ALVIN ARCHIE GOVER - WILLISTON - Alvin Archie Gover was born at his family's home in Williston on Oct. 4, 1943, to Roy Gover and Isabel Snide Gover. He passed away unexpectedly, of natural causes, on Jan. 23, 2012, in Williston. A lifetime resident of Williston, Alvin was a jack of all trades. He was the goto person for many family members and friends. Alvin was an avid racecar fan and driver at Catamount. He enjoyed snowmobiling, bowling and traveling with his partner and best friend, Hazel Winter. They spent the summer of 2011 on a road trip to Colorado, Utah, Las Vegas and back. Alvin's career included owning and operating his own excavating business and many other accomplishments. His favorite position was with the maintenance department at Pine Ridge School, where he worked for 17 years. There, he was not only in charge of electrical repairs, snow removal and other maintenance tasks, but he was also a beloved mentor to student Lane Sweetman. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Aymer (Sonny) Gover. He was also predeceased by several nieces and nephews. He is survived by his partner, Hazel Winter; his daughter, Veronica Beauregard and her husband, Peter Beauregard; and grandchildren, Chelsea, Eric and Alexander. He is also survived by Hazel's children, David Winter and Monique Fox, and Monique's children, Jesse and Elizabeth, and Jesse's stepson, Siouxzuki and son, Irie. He is also survived by his sisters, Arlene (Leo) Dextraze and Ann (Lynn) Shepard; his brothers, Arnold Gover, Bruce (Sue) Rocque and Gary (Carol) Rocque; his special cousin, George Snide; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Gifford Funeral Home, 22 Depot St., Richmond. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Co-Cathedral on Allen Street in Burlington. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Alvin's memory to Champlain Community Services, 512 Troy Ave., Colchester, VT 05446, a training provider for children and adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities; or to Joseph's House in Burlington, an outreach program for those in need, for whom his granddaughter, Chelsea, works as the director.
Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 25, 2012