Nesquehoning Fire Chief John McArdle said he was saddened to hear of the death of John "Sonny" Kovatch Jr., founder of the Kovatch Corporation and its subsidiaries in Nesquehoning.
"Certainly he's going to be missed," McArdle said. "He's been a pillar of the community for a long, long time."
McArdle said he remembers him best as a "friend and asset for our fire companies."
He had donated the land for the Hauto Fire Department.
When the Nesquehoning Fire Station was built, Kovatch assisted with the use of his firm's equipment and provided slab (site fill).