David Kovalcin

Hudson, New Hampshire


Hudson, New Hampshire


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Portraits in the Mist
There are little ghosts of Daddy in the mirrors of the Kovalcin house in Hudson, N.H.

David Kovalcin had a habit of drawing smiling portraits of the whole family — his wife, Elizabeth, and their daughters, Rebecca, 4, and Marina, 1 — on the steamy glass in the bathrooms. Now Rebecca draws her own, with only three people.

Mr. Kovalcin, 42, was a passenger on Flight 11, on a business trip for Raytheon, where he was a senior mechanical engineer. Mrs. Kovalcin said they had carved out a "Father Knows Best" kind of life, with him coming home at six every evening, choosing to know his family well rather than to work longer hours for more money.

She remembers that her husband had trouble sleeping two nights before his departure. "He woke me up at 3 a.m., and said 'I'm pacing the house. I can't sleep,' " she said.

"I rubbed his head and tried to calm him down. He was very distressed, but had no idea what it was. Then three days later I remembered, and thought, 'Holy cow, I wonder what that was about.' "

The morning he left home he had written a note for his family: "Rebecca, Marina and Mommy, I will miss everybody very much. See you Friday night." At the end he added, "I fed the dogs but not the fish."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 9, 2001.

David Kovalcin, 42, an engineer for Raytheon from New Hampshire, was headed to the West Coast for business on American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston Tuesday morning. He left a note for his wife of five years and their daughters--ages 4 and 1--telling the three how much he would miss them while he was away, said a cousin of Kovalcin's wife.

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It has been 19 years yet is seems like yesterday. You have left us with some great memories and your beautiful daughters to remind us what a great person you were. You are never forgotten. We love and miss you.

Still in our memories! We miss you every day!

We send our continued deep sympathy to your family. Words will never remove the pain of losing someone dearly loved but may they show that others still do care. May God continue to give the needed help and support. David is still missed by others and will always be fondly thought of.

For those of you still commenting on this today, this is David's daughter. I've read every message on here and would like to say thank you. For those of you I don not know, the ones who did projects on him, got a flag or a bracelet with his name, or wrote a story of something nice he did for you in college, thank you. It means a lot to me.

I'll always remember you from high school and friends in the neighborhood.
RIP gone too soon but never forgotten!!
Semper Fidelis

Never forgotten my dear cousin!

Boston - USS Constitution 1984

Father does indeed know best. We all need to spend as much time as we can with our families for we never know when our families may change. My prayers today are for David's friends and family. Then pain never leaves, but may you be comforted by the thoughts and prayers of many across this great nation who will never forget. Much love from Texas