Eric Mack Conova

Eric Mack Conova

January 22, 1950 – October 11, 2021

Eric Mack Conova of League City, Texas, formerly of Pitman, New Jersey, passed away on October 11, 2021 at UTMB Hospital in Galveston, Texas, at the age of 71.

Eric was born in Millville, New Jersey to Helen (Swain) and Santo Conova. He attended Millville Public Schools and graduated from Millville Senior High School in 1968. He played football, and later soccer, basketball, and tennis. During his senior year, he was part of the tennis team that went 17-0.

Eric graduated from Cumberland County College in Vineland, New Jersey, in 1970, where he played soccer and tennis. He continued his education at Glassboro State College (Rowan University) in Glassboro, New Jersey, and graduated in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. He played tennis while at Glassboro State. During his senior year, he played doubles with his lifelong friend, Greg Hammer, and they placed second in the New Jersey State Conference Doubles Finals.

Eric taught math at West Deptford High School in West Deptford, New Jersey, before changing career paths. Eric graduated from Burlington County Police Academy, Sea Girt, New Jersey, in July 1978. He began his police career in Franklin Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey, and later transferred to the Washington Township Police Department, also in Gloucester County. Eric was a traffic accident reconstructionist, and he retired as a Sergeant in 2001.

Eric was active in his community in and around Pitman, New Jersey. He coached mini-soccer and was treasurer of the Brookside Recreation Club, where he was an active parent and Head Timer for the Brookside Dolphins Swim Team. He was also very involved with the Pitman High School Swim and Dive Team for 8 years. After relocating to League City, Texas, in 2013, he became an active member of the League City Volunteers in Policing Program.

Eric loved his family deeply. Many hours were spent with his wife and children in Ocean City on the boardwalk and at the Brookside Swim Club. He could also be found at the Rowan Recreation Center, walking an outdoor track or around the neighborhood, at a gun range, and at many restaurants. His favorite of all was The Italian Affair, Glassboro, New Jersey, where he and his family were part of the restaurant’s own family.

Eric also loved watching old movies and television shows, and he enjoyed following the Eagles, Phillies, Texans, and Astros. He loved his granddogs with all his heart: Rusty, Alfie, Sperry, and Winnie. Since moving to Texas, Eric had taken piano lessons and enjoyed learning new music. He also loved lifting and walking the indoor track at The Fitness Center at South Shore Harbour, League City, Texas.

Eric is survived by his wife of 38 years, Donna; his daughter Lauren Grous (Alex) of Seabrook, Texas, and his son, Robert of Texas City, Texas, a niece, Susan Conova, of New York, and many relatives and friends from New Jersey to Florida and in Texas. He was predeceased by his older brother, John, of Vermont.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a tribute donation to either of the following charities:

 

 

  1. Donations to the  Miles Raymond Matthew trust for pediatric cancer should be sent to Kailua United Methodist church at 110 Kailua Rd., Kailua, HI 96734.  Donations should be made payable Kailua United Methodist Church Foundation. Donations should indicate in the memo line of the check or accompanied with a note that they are to be allocated to the Miles Raymond Matthew Trust. Alternatively you can make a donation by selecting the Miles Raymond Matthew Trust at the following link: https://kailua.churchcenter.com/giving

 

OR

 

  1. Lone Star Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso Rescue (LSSTLAR)

PO Box 7728

Houston, TX 77270

17 comments

  1. We are so very sorry for your loss. We really enjoyed knowing Eric. He was a great guy and loved his family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you through the coming day weeks ahead. ❤️🙏🙏

    Dori and Clint Lewis
  2. We are so saddened to hear of Eric’s passing. What a great guy. He will be truly missed. Condolences and prayers for all.

    Ed and Tina Giordano
  3. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Eric was one of the best people I have ever known. I feel fortunate that I got to work with him, and become friends with him. He was a gentle man, and a gentleman. I will miss him so much. The world is a better place for having had Eric in it.

    Colleen Tumelty-Mathis
  4. Eric was not only a great source of information, he was an all around great conversationalist. Sorely missed. Condolences. See you on the other side.

    Peter Bianchi
  5. Conova family my condolences to you for such a loss. Eric will be greatly missed. It was such a joy to be around him. He and I received our LCPD certificates CPA class of May 2015. When we had a gathering as VIPs, he would say hi Kid how are you doing!

    Maria Luisa Ornelas
  6. My Mom always enjoyed seeing you guys at Angelos in Glassboro. So many memories that I have of Eric are just happy and positive. A true gift to everyone he met!

    Joanne Bradley
  7. Eric’s Millville-connections will miss him greatly. Prayers are with his family. God Bless.

    L. Ann Rubino
  8. RIP my friend and brother.

    William T Smith
  9. As the grand father of Miles Raymond Matthew and a friend of Eric and the Canova family, we are truly honored to have Miles’s Trust chosen as a beneficiary.
    I’ve truly enjoyed some beverages, meals and conversations with Eric. At our last opportunity to share a meal my wife and I brought a ground turkey based main dish that Eric and Donna both raved about. When Donna found out it was turkey vs beef she said “Don’t Tell Eric” as he went back for additional helpings.
    Don

    Don Raymond
  10. My heartfelt sympathy for you and your family. I am so very sorry for your loss and will continue to keep you all in my prayers. I have missed all of you and always cherished the years that we had together. Eric’s “bigger than life” personality and his “big brother” ways will be so very missed. Take care of yourself and the beautiful family you two created.

    Chrissy Baker
  11. We all will miss him coming to the pharmacy and saying ,”hey kid “. He was so funny and kind . Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all.

    Kroger Pharmacy family

    Kathryn Larsen
  12. Donna, Lauren and Rob, please except my deepest sympathies for the untimely passing of Eric. Eric will be truly missed and is an Amazing person! May Gods peace be with you all. Continued prayers and Hugs to you.

    Virginia R Agruso
  13. Donna, I am so sad to hear of Eric’s passing. Thankfully you have your children nearby. God bless you, Barbara Mitcho

    Barbara Mitcho
  14. So sorry for your loss will miss talking with Eric at the gym god bless.

    Alan Stevenson
  15. Donna, Lauren,Alex and Rob, Please know that we are very sad about the untimely passing of Eric. I know we haven’t seen you guys in a few years, although we have been watching each other’s families grow through social media. Our deepest thoughts and prayers to you for strength during this time. Eric was a stand up guy to a fault and will always be thought of for that character trait. Gob Bless all of you and May Eric Rest easy now. 🙏🙏🙏 Dan,Maria and family

    Dan
  16. Heartfelt prayers for strength. I miss your husband, dad, grand-dog-father and overall great human.

    Paula Kolmar
  17. Donna, Lauren and Rob,
    We are shocked and saddened to hear of Eric’s passing. We remember him fondly from our days at Brookside, a good man indeed. We are so very sorry and we will keep all of you in our prayers.
    Sincerely,
    The Molle’ Family

    Betty and Joe Molle

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