Gary Dover, age 60, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2013 with his loving wife and children by his side. Gary was born on June 9, 1952 in McRae, Georgia. His family relocated to Jacksonville, Florida when Gary was a small child. He enlisted in the United States Army and served a portion of his four year service at Camp Darby in Tirrenia, Italy, where he met and married his beloved wife of 29 years and mother of his children, Diane, who predeceased him on April 12, 2002.
Gary graduated from Brevard Community College in 1977 and was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1991. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Central Florida in 1979 and was a life time member of the UCF Alumni Association, as well as an Alumni Trustee. In 1983, Gary opened his own practice, Gary Dover, CPA, where he devoted his career to providing superior service to his clients, many of which he considered dear friends.
Gary's greatest pride came from raising his children, Michael and Michelle. In June of 2005, Gary was blessed with the birth of his first grandchild, Collin, and earned the new title, "Papa", which he wore so well. Michael and Laura also blessed Gary with four additional grandchildren, Addison, Ansley, Annabelle and the newest addition, Donovan. In December of 2011, Gary's sixth grandchild, Morgan, was born to Michelle and Robert. To say Gary adored his grandchildren would be an understatement, as they each added an indescribable sparkle to his eye.
In 2005, Gary met Nancy; they began working together, fell in love and married in 2009. He was then "Papa" to three additional grandchildren, Grant, Kaleb and Logan.
Gary was a man who was passionate about life. He enjoyed family, work and play. Whether it was biking on the Harley's with his brother Richard, fishing in Mexico with friends, visiting the ruins in Rome, vacationing with family in Hawaii or completing a tax return, it was about "doing it right".
In addition to being a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, Gary was also highly involved in the community. He forged many lasting relationships with neighbors, clients, fellow Rotarians and friends. Some of Gary's fondest memories and greatest stories arose from being on the water and doing what he loved best, fishing with friends and family.
Gary will always be remembered for his generosity, strong convictions, loyalty, courage and love for life; as Gary would say, "Life is Good!"
A gathering to celebrate Gary's wonderful life will begin at 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM, with a short service starting at 7:00 PM on Monday, May 6, 2013 at the Veranda Room, 105 McLeod St., Merritt Island, FL, near Mr. Dover's office.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Merritt Island Breakfast Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 540574, Merritt Island, FL 32954-0574.
You may sign Gary's guestbook at www.beckman-williamson.com.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY from May 1 to May 5, 2013