William McGovern Jr.
1941 - 2021
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William A. "Bill" McGovern, Jr., age 79, passed away on January 24, 2021 after a brief illness. The only child of the late William A. McGovern, Sr. and Ruth McGovern (nee Yeager), Bill was born in Nanticoke, PA on July 11, 1941. He grew up in Mountain Top, PA and attended Fairview High School and graduated from the former Wyoming Valley Technical Institute in 1959. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving on the USS Chevalier, USS Norton Sound, and finally as a fire control technician aboard the USS Turner Joy, deployed to the western Pacific in the years immediately preceding official activities of the Vietnam War. Following his discharge from the Navy in 1964, Bill returned stateside and moved to the home of his uncle and aunt, the late Jacob and Jean Yeager Wohlgemuth, in Annapolis, MD.

There he began a career with the former C & P Telephone Company as a lineman. He constantly retold the story of taking his Maryland driver's license exam in a company bucket truck, in downtown Annapolis, which only involved impressing the examiner that he was able to get the truck to the MVA without hitting anything. Also in 1964, he wed his childhood sweetheart, Peggyjean (nee Carey), and they began their life and family together in Glen Burnie and then Linthicum, MD. A long 27 year career as a Technical Representative with the Xerox Corporation began in 1965.

Bill, Peggy, and their four children moved from Linthicum to Forest Hill in 1974, where Bill continued his career with Xerox, from which he retired in 1997. In his spare time, he enjoyed volunteering his time to the Forest Hill Recreation Council (FHRC), as a coach to his daughter Tracy's softball team, as the long-time manager of the concessions building, and in the role of Santa for the annual Breakfast with Santa. He was awarded a commendation from the FHRC in 2003 honoring his 25 years of service. He most enjoyed the Santa gig, which he did for many years, only "retiring" when it became apparent to him that age-related hearing loss was making it difficult for him the hear the children's conversations. He also played the role for his grandsons' day care facility and, for a couple of years, the Anneslie Community Association's annual visit from Santa. He passed on the red coat and beard to his son Scott, who continues the tradition in Anneslie in his honor.

Additionally, Bill volunteered as an Assistant Scoutmaster to BSA Troop 999 in Forest Hill, was a member of Moose Lodge # 1952 in Forest Hill and American Legion Post # 39 in Bel Air, MD. In recent years, he worked as a part-time customer shuttle coordinator for Jones Junction in Fallston. He enjoyed taking his family on camping vacations and visiting with friends and family in Maryland and "up home", as he always referred to Mountain Top.

In addition to his wife of nearly 57 years, Bill is survived by sons Scott (Sue) of Towson, MD, Brian (Candice) of Gore, VA, Kevin (Julie) of Forest Hill, and daughter Tracy Bourdeau (Ray) of Joppa, MD. He is also remembered by his nine grandchildren - Caroline, Leah, Caitlyn, Ian, Colin, Jack, Liam, Erin, and Grace. Interment will be private, at the family plot in Albert Cemetery, Mountain Top, PA. A public celebration of Bill's life may be planned when CDC guidelines and conditions allow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Published in Baltimore Sun on Jan. 27, 2021.
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February 2, 2021
Sorry for your family’s loss. Bill was a great guy. Worked with him at Enterprise. We would drive to many locations together and just talk. Mr Bill will be missed.
Shaun
Coworker
February 2, 2021
So sorry to hear this all my prayers are with you at this tims
Pat lasoski
Classmate
February 1, 2021
I met Bill when I was hired in 1972. Bill was always smiling, in a good mood and always fun to work with at Xerox. We all missed Bill when he retired.
Condolences to his family.
Wayne F. Bertholdt
Coworker
January 31, 2021
Bill was a kind and caring man - to his family, friends, and through his outstanding 30-year volunteer contributions to the Forest Hill Recreation Council. What a great legacy he leaves with us. It was an honor to know Bill and to serve alongside him in the Rec. Council.
Art Rutledge, Past President Forest Hill Recreation Council.
Art Rutledge
Friend
January 29, 2021
Peggyjean and family. So sorry to hear of Bills passing. I always enjoyed his company at our Class reunions. Prayers to all Jayne Searfoss Haefele
Jayne Haefele
Friend
January 28, 2021
Peggy and Family,
My condolences to all of you at this difficult time. I met Bill through Xerox and worked with him for many years. We discovered that we had camping in common and would talk about going different places and enjoying the great outdoors. Bill was always a "gentle giant" and although I have not seen him in many years, he will be sorely missed.
Karen McGuire
Friend
January 26, 2021
My sympathy's go out to the McGovern Family. My family moved to the area in the summer of 2018."Mr. Bill" was always a friendly face. I enjoyed our chats about anything that was on his mind that day. My kids loved talking to him and he had already had a nick named our new born son. I did not know him very long, but just the little bit of time I had with him made an impact on on our lives. You will be missed.
Alex McDonald
Neighbor
January 26, 2021
My sympathys go out to the McGovern family.

My family moved to the neighborhood in the summer of 2018. "Mr. Bill" was always a friendly face. I enjoyed our chats about anything he had to say that day. My kids loved talking to him and he had already nick named our new born son "JR". I did not know him very long, but just the little bit of time my family and I had with him made an impact on our lives.
Alex McDonald
Neighbor
January 26, 2021
My heart goes out to the McGovern family.

Our family had just moved to the neighborhood in the summer of 2018. "Mr. Bill" was always pleasant to chat with. From his memories about the changes in the area, outdoor cats, and anything else on his mind I stopped and took it all in. We are all very saddened by this sudden loss of great life. He will be missed.
Alex McDonald
Neighbor
January 26, 2021
Although Bill and I were cousins, we always said we were more like brother and sister. We spent our summers on the Yeager family farm. I will miss him so much. He was the best of the best ,and truly made a difference in the lives of so many! My precious Peggy and family...I pray the love of family and friends will give you comfort, and the love of God will give you peace.
Paula Yeager Koscelnick
Classmate
January 25, 2021
Cousin Bill was always at the ready with a story and a smile. He will be sorely missed by all of his extended family and friends. Condolences to Peggy, their grown children and spouses, and the nine grandchildren. From a lone child beginning, Billy found his life-long mate and created an amazingly tight-knit family with an enduring legacy. Sincerely, John and Carolyn Wohlgemuth
JOHN WOHLGEMUTH
Family
January 25, 2021
A good neighbor and good friend.... Thanks for the memories, Bill!
Tom Steg
Friend
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