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Maurice Covey Obituary


Maurice C. Covey, M.D.

August 20, 1931-April 18, 2011

Resident of San Mateo, CA

Surrounded by wife Joanie, daughters Judy and Joy, and twin brother Mervyn, "Maury" drifted off into a peaceful slumber and died at the age of 79 after a brief battle with metastatic cancer. An inspiration to all in sickness as well as health, he will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Thomas Kovish and Olive Peacock, Maury enjoyed showing championship cocker spaniels as a boy with Mervyn. Soon the twins headed for Cal Berkeley for their undergraduate work and then on to George Washington Medical School, where both graduated with honors. While completing his internship, Maury met a beautiful and brilliant nurse named Joan De Vries and was instantly smitten. Quickly engaged, they married December 29, 1955. A 2 year stint in the Air Force brought him first to Lincoln, Nebraska, where his eldest Judy was born. Next came Boston, where they welcomed a second daughter, Joy. Frigid Beantown was not his cup of tea and Maury yearned for the warm climes of the Bay Area. He set up practice in San Mateo, where he resided until his death. Often referred to as "Camelot," he thought it the best place on Earth. A devoted family man, Maury brought in his mother, Olive, and sister, Yvette, to work by his side. Later Joanie would come too and keep him company. He had an old-fashioned bedside manner, and even made house calls. He was "on call" every other weekend and shared duties with close friend Bill Schwartz.

The stock market was a favorite pastime, and Maury was sought out by many friends for his sage advice. He was a fan of Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway long before they became in vogue and well known. Maury greatly enjoyed the humor and acerbic wit of Jim Cramer and his TV show "Mad Money." Another love was "the track"....as in Bay Meadows. Maury's only indulgence was an occasional small ownership percentage in a racehorse through Dogwood Stables. He got a big kick out of seeing one of his horses in a big stakes race. Maury loved music, and could often be found on weekends with his family at The Circle Star Theatre, not even caring so much who was performing but to enjoy the show. Two family vacations took them to the majestic Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta, Canada and the grand Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite.

In his later years, Maury retired and enjoyed "308" as he and Joanie affectionately called their home. Judy brought her parents a wonderful cat named Tigger, affectionately known as "The Lynx Cub." Tig Tig would lay on his chest and purr loudly and every night, got on Merv's lap, with feet in the air, for hours long belly massage. Maury, Joanie, and Merv became known as "The 3 Musketeers" and could often be found watching 3 tv's simultaneously...sports for Merv and Dad, and a movie for Mom. Now the remaining 2 Musketeers will carry on, always cherishing their memories with the man they loved so.

Maury is survived by his dear wife Joanie, his daughters Judy and Joy, his grandson Tyler, brother Merv and his wife Jennifer, sister Yvette, niece Olivia, and nephew Myles. He also leaves behind Peacock cousins Bill and wife Yolanda, Jim, Bob, and Donn and wife Diane and their children. He was predeceased by his parents, aunt Pearl Howes, uncle Jack Peacock, and brother Evan Kovish. No memorial service will be held, per Maury's request. The family asks that any donations be made to Sutter Hospice. Please see Legacy.com to view the Memorial Website where you are invited to leave an entry in the Memory Book. Until we meet again, Daddy....rest in peace.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times from May 14 to May 16, 2011
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