Joseph J. Cowhey Obituary – Bucks County Courier Times

Joseph J. Cowhey, 63, of Doylestown died suddenly on April 5, 2022 with his family by his side. He was born September 4, 1958 to the late Thomas J. Cowhey and the late Rose Cowhey (née – Costa); Joe was the beloved husband of Deborah (née – Seivwright); father of Kelsey, Kara and Grace; brother of Mary Margaret Pellegrine and her husband Daniel, of Thomas Cowhey and his wife Lorraine, and of Rose Nihill and her husband Joseph; and also leaves to mourn Dawn Cowhey, her beloved nephew Daniel Pellegrine and a loving extended family. Joe will also be missed by his friends, colleagues and staff at the Cowhey Family ShopRite in Warminster, which the family has operated for over 12 years.

Joe was born and raised in Philadelphia, graduating from Lower Moreland High School and DeSales University. He was a dedicated community and business leader as owner and operator of the ShopRite in Warminster, a move he saw as the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. The Warminster store has truly become a family business as the Cowheys have worked in the store and within the Warminster community to support many charitable endeavors and worthy endeavours. Joe was a devoted family man who enjoyed spending time on the Jersey Shore, Florida, and family vacations abroad. Although Joe loved to travel, his favorite times were spent relaxing on his patio at home with a cigar and his beloved family by his side.

Joe cultivated a reputation not only for generosity and kindness to his friends and neighbors, but also for his willingness to help in any way needed. In partnership with William Tennent High School, Joe and his store team created an innovative “ShopRite Career Lab” for young people providing training for retail and grocery jobs. Joe also partnered with Doylestown Hospital in 2013 to pilot a community outreach program. The program was affiliated with the hospital and located in the Warminster ShopRite, where people could access free medical resources and referrals. The program lasted seven years, but also grew into a lifelong relationship with the hospital.

Joe and the family have participated in many programs to help the community of Warminster and surrounding areas, including those focused on wellness, education, safety, and park programs in Warminster Township and surrounding areas. Joe has supported the community in several ways: by sponsoring the annual Warminster Day Fair; organized a fundraiser to install a sunshade at a local children’s playground; provide police dogs and raise funds to purchase a police car for the Township of Warminster Police Department, and support the local fire department, food pantries and families in need.

Family and friends are invited to Joe’s Life Celebration first on Sunday, April 10, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Nativity of Our Lord Church, 605 West Street Road, Warminster, and again on Monday, April 11 . 2022 from 9:00 a.m. and the funeral mass from 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Nativity of Our Lord. Interment will follow at the historic Doylestown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe Cowhey’s memory may be made in favor of Doylestown Health [or enter the service line/program of yourchoice at Doylestown Health]. Checks payable to “Doylestown Health Foundation” can be mailed to 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901. Donations can also be received online at

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Posted on April 08, 2022

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