100 guests for 100th birthday
Donald Harvey, born in Freshwater, celebrates becoming a centenarian
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.”
Donald Harvey cutting his birthday cake.
100 guests for Donald Harvey’s 100th birthday party in St. John’s.