Oliver J. (Ollie) Conover, who is believed to have been 81 years old, passed away Sunday night, May 12, 2013; at Hope Hospice in Lehigh Acres. He was a strong and enthusiastic advocate for the Lehigh community.
He had served for several years as executive director of the Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce when the building was located on Joel Blvd. at the entrance to Lehigh.
He will be known for making the chamber of commerce in Lehigh Acres one that was recognized all over Southwest Florida.
A talented writer, he wrote endless letters to local and government officials to improve Lehigh Acres for all its residents.
As a board member of the Lehigh Community Service, Conover worked tirelessly on special events to generate income to help the needy.
"I believe he lead the life Winston Churchill was referring to when he said, '"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.' Ollie's very giving compassionate contributions and humor will be greatly missed. We loved him dearly, and shall miss him as will so many who have had the great fortune to have known him, said Theresa Goodlad, a member of the Chamber of Commerce who served on the board when Conover was president.
Conover was honored in 2009 following his retirement from The Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce when it held its 17th annual awards and installation gala at Pelican Preserve before an audience of almost 150 members and quests on Saturday evening.
A round robin of speakers roasted Oliver "Ollie" Conover who retired as executive director. He was celebrated for his colorful use of language and seven years of service to the Chamber. During his tenure he expanded the Chamber to more than 400 members and enhanced a wide range of services including Leadership Lehigh training.
Special gifts included a bottle of his favorite libation, a white rocking chair, and a gold watch.
It was announced that Congressman Connie Mack made a special tribute to Conover on the House floor on January 14 of 2009 noting his many years as a fundraiser for educational and cultural non-profit organizations, and national service in the Ordinance Corps, U.S. Army.
Although he declined a memorial service for his friends and business associates to celebrate his life and lasting legacy, he asked that friends contribute to Lehigh Community Service at 210 Plaza Drive, Suite 4.