Robert Harvey CHESNEY

Robert Harvey CHESNEY Born October 16, 1923 near Strathallen, SK. Died June 15, 2007 at Summerland, B.C. He is survived by his wife Brenda, daughter Esther (Ralph) Westcott, sons Lloyd and Robert. With his first wife Ruth, step-daughters Luella Dumonceau and Patricia Parker, stepsons Owen and William (Betty Ann) Simmons. With Brenda, step-sons Kenneth (Marietta), Roy (Linda), Stuart (Darlene), Barry Neary and step-daughter Brenda (Ronald) Thivierge. Also many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. As well, brother Jay (Marg), brother-in-law Ken Ruth and sister-in-law Joan. Predeceased by his wife Ruth, daughter Linda, granddaughter Eden, step-son Allen, brothers Allen and Joe, sisters Margaret Dickson and Nellie Ruth. Harvey lived his first quarter century on the family farm and was in his heart, a farmer always. Later he trained and worked as an electronics technician. There is so much to a life, choosing what to say is hard. Harvey honoured his father and mother. His love for and devotion to his wife Ruth, demonstrated both in health and her final illness was remarkable. Some years after Ruth died Harvey married Brenda Neary, whom he had met through the Summerland Caregivers group. Although their time together with Harvey in good health was not long, he showed Brenda the same loving commitment. In his illness, nothing brightened his days more than her visits. He had an exceptional wit and facility with words, making the stroke which affected his speech particularly cruel. The prairie landscape with its endless skies was his first love but he came to love the diversity of British Columbia, finally finding his home in Summerland. He soon became a regular volunteer with RECOPE and later a member of the executive. With Ruth, he joined the Summerland Pentecostal Church and participated fully in its activities. His was a life of simple pleasures: family and friends, camping, fishing, playing cards, photography, gardening and country music. He loved to watch hockey and Canadian football. He could turn his hand to almost anything, including, with the help of his wife Ruth and sons Lloyd and Robert, building a fine house in Surrey. Every dog, no matter what its name was SHEP, in memory of one long ago. His riches lay in what is most precious of all: he was a good and decent man. He will live on in the memories of all who knew him. Memorial Service will be held at Summerland United Church, 13204 Henry St., Friday, June 22, 2007 at 2:00 p.m., with Pastor Rick Gay officiating. Memorial tributes may be made to the Heart & Stroke Association in Harvey’s honor. Condolences may be directed to the family by e-mail: summerlandfuneralhome@telus.net. Funeral arrangements entrusted to: Summerland Funeral Home250-494-7752 Providence Funeral Home