Joseph E. Bové, Jr.

  • Born: January 18, 1936
  • Died: October 8, 2017
  • Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania

Donohue Funeral Homes, Inc.

1627 West Chester Pike
West Chester, PA 19382
Tel. (610) 431-9000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Beloved Husband, Loving Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Joseph by adding your memories and photos.

Joseph E. Bové, Jr., 81, of West Chester, PA and formerly of Bala Cynwyd, PA passed away on October 8, 2017.

Born in 1936 in Philadelphia, PA, Joseph was the son of the late Joseph E. and Anne Marie (McHugh) Bové, Sr.

He was a 1957 graduate of Villanova University where he earned his Bachelor's Degree. He worked for Philadelphia Electric and then for Sun Oil Company for 27 years as a Systems Analyst until his retirement in 1991.

He was an avid runner and golfer, member of Hershey's Mill Golf Club, and life long Villanova basketball fan fortunate enough to see his team win two national championships.

Joseph enjoyed volunteering in various ways, including as a Junior Achievement Instructor for 10 years, as an Extraordinary Minister and lector for St. Matthias Church in Bala Cynwyd, of which he was a Parishioner for 30 years and also at SS Peter & Paul Church in West Chester. In addition, Joe was involved in East Goshen Township fundraising and served as President of Quaker Village at Hershey's Mill as well as Treasurer of the Master Association.

Joseph was the beloved husband for 60 years of Joan P. (Hart) Bové; loving father of Joseph E. Bové, III (Cindy), Joan Andrade (Richard), Michael Bové (Alexis) and Mary Catherine Garofalo (The late Frank); loving grandfather of 17 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his daughter, Kathleen Fernandez and 1 grandchild.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Visitation 9:00-10:30 AM Saturday, October 14, 2017 at SS Peter & Paul Church, 1325 Boot Road, West Chester, PA 19380 followed by his Funeral Mass 10:30 AM. Int. Private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to the Salvation Army, 250 E. Market St, West Chester, PA 19380.

Arrangements by The Donohue Funeral Home, 1627 West Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19382, 610-431-9000.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Bove family, Joe was a Board member of the Delaware Valley Sunoco Alumni group for many years. His leadership and passion for our Sunoco retiree group was second to none. As the longest tenured Board member, he truly was our historian. We will miss him so much at our quarterly luncheons. On behalf of the DVSA Board, we are making a significant donation to the WC Salvation Army in his memory.

Pat Steadman, on behalf of the DVSA Board

Posted by Patrick Steadman - Downingtown, PA - Coworker   October 18, 2017

I was very sorry to hear of Joe's passing. We worked together at Sunoco in the years immediately before his retirement. He was always a gentleman, kind, and insightful. Joe was truly one of the good guys. May God bless the entire Bove family as you celebrate his life and mourn his loss.

Posted by Harold Mathues - Lansdale, PA - Coworker   October 14, 2017

Dear Bove family, my deepest sympathy for your loss. Only knowing Joe these past couple years, what a gentleman and sincerely person. It was an honor and pleasure getting to know Joe. You will be sorely missed!

Posted by John Jam    October 13, 2017

"Dear Bove family, my deepest sympathy for your loss.

Posted by Joseph Houston Houston - Ardmore, PA - Neighbor   October 12, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with Joan and her family. Joe was a remarkable man and was admired for his contributions to the Community and our Church. He will be Sorley milled.

Posted by John & Carol Poling - Hersey's Mill, PA - Friend   October 12, 2017

Dear Bove family, my deepest sympathy for your loss. Joe was a good friend of my brother, Fred Bachman, while growing up in Upper Darby in the mid-1950s. We lived on the neighboring streets of Hampden (Bove) and Glendale {Bachman). I remember Joe well, he was tall and handsome and very polite. My parents really liked him. I also remember Joe's Mom, a very lovely lady. Fred died in June 2016. I wish they had stayed in touch. You will all be in my prayers. Michael Bachman

Posted by Michael Bachman - Springfield, PA - Neighbor   October 12, 2017


Dear Joan and Bove Family,
We pray that love, joy and peace will gently heal your wounds of grief, pain and separation. Joe will be missed by many Quaker residents.

Posted by Joe & RoseAnn Guarnere - West Chester, PA - Neighbor   October 12, 2017

Will miss his guidance at our meetings and how well he conducted them.He helped answer many questions we had about the pipeline.He will be missed.Prayers for Joan and the family...

Posted by Alice Aznavourian - West Chester, PA - Neighbor   October 11, 2017

Thoughts and prayers to Joan and her family.

Posted by June Reith - Hersheys Mill, PA - Friend   October 10, 2017

What a great guy. Only knew Joe for only a few years he was always smiling, happy and never to busy to have a few words with him.
Ill say it again WHAT A GREAT GUY I will surly miss Joe.
Pat & Lorie DiPiano

Posted by Pat & Lorie DiPiano - Hersey Mill, PA - Family   October 10, 2017

We are extremely sorry to lose a great friend. He was a golf mate for many years and will be missed greatly.
Ron and Betty Jane Rodgers

Posted by Rodgers - Hersheys Mill, PA - Friend   October 10, 2017

Such good memories of Joe on stage with the Hershey's Mill Players! Love to Joan and his children.

Posted by Allegra Sanner    October 10, 2017

Thoughts and prayers to the Bove family. Best wishes to all.

Posted by Bill McElwee - Berwyn, PA - Friend   October 10, 2017

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