TOPSFIELD — Mr. Alcot Haynes Stover, born in Newburyport to Olga (Haynes) and Ernest Stover on April 7, 1924. He was a 1942 graduate of Hampton Academy and High School, where he excelled in athletics, being outstanding in football, basketball and baseball. After serving in World War II, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.
His service during the war was as a B-17 bomber pilot with the 15th Air Force, stationed in Foggia, Italy. He attained the rank of 1st Lt. in the Air Force, and was awarded the Purple Heart, the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, and was recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross.
After receiving his degree from New Hampshire in 1949, he worked as an Engineer for Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna, N.Y., for several years. In 1955 he accepted a position with General Electric Co., and for 31 years he worked in the Aircraft Engine Group in Lynn, where he received a Distinguished Service Award upon retirement in 1986.
He was a member of the Congregational Church of Topsfield, and the Budleigh Lodge A.F.& A.M. During his working years he coached several basketball and baseball teams with the Topsfield Athletic Society. He was an avid gardener and a “would be” farmer, and one who took great pride in projects he did with his hands, such as woodworking. He was a true renaissance man; he had five hives of bees, and made delicious honey; raised pigs two or three years; tapped all the maple trees on their property, and made marvelous maple syrup; and early on built (with the aid of his sons) a wonderful stable for his wife to have a horse. He and his wife, Laura, had great fun backpacking and climbing all the mountains over 4000 feet in New Hampshire; driving their truck camper to Alaska over the Yukon Trail, when it was a dirt road; and, in later years, traveled all over the country in their motor home, spending winters in Arizona and Florida.