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Waldo H. 'Wally' Covell

Jun 7, 2017 - May 15, 1933

Waldo's Story

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Orono - Waldo H. 'Wally' Covell died peacefully on June 7th 2017, in Orono, Maine, while waiting for the Red Sox-Yankees game. Wally was born May 15th, 1933, in Monmouth, Maine, the sixth child of Henry Tewksbury Covell and Eva Goodine Covell.
Wally attended Monmouth Academy and then Lewiston High School, where he played football for Mose Nanigan, winning a State Championship in 1950. He graduated from Lewiston HS in 1951. He was a 1955 graduate of the University of Maine, earning varsity letters in both football and baseball. Wally was a member of the Phi Mu Delta Fraternity and a member of the "M" Club. He earned his Master's Degree in Education from the University of Maine in 1965.
After marrying Janet Nancy Dexter of Auburn in 1955, Wally declined a contract to play for the Philadelphia Phillies to embark on his football and baseball coaching career at Bucksport High School. Wally would continue to have an athletic career that would span seven decades. His many coaching achievements included winning several Little-Ten Football Championships at Orono High School, coaching football and baseball as an assistant professor at Colby College, serving as the successor to John Winkin as head baseball coach at Colby College from 1974 to 1984, winning College World Series Div. II Championship while coaching at University of Southern Maine 1985, and winning a Class A State Championship in football at Lawrence High School in 2006 as an assistant coach. Wally's journey included tenures as athletic director and head baseball coach at Warren Wilson College, Ashville, NC, and at Maine Central Institute, Pittsfield, ME. Wally was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003. He was also a registered Maine Guide of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and loved canoeing and camping in Baxter State Park.
Wally was predeceased by his parents; his wife Janet; his sisters Muriel Wilson, Priscilla Onidi, Mildred E. Covell; brothers Robert Covell and Henry Covell Jr.
Wally is survived by his daughter Teddi-Jann and her husband Donald Joseph of Orono, ME, daughter Schari and her husband Michael Roy of Waterville, son Brian and his wife Sharon Cyr of Tijuana, Mexico, and son Daniel and his wife Pamela Safford of New Canaan, CT. Wally is also survived by four grandchildren: Carolyn Lebeis and husband Christopher of Portland; Molly Roy of Spokane, WA; Darren Casey-Covell of South Portland; Sylvie Cyr Covell of TJ, Mexico; his great-granddaughter, Camille Janet Lebeis.
Survivors also include his sister-in-law, Elaine Covell of Orono, several nieces and nephews and countless athletes he coached in his career as teacher, coach and mentor. Wally especially loved his days coaching and teaching at Orono High School and Colby College, as two former ball players married his daughters.
The family expresses heart-felt gratitude for the countless number of nurses who provided loving care and support during Wally's hospital stays in Ft. Myers and Tampa- to cardiologist Dr. Fadi A. Matar, Tampa General Hospital, Dr. Diane Kallen, EMMC Orono Family Medicine, and to home health-care nurses in Orono.
The family will host a service honoring Wally's memory at the Orono Middle School gymnasium, in Orono, Maine, on June 30th from 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to "The Wally Covell Legacy Fund: Orono High School Athletics," c/o Nancy Cobb, Camden National Bank, 1176 Union St., Bangor, Maine 04401.
Published on  June 12, 2017
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