James O Harvey Jr.
January 7, 1925 - December 8, 2015
James O Harvey Jr. was born on January 7, 1925 in the Oakland Dimond District to James O Harvey Senior and Daphne Simpson Harvey, with sisters Virginia and Elaine. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 8, 2015. Jim graduated from Oakland High and later received an Electrical Engineering degree from San Jose State. From an early age, he had an intense interest in radio, building many of his own. He worked for Pacific Bell Telephone for 25 years while repairing TV's in the evening to support his family. He built his own radio tower and shack in Oakland and his W6BER key is now quiet. Always a hard worker, his humor and good nature about his work will be missed. Predeceased by his wife Cherry in 2010, they were married in 1942 when he served in the Navy on a ship as a radio man during WWII. Jim is survived by his sister Elaine Josephian, his daughter Jill, and sons Robert, Todd, and Matthew. Also his grandchildren Jane, Ruth, Marlena, Conor, and Ronan as well as great grandchildren. His family moved from Oakland to Moraga in 1969 where many years were enjoyed around the swimming pool and Barbeque in the gatherings that Jim and Cherry hosted there. Even welcoming foreign exchange students to come and stay through the years. Wanting to see the world, he and Cherry embarked on many trips during their years together, especially to Ireland and France to visit their grandchildren. Jim was always someone to help another less fortunate, whether repairing their automobiles, televisions, plumbing, electrical or any number of challenges. Eventually in his later years serving "Meals on Wheels" to people in need. His genealogy project spanning many years of research was completed with success finally in a privately printed work for the family.
A small private family ceremony is planned at the Chapel of the Chimes on the morning of January 23, 2015, followed by a private gathering of friends and family at his son Matthew's house in Oakland.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests to make a donation to your favorite charity in his loving memory.