on April 1, 2014 - 6:40 PM
, updated April 1, 2014 at 7:16 PM
April 9, 1935 – March 31, 2014
Elmer A. Covelli, a longtime men’s clothing store owner, died Monday at his home in Amherst. He was 78.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bishop Timon High School. He attended Niagara University, where he was a standout track and distance runner whose his cross country record remains unbroken.
After college, he joined the Army Reserve and was stationed at Fort Dix, N.J.
Following his military service, he embarked on a lifelong career in men’s clothing.
Mr. Covelli opened his first men’s clothing store, the Tudor Shop, in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village neighborhood.
He later established an online, custom men’s clothing business called Fashion Link, which he continued to operate until his death.
Mr. Covelli’s other passion was golf, an interest he first pursued in the 1950s as a caddy at Wanakah Country Club in Hamburg. He became a member of the club in 1992 and later served a term on its board of directors.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, the former Jean McDonnell; four sons, William, Michael, James and Christopher; a brother, Larry; and eight grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.