Ronald William Harvey, long-time resident of Orcas Island, Wash., passed away on Aug. 11, 2015.
He was born on July 14, 1946, to Jack and Verna Harvey, in Dallas, Texas. They moved to Balboa Peninsula, Calif. when Ron was two years old. He lived in Newport Beach, Calif., where he found a love for the outdoors: everything from riding his bike, swimming and golfing.
In 1981, he married his wife, Sharon Harvey. They moved to Orcas Island in 1983 where Sharon’s family has had history since 1896. As soon as Ron arrived on Orcas he knew it was home. Ron worked as a plumbing contractor for Harold Johnson (Johnny) and Bob Irwin before starting his own plumbing company called Harvey’s Plumbing in 1988.
After being blessed with six children, they bought a home on five acres and he began dedicating his life to care for his family. The “island life” he loved, and was honored to live in such a beautiful place.
Telling stories about his life growing up he did often and cherished watching his children grow up. He coached for the Special Olympics and treasured being part of constructing magnificent homes throughout the islands.
Ron is preceded in death by his parents, his son Jeffery Scott Harvey; daughter Christa Belle Harvey; Brothers Jack Russell Harvey and James Briggs; father-in-law Sherman Hedge.
He is survived by his wife Sharon Harvey and his four children: Benjamin Harvey, Kathryn Harvey, Lisa Marie Harvey and Tyler Jonathan Harvey. His sister Virginia and her husband Christopher Pawlik; sister-in-law Diane Harvey; mother-in-law Betty Auld Hedge; sister-in-law Traci and her husband David Snaring, brother-in-law Scott Hedge; Sherman and Ann Hedge; nieces and nephews Christopher and Lauren Pawlik; Chanel and Shan Harvey; Caitlin and Carl Snaring; Janie and Devin Hedge.
Ron’s warm heart and unconditional love will be loved and missed by all of us.