Edward Francis McGovern

May 19, 1930 - March 25, 2020 Avondale, PA | Age 89

Mr. Edward Francis “Ted” McGovern, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Linden Hall Nursing Home, Kennett Square, PA after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his wife Dorothy (Taylor) McGovern. Born on May 19, 1930 in Wilmington, DE he was the son of the late Edward J. and Julia (McTague) McGovern.

Mr. McGovern worked for State Farm Insurance Company for 30 years as an Agent, then an Agency Manager and finally as the corporate Director of Education and Training. Throughout his life, Mr. McGovern was also a professional musician, playing primarily the piano and guitar and as band leader of several bands, including the Beachcombers, the Blue Notes Quartet, The Notables and Ted McGovern Music.

In addition to his wife, Mr. McGovern is survived by his four children – Julie Balentine of Honey Brook, PA; Janet Herr (Brian) of Castle Rock, CO; John McGovern of Avondale, PA and Elaine Kelleher (Eric) of Avondale, PA; as well as 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will happen at a date to be determined. Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home. Please visit Mr. McGovern’s online memorial by going to www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com.


  1. Dear Dottie, John, Julie, Janet and Elaine,

    I am so very sorry to hear of Ted’s passing! He was a very good friend and we had many adventures together in the Notables Band. My Saxophone and I have been missing Ted for a while now and will continue to miss him greatly. My daughter opted not to tell me earlier due to my own health challenges at that time. Please know, with respect to the whole Bennett family, we loved Ted! He was a very special person. If we are quiet it is not difficult to hear the music which, we are sure, continues to flow in heavenly realms. Ted will always hold a special place in all of our hearts. We are so sorry for your family’s loss. May God be very near to you all and comfort you at this sad time.

    Richard Bennett and family.

    Richard A. Bennett | April 17, 2020 at 2:50 PM
  2. Dottie, Julie, Janet, John & Elaine, Gwen & I send you all our deepest, heartfelt condolences. Ted was like a Father to me in the beginning of my career in Agency—1970. He was always there for me with his professionalism and good, sound Fatherly guidance and Love. Gwen & I last saw he and Dottie a few years ago, shortly after Dottie got Ted his new baby grand piano. He even gave us a few performances, which we have on video. It was a magical, precious occasion. We Love Ted & Dottie. Gwen & Frank Staus

    Frank Staus | April 2, 2020 at 10:01 AM
  3. Our hearts & love go out to Dottie & her family. We will always remember the fun times with the McGoverns & the Blenders

    Barb & Bill | March 31, 2020 at 4:33 PM
  4. Dot, you and Ed were neighbors and good friends with my parents back in the Center St. days. I’m very sorry for you and your family’s loss.

    Diane (DiProspero) Brittingham | March 31, 2020 at 2:07 PM
  5. Sorry for your loss

    Mary McConnell | March 28, 2020 at 4:47 PM

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