Jason Courtney Stover father, engineer, tech junkie, 80s music lover, buffalo wing connoisseur, football fanatic, and accomplished home mechanic, died on Sunday, August 27th, 2023.
Jason was a jack-of-all trades and knew something about everything and read avidly. If he didn’t know and you gave him 10 minutes on the internet, he would usually fill the gap and return with a full summary. Jason grew up between Maine and Massachusetts, son of Elaine and Jerrold Stover and had one sister, Susanne. He was active in Boy Scouts which he enjoyed and was a sharp kid who excelled in math. He held down a paper route for many years and got into personal computers in their early days. In the beginning, he was self- taught in both the hardware and software and with a little luck, probably could have been the real-life version of the movie Wargames.
Jason attended UMASS-Amherst for engineering, and he married his college sweetheart, Jennifer Connolly, a biology student. Married for 26 years, they had a daughter, Sean, 23 with whom Jason shared his love of spicy foods, virgin Bloody Mary’s, 80s movies and anything with vinegar. Soon after came a son, Aidan, 18. Aidan and Jason shared a passion for football and strategy games including Risk, Axis and Allies and Supreme Commander which Jason maintained Aidan was better at by the age of six than he ever had been. Jason took pride in furnishing both kids with tool sets at an early age. They rolled their eyes at the time but later these proved to be rather useful, especially when Sean got her own apartment in college and could no longer request help from Dad. Jason loved trinkets and gadget toys and kept both kids amply supplied, gathering things over the year for Christmas.
Jason was a kid at heart and brought that energy to his activities. He dedicated time to coaching Lego engineering programs and sports when his kids were younger and relished helping others learn by doing. He wasn’t one who liked standing around listening to too many directions and he applied that preference when it was his turn to be the teacher. He was extremely proud of Sean’s interest and talents in art and showed it off every chance he could. He loved being involved in football when Aidan was grade school age.
He was a dog lover and allowed Jen to transform him into a committed dog dad, but he liked to acknowledge that she was the “pack leader”. He enjoyed the antics of the dogs along with the
family and was funny and creative in giving them nicknames and personas that went along with their personalities. He had a life-long love affair with grilling, specifically steak tips always with potato and salad and he also regularly cooked “macaroni and broccoli” in a garlic lemon broth which he ate from serving bowls without complaint because the soup bowls “just weren’t big enough”. In summer months, he enjoyed the occasional lobster which Aidan dubbed “crabsters’ at a young age.
Jason continued with this nickname to Aidan’s embarrassment for the rest of his life. He introduced seafood to Sean and Aidan, cooking them expertly and dutifully added steamers to the menu once Sean decided she liked those. He excelled at gardening and did his best to explain to Jen why it wasn’t “stupid that the lettuce was ready a month before the tomatoes”. He never succeeded. He was religious about his basic landscaping and could be counted on to start cutting the lawn at 8am because Jen wouldn’t let him start earlier. He fixed just about everything on his numerous cars and became a walking encyclopedia on BMW engines after years of time put in although he did retire from some tasks like brake jobs as he got older. Jason loved anything with an engine especially if he could take it for a ride and relished time driving his motorcycle, boat, dirt bike, snowmobile and jet skis and conscientiously cared for each machine as needed.
As a computer design engineer, Jason started his career at Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering, Gloucester, MA and was integral in developing and implementing BGEs Digisonic IBC (internal bubble cooling) System in the mid 1990s. Installing that system in factories gave him a lot of experience in field application and from there, he transitioned into the semiconductor industry where he first worked as a Field Application Engineer. In this role, he loved consulting with many engineers on their project engineering challenges and the fact that he never had to write a user manual again suited him perfectly. Most recently, with ST Microelectronics, Jason worked as Product Marketing Engineer where he enabled the placement of ST components in many products including diabetes monitors, Keurig coffee makers and i-Robot vacuum products. Being a gadget lover, Jason was thrilled to be offered a commercial grade Keurig to beta test in his home during this role, luckily, he had reached a level of maturity that prompted him to check with Jen..... she said ‘No, we have enough toys” and he accepted that.
Jason took fashion cues from no one. His signature every day look was a T-shirt and cargo shorts in the summer and jeans with that T-shirt under a flannel in the winter. Often joked with about his classic “Dad-ish” look from his children, he cleaned up well and enjoyed dressing up for dinners out and formal nights on the family’s vacations. It never bothered him to put on a tie, and he made dressing up a fun activity for his children calling it “Getting Spiffy”. He had a particular fondness for T-shirts and never parted with one to our knowledge but that has provided Aidan with a unique clothing history of Hard Rocks, NFL logos and any bar or restaurant Jason enjoyed on a vacation.
Jason loved his family’s vacations and usually they were to warm places to suit Jen’s wishes. The family enjoyed the nightly dinners in the cruise ship or resort dining room and although Aidan was a bit young to partake, Jason took pride in Sean’s willingness to try new foods and would order anything himself if she wasn’t sure just so she could just try it.
While Jason may no longer be with us in person, his legacy of love and sacrifice will continue to live on in the hearts of his family and friends. He leaves behind cherished memories and a lasting impact that will be remembered. We invite you to join us in celebrating Jason’s life and the love he shared. He will be dearly missed but never forgotten.
Visitation will be held at the Conte - Giamberardino Funeral Home, 14 Pleasant Street, Georgetown, MA 01833 on Tuesday, September 5th at 11 AM, followed by a short service at 12:30. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the American Cancer Society.