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Jack V. Harvey Obituary
Jack V. Harvey, a former Quincyan who arranged the sales of hundreds of radio and television stations, cable systems and newspapers during a 40-year career as a media broker, died April 26, 2014, in Ridgefield, Conn. He was 92; the cause of death was congestive heart failure.

Mr. Harvey was a native of Quincy, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter G. Harvey. He attended Quincy Public Schools and was a 1939 graduate of Quincy High School. After one year at Quincy College, he attended the University of Illinois and graduated in 1943. During World War II, he served as a Navy Reserve officer with duty in India, China and Burma, for which he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal by Navy Secretary James Forrestal.

During his high school days, Mr. Harvey worked as a sports correspondent for The Herald-Whig, and he continued his reporting experience during his college days with the Daily Illini at the university. Later, during his media brokerage career, he assisted Quincy Newspapers Inc. in four of its early television acquisitions.

In 1946, he joined the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser-Journal as a reporter. In 1947, he joined the United Press in Atlanta. During the next nine years with the UP, he worked successively as reporter, editor, business representative, and finally as Southern Division business manager.

Mr. Harvey moved to the Washington, D.C., area in 1956 to join the media brokerage firm of Blackburn-Hamilton Co., which became Blackburn & Co. Inc. the following year. He was a founding partner of the new firm and served as vice president until his retirement in 1996. He lived in the Alexandria, Va., area during his entire association with the firm and for the subsequent 16 years. He was a member of the National Press Club and Belle Haven Country Club.

A sentiment invariably expressed to Mr. Harvey's children throughout his life was that "your dad is the finest man I have ever known, and I feel privileged to know him." A few years ago Mr. Harvey wrote to a younger friend who had just lost his father that "to leave behind good memories is probably the main thing that all of us old guys hope for." In this, Jack Harvey succeeded mightily.

He is survived by a son, John P. Harvey of Dover, Del.; two daughters, Fredrica A. Harvey of Boston and Catherine H. McDonald of Ridgefield; as well as eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Fredrica Parker Harvey, also a native of Quincy, who died in 1999.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, send donations in Jack Harvey's memory to the Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut, 39 Old Ridgebury Road, Danbury CT 06810.

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from May 4 to May 6, 2014
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