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Leonard A. Harvey, 85, died Jan. 25, 2011, in Naples, FL. He was born in 1925 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, the son of Charles Stuart and Ethel Jean Harvey. Mr. Harvey had an older brother and sister, both of whom are deceased. His father died when Leonard was four and the family moved to Croydon, England. In 1934, they returned to Canada where Leonard continued his education. During World War II, Leonard served as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force. After the war he attended Queens' University in Kingston, Ontario, where he received a degree in chemical engineering. In 1952, Mr. Harvey joined the Marbon Chemical division of Borg-Warner Corporation, located in Gary, Indiana. In 1957 he was a part of the engineering team that moved to Parkersburg, West Virginia, for the construction of a plant to make ABS resins. Over the next two decades he held various engineering and manufacturing positions. In 1975, he became president of the chemical business then known as Borg-Warner Chemicals. It was during this period that the business expanded globally with manufacturing facilities in five US states, Canada, the United Kingdom, Holland, Australia and Japan. During most of this period Mr. Harvey was responsible for worldwide manufacturing and engineering for Borg-Warner Chemicals. In 1983 he was appointed Executive Vice-President of Borg-Warner Corporation in Chicago, IL, where his responsibilities including the oversight of all manufacturing divisions of the firm, which included chemicals, Borg-Warner Automotive, York Air Conditioning and Byron Jackson Pumps. In 1989, Borg-Warner was acquired in a private buyout transaction and subsequently the chemical business was acquired by General Electric Corporation. After retirement from 37 years at Borg-Warner, Mr. Harvey became Secretary of Commerce for the State of West Virginia in the administration of West Virginia Governor Gaston Caperton. Mr. Harvey was a director of United Bankshares, Inc., SBR Inc., The Mountain Company, and Ube Cycon of Ube City, Japan. He served on the Manufacturing Studies Board of the National Research Council in Washington, D.C. He was president of the Parkersburg Area Chamber of Commerce in 1982-83, a member of the Union League Club of Chicago, and BPO Elks No. 198. He attended Trinity Episcopal Church in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Mr. Harvey is survived by three sons, Brian, Bruce and Christopher. Their mother, Mr. Harvey's first wife, Shirley, died as a result of an automobile accident in 2002. Brian, his wife Ellen, and their two sons, Alexander and Andrew, live in Bethesda, MD. Bruce and his wife, Elizabeth, live with their sons, Aaron and Jason, in Hollywood, FL. Christopher lives in Vienna, WV. In recent years, Mr. Harvey has lived in Naples, Florida during the winter months and in summer in the Algonquin area of Canada with his wife Beth. Beth passed away in July 2010 and is survived by her son, Jason Bullock, his wife Cindy, and two daughters, Marielle and Caroline. Patricia Gateman, Beth's mother, is a resident of Vienna, WV. Beth's sister, Jill, lives in Allandale, MI, and her brother, Jeffrey, in Marianne, FL. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. on February 19, 2011, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Parkersburg, WV. Plans remain pending for a celebration in Naples, FL, of Mr. Harvey's life. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, a contribution be made to the Parkersburg Day Nursery, 1021 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101. For online condolences, visit fullerfuneralhome.com.
Published in Chicago Tribune on Jan. 30, 2011
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