Celebrating the life of Joseph A. Kovacs
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Joseph Andrew Kovacs, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed unexpectedly on September 8,
2023, at the age of 85 at his home in Middletown, NY. The family is deeply saddened by his sudden
Joseph is predeceased by his wife Edith Kovacs. Joseph is survived by his 3 sons, Marc Kovacs, Derek
Kovacs, and Michael Kovacs and 4 grandchildren, Madison Kovacs, Chase Kovacs, Logan Kovacs, and
Joseph was born in 1938 to Charles and Elisabeth Kovacs in Beacon, NY. Charles immigrated to America
through Ellis Island in 1928 from Hungary on the Olympic. Joseph was the first Kovacs born in America.
Throughout his life, Joseph had a long history of volunteering and giving back to his community. In his
earlier years, he worked at the Beacon Police Department, Newburgh Police Department, Central Vally
Fire Department and Pocatello Fire Department. As he served his community, he progressed through
the ranks in the fire departments and held various positions; Central Valley Fire Department; Treasurer,
Lieutenant, Assistant Chief, and Captain; Pocatello Fire Department; Lieutenant and President. Later in
life, he worked for the City of Middletown Special Police, was the produce manager at Shop Rite,
handled security for Woodbury Commons and Shop Rite, and was the regional director for the Senior
AARP driving classes. Joseph was always community driven and even in his last days as a school crossing
guard for the City of Middletown, ensured children made it to school safely. According to the
Middletown Police department dispatch, a lot of people addressed him as Mr. Joe.
Those who knew Joseph knew how much he loved the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, camping,
and shooting. He also loved to cook for his family every night, even though it was never healthy. He
loved his Mets, Devils and Bills (to him, the only New York football team).
Joseph loved his family and was so proud of his children and grandchildren.
A short memorial service for Joseph will be held at 2pm on September 20, 2023, at Applebee-McPhillips
Funeral home, 130 Highland Ave., Middletown, NY 10940. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes
memorial contributions be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org).
Arrangements are under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940.
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130 Highland Ave.
Middletown, NY 10940