In Memory

Steve Harvey

Obituary for Steven Michael Harvey

Steven Michael Harvey of Ashland and New York entered into eternal rest Dec. 15, 2016. Steve was 59 years old. 
The son of Samuel Harvey and the late Eleanor Beetham Harvey, he was born Oct. 13, 1957, in Hampton, Va. In addition to his mother, he was predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth Harvey Haxton; paternal grandparents, Samuel Walter and Elsie Hook Harvey; and maternal grandparents, Samuel and Mary Early Beetham. 
Steve was a graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School class of 1975. He then earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Kentucky followed by a master's degree at Columbia University in New York City. Steve loved sports and was passionate about working with young people. He coached the Jets of the Ashland Junior Football League to numerous championships in the 1980's and 1990's. He also helped coach the Ashland Babe Ruth All-Star baseball team that reached the World Series in 1993. Following graduate school, he worked as a psychiatric counselor for children at Albert Einstein Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y. Steve was kind, smart and witty and will be missed by his family and friends. 
Steve is survived by his father, Samuel Harvey in Ashland; a sister, Pamela Harvey-Rath; nieces Breana, Meriel and Nerina Rath of Amberley, New Zealand; an aunt, Marilynn Harvey Petrillo of Fishkill, N.Y.; cousin Craig Harvey McCoy and Melissa McCoy of New York. 
A memorial will be announced for the spring. 
Steen Funeral Homes in Ashland is in charge of arrangments. 
The family requests no flowers but donations can be made to the Shriners Children Hospital in Lexington. 
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12/17/16 06:32 PM #4    

Pam Duncan (Staton)

So sad losing Steve. Prayers for his family.   

12/17/16 08:32 PM #5    

John Hermansdorfer

Steve was a great friend and a fun guy to be around. Prayers and condolences for his family and friends.

12/18/16 03:21 PM #6    

Robert Hash

Many many great memories. Will always remember that smile and chuckle. A wonderful man indeed. Rob



12/19/16 12:03 PM #7    

Marcia Wilson (Hermann)

Steve was a fellow classmate at Crabbe so we went all the way through school together. We went to the Cotillion Dance together in the 7th grade and carpooled to Blazer with Dempsey Qualls, Bob Cooper and Warren Nutini in the 10th grade.  I am so sad.

12/19/16 01:04 PM #8    

Mark Hans

Steve was a classmate of mine from Crabbe all the way thru. We always sit close since our last names began with Ha. His laugh was infectious.Love our conversations at Coles, this subject matter is between Steve and I. Prayers to his family. Our loss is Heaven's gain!!!

12/19/16 02:10 PM #9    

Robbie Brooks

I always enjoyed being around Steve.He was so joyful and funny.The one thing I always remember was the Russell football game ( about '77 or '78 ) We were playing at Russell and won.Steve and some guys were in his jeep and talking crap when a rent a cop wouldn't let them out of the parking lot,Steve gently nudged him with the Jeep and went around him.He was so surprised when APD showed up at his house later that night!!! Very funny at the time.RIP my friend! 

12/20/16 11:56 AM #10    

Ed Hart

Prayers and condolences for his family. Good memories from Crabbe, all of our mothers deciding we had to take Cotillion, and being in homerooms together. 

12/21/16 11:33 AM #11    

Jim Prince

Steve was also with me from Crabbe elementary through high school. He was one of the nicest, kind men that I ever had the honor to be able to call my friend. I left town shortly after graduation and didn't have the pleasure of continuing the friendship. He will be missed by all who loved him. Such a big loss for this world.

12/22/16 04:18 PM #12    

Warren Nutini

I remember playing sandlot football with Steve and others at Crabbe. We became instant friends and I have many good memories. He was an ardent competitor from day one I think and I remember how Steve bravely faced the problems associated with his hands that were badly burned during early childhood.  We roomed at UK for a year or so and I remember catching some air in his Jeep as we jumped the tracks on South Upper?? I eventually lost touch with Steve.  So impressed with what he has done since in helping children.  He found his nitch. Wish I could have met this side of him before he passed. My condolances to Sam and Pam. You are a family I will always remember.

12/23/16 07:44 PM #13    

Thomas (Tod) Wuerdeman

Like many of the classmates that have already posted, I went through my school years in Ashland with Steve and considered him a good friend. There are many fond memories from elementary school, football, etc. that have been brought to mind while reading these posts about Steve. I had no idea that he had been working as a counselor in New York and have great respect for the dedication that this type of work requires.

Prayers for his family in this difficult time.



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