WILMINGTON, MA — Bernard J. Kovitch “Bernie” age 83, of Wilmington, MA, passed away on December 18, 2018, at the Mass. General Hospital in Boston, MA.
Bernie was born on March 29, 1935, at home in Great Bend, PA; he was the dear son of the late Paul and Albina Kovitch. Bernie was the fifth of twelve siblings who were raised and educated in Hallstead, PA.
Upon graduation from The Hallstead School, Bernie enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1953 where he proudly served in the Korean conflict. Following his completion of active duty, Bernie continued to serve his Country in the Air Force Reserves until March of 1967.
Bernie married Ruth Walcott on June 2, 1956; the couple moved to Wilmington on November 1, 1958 where they raised their family.
While in the AF Reserves, Bernie attended Bentley College studying accounting and working as a Purchasing Agent at Revere Sugar Refinery, Charlestown, MA for over 27 years; then as manager of parts procurement at Walcott Sales & Service for 20 years.
Bernie will be fondly remembered for his passions; lobster, blueberry pie, football (no stat unknown to him), animal lover, expert campfire builder, and horseshoe champion.
Bernie was the beloved husband of Ruth (Walcott) Kovitch, devoted father of Linda Kovitch of Bedford, Marcia Breakey & her husband Roger Breakey, Jr. of Nashua, NH, Jeffrey Kovitch of Phila, Ohio and his late son Larry Kovitch. Loving “Grampie” of Roger Breakey III, Kristen Breakey, Leah Kovitch and Lynn Kovitch. Cherished son of the late Paul and Albina (Sturek) Kovitch, dear brother of Irene McCarthy & her late husband John, Elinore Fitzgerald & her late husband John, Paul Kovitch, Jr. & his late wife Lillian and Andrew Kovitch & his late wife Genoa all of Hallstead, PA, Dorothy Dewey & her late husband William of Binghamton, NY, Edward Kovitch & his wife Jenny of LaVista, NE, Joseph Kovitch & his wife Olivia of Klamath Falls, OR, and Michael Kovitch of Harrisburg, PA. Bernie is survived by his Aunt, Alice Grasso of Binghamton, NY, Kenneth Walcott, Mesa, AZ and Priscilla Walcott and her late husband Philip of Reading, MA as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Bernie was predeceased by his brothers Steven and George Kovitch and his step-sister Margaret Kovitch-Clark, sister-in-law, Virginia Henderson, nephews Andrew Henderson, John Fitzgerald II, niece Jessica McEwen.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, January 12th for Visiting Hours from 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. immediately followed by a Celebration of Life at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bernie’s memory may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth St., Suite 360, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1353 http://www.pfc.org or to the Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.
(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)
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