Bernard A.
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Gloucester - Bernard A. "Pete" Sova, 77, of Gloucester, husband of Phyllis A. (Tolman) Sova, passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2019, at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, on January 17, 1942, son of the late Clayton R "Dunk" and Marilyn (Bean) Sova. Pete was a graduate of Gloucester High School, class of 1960, after which he worked full-time at the family business, Modern Heat. As a longstanding member of the Cape Ann Contractors Association he forged many long-lasting business relationships and friendships across all trades on Cape Ann; builders, manufacturers, engineers, architects and all facets of the local fishing industry. He held many technical licenses and certifications. He loved learning and attended many night classes at Wentworth Technical Institute, North Shore Community College and MIT. After his father retired he purchased the family business, continuing to engineer and manufacture products that impacted businesses globally.
During his tenure as president of the Chargers Youth Program, Pete was one of the founders of the Fishermen Youth Soccer Program. He enjoyed many friendships from the West Gloucester Youth program. This close group of friends was affectionately known as "The Dips." He enjoyed golfing, traveling, and ski weekends at Sugarloaf with family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Pete is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 58 years, Phyllis; two daughters, Jacqueline Misuraca, Michelle Tallgrass, and her husband Matthew; two sons, Christopher, Jean Claude and his wife Fe; six grandchildren, Lawrence and Elizabeth Misuraca, Jack and Zoe Tallgrass, Isabelle and Gabrielle Sova; two sisters, Barbara and her husband Joe Virgilio and Ellen and her husband George Sibley; three brothers, Clayton R. Sova Jr. and his wife Irene, Timothy Sova and his wife Robin, Michael Sova and his wife Maria; son-in-law, Larry Misuraca; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Rochelle Prendergast.

In keeping with his wishes, there will not be any formal services. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, to be announced. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Lahey Health at Home, 600 Cummings Center, Suite 270X, Beverly, MA 01915. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA. For online condolences, please visit
Published on December 16, 2019


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Linda (Crippen) Cocotas
Dec 26, 2019
Dear Phyllis. So sorry to hear of Pete's passing. Pam called to tell me (I don't get the paper). Sally and I were trying for a plan to come and visit you about a week prior to his passing. I wish we had but we knew how busy you were. We do hope to see you sometime in the future. Life is precious and getting shorter. We love you and you were the best sister-in-law I ever had. Condolences to you and the family. Love Linda and the "Wheeler's Point gang". Rest in peace Pete. I remember you.
Paul Bagley
Dec 23, 2019
I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Pete and I go all the way back to grade school. I often stopped by his shop and we talked often. I will mill him a lot.
Sheila Roberts Orlando
Dec 18, 2019
Condolences to the Sova family. Pete was a wonderful man who stood with my Dad, Maurice, in times of need. He will never be forgotten.
Dick Rollins
Dec 17, 2019
I've known Pete for better than 40 years and he was always a true gentleman. I was in the charger youth program and went to many great times to Maine to ski and to Conn. for fun times. Pete and his father Dunk were the two who taught me to ski. Dances with all the different youth groups were always great. You deserve peace now seeing all you have been through in the last 20 years or so. Pete, I will miss you dearly.
Andy and Eleanor Bertolino
Dec 16, 2019
Our condolences to you Phyllis and your family. Pete was a very special person and a good friend. Our prayers are with you.
Robert Rose
Dec 16, 2019
My deepest sympathies to Pete's family, and my heart brakes for you Phil's, if there's is anything I can do for you please call me (617 852 2389).I feel terrible that didn't get down to see Pete, but I know he is in God's arms now.
Whenever I hear thunder I know him and Jack are doing something mischievous to Judy! Heaven with never be the same again!
Rich Oliver
Dec 16, 2019
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Robert parsons wimpy
Dec 16, 2019
Any time you need something Peter would be there to help out I will miss you Peter a great friend