Calvin J. Covany Sr., 78, maintenance supervisor

February 15, 2004

Calvin James Covany Sr., a retired electrician and former Middle River resident, died of heart failure Monday at his home in Rock Hall, where he had lived for 32 years. He was 78.

Born in Port Carbon, Pa., Mr. Covany graduated from high school there, and in 1944 enlisted in the Navy. During World War II he served as a fireman on the USS Halawa and the USS Wisconsin in the Pacific before being honorably discharged in 1946.

After the war, Mr. Covany worked for 16 years as a fireman for the Reading Railroad in Chester, Pa., and in 1962 moved to Baltimore, where he married the former Vernice Maryene Simmons.

He was an electrician at Hill Chase Steel in Baltimore for 10 years. In 1972, he moved to the Eastern Shore village of Rock Hall and became the superintendent of maintenance at the Magnolia Hall Nursing Home in Chestertown. He held the position for more than 20 years before retiring in the mid-1990s.

Mr. Covany enjoyed visiting his home in Bethany Beach, Del., and working in his yard. He also enjoyed traveling, cooking and spending time with his family.

He belonged to American Legion Post 228 in Rock Hall, where he was a member, and VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View, Del. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge 2645 in Ocean City, the Jephthah Lodge 222 AF & AM in Essex and was a 32-degree member of the Scottish Rite in Baltimore.

Services were held Friday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Debbie Thurman of Frankfort, Ky., and Debbie Nelson of Rock Hall; three sons, Calvin James Covany Jr. of Frankfort, Robbie Plato Sr. of Rock Hall and Mark Plato of Morrisville, N.C.; and 11 grandchildren.

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