Dwayne Murray Covert

It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Dwayne Murray Covert. Born February 16, 1963, Dwayne passed away on Sunday September 6, 2020, just two weeks and a day after the passing of his longtime life partner Murray Dalgarno.

The two of them loved to travel together and wherever Dwayne and Murray went they always brought people together and made many lifelong friendships. Both Dwayne and Murray passed away from natural causes. In addition to being predeceased by Murray, Dwayne was also predeceased by his parents William and Joyce Covert.

Dwayne was the owner and operator of “A Swiss in Paris” which Dwayne closed upon moving to Ingersoll in 2018. Dwayne was raised in Brantford and lived in Toronto, Cambridge, Paris and Ingersoll. Dwayne’s latest vocational endeavour was as Banquet and Event Manager at the Quality Inn in Woodstock. This position was very well suited to Dwayne as he loved to entertain and make people feel welcome. He will be greatly missed by his co-workers and friends at the Quality Inn.

Dwayne is survived by his sister Cathy (Paul) Stillman, his brother Douglas (Dale) Covert, his nephew Jeffrey Stillman (Tabitha Abrey), loving cousins, and by his many, many friends. Dwayne and Murray are very fortunate that their neighbours/friends Renee and Martin have welcomed their beloved greyhound Roo into their home and family.

Memorial donations to the Needlenose Greyhound Adoption in Campbellville, Ontario or to World Vision are appreciated and may be made directly or by cheque through Wareing Cremation Services, 225 Norwich Avenue, Woodstock, N4S 3V8 (519-409-5575).

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  • How fortunate were we to be a part of Murray’s and Dwayne’s lives! Yet how sad are we to have lost both in such an unbelievably short span of time. It is impossible to speak of Dwayne without including Murray as they were “51% of each other” and inseparable. As Dwayne and Murray travelled together on their path on this earth, they gathered along the way literally hundreds of new friends from far and wide who grew to love and respect their kind, generous, flamboyant, fun loving spirits. New friends would be welcomed into their home for dinner parties, costume parties (“events”), a glass of wine, early morning coffee or just a pop in visit. Nothing pleased Dwayne and Murray more than making others feel happy and welcome. Dwayne, the dreamer/architect of so many projects and Murray, the creative worker bee who brought them to life. With Dwayne’s remarkable wit always at the ready and Murray’s photographic memory describing, in painstaking detail, a “long story short” (it was never short), it was inevitable that laughter would fill any room they were in. Laughter, food and a place to sleep were always offered. They loved to travel together and although romantic Paris, where they celebrated their 50th birthdays, was the favourite, they were keen to answer any request to go anywhere. Suitcases were loaded with not only souvenirs but phone numbers and emails of new friendships forged over a 10-day holiday, somewhere on this planet. Old friends would eventually meet new friends from travel, or book club, or Dwayne’s cheese shop, or neighbours, or garden club, or community or wine club, Dwayne and Murray exuded a positive energy , a joie de vivre that impacted all of us. Mission accomplished, my friends, with your kind hearts and generous spirits, you made the world a better place! xoxo Darlene and Donna

    Donna Wilkie
  • If I had known it was the last time I’d see you both, I would have given you an endless hug. The world is less wonderful with you.

    Lori Johnson
  • I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. I grew up with Dwayne on Herbert Street and was a very dear friend growing up. The last time I seen Dwayne was when Mrs. Covert and my father were in the hospital together and it was such a pleasure to see him again as we lost touch when we moved. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time, hold your memories close as I know I will he was a great friend. RIP Dwayne I will always remember you.

    Gillian Durrant
  • My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am so sad to have lost two of the dearest friends that I had been blessed to meet over 16 years ago. Not a day has gone by that I haven’t thought of them. They left us with memories and alot of laughs. Two genuinely beautiful souls that were meant to be in this life and the next. Hugs to you all. Evelyn and Dan

    Evelyn Potter
  • It is with sadness that my wife and I learned of the passing of Dwayne Covert. I got to know Dwayne through the Business Improvement Area (BIA) Association in Brant County, while he lived and operated his Swiss in Paris establishment in Paris, ON. I am a handicapped person and I was a member of The Accessibility Advisory Committee at Brant County. At the time, I had been promoting to the BIA the idea of building custom ramps for businesses, which would allow people such as myself access to various businesses in the area. The construction of these ramps was spearheaded by a charity group called STOPGAP.CA. When I made my pitch to the BIA, it was Dwayne who volunteered his business to be the first one in the area to have a ramp built at his shop. I remember how thrilled I was to be able to proceed with this ramp project. Over the course of the next few weeks, I had the custom ramp built. Afterwards, there was an impromptu promotion video made by the County. Upon completion, I was so glad to be able to enter his store using my electric scooter and finally buy some cheese! It was a simple transaction that most people take for granted. But it meant a lot to me, then and now. Traversing that one small step in front of his store was like climbing Mount Everest for me. It also made it possible for everyone else confined to a mobility device. It was because of the caring, understanding and the reaching out by Dwayne that made this event possible. It made me feel wonderful. I thanked Dwayne several times for his generosity to the cause of improved accessibility of businesses. Posthumously, I thank him again for his understanding. We discovered Dwayne was our neighbour and enjoyed seeing his beautifully-landscaped property, which he graciously showed us. Dwayne will be missed. Thank you, Lyle Marchewka

    Lyle Marchewka
  • It was my good fortune to work with Wayne. His sense of humour and that big, broad smile of his were so endearing. I loved his store in Paris and would go weekly where he would tempt me to try new cheeses and other foods. He was a kind and caring person. Gone much too soon. Peace my friend.

    Mary-Margaret Webster

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