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Oct. 27, 1929 – May 5, 2014

The Rev. Richard C. Coveny, who served as pastor of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Colden for four decades, died Monday under hospice care in Ormond Beach, Fla. He was 84.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in the Town of Tonawanda, St. Columban Seminary in Silver Creek and St. Bernard Seminary in Rochester.

Father Coveny was ordained into the priesthood by Bishop Joseph Burke on May 26, 1956, in Buffalo. Later that year, he served as missionary apostolate at St. Joseph Church in Bliss.

He was an assistant at St. Patrick Church in Lockport in 1957 and St. Aloysius Church in Cheektowaga in 1966.

In 1974, Father Coveny was appointed chaplain for the Newman Club at Bryant & Stratton Business Institute and served as weekend assistant at Immaculate Conception in Buffalo.

He became pastor at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in 1976. Under his guidance, the entire church was renovated, and in time a parish hall was erected and dedicated in his name. The music ministry grew and became a mainstay at the church.

Father Coveny retired from pastoral duties in May 2007.

He was a member of the Priests’ Council, Ancient Order of Hibernians and Hamburg Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by a sister, Mary Jane Moran.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 26 Thorn Ave., Orchard Park.