Sad death of former Montrose man

Stephen Gove
Stephen Gove

A former Angus footballer, who had been living in New Zealand for the last 15 years, has sadly passed


Stephen Gove, known as Govey, formerly of Hillside, Montrose, died on Sunday (June 7) surrounded by his loved ones.

Mr Gove was born at Charleton Maternity Home Hillside, on November 6, 1959.

He was best known as a passionate footballer, playing for Brechin City and other local clubs.

He moved to New Zealand in 2000 with his family because he loved the outdoor life and the opportunities for his family.

He went on to play, then coach, teams - often outpacing players half his age!

He continued to play football right up until a month ago, when he was diagnosed with an aggressive, stage four cancer. He died aged 55 on Sunday, the day before his 36th wedding anniversary with wife Fiona.

All his family were around him when he passed, and he was cracking jokes and being his usual charismatic self, right up until his last breath.

The funeral will be held on Thursday, June 18 at 1 pm (NZT) at North Harbour Chapel, 185 Schapper Rock Road, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand.

For those unable to attend there will be a live webcast, details of which can be sought from the family by emailing

The family say Mr Gove was the soulmate and husband of Fiona Gove, hero and father to Kelvin, Daryl, Jordan and Lara Gove, beloved papa to Isla, Ariel and Sawyer Gove.

He was the eldest son of Clarence ‘Click’ Gove and the late Christine Gove, and brother to Rodney.