OBITUARY

Thomas "Tom" Angelo Bove

November 3, 1931March 28, 2021

On Sunday March 28th 2021, Thomas Angelo Bove, loving husband and father of four, passed away peacefully at the age of 89, with loved ones by his side. Born on November 3rd 1931 in Cincinnati, OH. A devoted family man throughout his life – he was lovingly known as Tom to his wife and his brothers, Dad to his four children, and Grandpa to his eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren

He married his one and only sweetheart Janice at the tender age of 20, and remained loyally her husband for 69 years. They met in the Los Angeles area in 1950, where they lived and raised their family for 27 years. They retired in Frazier Park, CA and lived there for 7 years, before finally settling down in Grants Pass, OR for the remainder of his life.

Tom was always an admirable hard worker - honorably serving our country in the Army during the Korean War, then followed up by a commendable 27-year career with the Los Angeles Department of Water providing maintenance at the Saugus Power Plant. He retired in 1988.

The embodiment of a man’s man – Thomas was masculine, humble, original, honest, adventurous, passionate, humorous, and lived his life to the absolute fullest. A proud yet simple man who loved his family, nature, staying fit, motorcycles, small witty jokes, and a good ole’ Cowboy Western. His childhood heroes were Gene Autry and Tom Mix. He truly enjoyed being a woodsman – whether it was cutting his own firewood, camping, hiking to the top of Mount Whitney 4 times (which is the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States with an elevation of 14,505 feet), or always calling a sleeping bag his bed - he had a deep passion for the outdoors and the tranquility it provided him. Thomas is survived by his wife Janice; children Martin, Teresa, Ronald, and Carol; his two brothers Francis and James; and his grandchildren Joshua, Tony, Ryan, Jessica, Joey, Tamara, Shalisha, and Nathan.

Services

20 April

Rosary

11:00 am

St. Anne Catholic Church


Grants Pass, Oregon

20 April

Catholic Funeral Mass

11:30 am

St. Anne Catholic Church


Grants Pass, OR

Memories

Thomas "Tom" Angelo Bove

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Tony Bove

April 16, 2021

[This if for Grandpa, because he was always an animal lover]

Toto, the dog that Grandma and Grandpa inherited a few years ago, has been a true blessing to come into both of their lives, especially Grandpa’s in his final years.

Toto brought great joy into his everyday life, and it was a gift that I got to witness it, both in person and in video calls. It was both heartfelt and humorous to see them interact, especially when he would call her “Toto the Cat”, it would really crack me and Filomena up.

Towards the end it was a challenge for him to keep up with most things, but never with Toto. He would always light up with joy and vigor, calling her name boastfully whenever he saw her; and they were inseparable always, with her usually resting on his lap. Even when we were in the car for almost 12 hours during a long (but fun) day trip to Crater Lake and the Tri-Cities (to see a Christmas Parade this past December), he always wanted her in his lap, and she in his. They were each other’s comfort blanket, both at ease and peace when together. It truly was an adorable sight to see.

So please keep Toto in your thoughts as well - because like us all, she also lost someone who she dearly loved, and will miss.

Tony Bove

April 16, 2021

Post about Toto the dog above

Tony Bove

April 16, 2021

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Filomena Bove

April 14, 2021

I didn’t grow up with a grandpa figure but if I had, I would want him to be just like Tom. He was such a sweet guy and always made me laugh whether intentional or not.
I consider my husband, Tony, to be so lucky to have such wonderful grandparents.! I feel like I’ve known them for as long as I’ve known Tony because when we first met, he had a picture of them on his refrigerator. When I asked who this was a picture of, he was proud to say “my grandma and grandpa” and right after that he said “ look at his hair! I hope my hair looks like that when I’m his age!”
Even though he may not have Tom’s super thick black hair, he does have other things in common with him that were instilled by him such as his love of the outdoors and nature, love for animals, being active, and staying in shape to name a few.
I am so glad I had the honor to meet them and spend quality time with them through the years.
One of the most recent times spent with them was a day trip to Cater Lake this past December, when this pic was taken. I was very surprised that Tom insisted on braving the cold weather in shorts to walk with us to get a glimpse of the lake... what a man!!
I will miss Tom dearly. May he Rest In Peace!

Barry Jones

April 13, 2021

What can you say about a man who was so humble, peaceful and content? How strongly he influenced all of us. Would he have ever guessed how much? I'm not a son or daughter but I carry lasting memories always. I can't imagine what Janice, Marty, Terry, Ron, or Carol feel. Must be 1000 fold. People like Tom come along rarely.
So what was it like in the eyes of a kid in the 60s hanging around? It was awesome. Whether it was going camping and Tom riding the little Honda up the grapevine behind us. Seemed like a huge bike then. And hiking in Kernville or Springville with stories around the campfire about Ron and a chopped Harley, walking down the train tracks to the Superette, the Mexican mass at night, swimming in the round pool out back, him sleeping on the porch in his sleeping bag and mat, oxygen-acetylene balloon bombs on the 4th, the old Chevy sedan, the pickup truck rides to Venice beach and my favorite, taking us kids to see Easy Rider in the Valley in the summer of 69. I remember the line went around the building. But mostly I remember being at Ron's and Tom would come home on the Honda 350, go in the garage and close the door partly down for his workout and later on show us kids some brazing with the torch or tell some jokes. I remember a bee flew up his nose on the way home once and he was swollen in the face. He always had that deep voice, squint, gleam in his eye and smile while twisting his mustache. And Ron and Marty asking him what he did in the military to which he said "i was a jeep driver." Always humble.
Why do I remember him so much? Because he gave us gifts. Not just an appreciation of Marty Robbins and Tom Mix, but of being content in life and love of nature. Men like Tom come around far too infrequently. With the politics, contempt and separation of the day we could use more like Tom. Many more. So I feel bad for younger people who didn't know him and won't know of the life and gifts he gave us all. For those i am forever grateful.

Tony Bove

April 13, 2021

This is a pic from my 1st birthday in June 1981 with grandpa and dad, in their backyard at Saugus. I don’t remember anything from this day, but I look very happy. And when my wife Filomena recently saw this picture for the first time, she said “wow your grandpa was a hunk!”. He really was, and it came so natural to him.

Tony Bove

April 10, 2021

Here is a lovely sympathy card that we received from my wife Filomena’s family (cousin Mike Re). The Discolade Carmelite Nuns of St. Louis will be including grandpa in their prayers. We thank Mike and their family for this beautiful card and gesture.

Shirley Jones

April 9, 2021

Ever since I met Brian in 1999, he had stories, great stories about the trips and adventures he had with the Bove family in his growing years. These adventures and the times spent with Mr. Bove, Tom, made a great impact on Brian as he grew up. I believe Tom was the influence that gave Brian his love of motorcycles, camping, nature, manly activities, animals, both wild and domestic that stay with him even now. He learned so much from Tom and Janice. That included the times, in the middle of an adventure, Tom would take all the young ones to church, where ever they were. It was important to him, so he passed that to the kids who were with him then.
We were so glad to be able to reconnect with Tom and Janice this last couple of years. Janice and Tom have been blessed with 69 years of love and loving relationship with each other that anyone who knows them can envy. Tom was a kind, gentle man who cherished Janice his entire life. He is going to leave a hole in our lives.

Tony Bove

April 9, 2021

I also remember Grandpa always eating whole onions lol, and Tabasco sauce....I actually think I saw him eat a whole onion WITH Tabasco sauce on it before too! Wowsers - he was one of a kind! He used to like things super spicy, but then another fond memory was how impressed he was with how spicy my mother liked her food too. (he was never easily impressed)

He also introduced me to protein powder when I was a child, and gave me my first dumbell. My interest in fitness and exercise began with him.

Tony Bove

April 9, 2021

I am loving reading all of the old memories that have been posted so far. PLEASE keep them coming!! Brian you'll have to give me the details about the "logging truck" story. :-)

FROM THE FAMILY