Robert J. Covey, 53

Grocery store manager

November 12, 2007

Robert Jackson Covey Jr., a former grocery store cashier and manager, died Thursday from diabetes complications at Union Memorial Hospital. The Ocean City resident was 53.

Mr. Covey was born in Philadelphia and raised in Randallstown. He was an All-American football player at Randallstown High School, from which he graduated in 1972. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Frostburg State University in 1976.

Mr. Covey began his grocery store career at the Catonsville Super Fresh in the early 1980s. He moved to Ocean City in 1992, and worked as manager of the 94th Street Super Fresh until retiring in 2005.

He enjoyed cooking, and one year his chili recipe earned him top honors in an Ocean City cook-off, family members said. He was an avid fan of the Eagles football and Capitals ice hockey teams.

Services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Burrier-Queen Funeral Home, 1212 W. Old Liberty Road in Winfield.

Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Kathleen Covey-Kersey and Edward Kersey of Eldersburg; two brothers, James B. Covey of Finksburg and Thomas B. Covey of Catonsville; a sister, Sandra L. Hensley of Marriottsville; and three stepbrothers, William Kersey of Baltimore, Carlton Kersey of Columbus, Ohio, and Calvin Kersey of Proctorville, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

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