BRADENTON, FLA. – Tibor T. Kovalovsky, 91, passed away Tuesday, february 26, 2013 in Bradenton, Florida.
Tibor T. Kovalovsky was born Sept. 27, 1921, in the Bratislava District of Slovakia, where he completed his formal education. At the age of 15, he earned the honor of Eagle Scout.
He served as an official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the first Slovak Republic in Bratislava, and after World War II at the Ministry in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
His assignments included Berlin and Paris.
He later served as Liaison Officer for the Czecho-Slovak Government to the British Government in the British Zone of West Germany.
He was a member of the Czecho-Slovak delegation to the Paris Peace Conference in 1946.
In 1949, he resigned his position in the diplomatic corps following the Communist takeover of Czecho-Slovakia. He, along with his wife, Emilia, and sons, Tibor and Peter, initially immigrated to Australia.
Later they were granted a visa to the United States, arriving in 1953, and settled in Campbell, Ohio where his son, John, was born.
Tibor was employed by several local entities, including General Fireproofing, Isaly’s Dairy, and Mahoning County, Ohio Engineering Department. He was later appointed by Campbell, Ohio Mayor Rocco F. Mico to the position of Campbell Superintendent of Streets.
In 1971 he was elected to the position of Supreme Secretary (CEO) by the Slovak Catholic Sokol National Convention and moved to Passaic, N.J. to serve in that capacity. During this time, he was also President of New York and New Jersey Fraternal Congress. In 2003, he was honored by the Slovak Catholic Sokol as its “Fraternalist of the Year.”
After retiring in 1992, he and his wife returned to the Mahoning Valley and resided in Boardman, Ohio. He recently relocated to Bradenton, FL and resided with his son, Peter, until his death on Feb. 26, 2013.
His parents, John and Elizabeth; and on Aug. 19, 2005, his wife, Emilia, preceded him in death.
His sons, Tibor (Anne) of Knoxville, Tennessee, Peter (Rose-Ann) of Bradenton and John (Donna) of Saddlebrook, N.J.; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild survive him.
He was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Campbell, Ohio and later of St. Mathias Slovak Church in Youngstown, Ohio.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows at St. Mathias Catholic Church, with Father John Jerek officiating.
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