John "Sonny" Kovatch was a visonary.
The area business and civic leader, who died Saturday, launched a small auto repair business in Nesquehoning shortly after returning home from fighting in the Pacific during World War II.
But he saw bigger and better things than his initial enterprise. He wanted to grow, and his business grew with him.
The repair shop expanded into a number of automobile franchises that proved successful. Who would have ever thought that such an endeavor would one day be U.S. and World leader in fire truck manufacturing?