Richard Bova,76, of Williston, passed away on July 1. Mr. Bova is survived by his two children, Arlene Bova and Richard Bova Jr.; his four grandchildren, Jennifer, Kayla, Shane and Arlin; and his three great-grandchildren.

Richard was born on June 8, 1946, in Rhode Island. He moved to Florida in the early 1960s, where he met Melody Miller in Miami. Richard then moved to Williston in 1973 until he retired from his job in 2010. Richard worked as a welder/fabricator in Williston at the same job for over 30 years, where he had lots of friends. He saw the job change a fair number of hands. From Williston Welding, Driltechs, Tamrock and finally Sandvik. He was a hard worker and taught a lot of people how to weld.

After retiring 12 years ago, Richard enjoyed boating, the love of fishing and of course, being lazy. He loved to fish with Shane and little Joe, who both lived with him for a while. Richard also loved his son-in-law, Shawn Smitty, who took care of him when he was sick in the last year. They loved old cars and went to the shows a lot. Richard surely will be missed by many.

As you think of him, think of the winds on the water – where he will be.

Services for Richard will be held at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Williston on Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. The address is 17353 NE. Highway 27 Alt. Richard’s ashes will then be spread at Orange Hill Cemetery afterwards. The family is asking that folks bring a fishing lure with them to the service.

Please come as he remembers you.

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