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Obituary: George Kovary

George Kovary lived his life much like he sailed – looking for a challenge and finding spirited adventure, always counting on God to be his lighthouse in stormy seas.

Funeral services were held for Doctor Anton George Kovary Jr., 90, who peacefully passed on July 7, 2010 after a lengthy illness at home with his loved ones. Devoted husband, father, and grandfather, survived by his beloved wife Rose (Weihl), his five children: Anton, Damien, Katherine, Christopher and John, their wives and husband and 14 grandchildren.

Son of Anton and Theresa, brother of John, like many first generation Americans he was the first to attend college and graduated with a doctoral degree. A veteran of the United States Navy, Dr. Kovary served as a medical officer stationed in Guam and Okinawa. Married and stateside he acted as attending surgeon at Queens General Hospital and Mary Immaculate, near his childhood home in Jamaica, later establishing a private practice in Queens.

Needing more space for his growing family, he moved to Long Island, a resident for 53 years, establishing roots in Garden City, becoming a vital member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Upon retiring from his duties as a medical officer for the U.S. Postal Service and The Bureau of Disabilities and Social Services of New York, he spent time traveling with his bride of 63 years, enjoying the sunset and waters of their Florida home, a sail on the Long Island Sound or ocean-side at Jones Beach with his family.

Final resting place is Queen of All Saints Cemetary in Central Islip.