Albert COVELLI

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COVELLI, Albert Devoted family man, decorated World War II military veteran, business icon, civic leader, and community philanthropist; Albert Covelli passed away Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the age of 94 surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 6, 1920 in Kenosha, WI. Mr. Covelli was the founder of Covelli Enterprises, the nation's largest franchisee of Panera Bread operating over 250 locations in 5 states and Canada and employing over 25,000 people. Locally, Mr. Covelli owned 72 Panera Bread bakery-cafes in Tampa, Orlando and along the Florida east coast. Prior to that, Covelli Enterprises was the largest franchisee of McDonald's restaurants in the nation. As a result of his success, Mr. Covelli was recently inducted into Central Florida's Hospitality Hall of Fame and given the first ever Pioneer Award by Panera Bread for his innovation and accomplishments. Recently, he and his wife were recipients of the "2013 Outstanding Individual Philanthropist Award" by the Hibiscus Children's Center of Florida. Additionally, he was recognized by the City of Winter Park, declaring "Albert Covelli Day" in honor of his philanthropic contributions. Al will be deeply missed by his devoted, loving wife of 66 years, Josephine; his daughter, Mrs. Annette (Gavin) Ford; his son, Mr. Sam (Caryn) Covelli; his grandchildren, Mr. Kevin (Kerry) Ricci, Mrs. Lauren (Chris) DeVaux, Ms. Candace Covelli, Mr. Albert M. Covelli II, Ms. Danielle Covelli, Mr. Justin Ford; and his great-grandchildren, Alexandria, Barrett, and Mackenzie Brody. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hibiscus Children's Center, 2400 N E Dixie Hwy., Jensen Beach, FL 34957, Foundation for Foster Children-Winter Park, 2265 Lee Rd., Suite 203, Winter Park, FL 32789, St. Joseph's Catholic Church & School, 1200 East 10th Street, Stuart, FL 34996, or Children's Cancer Center, 4901 W. Cypress Street, Tampa, FL 33607. Services will be held at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Warren, OH this Friday and Saturday.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on May 8, 2014
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