Gilbert F. McGovern, born January 27, 1943 passed on September 21, 2022 surrounded by his wife and children. Originally from Cleveland, raised in Conneaut, and resident of Westerville, Gil is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathleen, and his children Sean (Danielle Polemeni), Ryan, Megan Schmedes (Chris), Michael (Aly Early) as well as his sisters Mary Ellen Higley and Kathryn McGovern. He was the proud grandfather of Masey, Grayson, and Holden Schmedes and Dominic and Mary Polemeni-McGovern. He was predeceased by his father Lawrence, mother Mary, and brothers Laurence and Dennis.
Gil was a graduate of Conneaut High School Class of 1961 and Franklin University. He was president of Teen Town during his Conneaut youth. He was a Vietnam era veteran and owned a private accounting practice. He was a driving force in Central Ohio youth and high school soccer programs. He ended his long coaching career as head coach of the 1994 State Champion Westerville South Girls Soccer team. He loved Cleveland sports teams, baseball on the radio, cheap cigars, and Jameson whiskey. He could drive every corner of his beloved state and especially loved being by the water, whether it be Lake Erie or the Hoover Reservoir. He was a friend to many, and he will be missed by those he loved and those who loved him.
Calling hours will be held at Hill Funeral Home in Westerville on Tuesday, September 27 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Westerville at 11:00am on Wednesday, September 28 with a gathering before mass in the church parlor at 10:00am. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to your local Hospice.