In Memoriam Woodbury Trustee Emeritus Harvey S. Cova

Orange County businessman and community leader Harvey Samuel Cova died April 30 of complications from stroke, surrounded by family members he loved.  He was just two days away from his 81st birthday.

Harvey loved sports and loved to travel, visiting Asia, Europe, Hawaii, and North Africa during his long, rewarding life.  But he was at his happiest enjoying the simple company of friends and family.  For many years, an annual family vacation to Santa Cruz was the highlight of his year.

Born in Braddock, PA on May 2, 1932 to John and Nell Cova, Harvey moved to Los Angeles with his family while in his teens and attended Manual Arts High School.  During the Korean War, he enlisted in the army, which put him through finance school and stationed him in Japan.  His military training eventually led to his career as a tax accountant and financial advisor.

After the war, he enrolled at Woodbury University, Los Angeles, where he earned a degree in accounting and met his future wife, Marilyn Barsotti of Madera, CA.  The young couple lived in the L.A. area for two more decades, where they had four children.

Harvey started his accounting career at Charles Ford and Associates of Los Angeles.  In 1971, he co-founded Fox & Cova, a tax practice and financial advisory firm, with partner Julian Fox, in Beverly Hills.

Harvey relocated to Irvine in 1978, establishing Fox & Cova’s Orange County office.  For a time, he was also partner and board member of “Homes for Sale” magazine.  In 2004, Harvey joined Wertz & Co., and continued to provide tax and financial advice to clients he had served for decades.

In Irvine, Harvey became an active coach in AYSO and served on the Irvine Sports Council, which was dedicated to ensuring adequate playing fields for the community’s burgeoning population.  He also served on Woodbury’s board of trustees for more than 20 years.

Harvey was a leader in his church, St. Thomas More Catholic Church of Irvine, serving in the Knights of Columbus and the Italian Catholic Federation.

Harvey leaves his wife, Marilyn, and their four children — Alison Corrigan (John), Karen Cova, Marianne Merizalde and Jeff Cova (Anne) — as well as seven grandchildren — Kelly, Kevin (Magali) and Katie Corrigan, Mathew Merizalde and Shane, Sam, and Mia Cova.

He is also survived by his brother, Cliff Cova, and sisters Carol Smith and Doris McDonald.  He was preceded in death by an older brother, Jack.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Woodbury University of Burbank, the St. Thomas More building fund, or the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, Orange.