I was so sad to get the phone call from my granny this morning that her next door neighbor and friend Harvey Hurvitz passed away. Harvey was a wonderful neighbor, friend, father, husband and grandfather. He was brilliant and also hilarious. I was fortunate enough to hang out with him many times over the years at family gatherings and at various venues where my aunt JD Danner’s band would play. He was a fan of live music and the occasional glass of Maker’s Maahhk [Maker’s Mark bourbon as he called in his wonderful Boston accent].
He loved old country songs and today my aunt JD told me he loved Neil Young’s music. I never knew that. She had even learned “Heart of Gold” for him. When I covered stories for the newspaper in Boca, he’d often read the stories and tell me what he liked about it. One night, we had a truly memorable conversation about “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” after I had interviewed Kim. He was amazed by the show and hooked on watching it for a while, which I thought was curious but Harvey was full of awesome surprises.
He was an accomplished financial adviser for for Wells Fargo Advisors in Boca Raton and attended Boston University for his education. Harvey lived his life authentically and I loved how real he was. I always loved when he’d say “He or she is outta their mind!” He was usually right.
So rest now, our dear Harvey. One day I hope to see you in heaven and sit down with you and have another great conversation about life. I will never forget you or how you helped me and brought me comfort when my grandpa died. You agreed with me on what a great man he was. Now I hope to bring your family comfort as we mourn the loss of you, another truly great man. They don’t make ’em like you anymore, Harvey. I am so blessed to have known you.