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COVELLA Joseph Francis Covella Jr., 62, of Jacksonville, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 04, 2017 at Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills located at 850 St. Johns Bluff Road. Visitation and viewing will be at 12:00 p.m. with services to follow at 2:00 p.m. Joe was born in Queens, New York to Joseph Covella Sr. and Evelyn Zayas Covella on September 2, 1954. He graduated Forrest High School ('73) in Jacksonville. He married Mary A. Covella on December 31, 1982 in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He graduated from George Mason University. He was a veteran and served proudly in the United States Marine Corps. twenty years retiring in 1993. During his service he was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon (1 Star) and was involved in the invasion of Grenada ('83). He served as a Drill Instructor and Small Arms Weapon Instructor. He continued active participation in the Marine Corp League and regularly attended Marine graduations in Parris Island up to the time of his passing. He was extremely involved in North Florida High School officiating and supported youth in numerous sports throughout North Florida. He found great passion in working with youth and youth athletics. An avid Florida Gator and Jacksonville Jaguar fan, he loved sports including golf. Joe is survived by Mary Covella, spouse; Evelyn, mother; Kimberly, daughter; Bill and John, sons. He was a devoted husband, father, brother and friend to many. In lieu of flowers the family wishes for donations to be made in his name to the . Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home, 850 St. Johns Bluff Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32225. (904) 641-9755.
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Feb. 1, 2017
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