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William J. "Bill" Bova, Jr.
May 29, 1943 ~ December 8, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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North Augusta, SC.......William Bova (“Bill”) died peacefully at home in North Augusta, South Carolina on December 8, 2023. He was born on May 29, 1943 in Port Chester, New York, to William Joseph Bova, Sr. and Janet Haviland Plant. The oldest of five siblings, Bill grew up in New York and Connecticut, attending Fairfield Prep high school and eventually the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. He graduated from the Academy in 1965, and served tours in the merchant fleet, supporting commercial and military shipping. It was there he developed a love for travel and the sea, stopping in many ports of call over his maritime career.
After his stint in the merchant marines Bill began a career at Mobil Oil holding a variety of sales and supervisory roles over a 29-year career. As an international manager of sales, his work took him around the world again, from northern Africa to Europe, the Middle East to China, and the Far East. He was based from wherever Mobil had its headquarters, including St. Louis, Chicago, Dallas, New York City, and Fairfax, Virginia. Along the way he had and raised two sons, Bill (III) born in 1972 and John born in 1979. He retired in 1996 to enjoy the fruits of his labors with his wife, Mary Ellen ("Chris") Stanton. In 2004, Bill and Chris moved to the Mount Vintage residential and golf community in North Augusta, South Carolina.
Bill was a devoted father, husband, and dog owner. He enjoyed golf – so much that he and Chris retired to a home overlooking scenic hole no. 2 of Mount Vintage Golf Club – and was proud of the “hole in one” he recorded on June 5, 1994, on hole no. 8, a par 3 measuring 135 yards, at Marlborough Country Club in Maryland, displaying the ball on a custom plaque in his home office. He was also an artist, drawing and painting from a very early age. He enjoyed using ink, oils, and watercolors, and had his art displayed at home and in local galleries. He continued to travel with his family, spending time in Italy, playing golf in Scotland, England, and Ireland with his wife, and later with his sons in Central America during John’s time in the Peace Corps. Chris and Bill also adopted two lovely Bichon Frise pups, named M.E. and B.J., and he enjoyed their companionship until the end. M.E. crossed the rainbow bridge in 2021, and B.J. continues onward in life at 17 1/2 years old, providing Chris invaluable emotional support for the last two years.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Chris, and his two sons Bill and John of Austin, Texas; his granddaughter by Bill, Eleanor; his sisters Janet Stapleton and Lisa D’Alton, and his brother Taylor Bova along with their families, including many nieces and nephews; his close cousin Bob Bova and his family; along with many other extended family members. He is predeceased by his parents and his brother Greg Bova.
The family plans a celebration of life with friends in the Mount Vintage residential and golf community in early January, and private celebrations with family in the northeast in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and Foundation (AAF) are requested in his memory