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HARVEY SMITH

Date of Passing: Mar 12, 2017

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HARVEY SMITH 1936 - 2017 After a lifetime of community activism Harvey passed away on March 12, 2017 at Victoria Hospital. Harvey was born in Winnipeg and raised in Vancouver. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother. He earned degrees from both the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. He then returned to Manitoba to begin his teaching career. He taught in rural Manitoba and moved to Winnipeg where he taught and served as librarian at Tec-Voc High School. Harvey was elected to Winnipeg City Council in 1980 representing the Sargent Park Ward for six years, in 1986 he was elected as a NDP MLA for the Ellice Constituency for a two year term. In 1998 he was re-elected to City Council and served four consecutive terms as City Councillor for the Daniel McIntyre Ward until 2014. Harvey was a proud social democrat and his life was dedicated to community service. He believed passionately in affordable and accessible public transit, and quality public services for all citizens. He was a staunch defender of the inner city and was very proud of the successful campaign to save Sherbrook Pool. Earlier this year he attended two grand re-opening functions at the pool. A celebration of Harvey's life will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the West End Cultural Centre, 586 Ellice Ave. Sincere thanks to all of the health care workers who provided both quality and compassionate care to Harvey in recent months. Donations in Harvey's memory may be made to the Errol Black Chair in Labour Issues, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Manitoba (CCPA-Manitoba), 205 - 765 Main St., Winnipeg, MB R2W 3N5. "What we desire for ourselves, we wish for all". (J.S. Woodsworth) INTEGRITY Cremation & Funeral Planning 204-295-5408 - IntegrityDeathCare.com
Publish Date: Mar 18, 2017

HARVEY SMITH 1936 - 2017 After a lifetime of community activism Harvey passed away on March 12, 2017 at Victoria Hospital. Longer obituary to follow in Saturday's paper. INTEGRITY Cremation and Funeral Planning 204-295-5408 - IntegrityDeathCare.com


Publish Date: Mar 15, 2017

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 18, 2017

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • First met Harvey in 1979, and wasn't sure I would learn anything in his classroom, Lol, I was right. But seriously Mr. Smith was a wonderful mentor and human being, he was a good friend for the three years I attended Tec-Voc. R.I.P. Mr.Smith, will meet up some day. Cheers! - Posted by: C.Nazare (Teacher and friend ) on: Nov 18, 2017

  • Harvey was my High School teacher in Russell, Manitoba. His relatives in Russell included my father, the late Albert Steinwandt, son of late Laura Steinwandt. Harvey's late brother, Phil J Smith connected with me in 2000 and passed away shortly after. Late Phil sent me pictures and some history of his special times with his aunt Laura and my father. Mildred Shackel (Millie Steinwalt) - Posted by: Mildred Shackel () on: Mar 28, 2017

  • I met Mr. Smith in 2006. He was my neighbor across the hall. Mr. Smith went out of his way to help resolve an issue. I was amazed, literally, because I did not expect it. He stood for what was right and supported it. I saw him from time to time at the grocery store and in daily life. I enjoyed his telling me of some of his experiences in life and his love for music. I just wanted to say thank you one last time and also say he made big differences both big and small. Robin - Posted by: Robin Symonds (former neighbor) on: Mar 25, 2017

  • I met Harvey as a student at Simon Fraser University in January of 1966. Being older students we made our year in Education faculty fun. We both served on student council and kept the theatre busy with hypnotists , artists and an imaginary appearance of Sammy Davis. Following graduation, my wife Mary and I headed back to teach in Birtle, Manitoba. Harvey got a job teaching History in Birtle. Harvey moved to Russell ,a nearby town and taught History and did some work in the library . I believe that he worked in Russell for 2 years and then Winnipeg beckoned him. To some degree we lost contact with Harvey seeing him on rare occasions but following his life through the newspaper. He will be missed. He was a character! - Posted by: Ken May (Friend and teaching colleague ) on: Mar 23, 2017

  • I met Harvey for the first time at Riverview Health Centre where we spent some time as residents during physical therapy. He and I sat at the same table for meals along with another Bob and Roger. Harvey was a gentle soul but still had some fire in the furnace, although he was not well. He kept current on local affairs and was interesting to talk with and had quite the sense of humour. He was not speaking up very loudly so we would help him with requests of staff at times. Harvey liked cookies with his meal and the joke was that we got him to speak up and ask for "cookies please". Sad times but also time of some fun as well. Rest in peace, Harvey! - Posted by: Bob Labossiere (Acquaintance) on: Mar 20, 2017

  • Harvey was a man of principle whose interests always lay in the improvement of community, so that citizens could live better, fuller lives. He was not afraid to bring forward "radical" ideas at City Hall, and he was always open to citizens' thoughts. In fact, outside of meetings, you could often find Harvey deep in conversation with one of his constituents, very likely exploring an idea or trying to solve an issue. He will be gravely missed at City Hall. Winnipeg has lost a very wise and caring citizen. Your rest is well earned, Harvey! - Posted by: Emily Ternette () on: Mar 18, 2017

  • Harvey was a great campaigner and friend to the people he represented. Not just the corporate interests like Janice Lukes or Jenni Gerbasi but the grassroots - especially the poor to lower income. After he lost his final election he was instrumental in helping to identify a local Nazi, Rodger Groening who terrorized Jews in the West End & Wolseley district. Rest in Peace, Harvey! You have done the good work. - Posted by: George Peters (Friend) on: Mar 17, 2017

  • He Will Be Sadly Missed as I have Seen Mr. Harvey Smith He combined his active imagination and playfulness with politics to draw attention to social issues. Who else would name the disgraceful pitted inner city back lane after the then current mayor? Who would put up wanted posters complete with a reward for anyone spotting a constable on patrol in Central Park A Very Loving and caring Man he WILL Be Missed Condolences to The Family - Posted by: Natalie Smith (no relationships ) on: Mar 16, 2017

  • Harvey Smith was and will be forever remembered for his dedication towards furthering the advancements of those he serviced as a political representative, as a teacher, and was generally a compassionate champion for those who were often less fortunate or marginalized in an assiduous, well articulated manner. He spoke in prosaic terms, economized his words more for your benefit than his, and whether he agreed or disagreed with another's point of view, he did so without derision and always with the utmost of respect. He will most certainly be missed and often thought about. Cheers. - Posted by: Scott Wilkie (Friend and student) on: Mar 15, 2017

  • Harvey fought hard for his constituents. He combined his active imagination and playfulness with politics to draw attention to social issues. Who else would name the disgraceful pitted inner city back lane after the then current mayor? Who would put up wanted posters complete with a reward for anyone spotting a constable on patrol in Central Park? As a teacher Harvey discovered that Lower Fort Garry had never been captured. He organized a motely crew of his history class to "take" the fort flying its own flag, much to the chagrin of the powers that be in school and the parks service! For his years of service to the citizens of Winnipeg's west end, Harvey deserves respect and recognition. He was truly one of a kind. - Posted by: jack king (friend and colleague) on: Mar 15, 2017

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