Harvie McElwain
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84 years, aged to perfection. Harvie McElwain was a loving husband to Mary, an amazing father (Leslie, Brad & Wade), and an indulgent 'Popi' to grandchildren Zoe & Violet. He was everyone's favorite uncle! ? Born and raised in Toronto's west end, he attended Upper Canada College; excelling at football, theatre, and popularity. Harvie began dating Mary Hosier in his 20s, marrying in 1964, thus beginning a journey of love that continues. Those who knew Harvie would remember his beaming smile, hearty laugh, the gentleness of a giant and his love of cooking for all. He was: the master of dogs, keeper of newspapers, Mr Big Breakfast, a football ref, a listener, a dreamer, and a man of unfaltering positivity. His love of red meat and wine, good company, great debates (and a mean right hook) were legendary. He always stood up for the little guy. You always smiled in Harvie's presence, you felt in on the joke, saw his optimism, and his love for life. Harvie's greatest source of pride was his family. He loved his soulmate Mary with passion, dedication & romance; often to the awkwardness of his children. His children were the light of his life, and usually his first point of conversation (even if no one asked). He was prone to embarrassing them in public, often pointing out to strangers his daughter the teacher who lived overseas, his pilot son who traveled the world, or his comedian son who shared his love of the gift of the gab. Harv himself was an award winning Toastmaster, who shared his skills teaching the craft at Conestoga College. The consummate entertainer, he ensured the family farmhouse was always a refuge for the kid's friends, or for many of Yuk Yuks comedians after their weekend of shows. Always a Sunday roast, a warm fire, and a laugh. Harvie battled dementia in later years, while never losing his humor, kindness or optimism. The family will be holding an outdoor gathering this summer, to celebrate him. We will rarely-cook some beef, toast his spirit, and rock the joint til the cops show up. In lieu of flowers, buy 6/49 tickets in his honour; he never did hit the big one. We all hit the jackpot, knowing and being loved by him. Big thanks to Jennifer, and also the Columbia Forest staff, for their patience and exceptional care. Safe travels Harv, the journey has just begun.

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Published in Waterloo Region Record on Jan. 23, 2021.
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January 26, 2021
What a great guy he was. With such a great family.
Fraser Hay
Coworker
January 24, 2021
My sincere condolences to the family
I only knew Harvie for the past two years of his life but what two years they were! He was so full of life and certainly brought a lot of smiles and joy to those around him. He was the epitome of fun and frivolity! He and my husband Paul became best buddies during their time at Freeport and shared many a giggle that only the two of them could understand.
I know they are enjoying each other’s company again.
Carol Puncher
Friend
January 23, 2021
I have known Harv McElwain since he was three years old (almost four) and our mothers were endeavouring to introduce us into the Sunday School at Kingsway Lambton United Church in September 1940. Most of the kids were timorous, hesitant, petulant and certainly unwilling to proceed without their mothers. Not so Harv as my initial glimpse of him was of the (then) smallest kid in the room charging up to the front and knocking over the lectern in his enthusiasm. Nor had he changed as we entered kindergarten and grade one together. He was absolutely rambunctious....still the smallest kid and he scared the pants off all the little girls and all the fearful little boys....not to mention a few of the teachers. There was nothing vicious in him; it was all fun and from what I could derive, it was fun to the very end. He was one of our "gang" who would not step back from a fight with anyone no matter how menacing nor how outnumbered. He was entirely unafraid of work...hard, hard work... and he was unremittingly loyal to all of his dear friends and to his family....to the last one. Over the years, he was so very well served with healthy, robust children, a most supportive brother and a wife whom he plainlyand most deservedly adored. And, behind the humour, the social persona and the adventuresome spirit, F. Harvie McElwain was a gentleman of the old school and God bless him for all the good things that he did. Sic transit gloria vincit...........Je me souviens..
Newman Wallis
Friend
January 23, 2021
A well read, insightful, gentle, kind soul. Great conversationalist, he will be missed but never forgotten.
Anthony Soward
Friend
January 23, 2021
Oh, that smile!
Mary
Spouse
January 23, 2021
i knew you only when i was a child, visiting the cousins in Mississauga. your backyard in-ground pool was astounding to my little mind. and I remember Oliver too. you join my dad Bob, and your brother's in law. you were my Godfather. rest in peace.
janet hosier
Family
January 23, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Beverley (Kidd) Judson
Neighbor
January 23, 2021
Deepest Condolences for your loss.
Pat van der Wolf
Acquaintance
January 23, 2021
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Laurie Bartels
January 23, 2021
I met Harvie at Toastmasters and I will always remember his kindness and encouragement. Wishing his family comfort.
Beth
Acquaintance
January 23, 2021
Missing you so much Harvie - I swear I can still feel your kind tap to the back of my shoulder telling me "It's ok kiddo - nice hair!" I will always treasure the long chats about the greatest variety of subjects that I never knew one could chat about - most of all hearing how wonderful the memories you held of your family were to you - that trip to China story was amazing! Bye for now Harvie!
Jennifer Raymond
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