SHELBURNE FALLS - Walter E. Gover, 94, of State Street, passed on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at the Buckley HealthCare Center in Greenfield, surrounded by family.
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Walter was born Oct. 10, 1919 in Westfield, Maine, the son of Ernest W. and R. Mary (Hunter) Gover. He attended schools in Orange, CT.
Walter worked on a dairy farm in Guilford, Conn., before moving to Colrain. He worked in construction for Kendall Mills in Colrain from which he retired. After retirement, he worked part-time as landfill attendant for the Town of Colrain. Walt also enjoyed driving local schoolchildren on tours at Pine Hill Orchards during the fall apple season.
Walt enjoyed his vegetable garden, giving much of the vegetables to friends, making stir-fry with his vegetables and sharing it with anyone who stopped by at lunchtime. His homemade fudge at Christmas was enjoyed by family and friends. Walt enjoyed woodworking, making many wooden toys for the grandchildren to enjoy. As a deacon of Colrain Community Church, he delivered tapes of Sunday services, visiting with those unable to attend church.
Phone calls from Pat and Bob, along with visits from family and friends, always made his day special.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Annie (Ward); his four children: son, Robert of Alabama; daughter, Patricia Rockwell of Mississippi; daughter, Deborah Tetreault, and son, Donald of Florida; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandsons.
Walt is also survived by his stepchildren; Helen Remillard and Mike Shulda of Greenfield, Cathy Roberts of Buckland, Mitzy Benhart of North Carolina and Rob Shulda of Kentucky; many step-grandchildren, great- grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
Walter was predeceased by his sisters, Shirley Mancini, Hazel Mann, Norma Colwell, Dorothy Thomas; a brother, Herald Gover, and a step-son, Jim Shulda.
The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Buckley HealthCare for their excellent care of Walter, Hospice of Franklin County for their compassionate care during his last week and all who have been faithfully praying for Walter these past weeks. Special thanks to Dr. Robert Miller for his care of Walt.
A graveside service will be held May 3, 2014 at Brick Cemetery in Colrain at a time to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway St., Greenfield, MA 01301,
Buckley HealthCare-Patients Activities, 95 Laurel St., Greenfield, MA 01301, or to Colrain Community Church-Deacons Fund, 306 Main Road, Colrain, MA 01340
Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To send a message of condolence to the family, please visit:
Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home Inc
40 Church St Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
Published in The Recorder from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30, 2014