B. Franklin Covel, age 94, of Lockport, NY, went home to his Lord and Saviour on Sunday, November 10, 2013 in Niagara Hospice Lockport following a brief illness. Franklin was born on April 6, 1919 in Lockport, NY and was the son of the late Earle and Olive (Bowen) Covel.
Mr. Covel attended Akron High School, and went on to help in the family business, the former Akron Home Bakery Shop, located on Main St. in the village. His real passion in life was being a proud farmer, raising cattle, pigs, sheep and working God's land with great pride. He was still farming right up to a week before his passing. Franklin was a lifetime member of the Rapids Bible Church, and was one of the many generations of the Covel family to be baptized from the church, and also served as a trustee in the church at one time. He and his late wife also attended the church, and also St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Wolcottsville, where she was confirmed. At age 85, Mr. Covel retired from the Town of Royalton as a member of the planning and zoning boards a great accomplishment that he was proud of with the many changes that took place over the five decades of with dedication and integrity. In his spare time, Mr. Covel enjoyed hunting, spending quality time with his family and his many friends. He will be remembered as a passionate man with a kind heart and person of great knowledge and a nice sense of humor.
Franklin was the husband of the late Florence E. (Witkop) Covel, whom he so dearly loved, and married on June 11, 1941 She passed away on December 25, 2006. He is the loving father of Nancy (late Warren "Clip") Smith and Kevin Covel; proud grandfather of Dawn (Scott) DeLuca; and his pride and joy, his great-granddaughter, Ainsleigh DeLuca; dear brother of Chester (Irene) Covel, Kenneth (Gail) Covel and the late Alson (Elizabeth) Covel; uncle of 13 nieces and nephews. Also survived by many friends.
Family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4-8 PM in the CHILDS FUNERAL HOME, LLC 10 Eckerson Ave. Akron, N.Y. Funeral services will take place on Wednesday at 11 AM in the Rapids Bible Church, 7209 Rapids Road, Lockport, NY. Burial will be in Huskey Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would encourage memorials in Franklin's memory to the Rapids Bible Church or St. Michael's Lutheran Church, 6379 Wolcottsville Rd., Akron, NY 14001.