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Robert Kove

Robert Theodore Kove

Tuesday, May 8th, 1934 - Monday, January 27th, 2020
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Robert Theodore Kove, 85, of Sandy Spring, MD, died peacefully in his sleep on January 27th, 2020.
Bob was born on May 8, 1934 in Albany, NY to Theodore and Dorothy (Vani) Kove.
Bob was a loving husband and father. He gave Paula, his wife, total devotion and decades of cheerful companionship. He taught his daughters decency, integrity, perseverance, and optimism -- values that continue to shape who they are as people and mothers.
Bob graduated from Albany High School in 1952, where he was a standout athlete in baseball and football. Sports would continue to be an integral part of his life.
He graduated from Siena College in 1956 with a degree in chemistry. Upon graduation, Bob entered the Marine Officer Candidate School at Quantico, VA. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro (Santa Ana) CA until being honorably discharged as a first lieutenant in December 1959. He joined the 42nd Rifle Co USMCR in Pittsfield, MA and served until 1968, attaining a final rank of captain. He was grateful for the camaraderie and the enduring lessons in honor and perseverance.
Bob began work at Sprague Electric in 1960 in North Adams as a process engineer. He soon decided to switch careers and become a teacher. Bob graduated with a Masters in Education from North Adams State College and worked for 32 years as a respected and much-loved math teacher at Drury High School. Bob was a dedicated educator who never forgot a student's name.
He was involved outside of the classroom as well -- assisting the Drury track and baseball teams. Players still remember the high fungoes he would hit to the outfield – a skill he retained into his 70s.
It was in graduate school that he met Paula Murray. They wed in April 1963 at St. Francis Church. Paula and Bob settled in Clarksburg, MA where Bob designed and built the house in which they would live and raise their family for over 50 years.
In addition to his intellectual, athletic and carpentry skills, Robert was a talented amateur artist. When Bob retired from teaching, he enjoyed working at the Williams College Museum of Art.
Upon retirement, Bob and Paula traveled abroad. The most unusual and exciting journey was a trip with their daughter Jennifer to visit their daughter Pamela in Greece. The family traveled across the Pindus mountains in northwestern Greece to stay with cousins in the town of Korce, Albania. As the Cold War wound down, they had to traverse a checkpoint on the heavily guarded Albanian border. Being very proud of his Albanian heritage, Bob especially delighted in recounting that eventful trip.
Bob had a big heart and a love of storytelling. He genuinely liked people and enjoyed talking to anyone. He admired Frederic Remington’s art, Hank Williams’ songs, and good martinis.
He is survived by his wife Paula of Sandy Springs, MD, daughter Jennifer Rose and her husband Eric of Ashland, MA , daughter Pamela Maher and her husband Daniel of Ashton, MD, brother Tim of Albany, sister Cynthia Humphrey and her husband Steve of SC, sister-in-law Ruth Connors and her husband Daniel of Deep River, CT. He was predeceased by his parents, Theodore and Dorothy Kove of Albany, NY, and his sister Anita of Kingston, MA. He also leaves grandchildren Rebecca and Brian of Ashland, MA, and Jackson Robert and Mason Iris of Ashton, MD and nieces and nephews.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Memorial donations may be made to the AYJ Fund (
A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Bob Kove will be celebrated Friday February 7, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Burial with military honors will follow in Southview cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday Feb 6 from 4-7 PM at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 6th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, February 6th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals- West Chapel
    521 West Main St.
    North Adams, MA 01247
    NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247
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  • Service

    Friday, February 7th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, February 7th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church
    70 Marshall St.
    NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247
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    Rev. Dariusz Wudarski
  • Interment

    Southview Cemetery
    1075 South Church St.
    NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247
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Mimi Roy

Posted at 07:58pm
Dear Mrs. Kove and family,
Our deepest sympathy on Bob's passing. We have truly missed you both as neighbors since you left Clarksburg. You and Bob were our daughter Danielle's favorite teachers. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Deborah Peirce

Posted at 09:03am
Dear Mrs.Kove and family,
I was saddened to hear of Mr. Kove’s passing. I was lucky to have him as my home room teacher for all of my four years at Drury. I really enjoyed my time there . He was a great teacher and a wonderful person. I’ve missed our little chats at Big Y as well. May you find peace and comfort in knowing he touched so many lives. I will miss him, and always remember him with a smile. He was the best. Deborah (Campbell) Peirce.

Heidi Dugal

Posted at 04:43am
Mr. Kove rescued me in Algebra II with his kind heart and his teaching strategies that nurtured confidence. I also had him for German class where even when you didn’t know an answer he taught us to say it in German! A kind and compassionate educator. My thoughts are with you...he was a very special man.

Bob Scrivens

Posted at 10:04am
Bob was one of my favorite colleagues at Drury. He was always upbeat and was a great role model for his students--who included my wife, who became a teacher, in part, because of the positive influence of he and hide wife.
Bob Scrivens

Christine Hurley

Posted at 08:15am
I had Mr Kove my senior year for Trig. I had an awful time with Trig. He was so patient and helped me through it. This was in 1970 and I was the only girl in the class! We were in the temp trailers at the old Drury. He was a good man and a great teacher!

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