Bruce E. Gover

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DALLAS — Bruce E. Gover, 71, of Dallas, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018, after a brief illness at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, surrounded by his family.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he was a son of the late Mignonette Frederick Gover and Harland H. Gover. He moved to Forty Fort as a very young boy with his mother and brother, Gregory. He was a graduate of Forty Fort High School where he was an all-star athlete in football, wrestling and track, and went away to college on a football scholarship. The completion of his college education was delayed when he joined the United States Army in 1966 during the Vietnam War and served proudly as a Commissioned Officer on active duty through 1969. He then served a six-year tour of duty in the U.S. Army Reserves and was honorably discharged in 1975 with the rank of Captain.

Bruce returned home to attend college and graduated from Wilkes College in 1972 and in 1977 he received an MBA degree in finance from Wilkes. In 1973, he began a long and distinguished Trust Banking career locally and served as a Regional Trust Manager with PNC Bank until 1997 when he began a new career as a Wealth Management Advisor. In 2008, he formed an investment partnership with his son, R. Clements Gover Sr., at Wells Fargo Advisors which lasted until his death.

Throughout his successful business career, Bruce had a strong commitment to community service and a long and generous history of giving back to the Wyoming Valley. That commitment grew stronger after serving as a loaned executive with the United Way. In addition to chairing numerous fundraising campaigns, he served on the board of directors of his alma mater, Wilkes College, the United Way of Wyoming Valley, what is now the ARC, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the Family Service Association of NEPA. He is a past director and served as president of the Wilkes-Barre Rotary Club where he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow Award in 1987. He also was a former chairman of the Advisory Board of the American Red Cross. A long-time member of the American Legion, Bruce always supported numerous military charities. Education was another passion for him, and he and his wife (a teacher for over three decades) helped establish the Betsy Gover Endowment Fund to support the Lower School of Wyoming Seminary in Forty Fort.

Bruce was a long-time member of the Westmoreland Club, Huntsville Golf Club, Masonic Lodge 395, Knights Templar Chapter & Commandery 45, Irem Shriners, and the Corvette Club of NEPA.

He is survived by his wife of more than 45 years, Elizabeth (Betsy) Clements Gover; sons Bruce Jr. and wife, Julia, of Monmouth Beach, N.J.; Robert Clements Gover Sr. and wife, Joanna, of Dallas; and his daughter, Mary Jane Ask and husband, James, Bryn Mawr; brother, Gregory Gover and wife, Laura, of Forty Fort; five grandchildren, Layla and Bodhi Gover, and Betsy, James Jr., and Izzy Ask, who all were the light of his life.

Bruce especially loved his family and spending time with them. He loved sports of all kinds, dogs, cars, watches and especially golf with his friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 10, in St. Therese's Church, Pioneer Avenue and Davis Street, Shavertown. The Rev. James J. Paisley will officiate. Full military honors will be presented at the church. Friends may call Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bruce's honor may be sent to the Bruce & Betsy Gover Outdoor Classroom at Wyoming Seminary Lower School, c/o 201 Sprague Ave., Kingston, PA 18704.

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Shavertown, PA 18708
(570) 675-3333
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Published in Times Leader from Mar. 8 to Mar. 9, 2018
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