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Covill, Jeffrey
Jeffrey C. Covill, 60, a long-time figure in the Phoenix business and political communities, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2015. Jeff was born in Manchester, N.H., into a family with deep roots in New England and especially Cape Cod. He had a love for the ocean, enjoyed many fishing and sailing trips throughout his life and owned a deep-sea fishing boat in Coronado, CA. Jeff had a lifetime enjoyment of music and both played and collected guitars, one of which (an historic Eric Clapton guitar) is on display at the Musical Instrument Museum. Jeff earned an undergraduate degree in Business and Hospitality from the University of New Hampshire and earned an MBA from Babson College, with concentrations in finance and entrepreneurial studies. After graduation, Jeff worked for a Virginia bank and for Union Mutual (now UNUM), a Maine-based life insurance company where he was a director originating both debt and equity transactions for commercial real estate projects. He moved to Phoenix in 1984, working in real estate development before founding a commercial mortgage banking company in 1990 called Keystone Mortgage Partners. Keystone was sold to GMAC Commercial Mortgage in 2001, and Jeff continued on as manager of the 14 offices comprising the Western Region. Most recently, he was co-founder with Ann McCartney of Lighthouse Commercial Finance. He also was the owner of Pickering Street Associates, a direct investment and consulting firm founded in 2004. Among his many civic roles, he was vice president of the ASU Research Park Board and served for six years as a member of the Arizona State Land Department Board of Appeals. He also supported many local charities. His professional accreditations include being a Counselor of Real Estate (CRE), AZ Mortgage Banker RI, SEC Broker/Dealer and he held an Arizona Real Estate Sales license. He was active in many real estate industry organizations. He is survived by his son Eric Covill and daughter-in-law Peggy Covill, his fianc�© Christa Severns, his brother Bruce Covill, nephews Jason Covill and Lorin Covill, all of Phoenix, cousin Carol Jean Covill of Cape Cod and a second cousin, Max Park of Jupiter, FL. A memorial celebration will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 24th, at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, 4455 East Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. A reception in the Fellowship Hall will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in the name of Jeffrey Covill to the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), 300 N 18th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006 (www.autismcenter.org).

Published in The Arizona Republic from Sept. 12 to Sept. 13, 2015
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