Chadds Ford, PA -Philip Schuyler Harvey, 84, Phil, to all who knew him, passed away unexpectedly of heart failure on June 7, 2018.
Anyone who knew Phil, knew a true friend.
Born in 1933 in Abington, PA he graduated from Abington HS in 1951 and entered Cornell that fall, thus beginning his love for anything Cornellian. He was a member of Theta Zi fraternity and wrestled for “The Big Red” all four years and graduated in 1955.
After getting his Master’s in Business Administration from the Wharton School in 1956, he spent the following four years as a “Leader of Men” (his own rank designation) at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Army ordinance.
In 1959 he joined DuPont’s Film division in Sales, leaving after five years, to join the Brunswick Corp, selling for their school equipment division.
Deciding he wanted his own business, he founded Institutional Furnishings Inc. in 1986. Many kids in the tristate area sit on or at furniture his company, IFI supplied. There he stayed as president until he slowly retired in 2012.
Always “keeping in shape” Phil went to the “Y” two times a week, every week and had just done a three day bike outing over Memorial Day weekend with his wife and son. He loved sailing on the Chesapeake, his sloop “Surcease”, in his own relaxed style.
He was a faithful student at “Osher” where he “studied” films, wars, and jazz, of which he was an aficionado.
He enjoyed collecting obituaries and exchanging memorable ones with his daughter, commenting on lives well lived, time well spent, and how some made you feel like you hadn’t done enough with your own life and you had better get busy.
But mainly he enjoyed relaxing with family, friends and a glass of wine, regaling them with stories about Cornell, collegiate wrestling, Cornell collegiate wrestling and a vast number of subjects unknown to many of those listening.
Phil is survived by his wife of 63 years, Phyllis (nee Clark), his son Stephen, of Aston, PA, Durae Lynn, his daughter with Down’s Syndrome, in Davenport, IA, his daughter Kimberly Harvey Gallik and son in law Michael, grandsons Keegan, Kyle and Caitlin his “favorite granddaughter” all of Denver CO. Also surviving is his sister, Claire Pretsch of Willow Grove, PA, cousins, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A cradle Episcopalian, Phil was an active member of Immanuel Church, Highlands for over fifty years.
A celebration of Life will be held at Immanuel Church, 2400 W 17th St., Wilmington, DE, on Saturday June 23rd at 11:00 am. Reception to follow immediately. Eulogies and “Phil tales” encouraged at the reception.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Phil’s name to your favorite charity.
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