Covino, Joseph "Joe" Peter, Jr.

April 21, 1985 - January 1, 2018

Joseph “Joe” Peter Covino, Jr., 32 was born on April 21, 1985, and passed away at his home on January 1, 2018.

Joseph was born in Plano, Texas to Joseph Peter Covino, Sr. and Michele Loper Carlson. He attended Althol Murray College of Notre Dame and Plano West Senior High School. Joseph worked alongside his father Joe at their family owned restaurant Covino’s Pasta and Pizza right out of high school. He is preceded in death by his loving Grandfather Nicholas Covino, Sr., Grandmother Marie Covino, Uncle Michael Loper, and Grandfather Roger Loper.

He is survived by his father, Joseph Peter Covino, Sr.; and Mother, Michele Loper Carlson (Richard); Nana, Anna Loper; Wife, Sarah Nichole Hamlin; Son, Cale Covino; and Daughters, Brooklyn Covino, and Victoria Hamlin; Aunt/Godmother, Kathleen Covino; Uncle, Nicholas “Nicky” Covino, Jr.; Uncle, James Loper (Tracey); Uncle/Godfather, John Loper (Kathy); Aunt, Elizabeth “Liz” Loper Jones (Dan); Cousins, Michael Loper-Rodriquez (Maximiliano); Kierstin Way (Jimmy), Stephen Loper (Jenn), Tyler Loper, Kailtin, Megan, Courtney, and Annmarie Loper; Sister-in-law, Emma Hamlin; Brother-in-law, Hunter Hamlin; Stepsister, Emily Carlson; and Stepbrother, Gregory Carlson.

Joseph’s favorite sport and hobby was ice hockey. He loved the NHL Team the Dallas Stars. Joseph was a loving son, husband, father, and friend to many.

Visitation:  2:00 P.M., Friday, January 5, 2018

Funeral Mass:  3:00 P.M., Friday, January 5, 2018

Place:  St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2700 W. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75023

In lieu of flowers, we have set up a Go Fund Me account for the children, Cale Joseph and Brooklyn Marie Covino, and Victoria Grace Hamlin.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

54 replies on “Covino, Joseph "Joe" Peter, Jr.”

Andrew Thrasher says:

Love you buddy! I’m going to miss seeing you every week or when you would come over to the shop with that big smile and mess with me. I can still hear your voice and that laugh of yours. You had such a big heart and influence in my life. I’ll miss our talks about life and the Stars. I’ll cherish our memories upstairs in our parents house. I’ll never forget that year we won state you personally made that the best year of my life and hockey career. You taught me leadership, grit, and respect. I’m going to miss you so much man words can’t even describe it. I promise we will do our best to make sure that Cale becomes the best hockey player you wanted him to be. We will take care of your family and make sure you are never forgotten. I love ya buddy!

Much Love from your favorite defenseman Thrash!

Mike & Joy Daley says:

My deepest sympathies go out to the Covino family. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of Joe Jr. rest in peace.

Coach Tom Quigley says:


Words can not express the sympathies I hold for you at this time. I have known you and Joey since your early days in Plano. We became customers. Joey came to my basketball camps. And now… we are friends.

Joey was a good young man. We always greeted one another with a hand shake and a hug.

I respectfully grieve with you my friend.

My Son , Bryan will attend services as a representative of our family as we are unable to attend the services at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.

I pray for peace in your heart.


Tom Quigley

Avin Kroteh says:

Joe, you have been a great friend to me Plano West my junior year and your senior year. I will never forget you wishing me a happy birthday. You definitely have a permanent place in my heart always.

Avin Kroteh says:

Joe, you have been a great friend to me Plano West my junior year and your senior year. I will never forget you wishing me a happy birthday. You definitely have a permanent place in my heart always.

Cersosimo says:

There are no words to help your heart at this time. We are all thinking of the Loper/Covino family and praying for peace and comfort. Love, The Cersosimo’s

Taylor palmer says:

Joe Covino, you were one of the kindest people I ever met. You were a great friend, amazing father and incredible and selfless person. To say we will miss you is an understatement. I will cherish the memories we made and I will miss seeing your big smile when we walk into Covinos. We promise to watch over your family and beautiful children. May you Rest In Peace. We love you forever and always, in this life and the next. Xoxo

Sheila Patterson says:

Deepest Sympathy to you all. We watched him grow up!! He was a sweet caring soul that has left us all too soon.
RIP sweet Joseph….Ill miss you rubbing my shoulders in the restaurant!

Tiffani Farrington says:

My deepest condolences to Joe’s family. He was a friend of mine in high school and he was always one of the nicest guys. Sending love and prayers to his family and his children.

Severine says:

Joe, while I know there are no words to ease this loss; these have always provided me some comfort and I pray they’ll do the same for you.

“I don’t believe our loved one make our lives, loving them does. Death can’t take that away…it stays with us forever.” ~ Author unknown

Chris Pezoulas says:

Say it ain’t so Joe. Words can’t express how much I miss and love you. You were a role model to me and I always looked up to you. You lived life the right way and put other first. You will forever have a place in my heart.

Rest easy wing king

Stan and Connie Tuz says:

Gone to young but hope you are at peace now. Condolences to our dear friends Michele and Richard and are here for you at the most tragic time. Rip Joseph❤️❤️❤️

Martha and Raymond Mead says:

Deepest condolences to the entire family. So sorry for your loss. Praying for Peace and strength for you all.

The Ludwig family says:

Deepest condolences from the El Norte Family (The Ludwig’s) to the Covino family. As we all grew up in Plano in the restaurant business from kids to adults we are deeply saddened to learn this news of Joey. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all you during this time. May Joey rest in peace and the love of family surround all
Of you during this time.

Love, Mark, Debra, Gretchen, and Whitney Ludwig – El Norte Grill

Troy Horton & Famiky says:

Joe & Family —

We love you like family & want to extend our most sincere, heartfelt condolences, brother. May the peace of Christ help to ease your sadness & sorrow in this most difficult time.

We were blessed to know Joe, Jr through your introduction at the restaurant and he always treated us as family, just as you always have. He always greeted us with a smile and a hug and we felt blessed to know him.

Please, if there is anything at all we can do for you or your family, just ask.

Barbara West says:

The entire Saigling Community would like to express our condolences. We loved Joe – he was always so very kind and caring. Every time any of his former teachers came to the restaurant , Joe always took time to sit and talk about his Saigling memories. And we were always greeted with a huge hug! Such precious memories of Joe and his sweet smile. Our prayers and hearts are with you – Joe and Michele. May he Rest In Peace .

Kathy Brodhead says:

Dear Covino Family there are no words to express my
Sadness and grief today. Joey thank you for always a huge hug and smile. You called me “momma”. I met you subbing at Plano West. Who calls their sub that? Joey did. Sarah you have three beautiful souls to nurture and love.Embrace them and know so many of us will be praying for wisdom and strength for you. Rest sweet boy and be that angel looking over us. It was our honor to call you friend. Ksthy and Randy Brodhead


Joe was always a awesome to hang out with. He had a good taste in music. I wish the best for his family.

Beverly & Rudy Delgado says:

We will miss this precious boy. Love to your beautiful children…I hope we keep in touch. Our hearts are broken.

Whitney, Spencer & Nick Shelley says:

Oh Joe, I am so incredibly sorry for you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers and see you soon. 💕💕

Bud and Sharon Layne says:

Just heard about the loss of your son. So sorry for your loss. Will keep you and yours in our thoughts and prayers. Bud and Sharon Layne

Colin, Nichole, Raegan, Sophie and Wyatt Brooks says:

I’m at a loss for words- our whole family is heartbroken. Joe Jr. was always smiling and kind to us. He was just a good man. The entire Covino family has been so wonderful to us. Just know that we’re here for you. We’re praying for you and will do anything we can for you.

Cathy & Bob Fox says:

Our sincere condolences for your great loss. Our lives, like so many others I’m sure, we’re touched by Joe’s attention and genuine affection for his customers. We will miss him more than you know. Our hearts are broken.
Love and Godspeed to the Covino family during this sad and difficult time,
Cathy & Bob Fox

Franchise Family says:

I can honestly say, I have never met a soul who was more of a perfect example of a gentleman than he was. His parents should be proud to have raised such a respectable, polite, kind and loving man. In a world full of selfishness and greed, Joe was a rare breed. Those who were lucky enough to have crossed paths with him know exactly what i mean, and we should all take a moment to engrave those traits in our memory, and pass them on to the world around us every chance we get, so that a little piece of Joe can be seen, heard, and felt no matter where we go, what we do, and who we meet. This is not goodbye

Doreen Piersall (Tucci) says:

Dear Joe and Michelle. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Son. May God Bless you in your time of Grief and hold Joseph in His Loving Arms. My Deep sympathy to your whole family.

Angela Hamlin Justus says:

To Joe’s family and friends,
I just wanted to say I am very sorry to hear about Joe. My heart hurts for you all. I went thru this 11 yrs ago. He was a wonderful man. He always had a smile on his face. I will remember him always smiling!

Robbi Dietrich says:

Kind neighbor- always a smile and a hug when I saw you- always looked forward to seeing you in the restaurant where we have celebrated family birthdays for years. Rest In Peace.

John & Susie McCulloch says:

Our deepest sympathy to your entire family.
Prayers of comfort and peace to you all.
We will truly miss seeing his smile and getting to chat with him up at the family business.
We enjoyed watching him grow up over the years and becoming a fine young man.
He will truly be missed.
God Bless you all.

John & Susie McCulloch

Howard & Phyllis Schulman says:

Joe, Michelle and family, words can never express our thoughts at a time like this. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Phyllis & Howard Schulman

Sharon Ensminger says:

Joe and Michele and all the family,
Prayers and sympathy in the sudden loss of Joe.
May you find peace in the good memories always.
Love, the Ensminger’s

Annette Osborn says:

You were always so good about telling people that you cared for them. Your smile lit up the whole room. Thank you for calling me your friend, even though I was a special kind of weirdo. Princess Nachos will be for dinner tonight, wish you were here to help me finish them.

Beth & Pete DuPre says:

Joe and Michele – our hearts are sad. Joe was a wonderful person and always greeted us with an amazing smile. We are thinking of you and sending our condolences. May Joe rest in peace.

Debbie Armstrong says:

Joseph and Michelle: Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Barb and Brian Fullen says:

Our deepest condolences to your family. Prayers for God’s comfort and peace for you all.

Pignones says:

We will keep your family in our prayers.

The Fjordholm Sisters- Marie, Anne, Tove & Trine says:

With deepest sympathy-
Someone so special will not be forgotten, happy times we could never regret. Wonderful memories will live on forever, in our hearts we will never forget. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with Joe, Michele, Sarah and the kids.

Pam Kinnett and Tom Reed says:

Deepest condolences to the entire family. Pam and I were always greeted at the restaurant with a hand shake, smile and a hug. We will miss Joe Jr.

There are no words to help your heart at this time. We respectfully grieve with you my friend.

Kim and David will attend services as a representative for Pam and I as we have the flu and are unable to attend the services at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. God Bless You Joe…

Angela says:

Our deepest condolences to the Covino family may God give you peace and comfort in this trying time.

Pam Kinnett & Tom Reed says:

Deepest condolences to the entire family. Pam and I were always greeted at the restaurant with a hand shake, smile and a hug. We will miss Joe Jr.

There are no words to help your heart at this time. We respectfully grieve with you my friend.

Kim and David will attend services as a representative for Pam and I as we have the flu and are unable to attend the services at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. God Bless You Joe…

Teresa (Brock) Walls says:

Our family was so sad to hear about Joe. My daughter, Lauren, went to Saigling with Joey and just thought the world of him. I remember him as one of the neighborhood kids; a sweet, kind little boy. Please accept our deepest sympathy. God bless all of you.

Kathy Hamilton says:

A small group of us have been coming to Covino’s for over 20+ years. Everyone in the restaurant feels like family and Joe Jr’s passing is just heartbreaking for us all. His smile, his warmth, and his hugs will be missed. We wish God’s blessings on Joe Sr, Michele, Sarah, the children and the whole staff at Covino’s. Rest in peace now Joe.



Will Collins says:

Joe Covino we all love you.
You are a big brother, mentor and loved friend to me and can’t see you gone. Seeing you play the great game of hockey we both loved got me so inspired as a young kid. You taught me such great people skills and life lessons from brother to brother . Having you apart of my life for 20+ years was a beautiful blessing that is irreplaceable. I know you saw from above the over filled, out the door, wrapped around church of people that you’ve touched. You’re a beloved father, son, husband that has blessed this Earth and will guide from where you are now. We will all miss you, but I know you’ll be looking down in us every day . One day we will be together again having family dinner after along night ,having the time of eternity. I can’t count the memories we’ve shared . But I know we will never forget them. Keep the beer cold for me brother, for when I see you again. Rest in peace.

Lou Tucci says:

My deepest sympathy and condolences from my Family to yours. So sorry for your loss.

Josh Frazier says:

Thoughts and prayers for the entire Covino family. Joe was always a great kid and I was blessed to have spoken with him when growing up and visiting the family restaurant. May God bless him Joe and Michelle, and all the Covino family.
-Frazier family

Nancy and David Rygwalski says:

Our deepest sympathy at this time with loving thoughts and prayers. Joe was a sweet, kind and generous young man. He was a giver not a taker. Very polite young man. Brett has known Joe since kindergarten and loved him like a brother. God Bless your family and friends at this time.

Lyn Innes says:

Our deepest sympathy for such a wonderful family. So sorry for your loss. Praying for your family today and tomorrow for peace and comfort.

Faye Spiegel says:

Michelle, Joe and his beloved Family,
My condolences are inadequate and my heart yearns to envelop you. We shared the pride and joy of watching our sons play on PW ice. In our family’s loss, I searched for the magic words that would bring peace and turned to many friends for help. But in the silence I knew there were no words to make it all right. I had been foolish to expect them. The only magic was his great love for me.
And so my heartfelt prayer for each of you too, is a return to peace in your hearts. Joe’s way of loving each of you surely was magical!

Tim and Beth Meehan says:

Our hearts burst with sadness when we heard this news. We pray for Joe Jr and family.

Kathy and John Slattery says:

We loved eating at Covinos when we lived in Plano from 1993-1998. Joe Sr and Michele were the best hosts and it was such a fun-loving place (we were from NY as was Joe). So sad for the loss of your dear son. From all of the condolences, it’s obvious that Joe Jr was a great person and we are praying for the family.

Meghan Meehan Shannon says:

We are so very sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. I went to Bishop Lynch high school with him, and have the fondest memories of riding the bus to school together. He was always in a good mood, even at the ungodly hour of 7am (what high school boy is happy at 7am?!). He was the first person to ask how your day was going – and he truly meant it. He was a great listener and a wonderful friend. I grew up visiting Joe and his dad at Covino’s, which is our family’s favorite restaurant. I celebrated my college graduation there, my engagement there, and too many birthdays to count. The restaurant is the backdrop of some of my best memories, and the smell of rosemary reminds me of their bread to this day. I’ve lived in Austin for 15 years now, but I always look forward to coming home to Plano to visit Covino’s with my parents. Those pilgrimages to our favorite restaurant won’t be the same without Joe’s smiling face and comforting hug. He was a light in this world, and will be dearly missed.

Brad and Michelle Hammons says:

Dear Joe and Family,

We are heartbroken to hear about Joe Juniors passing. You and your family are in our thoughts an prayers. He will be dearly remembered and missed.

Roz Telfer says:

Heartbreaking, my deepest condolences. Will always remember Joe as a big part of my years at Notre Dame! Sending love to everyone hurting because of this loss.

Debbie (Hinkle) Wood says:

I just learned of Joe’s passing and my heart is broken into a million pieces. I’ve known Joe since Saigling and my son, Chris, used to come from Haggard to Saigling in the afternoon’s to read with Joe in the after-school program. Joe always remembered me when I went to Covino’s and always greeted me with a hug and would come to the table and visit when he could. Such a wonderful young man. I’ve been gone from Plano for a number of years now so had not seen him in a while. Joe and Michelle, you had such a wonderful young man and the heavens are going to be a better place now with Joe there. My deepest condolences to you, his wife, children and the rest of the family.

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