Harold Wayne Hovermale

September 18, 1932June 4, 2018

Harold Wayne Hovermale

September 18, 1932 – June 4, 2018 Retired school teacher from Washington County, Maryland Moved to the Colorado Springs area in 2016 as a resident at Brookdale Skyline. Passed away peacefully with his family at his side.

Wayne is survived by his sister Nancy Gillotti of Towson Maryland, his wife, Kathryn of 60 years; sons David Hovermale of Manassas VA), Jeffrey Hovermale of Colorado Springs (CO); Two grandchildren Taylor Hovermale of Front Royal (VA) and Morgan Hovermale of Colorado Springs (CO); Two great grandchildren Bella Hovermale and Jace Hovermale of Front Royal (VA).

Military Service: United States Army – two years. Wayne was born in Rohreresville, Maryland. Received a Master’s degree from James Madison in 1964. Received a BME degree from Shenandoah in 1954. He was a music teacher in Washington County, Maryland; Wayne taught music at Boonsboro Middle School for over 30 years. Volunteer work: a founding member of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra; and of the Washington County Maryland Arts Council; was an active member with the Potomac Playmakers of Hagerstown.

In 1989, Wayne and Kathryn Hovermale retired to Sarasota, Florida. Volunteer activities: The John and Mable Ringling Museum; Asolo Repertory Theater serving as ushers, docent, and tour guide.

Wayne’s contribution wherever he went was to support the cultural arts. He wanted to provide opportunities to his students in school to music, theater and participating in signing in the chorus.

Wayne wanted to help celebrate the cultural arts and help others to broaden their horizons to the arts and help bring joy and a smile to others. Wayne also grew food and flowers as a gardener, so enjoyed the companionship of dogs and traveling.

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If you would like to make a contribution in Wayne’s memory please consider: Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Hagerstown Maryland, Asolo Repertory Theater in Sarasota, Florida, or Denver Botanical Gardens, Denver, Colorado.


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Wanda Penwell Beard

June 10, 2018

I have fond memories of Mr. Hovermale's music and chorus class at the old Boonsboro Junior High in the '60's. I remember his humor and calling a few goof off's as "do do's"! Was a wonderfully talented pianist. Rest in peace Mr. Hovermale, and prayers and comfort to family.

Penny Barr

June 10, 2018

I had Mr. Hovermale as a music teacher. I graduated from BHS in 1987. He taught me how to use a guitar. I liked him. He will be missed. RIP. 😓

Molly Hovermale

June 9, 2018

I was honored to know Wayne for the last 29 years not only as my father-in-law, but as PopPop to my children. My children grew up spending the summers in Florida with him and Grammie going to Disney, the Oslo, the Ringling, and many other exciting trips and adventures. PopPop was an avid gardener, fabulous cook, and great story teller. He loved to read and never missed the daily crosswords! He and Grammie loved to travel and visited many wonderful countries and went on amazing cruises. I feel truly blessed to have been able to share all those amazing years with him and will miss him very much.

Della Newlin

June 9, 2018

I had Mr. Hovermale at BMS, I graduated from BHS in 1982. I have fond memories of Mr. Hovermale. When it came to music, he was very serious about it, he didn't like any student to be goofing off in class. But he could make you laugh when he wanted too. His long fingers showed he was born to play music, it is what he loved doing best. Mr. Hovermale will be deeply missed by all the students he taught in his 30 yrs at Boonsboro Middle School. God Bless you all. He is playing his music for the Lord now, and the Lord is lovely every tone he hits.

Shana Siponen Wolfe

June 8, 2018

Mr. Hovermale was an amazing inspiration to me and many others. I still love to accompany singers on the piano, although my hands will never achieve the 10th-12th reach he could! Chorus in junior high was the highlight of my early teens. I learned to actually sing harmony and had the delight of seeing Bernstein’s Mass at the Kennedy Center when it was almost brand new. I think the other show we saw was Jesus Christ Superstar—both are still in my recording and printed music collections to this day. I pray that Mr. Hovermale spends eternity while “sing(ing) God a simple song” like the haunting melody from Mass. God rest his soul and comfort his family.

Betty Whipp Snyder

June 8, 2018

Let there be music from the fruited plains,
Which yield to the toiler's hand.
Music from the azure skies,
Over a peaceful land.
Let us hear songs of men whose faith has grown,
Tall as the Indian corn.
Songs that breathe a fervent prayer,
For the land where they were born.

Countless BMS students can sing this song. Many were inspired to make music an important part of their lives because of Mr. Hovermale's influence. Thank you!

Kim Grove

June 7, 2018

So sorry to hear of Mr. Hovermale's passing. He was my Junior High Choir teacher in Boonsboro some 50 years ago and I still remember him as a great teacher and a very kind person who helped develop my love of singing. And the tricks we played on him, like hiding the piano.