Conway, SC - Thomas M. Harvey was born July 28, 1951 in Worcester a son of the late Walter Joseph Harvey and Elizabeth Marguerite (Haynes) Harvey. He grew up in the Columbus Park neighborhood. Tom attended St. Peter's Central Catholic and later graduated from South High School.
Upon graduation from South High he went to work for New England Telephone Company where he worked over 30 years, retiring in 2012. He loved his work as a journeyman splice service technician and he had a great network of friends from work. He met Shrewsbury native Karen Brenner through work and it was Karen that initiated a first date and later Tom who asked her to accompany him to a Worcester Police Golf League Christmas party, in 1988. They married on November 13, 1993.
Longtime residents of Worcester and then Paxton, when Tom retired they moved to his much loved South Carolina where he had vacationed for many years with his life long friends, Ronnie and Tina. In the great and welcomed climate of South Carolina Tom was afforded more time on the golf course, more opportunities to read a good book on the beach or on his porch, and time to loyally follow the Chanticleers at Coastal Carolina University for their football and baseball games.
Tom married into a large Irish clan of Brenner's that warmly welcomed him into their family since 1988. The family gatherings, celebrations and holidays were never small and always enjoyable. His passion for the game of golf carried through with his son, Brendan, as well as Karen when they moved to South Carolina. Tom achieved three holes-in-one, two locally at Wachusett Country Club and one in Myrtle Beach.
Tom died at his home in Conway, South Carolina somewhat unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. He was 70.
He will be remembered for his quick wit, fantastically dry sense of humor, honesty, and generous kind ways. And Tom will also be remembered for his well-known, familiar, and predictable phrase start to any debate 'Well…., you know…!'
In addition to his wife of 28 years, Karen, he leaves their children, Ashley P. Harvey (Jeremy Tuomisto) of Three Rivers and Brendan M. Harvey (Kelly Quinn) of Marlborough; his grandchildren, Alexandria 'Ali' and Teagan 'Teags'; his siblings, Timothy J. Harvey (Donna) of New Hampshire, Gerald W. Harvey (Donna) of Worcester and Paul W. Harvey of Washington; his aunt, Helen (Harvey) Bolil of Texas and Mary Manahan of Worcester; close cousins, Joan Scano and Kathy King; his mother-in-law, Joan T. (Cooney) Brenner (late Norman) of Shrewsbury; in-laws, Patricia A. Bombard (Robert) of Charlton, Kurt T. Brenner (Mary) of Shrewsbury, Kristopher B. Brenner (Maryellen) of Oxford, Kerry L. Brenner (Jodi) of Buzzards Bay, Kim M. Brenner of Shrewsbury, Kyle J. Brenner (Laurie) of Sutton, Karl P. Brenner (Charlene) of Holden and Kathleen J. Daige (Andrew) of N. Brookfield and Maureen M. Brenner (late Kevin) of Shrewsbury; also survived by many nieces & nephews. He also leaves many dear and close friends from childhood and the Myrtle Beach area.
Family and friends will honor Tom's life by gathering for calling hours on Friday, August 5th from 9:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima, 244 West Main Street, Northborough followed by his funeral Mass celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be private. A celebration of his life in South Carolina will be held at a later date.
Those wishing to view the broadcast (and recording) of Tom's funeral Mass please use this link: https://my.gather.app/remember/thomas-harvey
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to one of several charities Tom would be proud to support; The Herren Project, (www.herrenproject.org) or
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation (www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org) or First Tee – Coastal Carolinas (www.firstteecoastalcarolinas.org) or Mended Hearts (www.mendedhearts.org)
Arrangements by James & John Heald of The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street, Waltham.