The call on June 4, at 8:15 AM… just may stay with me forever.
He was just such an exceptional human being. Funny, humble, caring, considerate, patient, kind… I’m not going to finish the list as it is very long. But what says it all to me is how Harv viewed others, his expression, “You don’t know until you have walked in their shoes.” just says volumes about the guy.
Harv personified the Zellweger phrase from “Cold Mountain”… “you need help, here I am.”
He was like my other brother. It did not matter whether it was golf, a party at his place or ours; I was always excited to see Harv. He brightened my day. He completed my holidays when we were together…so many trips to his place, so many memories, so many events.
And we talked about opening up a pub with a hot rod theme… it’s probably good that didn’t happen.
Harv hosted such great Thanksgivings; many of us with distant family. Turkey shoots and shots! After each, he would say, never again. Then he’d host it again next year.
He liked our mutt; always took her out for a dump and short walk.
Bill gave him that state of the art driver for Christmas one year… really worked for him. Every time he boomed one out there I’d tell him he should send Bill money!
Such a master craftsman… if stuff broken in heaven, he’ll fix it. I figured that is why he got called. He even fixed the golf cart that a friend used and accidentally take out some neighborhood mailboxes.
I even thought about asking him to fix that congressional shithole in Washington, but that would be asking too much of a good friend.
And so many shots and beers… that was usually the greeting I received. The only thing I was sure of on our sleep-overs, at either house, was what the next morning would bring! The only living being that was physically right was the dog.
His golf game went extremely bad one year so he started to bring a flask… it didn’t’ help.
And who could never forget the Ravens-Steelers game parties… filled with cheers, and more than occasional vulgarity!
Harv, so lucky to have had time with him!
***** S&E *****