On September 7, 2022, William E. Dove, IV, a beloved partner, father and grandfather, passed away. He was 85 years young.
“Bill” was born and raised in Birmingham, Michigan and graduated from Seaholm High School as class president, valedictorian, and member of the track and football teams. He earned his BBA (1955-1959) and MBA (1959-1960) from the University of Michigan, where he was a sprinter on the university’s track team. He was a lifelong Wolverine fan and would never, ever, wear the color green.
After serving in the Army, he embarked on a distinguished career in commercial banking in Detroit, Michigan. He married Marcia Dove and together they raised four children. Bill enjoyed golf, tennis and trips up to northern Michigan. He imparted his love of skiing to the entire family and spent much of his free time on the slopes from Boyne, Michigan to Aspen, Colorado.
In 1985, Bill moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to help turn around a struggling savings and loan, Twin City Federal, formerly known as TCF Bank (now known as Huntington Bank). His years as vice president of TCF Bank marked a high point in his career as he and his longtime colleagues grew the small savings and loan institution into a large regional bank serving seven states. He worked here until 2002, and then worked at Solutions of Florida, LLC.
After retiring to Florida, he enjoyed a fun-filled life. He enjoyed cruising his boat on the Florida coast, swimming and fishing in the Gulf and could often be seen flying around the neighborhood on his recumbent bike. It was there that he met his longtime partner and fiancé, Linda McKinley. Together they moved to Lake Martin, Alabama, and he enjoyed an active social life and their frequent travels. He discovered and shared a passion for building and renovating with Linda. After completing two homes, he and Linda moved to Fairhope, Alabama to build their dream retirement cottage.
Bill will be remembered by his many friends for his kindness, generosity, quick wit, jovial personality and his unending well-spring of knowledge and advice.
He is preceded in death by his daughter, Heather Dove, who passed away in 2021.
William is survived by his fiancé’, Linda McKinley of Fairhope, AL; children, William & Michelle Dove of North Oaks, MN, Katy Dove of Sarasota, FL, and Lisa & Richard Matheson of Nantucket, MA; his first wife, Marcia Dove of Sarasota, FL; grandchildren, Avery, Will, Michael Dove, of North Oaks, MN (children of William & Michelle Dove), Kaden Heggs of Sarasota, FL (child of Katy Dove) Tucker & Kassandra Matheson, Norwell, MA, Christopher Matheson, Brooklyn, NY, Jared Matheson of Nantucket ,MA (children of Lisa & Richard Matheson); great granddaughter, Sophia Matheson of Norwell, MA (daughter of Tucker and Kassandra Matheson); and siblings, Alysanne Burkhardt & John Dove.
There will be a celebration of his life on Friday, October 21, 2022 at 5:00 PM at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road in Daphne, AL. There will be a time of visitation before the service beginning at 4:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a heartfelt tribute in Bill’s memory to the American Heart Association at the link provided: https://ahatribute.funraise.org/fundraiser/william-e-dove-iv
Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.
Bill was a warm and generous man who lived life to the fullest. “Eat dessert first” was a favorite of his. I will treasure always my memories with him.
Bill and his family were wonderful friends to me and my family from the time we first met in the Army Reserve about 1963. We continued to stay in touch on a regular basis until shortly before his passing. I always knew Bill was an exceptionally bright and perceptive guy. Didn’t know he was high school valedictorian, as he never ever talked about himself.i will miss him as will my entire family.
Doctor Dove was a friend to everyone he met. He could sell even his adversaries a deal that would solve his and their problems and get thanked for it.
Never saw him turn going down a ski hill no matter how steep. He will be missed but I’ll bet he has a deal for god.
Bill was the dearest of friends of myself and Beverly for 70 years -beginning at Barnum Jr. High and Birmingham High School, Roommates at University of Michigan and then each other’s best man in 1959/60. Although our careers kept us far distances apart we stayed in close contact especially at our High Schools 1955 class reunions that were always special. Also Maize and Blue Football! Fortunately we again met for last time last Christmastime in Fairhope.. Heaven has just got even better and we know he was greeted by so many. RIP dear friend- May God bless until we meet again….
Bob and Bev Stahl