100 guests for 100th birth­day

Don­ald Har­vey, born in Fresh­wa­ter, cel­e­brates be­com­ing a cen­te­nar­ian

The Compass - - Sports - BY BETH PENNEY Beth.penney@thetele­gram.com

100 guests came to din­ner at New Moon restau­rant in St. John’s Fri­day, Aug. 18, to cel­e­brate Don­ald Har­vey’s 100th birth­day.

“I’ve been coming to this restau­rant for 20 years or more,” said Har­vey. “They’re good to me here.”

Har­vey had guests at his birth­day from New­found­land, Al­berta, Boston, Eng­land and more.

Har­vey was born in Fresh­wa­ter, Car­bon­ear, on Aug. 18, 1917.

At the age of 11, he made his way to Whites Arm on the French Shore to par­tic­i­pate in the sea­sonal cod fish­ery.

In 1945, he left for Mon­treal where he worked for the Cana­dian Pa­cific Rail­way for the next 33 years.

“Although I grew up in Mon­treal, we spent every sum­mer in New­found­land,” said Har­vey’s son, Greg Har­vey. “Out of the 33 years in Mon­treal, he only missed six sum­mers home in New­found­land.”

In 1978, Har­vey re­tired from his po­si­tion with the Cana­dian Pa­cific Rail­way.

“I think I moved back to New­found­land the day af­ter I re­tired,” laughed Har­vey. “There’s no place like home.”

Har­vey and his fam­ily set­tled in to a home on Dun­scombe Place in St. John’s, and stayed for more than 30 years.

At the birth­day party, many of his neigh­bours shared their memories with Har­vey.

“Mr. Har­vey was like a grand­fa­ther to my chil­dren,” said neigh­bor Brian McNa­mara. “He made in­cred­i­ble boats, and when my son was young, he would al­ways go over and ask for some wood. Every week, I would be re­turn­ing a cart full of wood.”

Har­vey was an avid model ship builder. His mod­els of New­found­land schooners, do­rys, Rod­neys and long­lin­ers have found homes as far away as South Africa.

“Keep­ing busy kept me young,” said Har­vey. “I was al­ways build­ing ships, or in my green­house. It’s im­por­tant to stay busy.”

Greg Har­vey told The Tele­gram that his father grew enough to­ma­toes and cu­cum­bers to feed ev­ery­one on Dun­scombe Place.

“Some peo­ple called me tomato man,” laughed Har­vey.

Har­vey now re­sides in Par­adise, where he en­joys spend­ing time with Olive Hussey of Whit­bourne.

“We tell a lot of sto­ries,” said Hussey. “I’ve heard them all dozens of times, but he’s such great com­pany.”

PHOTO BY GREG HAR­VEY

Don­ald Har­vey cut­ting his birth­day cake.

BETH PENNEY/THE TELE­GRAM

100 guests for Don­ald Har­vey’s 100th birth­day party in St. John’s.

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