December 18, 2003-
Philip Bove, Decorated Vet And H.B. Resident, Dies
December 18, 2003
Philip Bove, a decorated Marine veteran who won both the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam, died Saturday of a heart attack. He was 55 years old.
Bove, who lived on 99th Street in old Howard Beach, was attending the Howard Beach Motorboat Club’s annual Christmas party when he suffered the heart attack. The paramedics were immediately called and arrived within five minutes, but Bove was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bove, a lifelong resident of south Queens grew up in Ozone Park and was retired from the Department of Sanitation. Mike Falco, who was a childhood friend of Bove’s and who served with him in Vietnam, said he was “extremely well-liked” and remembered him as especially generous.
“He would really go out of his way to help anyone however he could. He was just a great guy. This is just a shock,” he said.
Falco was at the party when Bove walked across the room and collapsed. Bove, who was shot in Vietnam, had previous heart problems but his death was still unexpected.
Services were held at the Cassese Funeral Home in Ozone Park earlier this week. Bove is survived by his wife of 30 years, Carmela, and three daughters.