April 25, 2017


Arnold Gover

Arnold Glenn Robert Gover, 76, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on Feb. 6, 1937 in Williston, the son of Roy B. and Isabelle (Snide) Gover. He was a hard worker and, over the years, he worked as a butcher in the Burlington area, a machinist, over the road truck driver, and at the time of his retirement he was driving for the Sears Company. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding snowmobiles and motorcycles, and spending time outdoors. He loved going to his special place, his camp in Ripton.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ives of Royalton; his ex-wife Marie Gover of New York; two daughters, Arnelda Gover of Williston, and Cheryl Rawson and her husband, Rick, of North Carolina; six sons, Robert Gover and his wife, Yanella, of Queensbury, N.Y., Scott Gover and his fiancée, Pam Murray of Hinesburg, Roy Gover of Williston, and Arnold Gover II, Anthony Gover and Adam Gover, all of Royalton; two sisters, Arlene Dextray and her husband, Leo of Haydenville, Mass., and Ann Shepard and her husband, Lynn, of Williston; a brother, Gary Rocque and his wife, Carol of Williston; three sisters-in-law, Sue Rocque, Hazel Winter and Ruth Gover; nine grandchildren, Christopher, Dillon, Ben, Jessica, Jonathan, Emily, Katelyn, Gabe and Michael; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by four brothers, Amyer “Sonny” Gover, Gerald Gover, Alvin Gover, and Bruce Rocque; and a special cousin, George Snide.

At his request, there will be no public funeral service and the burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gover Family, 4157 Vt. Rte. 14, Royalton, Vt. 05068.

Arrangements are under he direction of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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