The Service of Remembrance for Mr. Kevin Jon Coward, age 44, of Inverness, Florida, will be held 5:00 PM, Sunday, March 17, 2013 at the Inverness Chapel of Hooper Funeral Homes. Cremation will be under the direction of Hooper Crematory, Inverness. The family will receive friends from 3:00 PM until the time of service Sunday at the chapel. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.HooperFuneralHome.com.
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Mr. Coward was born October 4, 1968 in Camden, NJ. He died March 13, 2013 in Inverness. Mr. Coward graduated from the Interlochen Fine Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI in 1986. He received his Bachelors of Music Degree from the University of Michigan and earned a Masters Degree in Voice Performance from the University of South Florida.
He moved to Inverness, Florida from St. Petersburg in 2003. Mr. Coward was a former Professor of Music at the University of Tampa for 3 years, a music teacher in Hillsborough County for 7 years; he was voted Teacher of the Year at Alexander Elementary School in Tampa and was Instructor of Music for Inverness Primary School for 3 years.
Mr. Coward was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Coward in 2007. Survivors include his parents, Gail and Terry Miller of Inverness, FL and son, Christopher Bailey Coward.
Kevin's beautiful tenor voice could bring you to tears as he sang an operatic aria. He could fill your heart with joy as he sang with his students. Kevin loved his students and inspired them to appreciate music and share it with their whole hearts. Kevin blessed all who know him by sharing his joy, humor and love. His great love for his students, his beloved wife, Carolyn and his son, Christopher inspires all of us to be caring people, to give to others and to sing our hearts out!
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Mar. 16, 2013