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Joseph A. Kovacs

March 9, 1938 September 8, 2023
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

Ryder Kovacs.

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 (

Arrangements are under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940.

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2:00 PM 9/20/2023 2:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 9/20/2023 3:00:00 PM
Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home

130 Highland Ave.
Middletown, NY 10940

Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home
130 Highland Ave. Middletown 10940 NY
United States

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