Wil­liam F. Gover, elec­tri­cian and farmer

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Wil­liam F. Gover, a re­tired Beth­le­hem Steel Corp. worker and farmer, died of heart fail­ure

Sun­day at For­est Hill Health and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter in For­est

Hill. He was 91.

Wil­liam Fran­cis Gover, the son of Wil­liam Stan­ley Gover and his wife, Edna Ade­line Mad­dox Gover, was born, raised and lived his en­tire life on his fam­ily’s For­est Hill farm.

He was a 1944 grad­u­ate of Bel Air Col­ored High School and dur­ing World War II worked at Edgewood Ar­se­nal. Sub­se­quently, he he sold in­surance for the Mu­tual Ben­e­fit So­ci­ety, worked con­struc­tion and from 1975 to 1990, when he re­tired, worked as an elec­tri­cian’s as­sis­tant at Beth­le­hem Steel Corp.’s Spar­rows Point plant.

Dur­ing this time, he also op­er­ated his 15-acre farm where he sold eggs to Klein’s Su­per­mar­ket and to other cus­tomers in Bal­ti­more and the sur­round­ing coun­ties. He was an ac­tive mem­ber of the Mary­land Farm Bureau.

Adeeply re­li­gious man, Mr. Gover was a life­long mem­ber of Fairview African Methodist Epis­co­pal Church, where he ush­ered for 65 years, and was a mem­ber of the In­ter­de­nom­i­na­tional Church Ush­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Mary­land who hon­ored him in 2016 at their Usher’s Press­ing On ban­quet.

He was also a trustee and long­time trea­surer and a mem­ber of his church’s fi­nance and build­ing fund com­mit­tees.

Ac­tive in Ma­sonic af­fairs, Mr. Gover was a mem­ber of Deer Creek Lodge No. 103 and a life­time mem­ber of the Most Wor­ship­ful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the State of Mary­land where he had been sec­re­tary for more than three decades and had been lodge chap­lain.

Mr. Gover was an in­vet­er­ate trav­eler who looked for­ward to his an­nual trip to Har­bor­fest in Oswego, New York. He also liked to at­tend Broad­way shows and din­ner theaters.

He also at­tended Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s first in­au­gu­ral in 2009, fam­ily mem­bers said.

His wife of 43 years, the for­mer Marie Brown, a Har­ford County ad­min­is­tra­tor, died in 1992.

Funeral ser­vices will be held at his church, 2328 High Point Road, For­est Hill at 11 a.m. Thurs­day, Oct. 10.

Mr. Gover is sur­vived by a son, Brian Gover of Oswego, New York; two daugh­ters, Jean Gover of Edgewood and Carol Gover of Sil­ver Spring; a sis­ter, Edna Gover Ruff of Lau­rel: and many nieces and neph­ews.

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