John R. "Sonny" Conover Jr., 81, died on Feb. 12 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.
Sonny lived on the 42-acre family farm in a 200-year old farmhouse for most of his life. As a youngster he lived with his siblings and parents, John R. Conover, Sr. and Helen Csaranko Conover, enjoying the outdoors and open space. As a young man he worked with his Uncle Paul Csaranko, who was a roofer, and joined the Roofers Union in Perth Amboy (now #4 in Newark). After a number of years, he formed his own business with his co-worker Joe, C&S Roofing, and worked until his early sixties when they sold the business after which he worked as a consultant for the next 10 years. He then retired and devoted his full-time attention to the family farm, maintaining the property and pursuing his hobby of restoring tractors. He would express on many occasions that he could not be away from his home for any length of time for he would miss the sky, air, the stars, and the openness of his childhood home. He was a neighbor to several boyhood friends, Bobby and Ray, who spent their retirement years supporting the local community (i.e., volunteering at The Ten Mile Run Cemetery).
Sonny was married to Mary Ann O'Keefe Conover who predeceased him in 2013. He will be greatly missed by his loving companion, Eleanor Yurish. Surviving Sonny are his two children, Catherine Conover and Robert Conover (Marisol), and his grandchildren Justin (Trish), Amanda, Emily, and Hailey. He will be deeply missed by his younger brother, Eugene Paul Conover (Cheryl), and younger sisters Mary Ann Conover Jensen (Peter) and Barbara Jean Conover Gross, his nieces and nephews, Melissa Porcelli (Joey), Amy Pascal (Joe), Matthew, Elizabeth, and Paul Jensen, and Christopher Gross, and great nieces and nephew, Olivia, Sasha, and Jordan.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Sonny's memory to The Ten Mile Run Cemetery Association, 40 Old Georgetown Road, Princeton, NJ, 08540.
A memorial visitation will be on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9pm at M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, 616 Ridge Rd. at New Rd Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852. A memorial visitation will be on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at 10 am followed by a memorial service at the funeral home.