MALTA - John P. Bove, 84, longtime restaurant owner and chef, died Saturday, Oct. 31st, at his home, in the loving company of his wife, after an extended illness.
Born in Troy, June 16, 1936, he was son of the late John R. and Mary Scerbo Bove.
John's pride and joy was his chic restaurant he operated and its only chef, the former My Way Cafe in Malta. for 27 years, closing in 2011. John idolized Frank Sinatra, his life, style and music, and created his Cafe as a tribute to "Old Blue Eyes". Photos, wall posters and music was exclusively Sinatra. His passion for cooking in the restaurant business lasted for 50 years. John had special recipes and dishes that were unique and popular. Years ago, he began baking dinner rolls in clay pots, and became a hit with loyal patrons.
A former president of Restaurants Owners Assoc., John enjoyed growing vegetables and flowers, using his yield at the Cafe. He didn't take lots of time away from business, but enjoyed his RV motor home, traveling about. Yearly, John would head a cooking fundraiser at Cape Cod's Provincetown, which many people looked forward to see and enjoy John's culinary creations.
Survivors include his wife and companion for 30 years, Susan Williams Bove, whom he married in 2005. Also a son Brian and wife Angie Bove of Tennessee and granddaughters Shea and Gianni, along with his canine companion Ziggy.
Private services being held at the convenience of family.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Community Hospice in respectful memory of John P. Bove.