GEORGE F. BOVIE III

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GEORGE F. BOVIE, III George F. Bovie, III ("Bud"), age 65, passed away peacefully on August 25, 2013 at his home in Palm City, Florida. Bud was born on October 3, 1947 in Gallipolis, Ohio. Son to George F. Bovie, II and Marguerite Bovie Marshall, Bud and his family moved to Florida in his early years. While attending middle school in Coral Gables, Bud spent his free time learning to fluently speak and write Latin as well as sailing. Bud returned to Cocoa Beach, Florida, to attend high school from which he graduated early and entered college at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville at the age of 16. There, Bud met and fell in love with his future wife of 44 years, Mary Lou. They were married on August 30, 1969. Bud and Mary Lou took a year off from college to work and save money for their wedding. Bud took a job working in Cape Canaveral during Kennedy Space Center's Missions to the Moon era. After Bud and Mary Lou got married, the two went back to school. Bud graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. In 1972, Bud worked for the Labor Department in Washington, D.C., overseeing the United Mine Workers of America election. Following graduation, Bud entered law school at the University of Florida where he served as Executive Editor for the University of Florida Law Review. He graduated in 1975 with a Juris Doctor degree. That year, after passing the bar exam, Bud became a member of the Florida Bar. In 1976 he was admitted to the trial bar of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and later the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th and 11th Circuits and the United States Supreme Court. Bud had an exemplary legal career, working first in 1977 as an Assistant Public Defender for the Public Defender's Office of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit located in Ft. Pierce where he gained experience as an accomplished trial lawyer. In January 1978, he joined the law firm of Crary Buchanan, P.A. becoming a partner and shareholder of the firm in 1981 after demonstrating his excellent legal abilities and earning the respect of his peers, clients, and the legal community. Bud quickly became well- known and admired as a superb and highly professional litigator in family, commercial and business law, practicing in the courts throughout the 19th Judicial Circuit comprised of Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee, and Indian River Counties. He achieved an AV rating, the highest possible, by Martindale- Hubbell, the premiere rating service for attorneys. In the early 1990s, Bud decided to expand his practice areas to include the newly developing field of Labor and Employment Law, and he quickly became Board Certified by the Florida Bar in that field, one of the first groups of lawyers to be so designated. During his career, Bud provided significant personal services in the field of law. He served as a member of the Florida Bar's Board of Governors for the Young Lawyers' Section from 1981-1983 and a member of the 19th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, serving as Chairman for that Committee in 1985-1986. Thereafter, Bud served as Secretary, Treasurer, and finally President of the Martin County Bar Association in 1990-1991. Bud retired from Crary Buchanan in 2009 after a long period of service with his law firm, which spanned 31 continuous years. Bud also served his community in various charitable organizations. He became a member of the vestry of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Stuart, and for many years, Bud organized and led church youth groups on canoe trips down the Peace River in Arcadia, Florida. He also devoted his time serving on the Board of Helping People Succeed as well as providing help and legal services to Hibiscus Children's Center, Inc. Bud was an avid golfer and tennis player, and never missed an opportunity to coach for his children's sports teams. He encouraged his children to be involved with activities, sports, and with the community. Despite his busy schedule, he managed to make it to every game, practice, and recital. Most Sundays, you could catch him grilling steaks for his friends and family on his beloved grill. He was a true University of Tennessee fan wearing orange Polo shirts, and having a variety of orange ties. He was often caught whistling or singing the song, "Rocky Top Tennessee." He often had playful feuds around the office between his partner, Larry Buchanan, an avid University of Florida Gators fan, of who was going to win the football game. Bud started to let up on Mr. Buchanan about the feud after one of his daughters was accepted to UF. Bud was known as being gentle, a fatherly figure with the kids, a jokester with his friends and family, an eccentric story- teller, and a kind and understanding man to the rest of the world. You knew Bud best for his love and caring for his faith, family, friends, clients, church, and the people around him and for his motto, "Put your best foot forward." Bud lived such a passionate, and loving life and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his spouse, Mary Lou T. Bovie of Palm City, and four children: his son, George F. Bovie, IV of Stuart, daughter Sharon Hughes and husband William of Montpelier, VA, Victoria Savard and husband Jeremy of Palm City, and daughter Lora Elizabeth Bovie of Palm City; also sister Pamela Miller and her husband John of Palm City, and grandchildren Austin Bovie, Sydney and Nikki Hughes, and Aubrey and Adalyn Savard. A memorial service for Bud will be held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Stuart, Florida, 623 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL 34994 on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 11:00A.M. with interment thereafter in the memorial gardens at St. Mary's and a lunch to follow at St. Mary's Pettinger Center. In lieu of flowers, any contributions in Bud's memory should be sent to Helping People Succeed at 1100 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart, Florida 34994 or to the St. Mary's Episcopal Church Discretionary Fund, 623 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL 34994. The most important lesson Bud taught us is how to be completely selfless. "Go VOLS!"

Published in the TC Palm on Sept. 1, 2013
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