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News - May 3, 2013

Local activist Jack Dove dies at 89

Services planned for May 25

by Jeb Bing

Memorial services will be held for Pleasanton community activist Jack Dove on May 25, on what would have been his 90th birthday. He was a former executive with the old Montgomery Ward department store company, and he died April 24 in his home at Ridge View Commons.

Mr. Dove served on city and civic commissions and committees after he and his late wife Polly moved here in 1986. He may be best remembered for his days sitting in the "adjunct" City Hall, a one room wooden building that long sat at the edge of Lions Wayside Park, where he and his close friend, the late Roger McLain, would meet with civic leaders and sometimes just those waiting for the bus to discuss municipal, state and national issues.

Over the years, Mr. Dove became a credible resource on Pleasanton politics and politicians, and he was welcomed in almost every office without an appointment, which he seldom made.

Born May 25, 1923, he met his future wife at the Aberdeen Proving Ground medical center in Maryland, where he was a soldier recovering from pneumonia. The couple moved to Bethlehem, Pa., where he completed his college degree in chemical engineering at Lehigh University.

His career took his family to Itasca and Olympia Fields, near Chicago; Louisville, Ky.; overseas to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England; and Danville, San Mateo, and Fullerton here in California. They lived in Alamo before moving to Pleasanton.

His memorial service will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 25, at Lynnewood Methodist Church in Pleasanton, where he was a member. He is survived by his daughter Suzanne Dove of Berkeley; sons Jay of San Diego and Bill of Carlsbad; and grandsons Christopher Altieri-Dove of Berkeley and Cameron Dove of Carlsbad.


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