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Roger J Govaert

April 10, 1968 - November 01, 2022


Obituary For Roger J Govaert

Roger Jan Govaert, 54, of Peabody, Mass died Tuesday, November 1st, 2022, of complications related to acute myeloid leukemia.

Roger was born in Stoneham, MA on April 10, 1968, the son of Hans and Elise Govaert-Smets of Peabody. He was respected as a leader in both his professional career as Head of Marketing Operations for Mettler-Toledo Inc. and in his military career as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Fitchburg State University and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from University of Phoenix AZ. As a veteran of the US Army, he completed two tours of duty in Iraq. He and his former wife Valerie had two daughters, Madison and Kaelen. His daughters were Roger’s pride and joy, his reason for being.

His ardent struggle with leukemia lasted for 18 months. Those near him would always say that he made the tough fight look easy. There were many people outside his family, doctors, work colleagues, and friends who stood by him. These are Roger’s own words, “I am immensely grateful to all of you, and you know who you are!”

Roger is survived by his daughters Madison and Kaelen, his mother Elise Govaert of Peabody, Mass and his brothers Fred and Steven Govaert and his wife Eileen. Also surviving are his nieces and nephews Serena, Riley, Reagan, Cormac, Casey, Grady, Megan and Brandon. He was preceded in death by his father Hans Govaert.

The family of Roger Govaert expresses their most sincere thanks to all who, in various forms, have given words, intentions and other forms of support, during this difficult time.

His Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 AM at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St, Peabody to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday from 5:00 until 8:00 PM. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Lake St, Peabody.

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  • 02/06/2023

    Roger, it was my honor to serve as one of your nurses but also to call you a friend. I enjoyed our Saturday morning visits, chatting about our families and sharing our many mutual love for things. I hope you are enjoying the wind on your face and the roar of the bike beneath you as I know that's what you are enjoying now. May you rest in peace and finally be free of cancer. You were a pleasure to know and I will treasure the laughs we shared. God Bless you my friend.

  • 11/07/2022

    Mrs. Govaert, Fred, Steven, Madison and Kaelen. My wife Cheryl and I want to express our deepest sympathy for Roger's passing. So many fond memories from teenage years spent with you all! Roger gave Cheryl and I comfort, strength and encouragement last winter with Cheryl's battle with AML. He graciously shared all he could to help us to understand the treatment process. He fought his battle with courage and dignity. We are forever grateful for his support. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  • 11/05/2022

    Roger will be remembered for his contributions to this world. Rest in peace.

  • 11/04/2022

    Going back to 1980, our group spent most of our teenage years together. Plenty of fun and laughs and trouble ensued. We laughed and cried and fought and played and had each other's backs through thick and thin. Roger and I saved each other's butts a good many times. I always admired his independence and strength. Spending time 🏕 nag with Roger and his parents and going to canabe lake together. Condolences to you all. Hopefully there is more to heaven than Resting in Peace. Have a blast up there Roger and we'll meet again one day.

  • 11/03/2022

    Unfortunately I did not work with Roger long enough and he was always forthright in helping and contributing to people in our industry. Even though we were competitors I had the utmost respect for Roger and always kidded with each other, but when it came doing the work he was incredibly diligent in every way. Roger you will be missed!

  • 11/03/2022

    Rest in Peace Roger! My deepest condolences to Roger's family. He will be remembered as a true friend and great colleague. - Vladimir Gorbis

  • 11/03/2022

    We are so sorry to hear of Roger's passing. There are no words at a time like this...please know that you are all in our prayers. God bless! Sincerest condolences, The Jordan family

  • 11/03/2022

    I met Roger when he was 19 yrs old at Fitchburg! A smart funny young guy! I remember when he turned 20 I made him a birthday cake! He was so sweet about it!! He was my BF's roomie and my friend. Rest In Peace and God bless! Much love, 🇺🇸❤️🇳🇱

  • 11/03/2022

    Rest in peace Roger. So many wonderful memories that I will cherish always. Sending love and comfort to all who knew and loved you.

  • 11/03/2022

    Words will never convey what a real friend Roger was. So I will just say Rest Easy Rog. See you on the other side

  • 11/03/2022

    Rest in Peace Roger! You fought a valiant fight! You deserve the Peace! Hugs, tante Jeannette

  • 11/03/2022

    Our leader, our friend and football brother, Roger, we miss you. You fought so hard, and we never gave up hope. 12 years of friendship, so many memories to hold tight. From supportive work discussions to tailgating shenanigans, thank you for the time together and all of your love for Casey, Trenton and me. Watching your amazing daughters grow up and shine, has been a privilege. We all shared so much and will continue to support Madison and Kaelen, as part of our family. 💓 Be at peace, our friend. 🙏 "A good friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have. "– Irish Proverb 🍀

  • 11/03/2022

    Roger I will miss you. You were always a wonderful friend. We will celebrate you and miss you always. Lisa Michaud

  • 11/03/2022

    Words can't express the sorrow I feel. The memories of the wonderful times spent with Roger will live forever. He was a great friend & wonderful human being! Love Ya Brother!

  • 11/03/2022

    Eileen, On behalf of all of us at LaTech Equipment, Salt Lake CIty, Corinne and I express our deepest sympathy on your loss of Roger. Having worked with Roger many years I can truly say how honored and privileged we all were know and work with him. He was the ultimate professional during work and a great friend to talk with while discussing very fast motorcycles, he rode much faster than me, I can certainly tell you that. There are no words we can offer that will help in this time but we just wanted you to know that we are holding you in our prayers and thoughts.


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    John and Laurie Scott sent America the Beautiful for Roger J Govaert - November 08, 2022

    Roger is forever in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this difficult time. Love, John and Laurie Scott

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    Jim Blake sent Garden of Memories for Roger J Govaert - November 08, 2022

    Deepest Sympathy from Roger's friends at Neponset Controls.

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    Toni Wolonsavich sent Serene Lily Basket for Roger J Govaert - November 07, 2022

    May Roger rest in eternal peace and may all of his loved ones find comfort in their lasting memories of him. With deepest sympathy, Toni Lucarini Wolonsavich

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    Amy Crowley sent Always Remembered Flower Wreath for Roger J Govaert - November 07, 2022

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Roger will forever remain an inspiration to our team. The Metter Toledo Family at Urdorf

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    Amy Crowley sent Patriotic Passion Wreath for Roger J Govaert - November 07, 2022

    "Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts." With love and affection from the Mettler Toledo Family

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    Tim Routs sent Stylish Garden for Roger J Govaert - November 06, 2022

    You'll be missed! The Smets Cousins

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