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John E Covell, 76 of Oxford NY passed away at his home on January 27, 2022. He was born on April 17, 1945, in Norwich, the son of the late Ralph and Marion (Crapser) Covell. On September 23, 1968, he married Linda Williams.
John is survived by his wife Linda, his daughter Karen, his grandchildren, Mark and Kelsey Drewniak. His sisters and brother Janet and Fran D'Angelo, Beverly Campbell, Linda and Robert (Mike) Grant, Larry and Diana Covell, Ellen and Jim Ross. Sisters and brothers-in-law, Doris Bush, Gerald and Eleanor Williams, Kathy and Danny Frayer and several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
He served in the US Army from 1965-1967. After being discharged he returned home to Oxford where he worked for a short time driving truck for the Milk Co-op. He then worked at Bartle's gas station in Oxford before starting a career with Reese Marshall Oil Company where he enjoyed talking and visiting with his customers while delivering fuel. In 2011, after driving a fuel oil truck for almost 40 years, John retired so he could spend more time with his family and his friends at the Fire Department.
John was a long-time member of the Oxford Fire Department; he was often called "Father John or Brother John." He held nearly every office in the ranks of the department (except chief) and helped to keep bingo running for many years as the bingo commissioner. John was also a long-time member of Fort Hill Post #376, American Legion.
John loved his family and took every opportunity to spend time with them. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow up and was frequently found at their school events, concerts, or games. For his birthday last year his only wish was to have a party with his family because COVID kept them apart for too long.
Arrangements will be entrusted to the Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main St., Oxford. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday February 1, from 6:00-8:00 PM with a memorial service at 8:00. The burial will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 AM in Riverview Cemetery, Oxford.
Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Oxford Fire Department or Oxford American Legion Post 376. Friends and family may share memories and condolences by visiting www.behefuneralhome.com
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