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Marian Coveny, the First Captain of Women’s Hockey in Canada is Dead

Marian Coveny Death – After a courageous battle with cancer, Marian passed away at 67 on January 6, 2022 at home surrounded by love with her wife, Deb Adkins and her best friends, Janet Stone and Carol Simpson at her side. Coveny was no stranger to competition, but she was in a different fight now in her battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Yet on the ice that day, she was in her element, just as she had been since she was a kid.

She was born and raised in Wallaceburg (Electric), Ontario. She attended McMaster University where she earned a Bachelor of Physical Education degree in 1978, and then moved to Burlington where she enjoyed a life-long career as a physical education/geography teacher with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board at St. Ignatius Loyola high school in Mississauga. Marian, or Mern as she is known to friends, grew up skating outdoors. As a child, she’d skate with her sisters along the creek behind the family farmhouse all the way to school. That creek was an arena long before Marian, the youngest of 10 children, could join the games. For hours on end, her siblings and cousins would scrimmage and shoot pucks back and forth under a bridge on the frozen creek near their home while Marian absorbed the action. When she was finally old enough to join, her family quickly saw that she was made for hockey.

Coveny did not get to play organized hockey until she entered high school. Her sister Carmen had been invited by a friend to play for a new team, but it was Marian who couldn’t wait to suit up with her first official team, the Wallaceburg Hornettes. Marian’s passion and love for teaching left a great impression on many students that she mentored and coached throughout her career, many of whom she had lasting friendships with.

Marian Coveny obituary and funeral service will be released by the family, our prayers and thoughts are with the family of the deceased.

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