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Obituary of Stephen F. Coville, Sr.
Stephen F. Coville Sr., 76, of Albion, NY, passed away on January 17, 2019 in Strong Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Crandall Rd. in the Town of Gaines March 23, 1942, the son of the late Arnold and Gladys (Snell) Coville. He graduated from Albion High School in the class of 1961. Shortly after he joined the US Marine Corps serving most of his four year tour on the west coast as an aircraft mechanic in the Air Wing achieving the rank of Corporal. He married the love of his life, Annette Ciccoline on June 15, 1963. Following his military service they returned to Albion, eventually moving next door to the house where he was born. He was known to always be a hard worker and over the years he was employed at Kodak; Frontier Kitchen of Batavia; ABEX Corporation in Medina; J & J Refrigeration in Albion and Allied Frozen Storage in Brockport. He retired in 2005 from the Albion Correctional Facility.
His lifelong dedication to mentoring youth was evidenced by his 26 years as Sandstone Park Little League Coach and Manager, producing a number of championship teams and successful high school and college athletes but he was most proud of the men they grew up to be. He followed his coaching with another 16 years as the volunteer caretaker and lawn mower at Sandstone Park, where he also ran the concession stand for all of the games. He spent countless hours and was a Life Member of St. Mary’s Archers’ Club where he held a number of officer positions over the years including President and Trustee. He was a Meals on Wheels volunteer, enjoyed refinishing furniture and was an avid gardener. Steve was a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan and a proud Democrat and was happy to discuss both with anyone who dared open the conversation. He enjoyed his time in his “man cave” barn/workshop with his friends.
He cherished his time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and was their biggest fan and supporter at all of their many activities and endeavors.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Stephen is survived by his wife of 55 years, Annette J. Coville; Children: Stephen (Trish) Coville II of Barre Center, NY; Tina (Averell) Coville-Bauder of Ovid, NY; Gloria (Skip) Lear of Albion, NY and Marcus (Pamela) Coville of Waterport, NY. He is also survived by his grandchildren Meghan Hughson, Jonathan Coville, Hannah Coville, Nathaniel Bauder, Chamberlain Bauder, Trevor (Tamara) Schutz, Janie Schutz, Rylie Lear, Emily (Aric) Fox, Valeri Kujawa, Madyson Coville, great-grandchildren
Aviannah Hughson, Eli Schutz, Baileigh McAdoo, Aric Fox, Adalynne Fox, and Micah Kujawa. He is also survived by his Coville siblings, Gerald, Karen, and Philip as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his siblings: Gloria, Donald, Margaret, Arnold, Kenneth, Robert, Sally,and Sandra.
Stephen’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Strong Memorial Hospital for their kind and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers or gifts memorial donations may be made in Stephen’s name to Knights-Kaderli Memorial Fund- P.O. Box 684, Medina, NY 14103
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, January 26th from 10:00am- 1:00pm at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home, 21 West Ave., Albion, N.Y., followed by a funeral service at the Funeral Home at 1:00pm. Military honors will be rendered following the service at Mount Albion Cemetery.