Tristan Lee (Kevin) Covert

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Tristan Lee (Kevin) Covert

April 19, 1965 - January 3, 2021

On January 3, 2021, Lee simply went to sleep and didn’t awaken, securely guarded by his beloved Halo, who he once described as being his “sun, moon, and stars”. Lee would be buoyed (if he could reach any further than heaven) by the love for him, as evidenced by the way grumpy little Halo will be nurtured and cared for until he leaves this world on his journey to meet Lee again.
His decision to return to Cobourg was a great one. He embraced the small town life. He always said every job change brought new opportunities to make new friendships, despite him being fiercely independent. Hopefully he will be remembered as tirelessly working on philanthropic causes such as “The longest Lunch” offering support to Cornerstone, and Transition House, his help in Colborne with “Cramahe Strong”, or perhaps the passion obvious in the catering events he enjoyed so much. Perhaps you will remember his kindness, or his laughter, or maybe it will be his love and compassion for those less fortunate, or those in need, which made him a very special member of the community he was so proud of. Had Covid not struck, his newest endeavour, may not have been born. He was so grateful to the community in making this possible and was very aware that while his food was delicious, so many of you were “regulars” not because you were hungry for more veal parmigiana, but because you wanted to support him. We wish to thank all of you for your kindness. Please know that this kept him going during this “slow” start. He was encouraged that in 2021 the entire town would see a resurgence, and his business would thrive. It saddens us to think that he will be missing all the celebrations in 2021.
Words cannot express the loss the family feels at this time. He had so many plans and was feeling happy and positive that much of the suffering in 2020 would soon be a distant memory, but this has now come to an abbreviated end. His unexpected passing has left his siblings Bruce (Danice), Melanie (Paul), Scott (Michelle), and sister in law, Sheila (Barry), along with his treasured nephews and nieces, Jorden, Ryan, Megan (Alex), Stewart, McKenzie and grand niece Madison with the heaviness of profound sadness. However we take comfort in knowing that he is not alone. His parents, George and Margaret, along with his brothers, Brian and Barry were there to greet him.
Luke 23:43. ‘Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in heaven’. Sleep well our love, we will miss you until it is your turn to greet us. Please bring Halo with you.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to any local charity, or alternatively, share a smile with a stranger, or think of Lee anytime you walk by 255 Division Street. This truly was his happy place, if only for a brief moment.
A memorial will be held in the spring/summer when the Covid restrictions no longer prevent us from honouring Lee. However, we must warn you in advance, we cannot vouch for the caterer. Sadly, the best one God ever produced, is not available.

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The Gilligan Family - January 18, 2021

Our deepest condolences to the Covert family.

Cindy Rutherford - January 15, 2021

To an amazing family,. My heart breaks but again , Lee gifted every person he met with a home town genuine smile that was real, a rare trait in today's world, blessed that since Lee's move "back home" I ran into him weekly and he shared energy just being him,. May you all find some peace knowing Lee shared his peace from within his heart freely,,,,,,,,

Art and Nancy Dalgarno - January 15, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital

Lindsay Bovay - January 14, 2021

I had worked for Lee a bunch of times working private events. He was so so kind, always wanting to help. I am so grateful to have had the chance to meet you. Heaven gained an angel.

Valerie Sawyer Rutherford - January 14, 2021

Sincere condolences to all of the Covert family

Lisa Rhiness - January 14, 2021

Wishing you healing and peace, so sad for his loss

Carol Currelly-Burnham - January 13, 2021

Our most sincere condolences are extended to the Covert family. Lee was such a kind and gentle soul and so much fun to have around. He will always be remembered as our favourite babysitter. With deepest sympathy, Carol, Seana and Mhairi Carr

Cat Wood - January 13, 2021

Heartfelt condolences to the Covert family and all those who loved Lee. He will be sorely missed.

Nancy Johnston - January 12, 2021

On behalf of everyone at Cornerstone, I want to send our deepest condolences to Lee's family. We appreciated the support that Lee extended to our organization over the years.

Jane Lawson - January 11, 2021

Shocked and saddened to hear of Lee’s passing. My interactions with him were always so positive and helpful. He will be missed by many.

Marsha Jones - January 11, 2021

I am sorry to hear of Lee’s passing. His energy, creativity and commitment to his community will definitely be missed.

Brett Maynard - January 11, 2021

So sorry to hear of the passing of Lee. He was a gentle soul and a true gentleman.

Gord and Mary Sleeman - January 10, 2021

Bruce , Denise, Megan and Alex. So sorry to hear about Lee's passing . Our thoughts go out to you and all the Covert family during this difficult time.

Brett Chapman - January 10, 2021

So saddened to hear this news. I only knew Lee for a short time but upon meeting him, I instantly liked him and enjoyed working with him at Marca's for one summer while my house in Toronto was being renovated. I remember him as a fun, professional co-worker and always as warm, caring human being. I only just heard about his new business venture and am confident it would have been a smashing success. Cobourg has lost a vibrant gem and we have all lost a truly inspiring friend. Condolences to all who loved him.

Jane Underwood & David McGlade - January 10, 2021

We send our deepest condolences to Melanie & her family & to all the other members of Kevin's family. The tribute to him was beautifully written. Kevin will be truly missed & will be remembered with much love.

Pat (Snapper) & Shelley Rutherford - January 10, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital

Bryan Sherwin - January 9, 2021

I had the luck of meeting Lee during the renovation of his new restaurant, the excitement he and passion he showed was amazing to see, I hope I meet more people like him during my life, sad to see him go so early RIP

Glenn Keeling - January 9, 2021

Carin and I will miss you pal. It was just two weeks ago we talked about doing some business together. We will miss you terribly Lee and we love you very much. Rest in peace brother. Carin and Glenn

sue wood - January 9, 2021

I was shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Lee. Sincere Condolences to his family.

Peter Verleysen - January 8, 2021

Wow what shock! Lee was alway incredible to me and we got to talk more and more. It was always great to see a post or see him shopping or in passing. He will be so missed by so many. My thoughts are with him and his family.

Alma Draper - January 8, 2021

It was with great sadness a friend advised Lee had passed away. Such a fine man. Always pleasant, polite and eager to please. A group of us local restaurant lovers would be waited on by Lee who popped up at one place or another. He most certainly will be remembered. Condolences to his family. Alma Draper

Lisa Rundle - January 8, 2021

Oh such sad news! Lee was one of the first beautiful souls I met when we moved to Cobourg 13 years ago! I ran into Lee just before Christmas-and although he was wearing a mask, his eyes had that shining sparkle that lit up a room. Rest In Peace.

Cathy and Tito DiMarco - January 8, 2021

A beautiful written tribute ...Lee will be missed in our community for sure he was always amazing wherever we saw him. Bruce Danice and family our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Karen Hadwen(Wood) - January 8, 2021

So sorry to hear of Lee’s passing, when I moved to Colborne back in 1981 he was one of the most fun, accepting people I ever met. So sorry that he’s gone.

Katherine Cole - January 8, 2021

The passing of Lee was a shock and I can only send my condolences to his family. Lee had a fantastic memory and never seemed to forget a face. I will miss seeing him. I will keep him in my prayers.

Rosemary Taylor - January 8, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time...our sincere condolences...ROSEMARY and Jamie Taylor

Cynthia and Bruce Thorne - January 8, 2021

We were so shocked to hear this very sad news. Lee was one of a kind and he always had the most wonderful smile on his face. We enjoyed several delicious meals from his new business and his lamb shanks were divine! He would sneak a piece of cake in the order for a surprise which meant the calories didn’t count! Cobourg will not be the same without him and he will be missed immensely. Our thoughts are with all who loved him.

Kathy & Mike Voskamp - January 8, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Transition House

Jackie Giffin - January 8, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:


Jim and Jamie West - January 8, 2021

Melanie and family . So sorry to hear of your brother Lee's passing .We did not know him well but he always had a smile and hello when we would see him. Our thoughts and prays are with you at this sad time. Jim Jamie West

Jackie Giffin - January 8, 2021

Lee, You were the sunshine every morning walking through the Woodlawn Inn doors. Your support, kindness and love was felt throughout. I was saddened to hear of your passing as you were such a bright light! A true Gentlemen and amazing Soul of a Man ❤️🙏❤️

Sharon Leckie and Rick Hayden - January 8, 2021

Melanie, Paul, Ryan, Stewart and McKenzie, and all the Covert family, we are sad to hear of your brother's (uncle's) sudden passing. Your loss must be devastating and our hearts and prayers are with you at this time. May he rest in peace.

Petra Hartwig - January 8, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Lee's passing - he was take way too soon. I do remember his friendliness and professionalism when he worked at the waterfront cafe, and I did know he started his own catering business and thought how good he would be at it. I will miss his smile - he truly was an extraordinary human being. My condolences to his family.

Elaine Churchill - January 8, 2021

Dear Covert Family! Our deepest condolences to you all at this very sad time! Heaven had gained a Chef angel! His contagious smile will be missed! Charles and Elaine Churchill

Ada Bannan - January 8, 2021

Melanie, I am so very sad to hear of your loss. I never met your brother but how you articulated his life and spirit makes me sad I did not have a chance for our paths to cross. Please know you, Paul and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Lisa Morse - January 8, 2021

I am truly heartbroken to learn of Lee’s passing. I met Lee when he worked at Marca’s with my bother. Lee was such a wonderful soul. It is sad that he will not be able to pursue his new venture. I know he would have been very successful. He will be missed by many. My condolences to his family. RIP sweet Lee heaven has gained a sweet angel.

Grant Coward - January 7, 2021

Glen and I became acquainted with Lee more so over the last couple of years - especially during his time at The Woodlawn Inn. We were so very saddened and shocked to learn of his passing. Our sincere thoughts are with the family and Halo.

Kahley Parker - January 7, 2021

We will miss getting to see Lee walk Halo in our yard. He was always a quiet and kind neighbour. We also had the pleasure of having him cater my baby shower and a party at our. The food was amazing! We are so sorry to his family for their loss. Our thoughts are with you. ❤

Brian & Steven Cosens - January 7, 2021

One of the first people we met when we first came to Cobourg. Smiling and always suggesting something new to do and try. Lee was an amazing person and talented in what he did. Always a wave, a smile and a moment for you. You will be missed greatly Lee. Keep smiling!

Tracy Ring - January 7, 2021

My thoughts and prayers to the family and friends during this difficult time. He will be greatly missed. 😞💐💝

Gord Thompson - January 7, 2021

My thoughts are with the family. Lee was always happy with a smile and a great laugh.

Sharon Chisholm - January 7, 2021

Deepest condolences to the Covert family. Such a shock! He was so young in age and heart. You will be missed Lee.

Cathy Calnan - January 7, 2021

Lee wore his heart on his sleeve. An incredible soul, and rich in love. Deepest condolences to Lee’s family and close friends.

Colleen and Stan Walker - January 7, 2021

We want to express our heartfelt condolences to Lee's family. We can only imagine the void that his absence will leave. Please know that our prayers are with you; Bruce, Melanie, Scott and your families. Lee is with George, Marg, Barry and Brian. Colleen and Stan Walker.

Brodie Hutton - January 7, 2021

So very sorry for such a huge loss! Lee was a neighbour and a friend. All my thoughts are with all family and friends who are feeling such an incredible loss. Keep on smiling Lee! ❤️

Marny Dalglish - January 7, 2021

I will miss this lovely man. Always so thoughtful. My condolences to all his family and friends.

Charlie & Joy Black - January 7, 2021

He will be miss by many sorry for your lost.

Eric and Tracey Sheldrick - January 7, 2021

Sending our deepest condolences. Lee always had such a great smile and sunny disposition. He will be missed.

LeeAnn Jones - January 7, 2021

Gone too soon. My deepest and sincerest condolences to the Covert family. It was always a pleasure to see Lee at the shop and hear of his latest venture. A beautiful tribute to a larger than life guy. May he RIP

Lesley Marie Boileau - January 7, 2021

Lee, I'll miss your laughter, your enthusiasm, your joy and thoughtfulness. Love to you. Thank you whomever wrote this beautiful tribute to Lee and his life.

Stephanie Bunce - January 7, 2021

Sending love and prayers to Lee’s family. So sorry for your loss.

Caroline and Brian McNamara - January 7, 2021

Lee was such a beam of sunshine which radiated from him wherever he was. We fondly remember him, in all his various roles, and the joyful interactions he always shared. He will be sorely missed by so many in this community who grew to know and love him. He was the epitome of sunny ways! Our thought are with his family as they deal with this sad loss.

Mary-Anne Watson-Bonsall - January 7, 2021

What a beautiful description of Lee and all the things he valued. His smiling face and positive nature will certainly be missed. My deepest condolences to all his family members.

Karen Emond - January 7, 2021

My deepest condolences to the family of Lee Covert. He was a beautiful soul and he will be missed. Taken way too soon. Xo ❤️

Lynne Templer - January 7, 2021

Bruce and Danice, Megan and Alex. I am so sorry to hear of Lee’s passing. Thoughts go out to you and your entire family in these more than difficult times. Lee was certainly a bright light around town and will be missed by all who knew him

Gayle Thornton (Chisholm) - January 7, 2021

To my childhood friend. I'm shocked with disbelief. I have so many great memories of Lee. He was always a happy and positive person. My condolences to all the family. RIP Lee

Sara White - January 7, 2021

My deepest condolences to the family. Lee truly was such a special, gentle and kind soul. I feel so blessed to have had him in my life, and to be able to watch him take on his dreams. I love you Lee, may you fly high with the angels xox

Kristen Fawcett - January 7, 2021

Condolences to the Covert family. We have fond memories of Lee and are saddened by the news.

Susie Pollock - January 7, 2021

My Deepest Condolences to Lee's family. I was just talking about Lee with my brother Chris. We would talking about the good times,when we were all younger. Great Memories! Rip,Lee!

John chatterson - January 7, 2021

Thoughts and prayers to the Covert family at this sad time..Lee was a true character from his school days to his latest business venture..I had priveledge of having dinner new years eve from earths had been many years since I'd seen him...but there he was larger than life..full of pride and optimism...cant believe he is gone RIP Lee

Elaine Amenta - January 7, 2021

I loved calling the Woodlawn for reservations and have Lee pick up the phone! Then to support his new business and see his passion and excitement. Lee was a Northumberland treasure who will be so sadly missed.

Andrea & George Boniface - January 7, 2021

So sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Lee. Our deepest condolences to his family.

Vicky Noel - January 7, 2021

This is such a beautiful obituary to honor Lee. He was my next door neighbour and was a great neighbour. He was very friendly and kind. We talked often while he was walking Halo. I sometimes said to him that it was so great to see how much patience he had with Halo. He would chuckle. The walks were always long because Halo had a mind of his own but Lee would just take his time with him until Halo indicated he was done and ready to go inside again. I hope Halo is doing okay. I am sending my condolences along with thoughts and prayers to his family from my family. He will be missed. RIP Lee. We will all see each other again one day.

Ashley Bouman - January 7, 2021

I was very saddened to hear about the passing of Lee. It is a tremendous loss to our community. He had such a great energy to him and that vivaciousness will truly be missed. Rest in Paradise, friend.

Jennie Giles - January 7, 2021

So very, very sad. We loved Lee. X

Stephen Della Casa - January 7, 2021

We are saddened by the loss of our friend Lee. I know I speak for everyone that knew Lee or of his reputation that he was a dedicated loving person and we are all at a loss by his passing. Safe travels and may God bless you.

Lorraine hapman - January 7, 2021

Our most sincere condolences to the Covert family in loss of your brother Lee. We fondly remember him visiting his parents home. Always with a genuine smile and hello! Lorraine Chapman and John Shepherd

Keren Bradford - January 7, 2021

So sorry to read about the passing of Lee. Sincere condolences.We so enjoyed his company when dining out at restaurants where he waited on us.

Stacie - January 7, 2021

Scott & family ~Sorry to hear of Lee’s passing. He brought a lot of sunshine to our community! May your memories offer solace & smiles during this difficult time. Stace

Sara Tanner - January 7, 2021

What a beautiful human. I'm gonna miss his always-fabulous shoes almost as much as his smile. I'm so glad he at least went in such a peaceful way. RIP, sweet lovely Lee. P.S. Whoever wrote the above tribute clearly "gets" him to his core. So beautifully, perfectly written. Kudos. The last line is the best.

Melissa Stephenson - January 7, 2021

What a beautiful notice for such a beautiful soul that was Lee. A good friend and coworker. He always had a smile and a kind word to offer. He will always be missed and remembered with love. My deepest condolences to all Lee's family and friends.

Shelley Flynn - January 7, 2021

I had the pleasure of knowing Lee in his youth. May his smile be in his family’s hearts forever

Steve and Marlene Cole - January 7, 2021

Hi Bruce and Scott So sorry for the loss of your brother!!!! Take care of each other and your families Steve and Marlene Cole

Deb Bird - January 7, 2021

Bruce, Danice and the Covert family Barry and I extend our heartfelt condolences at the loss of your dear Lee. Sincerely, Debbie and Barry Bird

Debbie Wannamaker - January 7, 2021

To Kevins' Family, I was so very saddened to hear of Kevins' passing. Anytime that I was blessed to be served by Kevin over the many years it was always a lovely experience. Kevin was always kind, happy, and of course very good at his job. The world is definitely a sadder place for having lost him but my was better for having known him. Sincerest Condolences, Debbie Wannamaker

Lisa McCracken - January 7, 2021

My sincerest condolences to the Covert family. I remember Lee fondly from our school days.

Pamela porter - January 7, 2021

My lovely Kevin! My oldest friend of 36 years!! We had amazing adventures!! Played hard! Traveled, and worked with each other for YEARS!!! You were the friend I told everything to, we did so much together!!💙 I will miss you terribly!! My prayers are with your family and Halo!!! I love you Kevin💙

Katrina Sainsbury - January 7, 2021

Forever grateful to have worked with Lee in the past. Lee lit up every room he entered and made the world a better place.

Barrie and Eira Jones - January 7, 2021

The news of Lee’s passing saddened us and our family and so many friends Lee was a shinning light who did so much for those in need He was a wonderful person and always had a smile for all Barrie and I are sending our love to his family at this very sad time 💜

Patricia Westrope - January 7, 2021

My sincerest condolences to all the Covert Family in the loss of your beloved brother and uncle. I remember Lee as a kind and unique individual who loved his friends, family and the community of Colborne. RIP dear gentle man.

James Vicars - January 7, 2021

So deeply saddened for the loss of your dear brother..... my thoughts and prayers are with you all...... RIP Kevin Lee 🧡

John Wood - January 7, 2021

My sincere condolences to the Covert family.

Pam & Peter Ayres - January 7, 2021

We are so saddened to learn of Lee’s passing. Always a bright light on the darkest of days! Sincere condolences to family and friends.

Garry and Liz Liboiron - January 7, 2021

We are both so very sorry to here of Lee’s passing. So sudden and so tragic. Our deepest condolences to the family.

Mary Mouse Checkley Ainsworth - January 7, 2021

Scott, Mel, Bruce and families please accept my condolences on the loss of your beloved brother Lee. He truly was a kind and funny person. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jeanie Haig - January 7, 2021

Such a nice guy & childhood friend. My sincere condolences to the entire Family & friends of Lee.💙💐 Jeanie Haig

Jenny Duda - January 7, 2021

To all of Lee's family our deepest sympathies. Lee's beautiful gifts of kindness and service for others were inspirational. With love and prayers, Jenny Duda and Randy Richardson.

D M Logel - January 7, 2021

My deepest sympathies to family and friends on the loss of Lee

Lynn chaschowy - January 7, 2021

Please accept my deepest condolences for your family. I grew up in Lakeport so I know all of you.(Lynn Spence).I had the privilege of working with Lee at the Woodlawn Inn.Happy..Fun and just a really wonderful man.He lived beside my sister so I got to say hello whenever I saw him. Peace be with you and your family. Much love. ❤🙏

Cathy Cavanagh - January 7, 2021

As a neighbour and fellow dog walker, I will miss seeing Lee and Halo in the neighbourhood as he always had a greeting for me. So sorry to learn of his passing.