HARVOR, Richard Kjeld
Richard died 6 January, 2013, at the age of 49 at the Montreal General Hospital after a long illness. He is survived by his mother, Elisabeth of Ottawa, father Stig of Toronto, and brother Finn of Seoul, South Korea. He was born in Ottawa and graduated from Lisgar Collegiate. He obtained a Bachelor degree of Fine Arts in 1985 and three years later, a Bachelor of Education, both at Concordia University in Montreal. Richard taught English as a Second Language. He was a gifted and sensitive artist and writer. He was a finalist for the Confederation Poets Prize. His poetry and book reviews were published in various journals, some under the nom-de-plume Kjeld Haraldsen. An open commemorative gathering of family and friends will be held Sunday, January 27, 3 - 5 p.m. in the Reading Room of the Atwater Public Library, 1200 Atwater Ave, Montreal (enter by side door, Tupper St.).
AS A CHILD
I spent long hours reading. I had a book on animal life. I loved the picture of the python, golden eyes slotted down the middle like a screw. I loved the dangerous animals, the animals other animals feared. I spent long hours drawing pictures of monsters. I sat at the kitchen table. Every few moments I put down my marker and looked at my hands.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Jan. 23, 2013