Feb 28, 1925 – Jul 29, 2015
With love and sadness the family announces the passing of Edward Kovich, on Wednesday,
July 29, 2015, with family by his side.
Dad was born to Leon and Elsie Kovich on February, 28, 1925 in R.M. of Bifrost, better known as Homer, Manitoba. Dad attended Homer School. In his later teens and early twenties he worked in the bush cutting pulp, and hired himself out to farmers to help with the harvesting.
In dad’s early twenties he bought his farm. On one side of his farm was his brother Steve’s farm and on the other side was his parent’s farm. That is where he farmed for most of his life. In dad’s late twenties, he met and married Grace Spring. They were married August 15, 1953. They were blessed with three children, Shirley Ann, Randy and Rick.
Later on, dad worked for Patterson Elevators. He would travel around the three prairie provinces, building elevators in the off season. He would come home on weekends to see his family. In the fall he would come home to harvest the land.
Dad loved Friday and Saturday nights when his brother Steve and other neighbours would get together to play cards.
Dad also had a love for animals. He had two dogs he talked about all the time, Pepper and Muchie. Then he had cats, a lot over the years.
Dad came to BC to live with his daughter Shirley Ann and Keith (son-in-law) after his glaucoma got too bad for him to be on his own. Dad would still keep active with the flower beds and animals. He took a very special interest in Keith’s and Shirley Ann’s pets, Maggie, Kirby and Pitty.
Dad later moved to Castleview Care Centre where he lived the last two and a half years. He chose Castleview so he could see Shirley Ann while at work. The care staff said he talked about her everyday. Also of the dogs and cat. He talked about his family often, especially the kids.
Dad is survived by his ex-wife (close friend) Grace Spring; daughter Shirley Ann (Keith) Beck of Castlegar BC; sons Randy Kovich of Victoria BC and Rick Kovich of Nelson BC; grandchildren Candace (Jake) Johnson, Jarrod Beck and Jeff Beck; great-grandchildren Mattew Sellin, Breighan Sellin, Haley Johnson, Michael Kovich, Mattew Kovich, Kelsey Kovich, Jade Beck, Jasmine Beck, Berghen Beck and Sorren Beck and many nieces and nephews.
Dad was predeceased by his parents Leon and Elsie Kovich; sisters Katie Lisowski, Annie Romaniuk, Josie Zeolkowski, and Helen Shumey; brothers Mike Kovich, John Kovich, Bill Kovich and Steve Kovich and grandsons Robin M. Makara and Jason E. Beck.
Dad had a saying, people never pass away they just go fishing. So dad sit under a big maple tree and catch a big fish for all of us.
There will not be a service for dad. Next August we will be taking dad back to Homer, Manitoba and have a service then.
Cremation has taken place in care of Castlegar Funeral Chapel.
The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses of Castlegar and Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospitals. A very special thanks to the staff of Castleview Care Centre.
“LOVE YOU ALWAYS DAD, SEE YOU LATER.”