William F. “Bud” Harvey
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(Gloucester City, NJ)(November 20, 2020)--Longtime Gloucester City resident William F. "Bud" Harvey passed away suddenly on November 18, 2020, at the age of 91. Bud was one of the first full-time Gloucester City firemen. An animal lover he always had a dog by his side throughout his life. Collies were one of his favorite. Most recently it was Angel, a mixed Chihuahua that he adopted. A man with a warm smile Mr. Harvey would go out of his way to help someone in need be they a friend or a stranger. Many of his friends knew him as Bill.
He was a dedicated parishioner of St. Mary's Parish for decades. Back in the 1960s he and members of his family were active with the Belles of St. Mary's Drum and Bugle Corps.
Karen DiAmore and her husband Jim, who owned Lipkins Pharmacy, Brooklawn, were longtime friends of Mr. Harvey. "Bill rescued Angel", said Karen. "He found her on the street. Shortly after he rescued her she got sick and needed very expensive surgery. Many years later Angel was diagnosed with a heart problem. She was on so much medication. Bill didn't care how much it cost, he loved her so. He also adopted a three-legged dog" said Karen.
"You are going to be hard-pressed to find anyone to say something bad about that man. He was truly a caring and kind person," she said.
Mrs. DiAmore said, "As a child, he actually survived the deadly disease Anthrax. They thought he was going to die. He was so close to death he was given the last rites. This man survived that near-death experience, fought in the Korean War, as a career fireman he ran into burning buildings to save people, he beat deadly melanoma cancer, and, to die as a result of such a freak accident. This is just so sad."
According to his neighbors, Bill was standing on his top step during a recent wind storm when a strong gust of wind blew the storm door open. He tried to hold on to the door but the wind was so strong the door pulled him and he fell to the sidewalk below striking his head on the concrete. As a result, he suffered a head injury. He was rushed by the EMTs to the hospital where he succumbed.
Karen said, "He was devoted to his sisters and his nieces and nephews. He was never married. He was a true Gloucesterite, born and raised in the city. Yes, he was 91 but he was in good health and as sharp as ever. During that tragic July 4 fire when there were so many out-of-town fire departments coming to the city for services Bill volunteered to navigate those people through the city to keep them from getting lost. That was the kind of person he was, always caring about others."
Beloved son of the late William J., and Frances D. (nee Byrne), brother of the late Frances (Ron) Canning, Joan L & the late Robert Stone, Jean E. (Dave) Borman, The late Marie & the late Tom Quinn and Robert J. Mr. Harvey is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Bill was a graduate of St. Mary’s Grammar School and attended Gloucester Catholic High School. He was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Parish in Gloucester City. Bill served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict aboard the U.S.S. Benner DDR 807. Following his military service, he was appointed a firefighter for Gloucester City, retiring in 1990.
Mr. Harvey was a member of the Retired Police and Firefighters Association, Local 11, Tin Can Sailors Association, a life member of the VFW Post 3620 and American Legion Post 135 both in Gloucester City.
Relatives, friends, neighbors, and our community’s firefighters are invited to join the Harvey family on Tuesday morning at St. Mary’s Catholic Church 426 Monmouth St. Gloucester City where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am. Interment & United States Navy Military Honors will take place at New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. As an expression of sympathy and in place of flowers, contributions can be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church St. Vincent de Paul Society 426 Monmouth St. Gloucester City, NJ 08030 or to the Firefighter Thomas G. Stewart, III Memorial Scholarship Fund ℅ the Gloucester City Professional Firefighters Union 1 N. King St. Gloucester City, NJ 08030.
Funeral services are under the direction of the Etherington and Creran Funeral Home, 700 Powell Street, Gloucester City NJ 08030