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Obituary: Susan Elizabeth Barr Govoni

Published in The Cape Cod Times, May 20, 2015

SOUTH YARMOUTH – Susan Elizabeth Barr Govoni, of South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, has died of complications of ALS. She was 65 years old.

Born in Collingwood, Ontario, to the late John and Irene Barr, she graduated from Arthur District High School and the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.

Susan worked for 13 years at the Royal Bank of Canada until she met Dick Govoni on a blind date. After two years of commuting monthly between Leavenworth, Kansas and Toronto, Ontario, they decided to get married thinking marriage would be less expensive than the travel expenses. (It didn’t work out that way). Soon Dick was posted by the US Army to Hawaii; they stayed on in Hawaii after Dick’s retirement for a total of 17 years. Susan retired from Bank of Hawaii as a Senior Vice President.

Susan was the volunteer president of the Unit Board for the American Cancer Society and was the ACS Hawaii Pacific Volunteer of the Year in 2000.

Dick and Susan married in 1987 and honeymooned on the Orient Express; this was the start of a passion for train travel that spanned many years and four continents. Travel was an integral part of their marriage and, as planned, they both took early retirement in 2005. They travelled around France for three months to learn more about French wines before settling on Cape Cod in 2005.

Susan is survived by her darling husband, Richard, and by her brother Jim Barr, of Calgary, Alberta; his wife Renate and their children, Mark Barr and Kim Roy. She is also survived by sister (in law) Barbara Govoni, of Rockland; and in- laws Bob and Marge Govoni, of Springfield, VA.

Visiting Hours will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2015, from 5 -7 p.m., in the Hallett Funeral Home, 273 Station Ave, South Yarmouth, MA.

A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, May 27, at 10:00 a.m., in the Funeral Home. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, enjoy a good bottle of French wine in her memory.