Edward (Ed) John Kovalchick, Jr.

It is with deep sadness that we announce that the Lord called home Edward (Ed) John Kovalchick, Jr. of Helena, Alabama, on March 7, 2022. He was a special husband, father, “Dee”, and friend to many who knew and loved him. Ed was preceded in death by his father Edward Kovalchick, Sr.; step-mother Roberta Kovalchick; mother-in-law Virginia Smith; aunt Dorothy Roark; uncle Nicholas Kovalchick; grandson Gunner Williams; as well as other family members and friends. He is survived by his devoted wife Pat Kovalchick; daughters Micheala (Ray) Haynie and Johnna (Michael) Matthews. Ed was the proud “Dee” to Kelsey (Brandon) Cranmer, Aja Matthews, and Eli Matthews; and special great-grand “Dee” to Gunner Cranmer.

Ed was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania, on November 14, 1949. He grew up in Sagamore, PA and as an early teen moved to Endicott, New York. He finished high school in West Monroe, Louisiana and went on to attend the University of Louisiana -Monroe, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

Ed developed his love of cars early in life and opened his own repair shop at the ripe age of 18. His meticulous mind led him to be very successful in not only the repair industry, but the automotive industry as a whole. In his mid-20s, he moved to Shelby County, AL, to marry his sweetheart Pat. After a short run as editor of a county newspaper, he returned to the auto industry and opened his own consulting firm in 1979, Net Profit Inc.

Over the 35 years that Net Profit Inc. was a fully functioning firm, Ed enjoyed management consulting with dealerships and automotive manufacturers world-wide. After semi-retiring, he enjoyed his leisure time in his car-barn, endless projects and traveling to vintage races with his best friends.

He spent years in the Single Action Shooters Society where he donned the name “Dealin’ D”. As a gunslinger he went as far as California to compete. He always enjoyed his weekly dinners with “the cowboys.”

Along with his other commitments, he was a
columnist for Dealer Magazine, contributor to MOPAR Masters Guild Magazine, Victory Lane Magazine and Digital Dealer.
He was the President of Alabama Auto Racing Pioneers and a dedicated volunteer at Barbers Motor Speedway.

Above all else, Ed loved his family and took pride in providing for them. He will be sorely missed.

Services will be held at the family church, The Church at Cahaba Bend, in Helena, on Friday, March 11, 2022. Visitation will be at 12pm with service to follow at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Ed Kovalchick Memory/Fix-It Fund at The Church At Cahaba Bend.


  1. Liz Morris on March 8, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    May God strengthem you and
    your family! Please Accept My
    Sincere condolences.
    Bob and Liz Morris

  2. Dianne Beasley on March 8, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Keep all your precious memories as a loving happy family. God bless all of you and you will feel His peace and strength in the days ahead.

  3. John Wolfe on March 8, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Well my friend…. There comes a time to lock up the tool box one go home…..

    I owe you a debt I could never repay.

    Your family felt like mine. You all be blessed and may God comfort you.

    BTW Ed……. I don’t think they need much consulting nor advice where you are but, I’m sure you will try….

    I will miss you like you would never understand.

    Be health, happy and I’ll see ya later.

    John Wolfe

  4. Jim Leman on March 8, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    To a good friend in the car industry and fellow lover of old cars who I worked with at Dealer MAGAZINE years ago. See you when I get Home too, Ed. Pat, I am sorry for this loss of your very best friend.

  5. Ronnie and Lucy Milstead on March 9, 2022 at 11:04 am

    We are so sorry to hear about Ed we are keeping you and the family in our prayers.

  6. David MacMeekin on March 9, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Ed and I did not always see eye to eye in business, but he had a profoundly positive influence on my professional and personal life.your loss is all of ours loss.

  7. Jim Muntz on March 10, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Good Bye Ed-
    I know it is a cliché but you will be missed.

    Our relationship is professional and not truly personal… however I am proud to name Ed among my friends in the business.

    Ed’s pithy style and his a erudite knowledge of the dealership business will be hard to replace… if that is even possible.

    Good Bye my friend… I hope we cross paths again.

    Jim Muntz/Dealersedge

  8. Carrie Thames on March 11, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    Always enjoyed the conversation with Ed while I cut his hair. He was always helpful and kind. He will be missed here for sure!!

  9. Benjie and Donna on March 11, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Hello Patricia and family. Donna and I are so sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed conversation with him. God bless you all.

  10. Stacey Easter on March 12, 2022 at 1:43 am

    Pat & family, I am so so sorry for all of your loss. I only had the chance to meet Ed a handful of times & I really liked him. He always treated me so kind & always had a smile on his face. Please know that I’m praying heavily for you all.
    My love to you! ♥️