BOVA John V. Bova, Sr., age 78, entered into eternal rest on February 17, 2011 at Griffin Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Martha (DeFilippo) Bova of 56 years and was a proud resident of the Shelton community. John was born in New Haven on June 10,1932, son of the late Peter and Virginia (Cuccarello) Bova. He had the distinction of serving his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War and received the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal for his courageous duty. John was employed as a produce specialist at Stop & Shop for 37 years and later as a greeter at Wal-Mart, Shelton for 15 years. He was a dedicated parishioner of the Huntington Chapel, and was a committed member of the Ansonia, Derby and Shelton Senior Centers. At the Shelton Senior Center, John enthusiastically taught his fellow members how to play the organ. John loved sports; he rooted for the NY Yankees, NY Giants and UCONN Women's Basketball teams and was an enthusiastic member of the Valley Horseshoe League. He was a generous and caring friend and family man, who loved making homemade crafts for those he loved. John is the loving father of John V. Bova, Jr. and his wife, Cynthia, Mark Bova, and Michael Bova and his wife, Trish; and the adoring grandfather of Shawn, Justin, Mark, A.J., and Sierra Bova. He is also survived by siblings, Peter Bova, Fred Bova, and Josephine Johnson and several nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his brother, Salvatore Bova. Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Road, Shelton. A service will be held on Monday at the parlors at 10 a.m. with Pastor Doug Steeves officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Griffin Hospital Hospice Program or to the Griffin Hospital Cancer Center, 130 Division St., Derby. Condolences may be left to the family at www.riverviewfh.com.
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Published in Connecticut Post on Feb. 19, 2011