In Memory of



Obituary for Donald Conover

Donald Conover of Vernon NJ passed away on Monday January 24, 2023, after reaching the age of 77 years old. After months of failing health, he died peacefully while listening to Peter, Paul, and Mary.

Don was born to Harvey and Gladys Conover and was the middle brother of the 3 children. He grew up in Lambertville NJ, where he enjoyed being outdoors and playing sports including winning a little league championship with a game winning bunt in 1955. Don went to and graduated from South Hunterdon, where he played on the conference championship baseball team of 1962. Don was drafted into the Army and was discharged after sustaining a volleyball injury in 1967. After the Army he worked at Johnson and Johnson where he met his ex-wife and many life-long friends. He later took a job at Becton Dickinson where he worked for 25 years. While Don would underplay his professional accomplishments, his loveable presence at the lunch table was undeniable. He was a dog lover and for many years could be found surrounded by the howling of Rocky or Rambo, his beloved beagles. Don was a collector at heart and was a regular at the local flea markets and yard sales often discovering hidden gems. One of his prized collections was his Duck Decoys. He met and befriended several carvers over the years from his travels to Chincoteague Island with his son and friends.

Don loved music and enjoyed going to see Willie Nelson and Peter, Paul, and Mary in concert when they were in town. Baseball was his one true sport. He loved to watch the Cubs and loved to play catch with his son and grandchildren. He coached too many teams to name, and was the president of the South Bound Brook little league. He also played softball for many years, including on the Johnson & Johnson softball team, the Over the Hill Gang softball team, and wrapping up his storied career on the BD softball team. He loved to be with family and was always up for a gathering of friends at the beach, the lake, a balloon festival or simply in the backyard. Some of his happiest moments were spent around the table with family at his sister’s house swapping stories and filling the room with laughter after a quick-witted comment. He also found great joy in gardening and his neighbors reaped the benefits of his green thumb as his yard was always beaming with beautiful flowers.

He was a great father, uncle, and grandpap, a good friend to all, and a man who would give his shirt for a friend.

As a father he was always looking to embark on experiences. He enjoyed taking his son and his friends camping and to the beach. He did the best he could to teach and guide them even if that sometimes ended in sun poisoning.

He is loved and will be missed by many!

He is preceded in death by parents Harvey and Gladys Conover and nephew Christopher Cadwallader. Don is survived by his ex-wife Christine Conover of Milleville DE, his Son, David Conover and his wife Jen Conover of Hoboken, 3 Grandchildren; Claire (12), Miles (10) & Kate (10), his sister and brother-in-law Margaret and Robert Cadwallader of Lambertville, NJ, their daughter and son in law Lynnsley and Frank Jameson, their children Kamryn, Christopher and Carter.

His Brother and sister-in-law James and Linda Conover, their children Brian Conover and Heather Tokash and their families which include a host of great nieces, nephews and other beloved friends and relatives; and beloved extended family.

Funeral service will be held Friday, January27 at 11:30am at the Garefino Funeral Home, 12 N. Franklin St. Lambertville, NJ. Visitation and viewing will be held from Friday from 10:00 am until the time of the service at the funeral home. We invite everyone to join us to celebrate his life at a lunch held at Lambertville Station Inn at 12:30 PM.

While flowers were one of Donald’s loves in life, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, ALS Association or a small donation to a local little league are encouraged.