In Loving Memory of

Joey Kovacevich

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Joey was a most remarkable child -- insightful, sweet, joyous, courageous, funny, a natural leader,
and one of those children everyone loved, students and adults alike. Joey was an artist and creator,
innovator and entrepreneur -- he and his friends started their Todo comic company when they were 3rd graders,
raising funds for the upper school he fully intended to attend. Joey loved his school -- and we loved him.

October 16 is Joey's birthday. Click here to see his classmates' greeting.

Please share your memories of Joey below. Email Matt, and he'll post them here.



#87 anonymous 2017-01-18 21:35
Joey was such an amazing person and an fantastic kid, and I am extremely sad he passed. He has changed so many of our lives.
We love you Joey. You will NEVER be forgoten.
#86 Guest 2016-11-21 20:06
"To live in hearts we leave behind is to not die." -Thomas Campbell

"Life is amazing when you live it. Those who have been lost are lost because they have lived life. They have touched hearts. People will remember them forever. There will always be at least someone who remembers the lost and cries tears knowing the lost have lived life well." -Jackson
#85 Ezra 2016-11-01 21:22
Today we traveled to Japantown, and I saw a paper crane in the window. One time when Joey came to school in fourth grade, I made a paper crane with him. He loved it, and took it home. One day, Harry gave me a paper crane, and I thought about it again. Since then paper cranes have always reminded me of the fact that Joey was still optimistic even when he was sick. He once told me that the "Wheelchair was fun because you could go really fast down hills, even if I am not supposed to!"
#84 Ezra 2016-11-01 21:15
Also, we donated to the Stanford Children's Hospital, Joey's hospital for this sale. We set a record of $461.56 for the sale. Thank you for your support, and thank you for honoring Joey!
#83 Ezra 2016-11-01 21:12
Whenever people find out about Joey, they always say: "I'm sorry for your loss!" but Joey gave us so many things while he was alive, so I am thankful to have those, even if it was for just three years of my life. Joey meant so much to all of us, and yet, the sadness is not part of my life, just how he influenced me.
#82 Ezra 2016-11-01 21:10
Today is the day of the dead for people deceased as children, and I am thinking of Joey. I remember the rollercoasters, literally and figuratively. I remember Todo. The times that we shared were precious, and can never be replaced. Thank you all for helping honor Joey's memory.
#81 Sophia 2016-11-01 15:28
Happy birthday Joey! :)
#80 Jackson 2016-10-16 08:07
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOEY! I am done being sad and upset that Joey is gone. The happy moments are what keep me going!

1. Frying a giant gray spider with his electric fly swatter

2. The one recital he played at (and was amazing with his guitar)

3. Running to the wall of his house and getting paint all over my shirt because they were doing construction

4. Having a laser light show even though his mom had told us to go to bed (I am such a rebel! Just kidding, sorry about that Bradley)

5. Watching Disney Channel with him on the TV in his room

6. Eating dinner at a restaurant with his entire family

7. Playing with Booker and Rocky
#79 Jackson 2016-10-16 08:06
8. Printing, reproducing, making, and selling Todo (Joey made a comic too which I believe was about a T-Rex and a boy)

9. Playing with the new drone he got for Christmas (needless to say, I crashed it more than once.)

Holy smokes, I don't have enough symbols.

Thank you Joey for the most amazing three years I have EVER had!
#78 Ezra B-M 2016-09-03 07:50
Whenever I think about Joey, I remember the great moments, not his death. From walking through the sandbox in his uggs until his feet were stained for weeks, cooking cookies in the kitchen, or telling funny stories interrupted with jokes.
#77 Ezra B-M 2016-09-03 07:45
The Todo sale is once again centered around Joey's birthday, in remembrance of the great leader and dear friend he was to all of us.
#76 Jackson 2016-08-17 14:13
I am making a new Todo book! It is supposed to be 80 pages long, and there are new characters! The current characters are Todo, Octy, Sea Snake, Starfishy, Urchin Poker, Tazdo (Todo's Sister), Croc, Manny, Chloe, and Joey the Fisherman. I am making refined Monthly Todo's because the first ones were drawn well but it could be better. Todo will be forever dedicated in Joey's memory. Joey's old guitar teacher, Scott Cmiel is now teaching me guitar. He showed me a video of Joey playing a song by Matthew Hinsley called Hourglass. I replayed the beginning over and over, because he spoke his beautiful voice introducing the piece. I don't care what others think, if crying is a sign of weakness or oddness, but who cares what they think. I cry because Joey was the best friend I've ever had.

To the people reading this, but also to Bradley, Todd, and Lucy Kovacevich (also Rocky):-)
#75 Jackson 2016-07-03 18:04
On Sketchpad I made a drawing of Joey.
#74 Mirabelle 2016-04-18 18:25
I never really knew Joey, but whenever I smiled at him, he would always smile back, and that made me feel great. He seemed like someone that could brighten your day by just saying something funny. He made the best of his life and used it well, and that’s what really matters. I know that he was very loved and cared for in his life. I really liked the company that Joey was part of too, Todo. I’m sure he was part of what made it so great. I cannot imagine the loss that Lucy and Joey's family feels. They have my deepest sympathy. But I’m sure Joey will always be with them, watching over them, forever. I was not a close friend to Joey, but Lucy is an absolutely extraordanairy person who is now a close friend of mine. If Lucy is related to Joey, then Joey must of been a wonderful child. Anyone who knew Joey is very lucky to have known him.
#73 Jordan 2016-03-29 20:01
I am in Lucy's class. I can feel how much she must really miss her brother. I hope that she knows the Joey isn't gone, he has just moved into a different stage in his life. I never really knew Joey much but people say great things about him. I wish I could have gotten to know him more. Maybe he can hear us right now. Maybe he can see what everyone has done in honor of him. I bet he can. Joey sounded like an excellent person and he must have had an amazing personality.
#72 Matt 2015-10-17 05:04
Dear Jackson,

What you said made me think of a poem by Mary Frye, quoted below. I don't know what your beliefs are, but I feel quite certain that Joey IS here, and that you CAN tell him and show him.

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow;
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

--Mary Frye
#71 Connor 2015-10-16 22:13
Although I was never one of Joey's best friends, I always remember his smile, and how he was always excited. I really enjoyed participating in some of the todo comic sales, and I really enjoyed being around him
#70 Jackson 2015-10-16 21:37
It is Joey's birthday today, and in memory of him, we went to Sawyer trail to go see his memorial picnic spot. I miss Joey so much. Looking at the pictures makes me cry. There are so many things I want to tell him, so many things I want to show him. I just wish he were here.
#69 Hannah S. 2015-09-06 09:07
Joey was very kind and thoughtful and I am upset I didn't spend as much time with him as I could of. Joey had an amazing smile that would light up the whole room. Whenever I was feeling sad all I had to do was look at Joey and it would cheer me up. I remember in 2nd grade he dressed up as Stephanie for the play with pink glasses and it was so funny. Everyone laughed, I am still laughing right now. I wish Joey was still here with his amazing smile.
Hannah S.
#68 Matt 2015-08-14 07:24
It has been a year now since Joey moved on to the next stage of his existence, but he seems very present to me. I still have Joey dreams now and then, and his picture is everywhere here at school. Thinking about him lately reminded me of a quote from JM Barrie: "One who dies is only a little ahead of a procession all moving that way. When we round the corner we will see him again. We have only lost him for a moment because we fell behind, stopping to tie a shoe-lace."

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