OBITUARY

Ed Covney

May 6, 1948March 28, 2021
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Edward “Ed” Covney was born in Buffalo, NY on May 6th, 1948. He grew up in Lancaster, NY along with three sisters and two brothers and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1966.

Ed enlisted in the United States Navy in 1967 and married the love of his life (Linda) in June 1968. Ed’s first enlisted training school was at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, CO where he and Linda moved in June 1968 to begin their life together. Ed’s enlisted training took him to Norfolk, VA, where he and Linda welcomed their daughter Michelle in 1970, and to Great Lakes, IL where they welcomed their son, Jason, in 1971.

Ed entered the NESEP (Navy Enlisted Scientific Program) in 1972, and moved to Oxford, OH for his education at Miami University. Ed and Linda welcomed their son James in 1974, and Ed graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Miami in 1976, becoming a Commissioned Officer.

Ed served as a navigator on the U.S.S. Pensacola out of Norfolk, VA from 1977-1980. In 1985, Ed was transferred to Colorado Springs, CO as a Systems Analyst for NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command). Ed was the 2nd employee of the United States Space Command. Colorado was Ed and Linda’s first stop in their Navy journey, and ultimately became their home after their seventh move together! Ed retired as a Lieutenant Commander in August 1988.

Ed spent his 30+ year “retirement” as a computer analyst in his home. All his children and grandchildren live within 60 miles. Ed is survived by his loving (doting) wife Linda, his daughter Michelle (Jason and grandkids Cole and Macy), son Jason (Nicole and grandkids Grace, Garrett, and Jayce), and his son James (Laurie and grandkids Ava and Mia).

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private service will be held at Pikes Peak National Cemetery. A Celebration of Life for Ed will be held at Michelle and Jay's home on May 6, 2021 starting at 3:00PM. Please contact Michelle or Linda for details.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ed Covney’s name to Pikes Peak Hospice at pikespeakhospice.org.

Services

  • Graveside Service with Military Honors

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

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Donny Coram

May 7, 2021

I’m so sorry, I missed the funeral. I would like to say that Ed and Linda always treated my family like family. We loved the backyard bbq’s with kids. Thanks for welcoming us.

Your family has always been fun, and positive. Ed will be very missed. And my sincerest condolences to Linda. And thank you for the never ending support throughout the years.

Lastly, to Michelle, Cole, Macy, and Jay. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Michelle, you have always been an incredible friend to me and the girls. I can never thank you enough, and I’m so sorry for your loss.

We’ll be praying for your family during this difficult time.

With love,

Donny, Laura, Isabella, Olivia, and Alexandra Coram

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Biography

Ed Covney was blessed with an abundance of leadership qualities. It would be accurate to say this man was an outstanding luminary and that his natural abilities served him well. He knew with certainty how he wanted to set priorities in all aspects of his life. He struck those who knew him as the kind of person who awoke in the morning with a clear sense of exactly what he expected from his day and how to set about accomplishing those goals.
His parents were Edward and Rosemary. Ed was also extremely close to Linda's parents, Kathy and Pete Knaus. He was honest and straightforward, traits that reinforced his self-confidence. Ed had two older sisters, Pat and Roey, one younger sister, Donna, and two younger brothers, Mike and Brian. He had fond memories of all of his family.
Ed liked to see things executed properly and showed a skill for taking control of situations that were drifting out of control. At the same time, he was willing to experiment with different approaches as he worked on a plan toward a solution. As a young boy, he took part in baseball, football, and track. Ed's memorable achievements included holding many track records at St. Mary's High School. In his spare time, he liked to read the dictionary and encyclopedia with his brother Mike. At a young age, Ed collected trains with his dad and every time he had money (from delivering papers) he would go with his dad and buy another train car. He enjoyed his train set, each year adding to his collection of train cars and buildings for a village.
With a strong ability to analyze his schoolwork and assignments, he could apply a practical, common sense approach completing his studies. He showed a natural curiosity in the manner in which he tackled new types of problems and would regularly challenge his own reasoning ability in finding solutions. He graduated from St. Mary's High School in Lancaster, NY in 1966. He enjoyed some courses more than others and developed favorite classes and teachers. His favorite classes in high school were in Math. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Mr. David Wrotniak. Ed will be remembered by his classmates for being a JET in West Side Story.
Ed was able to generalize, summarize and compile information for his classes, employing a matter-of-fact approach. He had a passion for Math (surprise!) earning his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Miami University, Oxford, OH in 1976. He continued his education in Computer Sciences. His favorite professors were Dr. Joe Kennedy and Professor Fred Gass.
Ed's other interests included spending time with his family and friends. He (and Linda) really liked playing cards. Some of his favorite card games were Poker, Spades, Canasta, Spite & Malice and Shanghai (which his kids and grandkids love as well). He also loved to play Rummikub and “The Dice Game.” Ed always kept score and so he often won… (or at least that is why his family teased him for always winning). His greatest joy was simply sitting around the kitchen table he built on one of his Med Cruises enjoying a cocktail and great conversation. He loved a cold Coors Light or a Genesee Cream Ale. In recent years, he enjoyed a Manhattan… or two, or three… and on special occasions, a Jameson or Baileys Irish Cream with his family and friends while listening to music. It was always the best way to end the evening.
Ed was very approachable throughout his life. He believed that he should treat others in a fair manner, in the same way he wanted to be treated. While growing up, his best friend was his brother Mike and all "the boys" in high school. Ed had many special friends over the years including Jim & Elaine, Kim & Mike, Mark, Ann & Bob, the Ballard family, Buz and SO many more. The truth is, Ed never met a person who was not his friend and saw the best in everyone he met. Ed (and Linda) were role models to all of his children’s friends and they all had a place to call home at the Covney house. They were always welcome to hang out, play pool, dig through the pantry for food, watch movies, or sit around the kitchen table or on the back porch.
Ed’s children were all married within 14 months of each other so he was consequently blessed with seven grandchildren all very close in age beginning with Ava, Grace, Cole, Garrett, Macy, Mia, and Jayce to round out the “Covney Seven.” He enjoyed big family celebrations (since his children all lived within 60 miles of each other) but also really loved one-on-one time with each of his grandkids. He was proud of every one of them.
He could marshal all of the available resources, including personnel and materials, in order to meet virtually any objective. He was great at developing strategies and made maximum progress with little wasted effort. He was able to establish and meet objectives and schedules through long range planning and was always able to keep the big picture clearly in sight. His primary occupation was computer analyst. He served in the US Navy for 22 years and was in school for half that time learning many skills. Ed was self-employed and started Covney’s Computer Services in the early 90s and worked steadily for the next few decades. He continued to take care of his favorite customers well after he retired.
Ed was a Navy Veteran. He was enlisted from 1967 until 1972 as an Electronics Technician, he entered the NESEP program from 1972 until 1976 when he graduated and earned his Commission as an Officer until he retired in 1988. Ed began his career in the Navy as an Enlisted member and became a well-balanced Naval Officer with having perspectives of both sides. Through his dedication and hard work, he achieved the rank of Lt. Commander. He retired from Peterson Air Force Base and was proud to be the second one hired in US Space Command.
His favorite hobbies included coin collecting, wood working, listening to music (super loud in his younger years), computer programming, and writing letters to newspaper editors when he wanted to share his wisdom. In high school, Ed played football and track. Ed also enjoyed going to Sal’s with the boys. In his college years, Ed continued to stay active by playing golf and was always a member of some Math club. Recreational sports included bowling and golf (playing and watching on TV). Ed also enjoyed watching College Football and of course, the Buffalo Bills!
Politically, Ed was a strong supporter of the Republican Party. He liked exploring different places as long as Linda did all the scheduling and planning as she had the real talent for developing the perfect itineraries. Favorite vacations included going home to Buffalo, camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a family vacation in Winter Park, CO and a family reunion in Jackson Hole, WY where he visited the Grand Teton National Park.
Ed always had dogs. As a married couple in Virginia, his first “baby” was Sheba. Then came Nikki and Gemini in Ohio. When the family moved to Colorado, they adopted Coors. After all his children moved out, Becky and Mike gifted them with Abbi and Boo! Those Akita sisters brought much joy during those “empty nester” years. Once they decided they were done with pets… they were talked into rescuing Buddy, a blind Yorkie. A couple years later, when Ed thought Buddy needed a friend – he came home with two more Yorkies: Max and Darby. Ed’s idea of Heaven was laying on a big blanket full of dog hair surrounded by all the dogs he ever loved throughout his life who had gone to the Rainbow Bridge before him. Without any regrets, he was at peace knowing he was going home to be with God (and hopefully with all the dogs).
Retirement afforded him the time to enjoy spending time with the love of his life, Linda. In more recent months, he rediscovered his love for reading and could not get books in the house fast enough (even with Amazon and the Library!) so he treated himself to a Kindle. It was then that he would read a book a day when he could not sleep.
Ed was diagnosed in September of 2020 with stage IV cancer and fought a brave battle passing away at home surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife, Linda, his daughter, Michelle (Jason) and their children Cole & Macy, his son, Jason (Nicole) and their children Grace, Garrett, & Jayce, and his youngest son, James (Laurie), and their children Ava & Mia. He is also survived by all his siblings, Pat, Roey, Mike, Donna and Brian. Ed was laid to rest in Pikes Peak National Cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colorado with Full Military Honors. A Celebration of his Life was held at his daughter's home. We will carry Ed in our hearts knowing he is now in a better place and we look forward to seeing him again one day.
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