Kenneth P. Kovatch Jr.

| 30 Oct 2020 | 01:12

Kenneth P. Kovatch Jr. passed away on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, at home after a long illness which he bravely battled. He was 53 years old.

Born on Jan. 5, 1967, in Nyack and raised in Warwick, he was the son of Edith (Niedworok) and Kenneth P. Kovatch Sr., who predeceased him in 2017.

Kenny worked as a custodial worker for Warwick Valley School District for many years.

Kenny was a kind, sincere and loving person; he loved his family, his friends and long walks with his best dog, Angel.

He loved music and concerts and collecting memorabilia, especially from Kiss. He loved Disney World, fairs and carnivals. He was a huge Jets fan. When the Jets weren’t playing, Kenny watched the news. He loved vodka and he always had the biggest Christmas tree.

His biggest dislikes were cleaning, cellphones and computers.

His family statement reads: “Kenny was the best son a mother could have. He will be dearly missed by his family and the many friends he had. We will miss the funny stories he told and will have fond memories of the music he loved and the many concerts attended. The family would like to thank the Mt. Hope Police Department who helped them through a very difficult time and Tom Yonskie, the dog control officer for all his kindness.”

Kenny is survived by his loving mother, Edith of Warwick; sister Karen Vermillion and her husband Michael of Warwick; brother, Kevin Kovatch of Daytona Beach, Fla.; nieces and nephews: David Schermerhorn and his longtime partner Ashleigh of Albany; Rachael Schermerhorn of Florida, N.Y.; two great-nieces (Rachael’s daughters) Madison and Charlotte; aunts Janie Dios and her husband Robert of Pond Eddy and Joan Brothers and her husband Ray of Calabash, N.C.; and several cousins.

Visitation was held Nov. 3 at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Ave., Warwick.

A funeral service was held Nov. 4 at the funeral home; burial followed in Warwick Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Town of Mt. Hope Dog Control Program, 1706 Route 211 West, Otisville, NY 10963.

Arrangements were made by Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home. To send an online condolence, visit