OBITUARY

Louis J Bova

September 7, 1929July 5, 2018
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Louis “Lou” Bova died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, in his home at Atria Assisted Living in Grapevine Texas at the age of 88. Lou is survived by his children, Rocco (Mimi) Bova of Keller and Anna Bova Vecomnskie of W. Babylon NY, His grandchildren, Kathryn (Jon) Wong, Daniel Bova, Richie Vecomnskie, Olivia Bova (Marcus Pittman, fiancé), and His great-grandson Angelo Vecomnskie. He is preceded in death by his parents Rocco Bova (1954) and Anna Bruno Bova (1963) and his beloved wife Maria Quinci Bova (2009), his sisters Rose Pellegrino and Madeline Pellegrino.

Lou was born on September 7, 1929 in Brooklyn NY to Rocco and Anna Bova. He married Maria his childhood sweetheart in 1952 and moved to an apartment above the family store named Rocco Bova’s, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Lou grew up in this store always working alongside his dad. Upon his dad’s death Lou, and Maria, continued to run the store with their children at their side. They were taught the skills that Lou knew all too well, how to run a successful business, make bread, pizzas, and of course all of the Italian recipes his family brought with them from Calabria Italy. Lou’s children remember him as a man who took care of his family, friends and community through kindness, fairness and of course food. Lou was a real friend to everyone he met. In 1964 he moved the family to Woodbury Long Island. He ran the family business until 1982 when he retired and moved to Palm Beach Florida. He lived there until Maria passed away. Shortly thereafter he moved to Texas to be closer to family. Lou was an active member of the National Guard stationed at Camp Drum in Watertown NY. He served for 11 years as a Master Sergeant in charge of his own kitchen. Lou was a very skilled chef and often shared his recipes with anyone who asked to give them a try. He was a great story teller and could captivate people for hours with his tales of Italian characters, and life, in New York City. His favorite entertainers were Dean Martin and Tony Bennett. During Happy Hours at Atria he could be found in front of a crowd entertaining his friends with song and dance.

A Viewing is scheduled for July 14, 2018, 1-4 pm at Bluebonnet Hill Funeral Home in Colleyville with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Lou’s life. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bluebonnethills.com

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:Mother Cabrini Mission Foundation in Remembrance of Louis Bova 222 East 19th Street Suite 5E New York, New York 10003

The family would like to thank all of the staff at Atria Assisted Living for their loving care, attention and dedication to Lou and to all of their residents; also the Staff at THPC, hospice, for their kindness and care these last few months. These very special people with this particular calling should always be respected and acknowledged, Thank You from the bottom of our hearts.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, July 14, 2018
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Louis J Bova

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Debbie Roberts

July 14, 2018

Dear Rocco, Mimi & family,
I am so glad that I got to spend time with Lou while working at Atria. He was always so sweet and kind to me and I loved hearing his stories. His spirit is definitely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Sending love & peace in the days to come,
Debbie

Pat Veitch

July 13, 2018

Dear Rocco, Anna, and family,
I am so sorry for your loss and am thinking of you all. Lou was one of a kind, and I’ll always think of him with much affection. He was such a kind person and was always so nice to me.

I’ll especially remember seeing him at Thanksgiving and Christmas in recent years. Lou’s stories about his life were always a highlight for me – he talked about running the store in Brooklyn, his life with Marie, his time in the service, the celebrities he knew, the fun he had. I especially loved how his face lit up when he shared these stories. He’d start speaking Italian and loved our reactions. These were really special times for me.

I also loved to see him at the Atria. It was clear that Lou was a good friend to so many there. Whether he was sharing cooking ideas with the chef or talking to his many friends, you could tell he was loved. He was full of life – dancing, singing, enjoying the entertainment and enjoying the people. I feel so lucky to have shared those holidays and special times with him, and I’ll miss him. I’m thinking of you all and sending my love. Rest in peace, Lou.
Love,
Pat

Karin Bellamore

July 12, 2018

I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Louis Bova, father of my beloved forever friend, Anna Vecomnskie. I have very fond memories of Mr. Bova. He was always very welcoming and gracious to me when I visited his home in Woodbury. I was always met with a smile, hardy welcome, a kiss and of course, a fantastic meal. My favorite being his lasagna! We had lots of fun and laughs over our favorite snack of lox, bagels and cream cheese. Mr. Bova, you were a very special part of my childhood and you will be missed!
Rest peacefully with our beloved Maria.

Laura Rutherford

July 11, 2018

I am the Engage Life Director here at Atria. Lou was voted our Valentine "King" by all his peers at one of our Valentine Sock Hops. He was a good sport and wore the crown the rest of the night. Lou was definitely the patriarch of our community. (Pictured here with the Sweetheart that year!) He lived here so many years and so you can imagine the lives he touched. Lou was also an Ambassador. He went out of his way to make new residents at Atria Grapevine feel comfortable. He could sing his heart out, and we especially loved it when he sang New York, New York. The last dance I had with him was to that very song. I loved coming back to work from lunch and being greeted by him, as he sat on the front porch enjoying the weather. You just cannot take moments like that for granted. We will never forget him! I will never forget him. What a treasure and what an amazingly loving family. God bless you all.

Vito Messina

July 11, 2018

Dear Anna and Rocco , I will always remember the vacations our family's took together in the 60 s, the boats our family's had the Vete Lou and the Mary Anna, the 2 boxer puppy's we bought together and named yours lady and ours tramp.Your father and mother were part of all of our family's lives together growing up and beyond. Your father and. mother are always in our hearts and prayers and never will be forgotten. My deepest of condolences,to you both and your family's. Your father is with Aunt Maria now . Love to you both Your cousin Vito R. Messina and family

Michael Scire

July 10, 2018

Rest in peace, Uncle Louie. I called this great man Uncle Louie, and I continue to do so with pride and love in my heart. He was simply one of the best! All growing up, he and Aunt Marie were a big part of the Scire household, as well as of my parents’ restaurant. It was not uncommon to walk in the kitchen at the Villa Scire and see Uncle Louie cooking with my dad. I recall the Bovas and the Scires sharing countless hours of laughter around the dinner table over great food and great stories. Those are memories I will cherish always. My heart goes out to Rocco, Anna, and the rest of the family. May your time of sorrow be comforted by wonderful memories. God bless you all.

With love and sympathy,
Michael Scire

Richard Scire

July 10, 2018

My dad, Ronald, was lucky enough to call Uncle Louie his best friend for 70 years and I was lucky enough to call him uncle for 43 of them. I still chuckle when I think of Uncle Louie talking like Donald Duck or pretending to speak Chinese. I have so many wonderful childhood memories of Uncle Louie cooking with my dad whether it was my parents' house or their restaurant. What I'll remember most was what an entertaining and funny storyteller he was and his dark tan and full head of hair. Cesar Romero had nothin' on him!

To all of Uncle Louie's family, especially Rocco and Anna, I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your dad with the world who loved him, especially the Scire Family. You lost a father and your children lost their grandpa, but heaven and you mom regained an angel. May all your treasured memories and love soon replace your sadness. God bless you all always.

Love, Richard Scire

Heather Macchietto

July 9, 2018

Lou was one of the 1st residents I met when I started at Atria Grapevine as Engage Life Director. He was the life of the Friday happy hours, and always wanted to make sure I had a good entertainer chosen...I could always tell if it was a hit—because he’d be up dancing! He was one of those who was the “heart” of that community and I know he will be missed by so many!

Felicetta Scire

July 9, 2018

I met Louie when my husband, Ronnie, got engaged. I knew from that day, aside from being Ronnie's best friend, he would be mine as well. He, and his wife, Marie, welcomed me into their lives. Each time we were together, there were so many laughs to go along with the good food.
Louie was a kind, loving, caring, man who always put his family and friends first. His sense of humor and friendship will be missed, but his memory will always live on.

Ronald A. Scire

July 9, 2018

I met Louie when I was 8 years old. I use to go into his store and buy food. Even though Louie was older then me, we hit it off with a lifelong friendship. When I opened my restaurant in Melville, NY,
Louie lived in the apartments behind our restaurant. He would come and help in the kitchen a few days a week. Each time, it was like old times. Playing jokes on each other, cooking the things we wanted to eat together, and just have fun. Even when Louie moved away, our friendship survived.
I spoke to Louie several times a month. Each time reminiscing about the old days. Louie was a true friend, who I will miss very much. It was my honor to have Louie as my best friend.
Rest in Peace dear friend.