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OBITUARY

William Joseph Cover

March 3, 1933September 6, 2019
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William Joseph Cover, 86, of Millsboro, DE, formerly of Baltimore, MD passed away at his home September 6th, 2019. Born on March 3rd, 1933 in Remington, MD, was the son of the late John S. Cover and Mary E. (O’Brien) Cover. Loving brother of Sandra L. and her husband Jimmie L. Sowder and the late John F. “Jack” and his wife the late Shirley M. Cover. Survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Shirley J. Cover (nee Herndon) and three children; Debra Ann, and her husband Raymond, Gary William, and his wife Vicki, and Darin Gregory and his wife Lisa. Grandfather of Keri, Rusty, Lindsey, Courtney, G.W., C.J., Trey, Ryan, Darin Jr. and Colin. Great Grandfather of Ryan, Chloe, Connor, Bradley, Cas, Brydan, Tripp, Nolan, Thomas and Jack.

Bill served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He worked for The Baltimore Gas and Electric Company for over 25 years. After retirement, Bill loved fishing and crabbing the waters of Delaware and Maryland’s eastern shores. He also enjoyed rooting for the Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens. Bill enjoyed the company of his Bulldogs; Maggie, Jiggs, Bubba and Rosie.

The family would like to thank VITAS Heathcare of Delaware for their loving care and support of Bill during his struggle with Parkinson’s over the past year.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather at the Burgee Henss Seitz Funeral Home, Inc., on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm & 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, where Celebration of Life Services will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 11:00 am.

Interment Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

Please omit flowers, the family requests donations be sent to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at

Donation Processing:

The Michael J. Fox Foundation P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Memories

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Jack Cover

September 8, 2019

Very sad to hear of Uncle Bill's passing. Many fond memories of family vacations on Kent Island and fishing trips he took us on. I remember how reserved and laid back he was and how much he enjoyed fishing, crabbing, boats and being out on the water. And, yes, there was that friendly crabbing competition. Uncle Bill and Grandpap in one boat and his brother Jack (my Dad) and Pop (my Mom's Dad) in the other boat. Memories of long tables filled with large steamed crabs and lots of colorful family members drinking lots of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. On one crabbing trip I remember being in the bow of the boat with Uncle Bill dipping and my father running the motor. Yes it was taboo to miss dipping a keeper crab coming up on the trot line. I remember looking down and seeing a large crab coming up but dropping off. Well Uncle Bill was determined to get that crab and went deep....way deep with the net to go after it. So deep that the upper half of his body was completely underwater. After a minute or so my father realized that brother Bill was stuck in this underwater position and needed help to get back in the boat. He grabbed his belt and yanked him back in. Uncle Bill was soaking wet and unfortunately the big crab had gotten away. And yes I was on the ill fated, nighttime toboggan ride with Uncle Bill shouting "'lean to left." Seemed like no matter what we did the toboggan would only steer to the right, eventually crashing head-on into one of the hill's light poles. Afterwards I have a clear memory of everyone standing in front of my father's basement workbench watching him glue and clamp that major crack down the toboggan's middle. It's funny what you remember from your childhood. I will always have fond memories of family times and adventures with Uncle Bill. May he rest in peace.

Jack (nephew)

Lisa Cover

September 7, 2019

Remembering what a wonderful man you were. A loving husband, father and grandfather. We will always cherish the memories we have of you. Like spending time with you down the ocean. The boys going out on the boat fishing with you. Sitting on the porch just talking to you and Ms. Shirley. Hanging out in the kitchen laughing or just sitting on the couch watching TV. All those little moments will be in our hearts forever. Thank you for the memories. ❤

Laurek Krizek

September 7, 2019

Mr Bill and I share both a son (Gary, my son-in -law ) and grand sons and great grand Sons.. Who will miss him dearly..

Family of great fisherman...picture of son Gary and grandson Trey

Jeff Cover

September 7, 2019

We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Bill. Our condolences to Aunt Shirley, Debbie, Gary, Darin, their spouses and the literally dozens of grandkids and great grandkids. What a tremendous legacy to leave behind so many children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren! The Cover/O’Brien genes will be floating around the universe for an eternity.
Uncle Bill was such a kind and gentle man. He was definitely the laid-back brother of the two. I have wonderful childhood memories of extended family vacations on Cox Creek…trotlining with my Dad (Jack) and Uncle Bill as they had that very real and vocal competition going on about not missing any of the crabs coming up on the line when it was your turn to dip. In addition, we all marveled at how skinny little Grandpap could drink so much beer in one week of vacation!
My favorite story about him was sledding on a snowy hill somewhere in Baltimore many, many years ago. Uncle Bill had just gotten an expensive wooden toboggan that he was quite proud of. Since there is no steering mechanism on a toboggan, he had briefed his team that they had to shift their body weight to guide the sled. They started down the hill on what I believe was the maiden-voyage and they immediately started to veer off course to the right. All that you could hear in the darkness was Uncle Bill yelling, “lean to the left, lean to the left…”, as the sled continued downhill drifting to the right. Eventually, they hit a tree and although there were no serious injuries, the toboggan didn’t fare as well and was cracked down the middle. For many years that followed my Dad would torment Uncle Bill by yelling “lean to the left” when he saw him.
Godspeed Uncle Bill on your continuing journey to the next life. You leave behind many memories and wonderful stories that will be told for many, many years.
- Jeff Cover (nephew)

Biography

William Joseph Cover, 86, of Millsboro, DE, formerly of Baltimore, MD passed away at his home September 6th, 2019. Born on March 3rd, 1933 in Remington, MD, was the son of the late John S. Cover and Mary E. (O’Brien) Cover. Loving brother of Sandra L. and her husband Jimmie L. Sowder and the late John F. “Jack” and his wife the late Shirley M. Cover. Survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Shirley J. Cover (nee Herndon) and three children; Debra Ann, and her husband Raymond, Gary William, and his wife Vicki, and Darin Gregory and his wife Lisa. Grandfather of Keri, Rusty, Lindsey, Courtney, G.W., C.J., Trey, Ryan, Darin Jr. and Colin. Great Grandfather of Ryan, Chloe, Connor, Bradley, Cas, Brydan, Tripp, Nolan, Thomas and Jack.

Bill served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He worked for The Baltimore Gas and Electric Company for over 25 years. After retirement, Bill loved fishing and crabbing the waters of Delaware and Maryland’s eastern shores. He also enjoyed rooting for the Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens. Bill enjoyed the company of his Bulldogs; Maggie, Jiggs, Bubba and Rosie.

The family would like to thank VITAS Heathcare of Delaware for their loving care and support of Bill during his struggle with Parkinson’s over the past year.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather at the Burgee Henss Seitz Funeral Home, Inc., on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm & 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, where Celebration of Life Services will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 11:00 am.

Interment Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

Please omit flowers, the family requests donations be sent to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at

Donation Processing:

The Michael J. Fox Foundation
P.O. Box 5014
Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014