Harvey P. Kovac
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Harvey Kovac, 88, passed away surrounded by his family, following a short illness on October 24th. He was the 8th and youngest child born to the late John Kovac and Mary Kovac on August 8, 1932 in Akron Ohio. Four brothers and three sisters preceded him in death. He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Joan; three children, Sherri Kimbel (Bob) of Lauderdale by the Sea; Laurie Walpole (Keith) of Plantation; and Joey Kovac (Cheryl) of Fort Lauderdale; 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was a graduate of the University of Akron, and a Captain in the Army.

Although Harvey was born in Ohio, he had Florida in his soul and following years of vacations to south Florida, moved to Davie, FL in 1976, opening up Kovac Automotive there. He and Joan would go on to open 3 additional tire and service stores. He was awarded the Goodyear Circle of Excellence for being one of Goodyear's top outstanding tire dealerships. He was an elected Commissioner of the Central Broward Drainage District Board, and Treasurer of Broward Navy League. He and his wife moved to Pompano Beach in 2004 to fulfill one of his lifelong dreams of living on the ocean.

He was an avid golfer, scoring a hole in one when he was 77. He loved his family, his dog Domino, good wine, art, theater, boating and a well constructed old fashioned in that order. Harvey enjoyed traveling the world and the country with his wife and friends. He was a lifetime member of Kiwanis, and the founding President of the Davie/West Hollywood Kiwanis club. He loved the comics - he said that you could learn much about the world by just reading the comics.

Internment will be at Our Lady Queen of Heaven cemetery and a Mass of Christian Burial will be scheduled at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Memorial donations may be made to Navy League Ft Lauderdale Council Sea Cadet Training Station project, seacadetbuildingfund.org, or the Davie/West Hollywood Kiwanis Club, 4650 SW 61st Ave, Davie, FL 33314.

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Published in Sun-Sentinel on Oct. 26, 2020.
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November 24, 2020
Harvey was always smiling & so happy every time I saw him. I am sending Prayers to all his Friends & Family. May God Bless you All Trudi
Trudi Stalker
Friend
November 10, 2020
Joan we loved both of you from the day we were married 56 years ago. You were always a great example to us and we've has both of you in our prayers. We too are grateful for Uncle Harvey's decision at the end of his life. We have great faith in God the Father and his son Jesus Christ. We pray that the spirit will comfort you daily. Love, George and Diane
George and Diane Kovac
Family
October 30, 2020
Harvey was an Uncle, Godfather to two of our children, mentor, man of his word and most of all, friend. We will miss him dearly.
Our condolences go out to Aunt Joan and his family. We hope you all will find comfort in knowing how great of a man he was and how he was loved and respected.
Mark Yambor
Family
October 30, 2020
The Kovacs and I both started our businesses across the street from each other in Davie in 1976. Harvey was my main mechanic for my cars and we often kidded that I liked him but the only time we got together was when my car needed repairs; so I was always unhappy when I visited him and Joan.
I tried many times to convince him to become a Rotarian in Sam's and my club but he was very loyal to his Kiwanis club. I have many great memories of our Davie service clubs and Chamber activities.
God Bless you, Joan and the family. We will always remember fun times together.
Bob and Bonnie Miller
Bob Miller
Friend
October 29, 2020
I remember BBQ breakfasts and his mischievous smile. We'll all better people for knowing Harvey.
Paul
Friend
October 29, 2020
What a fantastic energetic man of his word.
My condolences to the children and to Joan.
Scott McLaughlin
Acquaintance
October 28, 2020
Harvey will not be forgotten
Yolanda & Bruce
Friend
October 28, 2020
I am very saddened to learn of the death of a man I will always remember as Mr Fantastic. He was a great example of the power of being positive and always looking on the bright side of life. I am grateful to him for that important lesson and for the privilege of knowing him. My sincere heartfelt sympathy to Joan and his family.
John Kelly
Friend
October 28, 2020
Dear Joan & Famly;

Our deepest sympathy to you & family.

Sincerely;

Joe & Teresa Latona

Venice, Florida
Joe & Teresa Latona
Friend
October 27, 2020
Anne and I extend our deepest sympathy to Joan Kovac and the entire Kovac family.
Harvey and I shared political adventures when I was Town Administrator of Davie. He served on the Central Broward Water Control Board and the Downtown Davie Agency. He was active in the Kiwanis Club and served his community in many organizations.

Harvey always made sure that he gave me a little constructive criticism. He looked out for me and always gave me the political heads up. Harvey was always amused with the goings on in Davie. I will remember his sense of humor and his smile. He will be missed.

Irv Rosenbaum
Friend
October 27, 2020
Harvey, we were humbly honor to meet you and share time together in many places and always enjoying your humor and the kindness of your wife Joan. Weathever it was having lunch on a Cruiseliner, a day at the races, the gala at the Navy League, our "formal" meetings at the Board for the Ft Lauderdale Council, a dinner at the Yacht Club, or our ocasional meeting at our place sharing the most amazing italian food at "Pomodoro". It was always fun and the great memories will be always with us until we will see you again in the company of our Lord. Rest in peace in His loving hands.
Love, Oscar and Alicia Romano
Oscar and Alicia Romano
Friend
October 27, 2020
Our sincere condolences to Joan and the family. We will miss Harvey’s smile in the neighborhood.
Andy and Kelli Swick
Neighbor
October 27, 2020
Harvey was a good man and was always friendly. He was the type of guy that never met a stranger. I once found a stray dog walking along A1A and Harvey and Joan adopted him. They named him Domino.
God bless you Harvey, you will meet a lot of new and old friends now.
Thomas Jackson
Neighbor
October 27, 2020
Mr. Harvey was a great person, funny, always giving back to the community, hard working, my condolences to his family especially Ms. Joan, God blessed his soul
Jose Delgado
Friend
October 26, 2020
I am deeply saddened to learn of Harvey’s passing. He will forever be closely held in my heart, with fond memories of his wicked grin, friendship, and his kind, straightforward way of speaking.
Keeping you all in my prayers.
Valerie Lockwood Moran
Friend
October 26, 2020
a good man
marty lineen
Friend
October 26, 2020
Sad to hear about Harvey. He always had a smile. Prayers and condolences to the family. Cherish the memories of the good times.
Steve Seefchak
Acquaintance
October 26, 2020
Sending our thoughts and prayers to the Kovac family
Shawn and Janet Lowry
Friend
October 26, 2020
He was a great man, he gave me my first job in Florida when I moved here I’m 1983. He will surly be missed. God rest his soul!
Carlos Diaz
Friend
October 26, 2020
Carol and I will deeply miss Harvey. We both decided to move to the beach about the same time and then Harvey and I made the same mistake to get on the HOA Board in 2006 until now. We became best of friends with Joan and Harvey and we’re able to survive and keep our sanity the last 6 months with COVID-19 by playing pinochle as often as we could. All our thoughts, prayers, and support go out to Joan and the family.

Augie & Carol Ferrera
Augie Ferrera
October 26, 2020
What a great guy. Remember a fishing trip with him and son Joey. Harvey’s stomach and the ocean didn’t get along, but that nor the fact that we came up short on landing any fish didn't bother him or his favorite cigar. He will be missed
Pete Russell
Friend
October 26, 2020
May God Bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. My wife and I often reflect on the many fond memories of knowing and working with Harvey and Joan at the Town of Davie. With condolences and our deepest sympathy.
Jack and Maria Mackie
Jack & Maria Mackie
Friend
October 26, 2020
Words are never adequate in moments like these. We will say though, that our hearts go out to you, and we will always remember the joyous memories that we are privileged to have in knowing Harvey. Sending prayers and love to all.
Susan Coyle
Friend
October 26, 2020
My family and I will always remember Harvey as a great father a mentor and a leader in the community .
We will miss him so...
Robert and Lori Cottone
Robert
Friend
October 26, 2020
Harvey was a great man. He always had my respect and admiration. Condolences to the family. I am sorry that I am not in So.Florida to pay my respects in person. RIP good friend.
John George
Friend
October 25, 2020
Great man who loved his whole family.
Marco Romalotti
Friend
October 25, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Harvey’s passing. I remember still the trip we took to St Thomas with Harvey and Joan what fun. Rest In Peace my friend.

Hugs to the family
Sue Grant
Friend
October 25, 2020
Love and prayers to Joan and the Kovac family. Harvey's smile always lit up the room. His kindness, community service, and generosity will be remembered as will his entrepreneurial ability in building a great Davie business. RIP
Judy paul
Friend
October 25, 2020
Dear Joan, Sherri, Laurie and Joey,
So sorry for your loss of Harvey. It's never enough time to spend with your dear husband and dad. We have found memories of all of you and Harvey at family events and reunions. Always in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy.
Linda and Gary Anello
Family
October 25, 2020
Joey, my condolences to you and your family for your loss of your father. May he Rest In Peace
Louise Fawzi
Friend
October 25, 2020
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Kovac family for your loss.
Beverly Cacioppo
October 25, 2020
So sorry to hear of uncle Harvey’s passing. George always spoke fondly of him. Maybe he can find George and they can catch up talking to each other. My love goes out to Aunt Joan and family.
Angela Handley
Family
October 25, 2020
Joan and family
My heart was saddened to hear of Harvey’s passing.
May your faith and memories bring you
Peace.
God be with you all
Lynda Goldstein
Lynda Goldstein
Friend
October 25, 2020
He was my best uncle. I shall miss him.

Lou Yambor
Louis Yambor
Family
October 25, 2020
Prayers and deepest, deepest condolences to Joan and the Kovac family. Harvey was the kindness man who loved his family proudly. My heart aches for you Joan as you were inseparable and shared a glorious life together. Harvey will be missed but will live on in the hearts of so many that he touched. ❤
Grace Anderson Hall
Friend
October 25, 2020
He was my best and trusted friend ,God bless you Harv.. Bob Turner.
Bob Turner
October 25, 2020
So very sorry for your tremendous loss. Our hearts are with you all! Much Love, Sarah, Margaret and Robert Varela
Sarah Varela
Friend
October 25, 2020
I am so very sorry about your loss. What a great man. Much Love from Akron, Ohio -Ruth Ottiger
Ruth Ottiger
Friend
October 25, 2020
Uncle Harvey, was foremost a family man. A society and business leader as well, he never lost the perspective on what mattered most. His sense of humor, jokes and laughter were infectious and so memorable! Although he lost his mother at a profoundly early age, he was genuinely a happy, happy man in spite of it. His marriage was exemplary and his children’s lives a testament to it. The family and community are devastated and there is a hole in the world that can not be replaced. May he join the family who died before him in peace. His mother awaits him. Love and condolences to the family.
Barbara Zimmerman
Family
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