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39 South Main Street
Mechanicville, NY 12118
Phone: (518) 664-4500
Fax: (518) 664-3046
David Bova

David J. Bova II

Friday, November 4th, 1977 - Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
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NEW YORK CITY - David J. Bova II, a Wig, Hair, and Make-up designer passed away suddenly on May 7, 2019, at the age of 41.

David is a 1996 graduate from Mechanicville and a 2000 graduate from SUNY Fredonia with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree with a focus in Theater. He has designed numerous shows, on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and National tour shows. His most current Broadway show is Be More Chill. He has also worked the last few summers as the Wig, Hair and Make-up designer for the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, NY. He was loved by all he has worked with, proven by the article about him on Broadway.com.

David will be loving remembered by his mother, Mary K. Bova, sister Katherine (Lisa) Bova-Beard, dearest Zev Mendelowitz, nieces Kylea, Kaitlyn, Kelsey, Nyssa, Crystal, Alyssa, and Kiera, as well as his nephews, Austin and Tyler, grandmothers, Mary Kochever, and Helen Garceau. He will also be remembered by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, who all loved him dearly. He is also predeceased by his father, David Bova, grandfathers, Eugene Bova and Omer Garceau, and grandmother Emma Bova.

There will be a celebration of life for David on Saturday, June 8th, at 1:00pm, at the American Legion POST 91, 427 South Main St, Mechanicville, NY 12118.

David was extremely passionate for the American Cancer Society as well as the Gay Men’s Health Crisis Organization (GMAC), so in lieu of flowers please donate to those causes.
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    Saturday, June 8th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, June 8th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Lt. Fred H. Clark American Legion, Post 91
    Address
    427 South Main Street
    Mechanicville, NY 12118
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    This will be a Celebration of David's Life reception

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Shaina Ehrlich

Posted at 05:21pm
My sweet Dave Bova. You were my star. Thank you for being the best mentor I could have asked for. I will make you proud of me. Xo Shaina
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Marcia Dodge

Posted at 11:40pm
Thank you for your artistry in bringing the many characters of RAGTIME to vivid life. I will always remember your joyful spirit under less-than-ideal circumstances--you were grace under fire, nonplussed, focused on doing your best work to serve the show. i'm sorry we didn't get to play together more often, but i am so grateful for your proteges, amber and cassie. journey on dear dave. so much love. marcia milgrom dodge
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With love from the Glimmerglass Festival Family
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Laura Salvaggio

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I arrived at Fredonia in 1997 excited about theatrical set design, but having been raised in a SUPER conservative family. Dave was an outgoing sophomore who already knew so much about who he was as a person. He shattered everything I'd ever been taught about "those crazy liberals" with his enthusiasm, joy and kindness. He also gave me the first lap dance I ever received. I teach theatrical design at Utica College nowadays and have often used his work as examples in my teaching. I will never forget the day I realized he was in the make up and wigs Wicked video that I still use as class content and got in touch with him and how tickled he was that he was recognized. In recent years, he was always willing to answer questions my students might funnel through me about hair and makeup curiosities. I am certain that there are so many people who were so much closer to him than I was, but I think there are also many people, exactly like myself, whose lives were changed for the better because of who he was. I know he will always hold a very special place in my heart, I will miss him dearly and I grieve this loss with you.
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