James Max Kovalo, 66, was called home on Saturday, November 20, 2021. He is the son of the late Fred and Rose Kovalo of Dilles Bottom. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law Charles Truman Fields, Grandparents Carmine and Matilda Damiani, Joseph and Malvina DeGenova, Rudolph and Clementine Postage, Charles and Julia “Jay” Polivka, Lemuel and Mary Louise Tschappat, Louis Damiani, Primo and Angela Damiani,John and Anna Kovalo, Mary and Arnold Woelkers, Charles and Annie Kovalo and Alex and Ann Kouvolo. His sister-in-law Olga Kovalo, cousins Connie Tschappet, Ray DeGenova, Louis Damiani and several friends along the way.
He is survived by his loving wife of almost 40 years Sherry, daughter Jamie Lee Hammond (Robert), son Joshua James Kovalo, son Jay Michael Kovalo and his favorite little redhead, granddaughter Averi Rose, all from Shadyside. His brother Fred Kovalo of McMechen, WV, sister Carma Kovalo of St. Clairsville, and mother-in-law Reva Fields Vannatter of Dunbar, WV. Daniel (Tammie) Fields and David (Lora) Fields both of Dunbar, WV. Many Kovalo and Damiani cousins. Many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews in Dunbar
Jim had the most powerful personality and did not know the meaning of the word stranger. He would always make time for anyone that needed an ear to listen or if someone needed advice. Most of the time, he could be found working in his garage on one of his cars with his little shop assistant at his heels.
He loved all things Shadyside, especially football and track. From volunteering at OVTL meets, to several shot put coaching stints, he was always ready to lend a hand.
Family will receive friends Friday, November 26 at the Bauknecht Altmeyer Funeral home 3900 Central Ave., Shadyside Ohio from 2-4 & 6-8pm. Funeral mass at 11am in St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Saturday November 27, Shadyside Ohio. Interment in Powhatan Cemetery with a luncheon to follow after at St. Mary’s.
In respect to the family and friends, the family requests that masks be worn and to practice social distancing while visiting at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the American Cancer Society by going to TMCFunding.com, American Heart Association by going to TMCFunding.com, or the OR&W Fire Department by going to TMCFunding.com.