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Harvey, The Reverend, Doctor Arthur Wallace

May 20, 1939 - October 14, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Arthur W. Harvey, twelve-year resident of Ellenton, FL, went home to be with the Lord whom he loved and served his entire life on October 14, 2017. He was preceded in heaven by two of his daughters, Laurie Jo and Debbie. Arthur is survived by his loving, and well-loved wife, Patricia (Wilgus); son Charles (Lisa); and two daughters Lois McFaddin (Robert); and Cathy Harvey. He is also survived by his brother Gordon (Susan); and sister Peggy Giles. In addition, he leaves behind 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grand grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, in laws, cousins, friends and colleagues.

He was born in Boston MA to Ernest and Euphemia (Forsyth) Harvey. He graduated in 1959 from Gordon College in Wenham MA with a B.S. in Music. The same year, he married his wife Pat, who also graduated from Gordon College. He later earned an MM degree from Boston University in 1965 and earned a DMA from Temple University in 1974. He was an international lecturer, working in more than 23 countries; an avid researcher, engaged teacher and mentor who was well loved by everyone who ever had the privilege to meet him. He was an educator for fifty-eight years at numerous universities across the globe and exhibited a lifelong intellectual curiosity.

Arthur was also a pastor, church musician, and minister of music even in his "semi-retirement", as music and ministry were his lifelong calling and passion. He exuded infectious joy and Christ-like love in every encounter he had. His personal joys were spending time with family and friends, riding motorcycles, his many dogs (4 of which were named Bully), lobster dinners and traveling the world.

The memorial service for The Rev. Dr. Arthur W. Harvey will be held at 3pm on Saturday October 21, 2017 at Palmetto Presbyterian Church, 1115 10th Ave. W, Palmetto, FL 34221. Cards may be mailed to Mrs. Patricia Harvey, 616 Riverview Drive, Ellenton, FL 34222.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made in his honor to "The Rev. Dr. Arthur W. Harvey Endowed Scholarship" at Gordon College. We feel this will best honor his lifelong passion for and devotion to music education and ministry. The mailing address is:

The Rev. Dr. Arthur W. Harvey Endowed Scholarship
Gordon College
Attn: Brad Lestage, Philanthropic Advisor
255 Grapevine Road
Wenham, MA 01984

If giving by check, please put "The Rev. Dr. Arthur W. Harvey Endowed Scholarship" on the memo line. Donations can also be made online at the Gordon College website: http://giving.gordon.edu. Then click on "Make a Gift". If giving online, choose "other" for Designation and then indicate "The Rev. Dr. Arthur W. Harvey Endowed Scholarship" in the Comments section. This will help ensure your gift goes to the right place.

Arthur will always be remembered for his love for God and people, his strong moral character, his giving, gentle and humble spirit. He leaves a tremendous legacy in ministry, education and relationships all while remaining humble; he was a true servant leader.
Published on October 18, 2017
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