Mr. Covatta’s involvement in his daughters’ activities led him to play a minor role in a local production of “The Nutcracker,” a gig he enjoyed so much that he became a frequent performer on the stage at the North Street Playhouse in Onancock, VA. Over time, he played many leading roles, perhaps the most notable being that of Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman” – a role that, for sure, he did not play in his own no-nonsense business life.
Once, after being praised for his portrayal of Willy Loman, Mr. Covatta said: “You know, I worked really hard at getting that role right, or what I thought was right. And, you know, I got it right, if I do say so.”
Mr. Covatta was appointed to the board of the Virginia Commission for the Arts by Gov. Tim Kaine in 2006 and he later was elected as chairman of the Commission. He served on the boards of Virginians for the Arts, the North Street Playhouse, Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital and Eastern Shore Community College Foundation. Mr. Covatta was also active in the following organizations: the MIT Educational Council, the McGovern Center for Brain Research at MIT, the Parents Committees for both St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH and Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA. He also was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Parksley, VA, and served as its treasurer for ten years.
In the last year of his life, Mr. Covatta was steadfastly positive, saying often that he had had “a good life” and no reason to complain. He had a lifelong passion for the New York Yankees and he loved to travel with his family. One might speculate that his greatest regret would be that he was only able to collect two Social Security checks.