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Wilton Warner Covey


1919 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Wilton Warner Covey Obituary
Middlebury - Wilton Warner "Bud" Covey, MD, passed away on June 21st. Born on December 22nd, 1919, Bud was raised in Manchester, NH. As a child, he spent many summers with his grandparents in Brattleboro. It was there that he met Marjorie Louise Dix, whom he courted and eventually married on June 16, 1944. They shared 69 wonderful years of marriage before Marge passed away in 2013, just short of her 94th birthday.

Bud attended Middlebury College and UVM Medical School. His 15 years of practicing family medicine in Milton included house calls to several neighboring towns and the delivering of many babies. Always a forward thinking practitioner, he was an early advocate of seatbelt use and gave the first dose of polio vaccine in the State of Vermont. Responding to a shortage of mental health practitioners, he returned to UVM at age 43 for a residency in psychiatry. Upon completion of these studies in 1966, the Coveys moved to Cornwall, where Bud was employed with Middlebury College Health Services, the Counseling Service of Addison County, and Spring Lake Ranch in Rutland County. Throughout his career, he also saw patients in private practice. He and Marge subsequently moved to Bridport and then Middlebury.

Bud was a dedicated longtime member of the Middlebury United Methodist Church. He served as Medical Director of the Counseling Service of Addison County and also as a member of the Board of Directors for Elderly Services/Project Independence.

Always eager to serve others, Bud and Marge traveled to Bosnia with Volunteers in Mission in 1996, where, at age 76, they worked to rebuild and restore homes damaged or destroyed by the Bosnian War. As Bosnian families began to settle in Vermont, Bud enjoyed teaching several of them to drive. His work with refugees was consistent with a lifelong desire to help mend wounds and create peace.

In the last few years of his life Bud reconnected with his childhood hobby of playing the harmonica, an activity which brought him much peace and which he especially enjoyed when playing with and for others at The Residence at Otter Creek or when teaming up with his son, Alan, to give concerts at Elderly Services in Middlebury. Other hobbies over the years included piloting small aircraft, boating and water skiing, camping, downhill skiing, and gardening.

Bud was devoted to his family: sons Alan and wife, Wendy; Laird and wife, Marcy; Eric and wife, Helen Toomey-Covey; and Mark and wife, Judy. He adored his grandchildren, Ethan (and partner Rachel Van Dolsen), Wes (and wife Erin Covey-Smith), Justin, Erin, Kelly, Casey, Chris and Cara. In addition to his wife, Marge, he was predeceased by his infant son Ross, his brother Rupert, his sister Cynthia Plumpton and her husband, Russell.

SERVICES: A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 1pm at the United Methodist Church of Middlebury.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Elderly Services/Project Independence (P.O. Box 581, Middlebury VT 05753) or Addison County Home Health and Hospice (P.O. Box 754, Middlebury VT 05753.)

Arrangements are under the direction of Sanderson Ducharme Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at their website www.sandersonfuneralservice.com
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on June 28, 2017
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