@SteveAKovacs I was on assignment in Germany during the time of your father's funeral January 2014.
This year's PO Academy, BAS 14-031, is dedicated in memory of Grand Master Frank Kovács. RIP!
I think of Kovács Sensei often and pray that he is a Guardian Angel to all of us who work to Protect & Serve.
Köszönjük Nagymestere Kovács!
Gone for now, but Never Forgotten. Warriors never die; their service to the community lives on forever.
Without Frank Kovacs, and his teaching I would have never overcome bullying, I might not have spoke my mind as truthfully as i do... I went in to the studio and got to speak with him a few years back and saw him in his chair, I walked up to him and told him who I was, and was met with a large smile... Thats how i will always remember him.
You were my first teacher and have left a lasting impression that will never be forgotten. You were not only Master Frank, but as a little girl, you were at my birthdays in my home and a part of my family. What I have learned from you has become the most fundamental part of who I am. I would be excited when I came home from college and walk from my moms store to come see you. I would still always bow when I came in and you would be in your chair squinting to see who came in. When you realized it was me I will always remember the smile that spread across your face as you said heyyyy babyy! That will always be your chair and that will always be the first place that I ever learned something that meant anything. EVerytime I'm back in Cleveland driving to my moms store, like I always do, I will still drive the back way to pass by and see if you're in there. I know you will be.
Frank you were such a huge part of my childhood and the reason behind the confidence I have as an adult. I was your student for many years and you will never be forgotten. I am so glad that I stopped to see you and one of my children had to the honor to meet such a great man, a master in his art and friend and mentor to so many. May you rest in peace. God Bless and many prayers to your family. Much love and respect. Jill (Kidgell) Byler
To the Kovacs Family:
Frank was, is and will always be larger than life. I have thought about him often over the years. His influence remains.
Frank I remember when I was a little girl and I would walk to watch your classes than many years later my son and nephew went to your classes and you always remembered me you really liked my son Chris and taught him a lot..everyone in the neighborhood is so sad but you were a great man and a great teacher and you will be missed.
I am sorry to hear of your loss of your Father. He was a good friend of everyone and our family. The photo in the "High Karate" add he did was great back in the 70's. He will be remembered for that as well as other good things he accomplished throughout his life.
Thank you, everyone from the distant past to the present who wrote, visited, cared and shared. I'll never forget it or you either. Need anything....I'm here for you all.....
Buckeye Rd. was never the same after you left.The good old days on Harvey with Uncle Harvey & you.
I was surprised and saddened to hear of Frank's passing. I had just stopped in to see him a few months ago. He was one of a kind and you thought he'd live forever. We all did. Made some wonderful friends and had great fun during my time as one of his students.
Dr Jeff Richman 2nd degree black belt
I SALUTE YOU!
I THANK YOU!
I WILL MISS YOU MASTER FRANK, I WILL NEVER FORGET THE THINGS I LEARNED FROM YOU, NOT ONLY IN CLASS ,BUT AS A LOVING HUMAN BEING TO ALL MANKIND, AND THE WAY YOU ALWAYS MADE US LAUGH. I WILL ALWAYS HONOR YOU, AND YOUR TEACHINGS, YOUR SPIRIT WILL LIVE ON IN MY HEART! I AM VERY PROUD TO SAY THAT I AM AND WILL ALWAYS BE A STUDENT OF THE ONE AND ONLY "TOUGH AS NAILS"- MASTER FRANK KOVACS"
I WILL MISS YOU-
SENSAI' DERRICK WOODARD
my condolences to Kovacs family. Bill Gerbasi was his student in 1970s and he spoke highly of Frank who is very good patience and teach him with his deaf gestures of speaking. He will be miss very much.
Steve & family,
Your father was a mentor and inspiration to so many. My time on the mat was the development of the person I become. My thoughts and love are with you at this time. Oosa ooooah!
I was very saddened to hear of Frank's. passing. I started lessons at 15 yrs old. Took a break then went back after his encouragement. when I had a 4 week old baby. Obtained my black belt at 30 yrs old. The best time of my life I spent there. I will never forget him. Or when he affectionately called me. Dago. RIP Frank you were truly a legend to me 29 yrs later.
To the Koplow family:
I'm so sorry for your loss. He sounded like a great guy. May he rest in peace.
My Condolences go out to the Kovacs family.
Frank, To a wonderful instructor and friend, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You will be missed.
Mr. Kovacs was a positive influence on so many during his lifetime. I'm honored to have had the opportunity to meet him. My condolences to his family.
Lt. Scott Niehus / Geauga Sheriff's Office
Sorry for your loss. I remember sharing many lunches and golf games with Frank. He was a great guy and will always be remembered by many for his Karate studio.
John Selvaggio (Lyndhurst, Oh)
So sorry for your loss. May God be your source of comfort and strength during this difficult time.
God be with your family. I know you surely will be missed. Neiland really enjoyed the times he spent with Frank at The Mayfield Academy for Karate. Sincerely Neiland & Lorna Lee Hale
Frank was truly a mentor to myself and countless others. I will always cherish the time I spent at Mayfield Academy. He will be missed!
A Very nice man. He used to great me with a smile and or a hand shake and small talk outside his karate studio when i walked by on my way to and from the gym. I knew him as a fixture in the community and that he had tremendous influence on the youth in the community for as far back as when i was a child back in the 60's.
My condolences, Steve, to you and your family. It's always difficult to lose a parent. Your dad had a huge impact on many of the people around him, and his loss will be noticed. Your family will not be alone in its grief.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You will forever be missed.
some of the best memories of my life ,the mayfield academy.thanks frank ,your memories will be always be with us. condolences to steve and frank and family. Gene and Fran williams
I have many fond memories of my time with you at Mayfield Karate. You took a small Italian boy at the age of 10 and gave him the confidence and control he needed to succeed. You included me in many of the School's demonstrations at festivals and that made me feel special. I truly enjoyed your leadership and friendship. I know your inspiration and energy will be missed by many.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Dave and Linda Wulff
You had a big impact on my life - as both a teacher and friend. I know there are so many others that would say the same thing. You will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Condolences to the Kovacs family.
Chief Rick Porrello / Lyndhurst Police
Frank you set a great example for others to follow to become a tue leader and have influenced many generations over the past 5 decades. Peace be with you. Our thoughts and prayers for you and your extended family. Michael W. Janko 5th dan
I love you Frank. You were an inspiration to everyone you met. Your presence will be missed, but your legacy will be with us always. L.S.