Retired master plumber Zalmon ‘Harry’ Kovner dies in Texas

ZALMON “HARRY” KOVNER, a retired mechanical contractor and master plumber, passed away in San Antonio, TX. on June 23, 2019.   He was 95.

A graveside funeral service was held at Congregation Gates of Prayer’s Joseph Street Cemetery, 1428 Joseph St. on Thursday, June 27, at 10:00 am.

A native of Houston, he grew up in New Orleans in the Jewish Children’s Home during the Great Depression. Because he liked helping out the maintenance man at the home, he decided he would like to become a plumber. He eventually became a master plumber and mechanical contractor.

Like most of his generation, he served proudly in World War II. He was very active in the American Legion doing everything from keeping the books to cooking for large events. 

Kovner loved to cook and fish. After he retired, he took up golf and developed a hobby of woodworking. His furniture is still being enjoyed by his family as well as at Congregation Gates of Prayer in Metairie, where he was a longtime member.

He moved to San Antonio four years ago, where he became affiliated with Temple Beth El. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Estelle, and is survived by his sons Stephen Kovner (Elaine), and and Stacy Marc Kovner (William M. Himel)  two grandsons, and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services were held on Thursday, June 27 at 10:00am at Gates of Prayer Joseph St. Cemetery. Rabbi David Gerber officiated. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Jewish Children’s Regional Service ( or a charity of your choice.


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