John N. Harvey, 75, of Jaffrey, NH died peacefully on August 3, 2017 at the Good Shepherd Healthcare Center with his daughters by his side after losing his battle with Alzheimer’s.
He was born on September 24, 1941 in Scarsdale, NY, a son of the late John ‘Jack’ and Helen (Neal) Harvey.
John graduated in 1959 from East Chester (NY) High School, and in 1963 from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT where he was a Delta Tau Delta and excelled at cross country, diving, and singing in the University Glee Club. After marrying, he honorably served his country as an officer in the United States Navy aboard the Cruiser Class USS Newport from 1963 to 1965. John returned to the States after serving his country to continue his education. In 1971, he earned his Master’s in Marketing from Clark University in Worcester, MA as valedictorian and went to work focusing on sales and marketing within state-of-the-art industries. After living throughout New England, he settled his family in Chatham, NJ. In the 1980’s, he moved to such places as Vermont, New York City, Seattle, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. He made his final home in New Hampshire next to his eldest daughter.
John was a military war buff who also loved reading classic novels and thrillers. He enjoyed classical and folk music, singing in choirs, PBS, preparing international and gourmet meals for family and friends, and travelling the world. He enjoyed exploring new places and following his dreams. He visited over 50 countries. He collected tribal artifacts from Africa, Nepal, India, Australia, Moscow, China and Burma. He was a big game hunter who decorated his homes with his trophies, the biggest of those being his water buffalo, Bruce. He loved hiking and camping, and had walked 80% of the Appalachian Trail with the Over-the-Hill Gang, white-water rafting, collecting guns, dark room photography, karate, gardening, carpentry, owning classic cars and motorcycles, and being part of the Land Rover Owners Club. Family was very important to John and he loved connecting with his children and grandchildren by performing magic tricks for them. Carpe Diem was his motto.
Survivors include his daughters, Anne Wentworth and her husband Peter of Jaffrey, NH, Kimberly Newport of Meriden, CT and Kyra Basuel and her husband Don of Manalapan, NJ; his brother, Russell Harvey of Arkansas; his grandchildren; Alexandre, Jasmine, Arianna, Christian and Katerina, his nieces Jill and Michelle, and nephew Jonny.
Following cremation, memorial visiting hours will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Cournoyer Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 33 River Street, (Rte. 202) Jaffrey, NH 03452.
A chapel service with military honors will be held on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 11:00am at the Massachusetts Memorial Veterans’ Cemetery, 111 Glenallen Street, Winchendon, MA. All are invited to meet at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Appalachian Mountain Club, 5 Joy Street, Boston, MA 02108, or via www.outdoors.org/tribute, or to the Alzheimer's Association of Massachusetts & New Hampshire, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452, or via www.alz.org/MANH.