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George "SCRUFFY" Coventry


1959 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
George "SCRUFFY" Coventry Obituary
George Coventry of Magnolia peacefully passed away Sept. 4, 2014, at Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover, surrounded by his family.
George was born Oct. 19, 1959, to Carl Coventry and Frances Hertz at Kent General Hospital in Dover. George was 54.
George was a paperboy for the Delaware State News in Briar Park at the age of 11. He worked on the farm of Pat and Grace Caulk in Woodside, who became his second family from the ages of 14 through 19. On the farm, he learned the values of hard work, honesty and pride in yourself when you finish any job.
George was a graduate of Caesar Rodney High School, Class of 1978. In 1980, George went to work for the Department of Corrections in Smyrna, where he was known as "Scruffy." He retired after 33-and-a-half years of loyal service in July 2014.
His life was short but full. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. For 17 years, he and a few correctional officers went big game hunting in Tennessee, where George harvested a ram, many deer and wild boars. He was a member of the NRA, the Camden-Wyoming Moose Lodge and the Correctional Officers Association. He was a longtime volunteer for June Jam.
George was preceded in death by his longtime companion, Linda Crane. George is survived by three loving daughters: Brandi Bacon (Brian) and his granddaughter Riley of Greenwood; Jeanie Coventry (Bruce Johnstone) and his grandson Blake Warncke of Clayton; and Chelsie Coventry, his grandson James Ratledge of Viola and their mother, Gail Coventry Spalding. George is also survived by his parents, Carl Coventry and Frances Haley of Dover; his sister, Robin Coventry of Dover and brothers, John Coventry (Laurie) of Wyoming, Joseph Minor-Stinson (Terry) of Wilmington, David Minor (Dawn) of Hartly, Lance Minor (Anne) of North Carolina, Carl "Bud" Coventry (Debbie) of Smyrna, Wayne Coventry of Maryland and their mother Alice Coventry; Ray Haley, his fishing buddy, and his step-father, Stanley Minor. George leaves behind nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
A celebration of George's Life will be held at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, at the Pippin Funeral Home, 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Avenue, in Wyoming, Del. There will be a viewing at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until noon. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Camden.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to June Jam Ltd., P.O. Box 287, Woodside, DE 19980 or to Camden-Wyoming Moose, 760 Moose Lodge Road, Camden, DE 19934 c/o Mooseheart. Online condolences may be made via pippinfuneralhome.com.
Published in Dover Post from Sept. 10 to Sept. 17, 2014
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