Michael (Mickey) A. Bova Sr. , 86, 232 Bougainvillea Lane, Parrish, Florida, formerly of Watertown, died at his home on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012.
Mr. Bova was born, June 15th, 1926 in Watertown, the son of Anthony J. and Anna Capone Bova. He attended Watertown City Schools. He joined the United States Army and was discharged in 1946.
He married Grace B. Gross on November 17th, 1946 at St. Anthonys Church. Mrs. Bova died December 8th, 1995. He married Shirlee Greene on December, 31 1996, at Holy Family Church.
Mr. Bova worked for the family business, J.J. Capone Fruit Co., on Factory St., and then he drove cab for several cab companies, including Yellow Cab. He was later employed for 25 years, at New York Air Brake, retiring in 1986. After retirement, he moved to Florida where he enjoyed many activities, meeting new people, he especially enjoyed working as a greeter at Wal-Mart.
Mr. Bova was a communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, while living in Watertown and a communicant of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini, Parrish, Florida. He was a life member of the North side Improvement League and a member of American Legion, Post 61. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, crossword puzzles, and watching Wheel of Fortune. He had a passion for helping for those in need. His friends will remember him playing pool and cards.
Mr. Bova is survived by his wife, Shirlee, Parish, Florida. Two sons and daughter in laws; Anthony and Mary, Watertown; Michael Jr. and Becki, New York Mills; Two daughters and son in laws; Mary Jane and Anthony Alaburda, Palm Bay, Florida; Kathy and Michael Lettiere, Watertown. Eleven grandchildren and five great-grand children, several nieces and nephews.
A daughter, Ann M. Robbins, died in 2000, and son in law, Steven Robbins, died in 1999, both of Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Mr. Bova is predeceased by two brothers, Augustus (Buddy) and Joseph (J.J.) and a sister, Josephine Norris, all of Watertown.
A funeral service will be held in Florida. A Memorial service will be held in Watertown, Friday November 2nd at 11am at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Watertown, with Fr. Richard Kennedy officiating. Donations can be made to, Hospice of Jefferson County, the North side Improvement League or The Sacred Heart Foundation.