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Colin MacIvor Govan

HAMPTON - Colin MacIvor Govan, 86, passed away June 30, 2014. Mr. Govan was born July 27, 1927 in Philadelphia to the late James and Elizabeth Govan. He was preceded in death by two siblings: Eileen Gaul and Gordon Govan, both of Philadelphia. Colin served in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II, and in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After graduating from Duke University in 1952, he became the Advertising and Merchandising Manager for Hotpoint Company in Charlotte, NC. In 1961, he moved to Hampton, Va. to become the Distributor Sales Representative for Hotpoint Company. In March of 1961, he made a career move that changed his life and the lives of the many others he touched when he started in the life insurance business with Equitable Life Assurance Company. He was Virginia's first Life Member of the Million Dollar Round Table where he was an active member of the Grants Committee and other groups. In 1968, he was the recipient of the Chartered & Life Underwriter (CLU) designation. Colin was the education chairman and immediate past president of the Virginia Peninsula Chapter of CLU. He was a founder and past president of the Peninsula Estate Planning Council, and a charter member of the Virginia Life Underwriters Political Action Committee. Mr. Govan entered the Hall of Fame for the Equitable Life Assurance Society in 1976. He was the past president of the Virginia Association of Life Underwriters (currently know as Virginia Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors). Colin was a member of the President's Circle of the American College and the chairman of the Life Underwriter Training Council. He was a board member for VA Peninsula Association of Independent Financial Advisers. In 2011 he was awarded the Austin Adkinson Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership in the Advancement and Support of Insurance and Financial and Political Action Committee of Virginia. He was a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Member Benefits Committee. In 2012 the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors of Virginia inducted him into the Hall of Fame for Outstanding Achievement in the highest interest of his profession. Colin served as a church officer and elder at First Presbyterian Church in Hampton. He was a member of the Newport News Kiwanis Club, the Hampton Lions Club, and the St. Andrews Society of Williamsburg, Va. He is preceded in death by his wife Margaret D. Govan, and son Colin M. Govan III. He is survived by his daughter-in-law Karen A. Govan of Hampton; his grandchildren April Butler and husband Sean of San Antonio, Colin M. Govan IV and wife Sarah of Hampton, and Gordon J. Govan of Hampton; and a number of nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 6-7:30 pm on July 10th at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on July 11th at 1pm in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. In memory of Colin, please consider memorial donations to the Salvation Army or to a .

Funeral Home

Peninsula Funeral Home
11144 Warwick Boulevard Newport News, VA 23601
(757) 595-4424

Published in Daily Press on July 4, 2014
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