Dr. George Kovacevic, 55, died peacefully Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at his home in Cape Coral, surrounded by family, after bravely battling Multiple Myeloma, a type of bone marrow cancer. George was born November 12, 1960 in Becej, in the former Yugoslavia. His family emigrated to the US when he was a child and settled in Chicago, Il, where George attended Lane Technical High School and went on to graduate from the University of IL, Chicago and Rush Medical College; he completed his residency in OB/GYN at the University of Illinois Hospital, Chicago, Il.
George was many things to so many people: A father, son, husband, brother, friend, and also a gentle, kind, and brilliant obstetrician who ushered thousands of souls into the world through his hands. His journey as an OB/GYN began with the birth of his daughter Lauren, the first baby he ever witnessed being born, while he was in college.
When deciding on a medical specialty, George initially resisted obstetrics, but ultimately the combination of the thrill of performing surgery plus the ability to get to know his patients and make a difference in their lives won out and he enjoyed a 20 year career in Illinois and Florida, where he was known for his skill, intelligence, and most of all, kindness towards patients, staff, and colleagues. He leaves behind a legacy of respectful care for women as he spearheaded VBAC and Gentle Cesarean, in addition to minimally invasive gynecological surgery.
His colleagues at Illinois Valley Community Hospital and Women’s Health Care Center in Peru, IL; St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley, IL; and Cape Coral Hospital, Physicians Primary Care of SWFL and Baby Love Birth Center, Cape Coral, FL mourn his passing.
Even while living the busy life of an OB/GYN, George found time to pursue his passion for boating, spending time with friends on the Illinois River, Lake Michigan, and the many wonderful aquatic areas of Florida. He was also an accomplished dancer and enjoyed salsa dancing.
He is survived by his wife, Samantha McCormick; his mother, Magdalena Herr; his daughter, Lauren Kovacevic; siblings Alexander Kovacevic, Daniel Kovacevic, and Katherine Kovacevic Nieman; and his first wife, Lisa Kay. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Kovacevic.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 7. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/616189988538551/
Contributions in memory of Dr. George Kovacevic can be donated at http://www.ican-online.org/donate/
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.