Donald R. Codey Jr.

Donald R. Codey Jr.

printed 10/08/2021


Donald R. Codey Jr., age 76, of Selbyville, Delaware, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes following a long suffering illness related to Covid-19.

He was born in Springfield, Missouri, and was the son of the late Donald R Codey Sr. and Patricia A (Harling) Codey.

Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather, racing executive and coach.

He was an alumni of Mt. St. Mary’s College class of ’66. Early in his career he served as a racing official with the New Jersey Sports Authority as well as assistant basketball coach at Seton Hall University under Bill Raftery, followed by assistant director of the New Jersey Racing Commission, where he was instrumental in creating the established rules and regulations for simulcasting in America and Canada.

He also served as past general manager at Rosecroft Raceway in Oxen Hill, Maryland, and past COO and vice President at the former Ballys at Ocean Downs in Berlin, MD. He was Past Presiding Judge at Meadowlands Racetrack in E. Rutherford, New Jersey, and past president of Freehold Raceway in Freehold, New Jersey.

Don was very active in the beach community and enjoyed membership in many organizations.

He was a member and usher at St. Luke’s and St. Andrews Catholic Church, Ocean City Marlin Club, The Dunes Club of Maryland, 50-year member of the Benevolent Order of Elks and former trustee of the Ocean City Elks, Ocean City Elks Golf Association, Loyal Order of the Moose, Ocean City American Legion, former member of the Towson Elks, member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, past board member of Harness Tracks of America and Retired Irish Bounce Passers Association.

He was a volunteer for many scholarship funds and charity events as well as a passionate and avid sports enthusiast.

He is survived by his wife, Irma Curtis Codey of Selbyville; one daughter, Melissa Peters and husband, Kyle, of Wall, New Jersey; two sons, Donald R. Codey III and wife, Renee, of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Sean M. Codey of Little Silver, New Jersey; two sisters, Patricia and Colleen; two brothers, Richard and Robert; brother-in-law, Lawrence Patterson; grandchildren, Angelina, Olivia, Gabriella, Michael, Matthew, Mia, Katey, Kyle and Logan.

He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and numerous friends who have become extended family.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, at St Luke’s Catholic Church, 9903 Coastal Hwy. in Ocean City with Father Paul Jennings officiating.

A viewing will be held on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, from 6-8 p.m. at Bishop-Hastings Funeral Home, 19 S. Main St. in Selbyville, and also an hour before the mass at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Ocean City Elks Scholarship Fund, 13708 Sinepuxent Ave, Ocean City, Maryland 21842.

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