Harold R. Dove
TOWNSHEND- Harold R. Dove, 91, died peacefully on September 3 at Grace Cottage Hospital . He was born April 5, 1928 in Ausable Forks, NY, the son of John Harold and Jeanette Marie (Chamberlain) Dove.
ln the 1940s, he enlisted in the army at Devils Lake, ND. He was inducted at Saint Paul, MN. Later he was transferred to Harlington Field, TX, and trained as an aerial gunner. He served in the 8th Army Air Corps as a gunner on a B17 bomber and was assigned to combat duty. After serving his country he acquired his GED.
He had two former wives, Donna Jean (Magoon) Dove and Kathleen (Doyle) Doveover his lifetime. He had three children from Donna Jean (Magoon) Dove.
Later, in the 1970s he took college courses in Bowling Green, KY. He was the jack of all trades for his work experience. He managed motels, was a respiratory therapist at the Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, MA, a real estate broker, and retired as a carpenter.
Mr. Dove was the vice president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #2445 in Brattleboro during the 1980s. He is survived by his children, grandchildren, siblings, and many nieces including daughter Denise (Dove) Vassar, of Turners Falls, MA; son, David and wife (Laurie) Dove, of Whately, MA; son Derek Dove, of Conway, MA; as well as two grandchildren Michelle Vassar of Turners Falls, MA, and Dalton Dove, of Orange, MA. His surviving siblings are sister Lavern (Dove) Corey, of Halifax; brother Gordon Dove, of Shorter, AL; brother Wayne Dove, of Fredericksburg, VA; sister Thelma (Dove) Ca|dwell, of Orange, MA and sister Elaine Dove, of Readsboro. He was preceded in death by sister June (Dove) Gray, brother Norman Dove, and sister Mona (Dove) Momaney.
On Saturday, September 28, calling hours and a celebration of life service will be held at the United Church of Bernardston at 58 Church Street, Bernardston, MA. Calling hours are from 9 to 11am. The service is at 11 am with Rev. Suzanne Andrews officiating.
A gathering will be held at the church following the service. The family would like to thank the staff at Valley Cares where he resided over the past three years and to the staff at Grace Cottage Hospital.
Contributions may be made in his memory to Valley Cares, PO Box 341, Townshend, VT 05353.