife Tammy of Saranac Lake, Wayne Bova of Malone; one daughter, Christine Swinyer and her husband Gerald of Vermontville; two sisters: Viola Shumway and her husband Charles of Saranac Lake and Joyce Euber and her husband Christopher of Vermontville; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; mother; his wife Dora on Oct. 27, 2012; one daughter, Carol; and six brothers: Roy, Bernard, William John, Edward, Bernard and James.

Calling hours are set to take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 4 at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A funeral service will take place immediately following calling hours at 3 p.m. at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery in Vermontville.

Friends wishing to remember Joseph M. Bova Sr. may make memorial contributions to High Peaks Hospice or in care of the funeral home.

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