Mr. Mayor Joseph Coviello

February 8, 1955January 13, 2021
Play Tribute Movie

Mayor Joe Coviello was born on February 8, 1955 in Glen Cove, NY. A man of great ability and even greater purpose, he always followed his heart. His dedication to his family and friends were anchored by his many accomplishments in athletics, business, and public service.

Joe graduated from Locust Valley High School in 1973. He was a three-sport athlete in Football, Baseball, and Basketball. He was a three-time All-County football and baseball player, inducted into his High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.

After his impressive High School career Joe went on to Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA graduating in 1977. Joe quarterbacked the Diplomats football team for four years. During that period, F&M was a dominant force winning 32 games and losing but 4. Individually, Joe was credited with many school and conference records. Coviello was team MVP twice, conference MVP twice, All ECAC in 1976 and All American in 1974. This impressive athletic performance culminated with his induction into the F&M Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988.

After relocating from NY to Cape Coral in 2000 Joe established himself as a pillar of the business community. He helped many small and medium sized businesses overcome fiscal challenges earning him many accolades for his performance. A testament to his work ethic and dedication to community, Joe still found time to coach Pop Warner and Cape Coral High School Football. In addition, he always attended and mentored his own sons during their athletic and academic careers. He left a positive and lasting impact on countless young people in the community.

Joe was also passionate about the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He served as President of the USMMA Florida Parents Association and Academy Liaison for many Congressmen for District 19. In addition, Mayor Joe was instrumental in the dedication of the Merchant Marine Memorial at Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Mayor Joe Coviello was elected in 2017 and served the residents of Cape Coral with professionalism, dignity, and respect. He leaves a legacy of steadfast devotion to duty and inclusive leadership. Joe had a kind heart and soul. His lasting and positive impact on his family and the city will be remembered. In his private life Joe enjoyed fishing, boating, cooking, and spending time with his family.

Joe was a dedicated family man and he will be forever loved and missed. He is survived by his beautiful wife Diane of 38 years, his two sons Ross and Alex, their wives Mareille and Lindsey, his sister Theresa, and brother Peter. Joe is preceded in death by his daughter Athena Hope, his parents Peter and Isabelle, and his brother Andrew.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 19th from 11:00am until the Funeral Services at 1:00pm at Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd S, Cape Coral. Burial will follow at Coral Ridge Cemetery, Cape Coral. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Joe Coviello may be made to Cape Coral Mayors Scholarship Fund or the Cape Coral Animal Shelter.

Please keep the Coviello family in your thoughts and prayers.


  • Isabelle, Mother (deceased)
  • Peter, Father (deceased)
  • Theresa, Sister
  • Andrew, Brother (deceased)
  • Peter, Brother
  • Diane Coviello, Wife
  • Ross Coviello (Mareille), Son
  • Alex Coviello (Lindsey), Son
  • Athena Hope, Daughter (deceased)


19 January


11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Cape Christian Fellowship

2110 Chiquita Blvd. S
Cape Coral, Florida 33991

19 January

Funeral Service

1:00 pm

Cape Christian Fellowship

2110 Chiquita Blvd S
Cape Coral, Florida 33991


Mr. Mayor Joseph Coviello

have a memory or condolence to add?

Jacquelin Collins

January 19, 2021

Joe was a great supporter of Oasis Charter Schools. He appreciated and respected our students, teachers, and the school’s community, and we felt the same about him. Once during the Shark football season our student’s were proud to give him a school spirit shirt that said, “We Are The City,” which Joe held up with pride. He also made sure to personally read each application for the annual Mayor’s Scholarship with the intention that each student in need, would be supported by their city. On a personal level, Joe was always approachable and good-spirited.
Thank you for all you did for our City and Oasis families, Mr. Mayor! You will be missed!

Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to Diane and the rest of the Coviello family.

Rest In Peace, Joe.

Jacquelin Collins Superintendent Oasis Charter Schools

Cheryl Mackowski

January 19, 2021

Diana and Family,

I had the honor of working with the Mayor for about a year in the Council Office. I respected and honored the passion he had for his family, staff and the residents of Cape Coral. His unexpected passing is truly a huge loss.

My sincere thoughts go out to you and your family during this difficult time.

Cheryl Mackowski

Lisa HAba

January 19, 2021

May god bless you all with strength today. Praying for your beautiful family. What a legacy Joe has left behind in all you.
Deepest Condolences,
Lisa & Frank Haba

Debbie Dinnegan(Greeter at door)

January 18, 2021

I was in the break room at work, and the sad news came across the t.v. I was shocked. May God protect & watch over you.
My heart felt sympathy & prayers are with you & your family.
God Bless
Debbie Dinnegan( Costco"s)

Joseph & Carol Staab

January 18, 2021

To Diane and family,
Our deepest sympathy to all of you. We were so saddened to hear the news.
Take care, Love, Joe and Carol Staab (California)

Jacque & Larry Wier

January 18, 2021

We are truly heartbroken for Diane, Ross and Alex. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.
Joe had a huge heart and passionately loved his family and community. Thank you for all your great leadership over Cape Coral. We lost an amazing man way too soon!
Cherishing our friendship and all the good times we shared forever ♥️

Lisa Riggin

January 17, 2021

My heart broke when I read the news. I ached for you. You two were the impedemtly of the perfect marriage! You both loved each other so much. When you were in shopping and would lose him you would holler Joe,Joe, Joe where are you..of course he was sitting patiently up front for you to finish your shopping. Two of my favorite people ❤ I'll always remember you and him shopping in HomeGoods together before and after he was Mayor. Wes and I enjoyed our visit with you two at Sam's at Christmas time he was so happy and so were you.
Love you ,Diane thinking of you and your boys and family at this very hard time.
Lisa Riggin

Pamela & Darryl Aubuchon

January 17, 2021

Mayor Joe was a remarkable man. One of honor, integrity, willingness and drive to make Cape Coral a better place for all. We are honored to call him our friend. Joe will be dearly missed, never forgotten. Thoughts, prayers and comforting blessings to the Coviello Family. ~ Pamela & Darryl Aubuchon

Rob Hernandez

January 17, 2021

Mayor Coviello cared deeply for the city and took his role seriously. I enjoyed our long conversations about making Cape Coral better for current and future residents. He ran a tight meeting, but outside of the meeting he was very approachable and open to new ideas.

To the family, you know how proud he was of all of you. He always lit up when he talked about football, Alex, Ross and the two monster dogs he loved to take care of.

Diane, you know he was crazy about you. I loved pressing him for the details of how you both met on the airplane flight.

He was a true family man and a great mayor.

We will all miss him. May he rest in peace.

Eloise Pennington

January 16, 2021

We were so saddened to hear about the passing of our beloved Mayor. He was a hero to us. Our sincere condolences to Diane, Ross, and Alex. May he Rest In Peace, until we meet again.
Eloise Pennington and Rose Theriot