Dover, John R., 88, passed away peacefully, Nov. 26. He was the son of the late Giles L. Dover and Lena (Thogmorton) Dover. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 57 years, Florence (Urann) Dover.
Originally from Millburn, NJ, John studied at Dartmouth College during World War II and enlisted in the Marine Corps V-12 program there. He was a Second Lieutenant at Camp Lejeune, later promoted to Captain in the Marine Reserves. He graduated Dartmouth in 1946 and worked at Amstar Corporation, eventually becoming Vice President of the Raw Sugar Department.
John lived in Summit, NJ and later New Vernon, NJ. He was an avid gardener, tennis player, genealogist, photographer, and clock collector. A member of Copper Springs Club and the Summit Tennis Club, he played tennis into his seventies. In his retirement, he designed a vacation home on Gull Pond in the Adirondacks, where he was president of the Gull Pond Association.
John was predeceased by his brother Pliny and sister Mary Jane Lott. He is survived by his four children, Catherine Stetson (Robert) of Needham, MA, John Dover (Virginia) of North Hampton, NH, Laurie Searl (Duncan) of Berne, NY, and Sarah Russo (Henry) of Green Village, NJ; eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at Bradley, Brough, and Dangler Funeral Home, 309 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ, Saturday, Nov. 30, 4-8 p.m. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m., Green Village United Methodist Church, 500 Spring Valley Rd., Green Village, NJ. Burial will be at St. Stephen’s Cemetery in Millburn, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake, NY 12986.