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Harvey Forester

Harvey Forester

Tuesday, March 27th, 1956 Monday, April 20th, 2020

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Obituary for Harvey Elms Forester

Finally, release from early-onset dementia for this gentle soul came in the evening of April 20, 2020.

Harv was born in Boulder, Colorado on March 27, 1956 to Anne & Joseph Forester and grew up in Ontario. His early career in air conditioning & refrigeration led to volunteer work in Sri Lanka. He moved to Victoria at the urging of his mother and opened The Brew Works, a U-brew shop, known for its great beer & excellent tunes. He’d often show up at events with “samples”. His moto was “if you have beer, you have friends”.
Harvey was a dedicated exercise guy - a master swimmer, cyclist, runner & skier. He loved fun –hosting the best martini parties (had to wear at least one formal item). He was instrumental in founding the RubberLegger’s cycle group through the Victoria Ski Club and led rides throughout greater Victoria and into Washington State.

A heartfelt thanks & a big yahoo to all who did what they could for Harvey during his trying final years as he struggled with losing himself–to Lorraine for the rides, procuring warm clothing & mothering him, to the members of the Victoria Master Swim Club who pitched in to keep him swimming; to the Gorge Point group for providing a sense of family; to all the at The Heights at Mount View, Baptist Housing who cared for him so lovingly.A special thanks to John who helped navigate the logistics of getting care in a system not geared for young dementia sufferers.

Harvey is survived by his mother Anne and sister Billie (Donnelly).

Donations in Harvey’s memory may be made to The Heights at Mount View’s Benevolent Fund (for Residents that don’t have family/funds available for basic items).

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Check back for the date for a celebration of Harvey’s life & scattering of his ashes – when social gathering permits. Donations in Harvey’s memory may be made to The Heights at Mount View’s Benevolent Fund (for Residents that don’t have family/funds available for basic items).

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Lorraine Rogerson

I first met Harvey when I joined the Victoria Ski Club in the mid nineties. Besides hosting the very popular martini parties, he will always be remembered for the creation and leader of the infamous Wednesday night “Rubber Leggers” cycling group (a subset of Ski club members) to get us in shape for the upcoming
ski season. He was kind, generous, very much a gentleman and will always be remembered by those who were fortunate to have spent time with him. Hope you’re in better place and at peace, Harvey.
Comment | Posted at 11:50pm via Condolence
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Danielle Brault

I had the pleasure to be Harvey’s swimming coach for over twenty years. Harvey started his Masters swimming career in Ontario and when he moved to Victoria he quickly joined the Victoria Masters Swim Club. Harvey was a good distance freestyler and his breaststroke was also very decent. Harvey was a keen participant in every activity of the club: he raced in swim meets, came to our early days pub nights, never missed a Christmas party or the Saturday morning team breakfasts. Harvey loved swimming but I think he loved the social part of it even more - if I remember correctly he was one of the original member of the famous Vic Masters « club med lane ». Harvey kept on swimming even once his illness started and thanks to Lorraine he was able to stay fit and independent for a long time. I enjoyed coaching Harvey to the end as he never stopped trying his best and being just a very nice guy.
Comment | Posted at 11:40pm via Condolence
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William Ward

William Ward
I met Harvey early eighties in St. Catharines with a cabal of single guys that had one mission, to recover from a bad relationship with the only known cure at the time fast cars massive quantities of alcohol and anthems of eighties new wave rock at volumes never
experienced by generations before us. That summer we accomplished this mostly at American bars that had hours that could keep up with us. We all had great jobs and the weekends were busy they started Wednesday for us Harvey was always there missed
nothing but was in far better control. We tortured our
minds and bodies trying not to miss a second of fun
or the chance of more romance and love that got us in the trouble to start with! That summer the tequila and American Beer flowed like the Niagara River Harvey was there missed nothing and controlled it better than us. A little foggy looking back I would say as the influencer for the cabal Harvey come with us sometimes he would say Billy I have a new property that needs attention have work to do tomorrow we would go party till dawn not see Harvey till 4PM for lunch meantime he had fixed the roof washed his car inside and out cleaned his apartment pad and prepared a healthy meal for hungover guests arriving for supper.
He was way more together than me and it inspired me to stop the madness and get back to normal and sober up and do better like he was. Condolences old friend hope to met you again where you are!!
Comment | Posted at 01:49pm via Condolence
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Paula Rowlaneds

I met Harvey when I started swimming with Victoria Masters 10 years ago and for many years we swam in the same lane. Harvey was always so funny and cheerful and I was sad when he eventually left our swimming group due to his illness. His obituary is a testament to a life enjoyed and lived to the fullest. I am sorry to hear of his passing but am glad to know he was well cared for.
Comment | Posted at 05:00pm via Condolence
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Lauren Westmacott

I met Harvey about 13 years ago when I joined Victoria Masters. He was definitely committed to the fun side of our club’s activities and never seemed to miss a Christmas party or Saturday morning breakfast at Plutos. We bonded a bit over both having attended the same university and I enjoyed his stories about his time in Kingston. I’m thankful for our team member, Lorraine, who kept him engaged with the team when he could no longer attend on his own and enriched his life towards the end.
Comment | Posted at 01:13pm via Condolence
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