Edmund Harvey McGovern Sr.,”Pop”, age 85, peacefully entered eternal Paradise to be with his Lord he so faithfully loved and served on August 1, 2018 surrounded by his family.
Edmund Harvey McGovern Sr.,”Pop”, age 85, peacefully entered eternal Paradise to be with his Lord he so faithfully loved and served on August 1, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born on February 23, 1933 in Canton, Ohio, one of 3 brothers. He joined the United States Army at age 16. After 3 years of service in the Army he joined the United States Marine Corps.
On July 29th, 1955 he married Barbara Sue Schreffler in Brookville, Indiana. Together they had 3 children and shared a life full of adventure and travel as a military family.
During his career with the United States Marine Corps he proudly served and fought for his country in Germany, Korea, Okinawa, Vietnam, Cuba, and was stationed in many other places around the world. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Marines never left him and he had great respect for his fellow service men and women. After 25 years of devoted service he retired from USMC Air Station Cherry Point in 1972.
In 1973 with lots of hard work and extreme dedication, he opened Tryon Palace Seafood in downtown New Bern; it still remains in operation today by the McGovern family. He enjoyed fishing with his children, grandchildren and friends, especially aboard the Carolina Princess. Thousands of pages could fill books on the adventures and experiences he had on the waters of eastern North Carolina.
Ed had an unwavering faith in God and love for Jesus Christ. He was very involved in the community and had an uncanny ability to help others in a deep and genuine way. Through his community involvement he developed many special relationships with individuals and Churches in town and especially cherished his friendships with Bishop Jackson of Biblical House of God and Reverend Moore of St. John Missionary Baptist in New Bern.
He joined Oak Grove United Methodist Church in 1977 and was a faithful member of Oak Grove United Methodist Men. He was also a member of the Havelock Masonic Lodge #688, Scottish Rite, York Rite and Shriners in New Bern.
Ed was a special man, a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, leader and friend. His family will always hold close fond memories of times with Pop. He never forgot to tell them, “God bless you”. He shared a special bond with his dog Bella who passed in April and greeted him at Heaven’s gate. Ed will be deeply missed as he was a one-of-a-kind man with a genuine and honest heart. His family finds peace knowing he loved and faithfully served the Lord, believed in Jesus Christ and that they will be reunited one day together again in God’s Kingdom.
He is lovingly survived by his wife of 63 years Barbara McGovern; his brothers Bill McGovern of Ohio & Jim McGovern of Florida; his children Edmund McGovern Jr. and wife Patty of New Bern, Robert McGovern Sr. and wife Kathleen of Harlowe and Kathee Owens and husband Tim of Brodhead, Kentucky; his grandchildren April Visser and husband Joe, Sean Cartwright and wife Rebecca, Robert McGovern Jr. and wife Katrina, Edmund McGovern III and wife Laura, Jennifer McGovern, Jessica McGovern, Kaitlyn Martin and husband Matt; his great-grandchildren Jacob, Hailey, Melanie, Natalie, Nathan, Joshua, Kaylee, Blythe, Cooper, Charlotte and Cole; his nephews Billy and Eric McGovern of Ohio as well as many nieces and nephews and loved ones in the community.
The family wishes to thank the physicians and nurses that lovingly cared for Ed, especially Dr. Paul Healy and Dr. Matthew Levine.
The family will receive friends at Pollock Best Funeral Home in New Bern on Sunday, August 5th from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral services will be held at Oak Grove United Methodist Church on Adams Creek Road in Havelock Monday, August 6th at 2:00pm with Reverend Rochele Bailey, Reverend Neal Salter and Reverend Bill McGovern officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Oak Grove United Methodist Men, Oak Grove UMC, 3070 Adams Creek Rd, Havelock NC 28532.
Online condolences may be directed to www.pollockbest.com.