November 13, 1916 – April 8, 2018
Peter Dove, of New City, passed away peacefully on April 8, 2018 surrounded by his family at the very young age of 101 years old. Pete, who is referred to as “Pop” by so many, was born in Harlem, NY on November 13, 1916 to Florence (Biondi) and Peter Dove Sr. He attended P.S. 5 in Manhattan before starting work at a very young age. Born during WWI, and growing up during The Great Depression, he spent his childhood years with his cherished brothers Frank, Raymond, and Arthur. Like so many others at that time, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII, making him part of the Greatest Generation. He was always so proud to tell you that he served on the USS Los Angeles where he would meet so many great sailors of his time. Some who became lifetime friends. Pete had an unbelievable passion for automobiles. He spent a lifetime as a mechanic and used car dealer out of Inwood, NY. To this day so many people will say they got their 1st car from him. He really was a genius when it came to taking apart and putting an engine back together. He often worked at no charge because it was what he loved to do. He moved to New City in 1965 and became a member of the American Legion in Pearl River and loved spending time with the Knights of Columbus in Congers. Although he only attended one game in his entire life, he was an avid Yankees fan since the days of Babe Ruth to Derek Jeter, living thru all 27 World Series. He will be forever remembered for his unbelievable physical strength and movie star good looks. He is survived by his wife Joanne (Keenan) Dove of 49 years. Her love, strength and perseverance made the last few years even possible and Pete was truly blessed to have her by his side. He leaves behind his loving children, Peter and Alexa Dove, Linea Dove and Ginny Amadi, Michael and Theresa Dove, Joanne (Dove) and Thomas Babington, Gene and Colleen Dove, and Kerry (Dove) and Philip Badala. He is finally reunited with his adored son Bobby who passed away in 2007. He was so fortunate to have known all 11 of his grandchildren as well as his 4 great grandchildren. Who could ask for more than that? He had so many favorite “sayings”, but the one we all remember was whenever we would head out the door he would say, “You got everything?” If you look back at his life, the longevity, the beautiful wife, the loving children, the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and asked him the same question, we all know his answer would be a resounding, “Yes, I got everything!” The family would like to thank all the MD’s, nurses and care takers at Good Samaritan Hospital as well as A & T Healthcare who were so amazing in caring for our husband, father and grandfather. A special thank you to Dr. Yacov Tendler who gave Pete a clean bill of health for the last 35 years, and to his amazement, never once prescribed a medication. The family will receive visitors on Wednesday April 11th at Michael J. Higgins Funeral Home in New City from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. A mass will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi in West Nyack on Thursday, April 12th at 10am.
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