With heavy hearts, the Lewis family shares that our dearest Harvey peacefully passed away in his childhood home on Thursday, May 26, 2022, with his wife, Heather, by his side.
Born on May 26, 1964, in Sydney, Harvey, the youngest of nine, grew up in Whitney Pier. As a young man he loved to play hockey, coached the football team, and play his guitar. His work ethic was embedded early on as he worked at A&W and his brother’s restaurant, The Town House.
At 18, Harvey headed to Toronto to chase his musical dreams. He was a founding member, lead vocals and rhythm guitar for the all original band, Disaster Area (named after his favourite author Douglas Adams). Soon, they introduced Metallica songs to the repertoire which led to the creation of Metallica tribute band Battery: Masters of Metallica. Battery gained fast attention leading to over a decade of nonstop touring of North America, a cameo on Alfred Hitchock Presents: Night Creatures, interviews on MTV, Much Music and several metal magazines including Metallica’s fan mag, So What. Battery was requested to open for Metallica on the Garage Inc tour and Harvey was one of 5 selected to audition for James Hetfield as a guitar replacement while James’ arm healed from a pyro accident.
In 1999 Harvey married Heather and soon settled in her hometown of Louisville KY. He continued to make a name for himself locally as a much sought-after lighting director holding residencies at Headliners Music Hall and The Mercury Ballroom (a Live Nation venue).
2006 brought Harvey’s most prized achievement, his son, Alexander ‘Alec’ Campbell Lewis. His pride and joy who shares the same birth date. In 2017 Harvey relocated his family back to his beloved Cape Breton Island and childhood home where he pursued painting, sketching and fishing. After several years of bravely navigating several chronic illnesses, 2022 brought end stage lung disease. Harvey’s generosity, wit, humour, humility, loyalty, patience and perseverance will live on through all the lives he’s touched so deeply through the years.
Harvey was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Lewis; brother, John Lewis and sister, Norma O’Shea (Paddy).
Harvey is survived by his mother, Catherine (MacDonald) Lewis; wife, Heather (Thrush) Lewis; son, Alexander ‘Alec’ Campbell Lewis; brothers, Bert (Maurina) Lewis, Neil (Dale) Lewis and sisters, Sandra (Bob – deceased) Hussey, Cathy (Ray) MacDonald, Margaret (Mike – deceased) Gushue, and Rebecca Lewis.
Our deepest thanks to the numerous healthcare workers, friends and family that have supported us these last few years in Harvey’s time of need
There will be no visitation. Memorial service to celebrate the life of Harvey Lewis will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church St.), Whitney Pier on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at 2 p.m. with Jane Keller L.L.W.L. officiating. Covid protocols will be practiced at the service and for those unable to attend, Live Streaming will be available on our website at the time of the service. Click Here: https://www.facebook.com/35925689617/live/
Reception will follow in the funeral home.
Donations in memory of Harvey may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
Kay, Cathy and families, so sorry to hear of Harvey’s passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you all xoxox.
From: Jackie Matthews
My sincerest condolences to the Lewis family worked with Harvey at Townhouse restaurant we was always so joyful an full of fun an great guy to work with RIP
From: Kim Lahey Mickey
My heartfelt condolences to Harvey’s wife Heather and son Alec, Also to Kay and Harvey’s brothers and sisters. May he Rest In Peace.
From: Judy (late Roddie) Mac Arthur
My deepest condolences Bert, Rebecca, your mother and all your family especially Harvey’s family. A beautiful service. The pictures and your eulogy Bert made me wish I had met him. A wonderful way of honouring Harvey’s memory.
From: Fran Payne
We were very saddened to hear of Harvey’s passing. Such a truly talented and generous person. Harvey touched so many people as he lived his life to it’s fullest, following his passions. Our deepest sympathies to the Lewis family.
From: Ron and Joanne Evely
Bert, so sorry for you loss, hope to see you at memorial today
From: Fred Martell
So very sorry for your loss. Harvey & I grew up together in the same wonderful neighborhood and went to school together, he was a awesome guy that will be truly missed.
I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
RIP my friend
Heather, I am so sorry for your loss.
Dear Kaye and all the Lewis Family,
We were saddened to learn of Harvey’s passing. Thinking of you all at this time of another dear member of your family gone too soon.
Ruthie & Angus
Kaye & Family:
So sorry to learn of Harvey’s passing. May all your cherished memories help you and your family through this difficult time …May he Rest In Peace..
Love & Prayers
Anne Marie MacAskill
I am so sorry to hear about Harvey’s passing . We were great friends growing up and had lots of fun together. My he Rest In Peace till we meet again.
Kaye & family,
I had the good fortune of getting reacquainted with Harvey 2 years ago when he very kindly drove Mom and I home from the Pier Drug Store. The Lewis family charm shone through! I know there will be many stories of the lives he touched and I hope they are of comfort to you.
Heather, I am so sorry for your loss. May all your beautiful memories bring you, Alec , and all the Lewis family through this most difficut time. Keeping you all in prayer.
Kaye & family..
So sorry to hear of Harvey’s passing.
Sincere condolences & hugs to all.
Evelyn & Frankie Ferguson…Orangeville,Ont.
Kaye and Family,
So sorry to hear of the passing of Harvey. Sending love your way.
Rest in Peace.
We will miss you, Harvey. I’m so glad I had the chance to know you. We love you Heather and Alec.
My deepest condolences. I will forever be grateful for the memories.
Take comfort in knowing that now you have another Special Guardian Angel to watch over all of you.
Heather, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
It was our privilege to call Harvey family
The wonderful memories we share with Heather and Alec will be cherished forever.
Blessings & Love to the entire Lewis family.
Sorry to read this Kay and family thoughts and prayers for you all.
So very sorry to hear that Harvey passed. He was a great guy. God bless his family.
Sincere condolences to the family at this sad time! RIP
Sincere condolences to the Lewis family , Harvey was a good guy, rock on buddy
Sending our deepest sympathy at this time. 💕💕
Bobby & Doddy Keel
So sorry for the loss of your husband, son and brother, condolences to al the family. May he Rest In Peace.
Heather, Alec, I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. You are heavy in my thoughts and my heart.
Rest well Harvey
Very sorry Cathy and Ray for the loss of your brother Harvey.
May he Rest In Peace.Amen🙏
Kaye and family. So sorry to hear of your loss.
Patsy MacLeod Campbell
To the Lewis family my deepest condolences. I remember Harvey from school. He was such a sweet and kind Pier boy. I can only imagine the music he’s making with the angels. Gone too soon.
I was very sad to hear the passing of Harvey my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Harvey May he RIP god bless
Oh Rebecca I am so sorry for your loss. May he Rest In Peace now. Take care of yourSelf. Much love and respect to you. I do hope to see you sometime this summer.❤️
Cathy, Ray and Family: Sending sincerest condolences on the loss of your brother. May wonderful memories bring you comfort, strength and peace during this difficult time.
Condolences to all of Harvey’s family and friends, thoughts and prayers for you at this difficult time. May he Rest In Eternal Peace, God Bless.
Harvey you will be missed great childhood friend Condolences to the family
Sincere condolences for your loss Kaye. May he Rest In Peace.
Joanie (Campbell) MacNeil
My deepest condolences to the Lewis family on the passing of Harvey. May he RIP🙏
So sorry for you loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Wendy, John & Ryan Ferguson
Dear Kay, Heather and family
My sincere condolences for Harvey’s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. ❤
To the entire Lewis family, our sincerest condolences!
Betty and Bill Smith
Hammonds Plains, NS
Dear Kay and family,
Please accept our sincere condolences on Harvey’s passing. With heartfelt sympathy and prayers,
Winnie, Shirley and Janet
Our sincere condolences to the Lewis family. May Harvey rest easy!
John & Maureen Moulins
To the Lewis Family,
So very sorry for your loss. I was fortunate to have gotten to know him while working at the Townhouse Restaurant. He was a great and funny guy. I have a lot of great memories of him that make me smile. Keep those wonderful memories of him close during this difficult time.
Genevieve (MacGillivary) Richardson
So sorry to hear of Harvey’s passing. I have some great memories of him from our school days. Deepest sympathies to his family.
We are so very sorry to hear of Harvey’s passing , please know you are in our thoughts and prayers .
Georgie and Barbara Jackson
Deepest condolences to Heather, Alec and the rest of his family.
Rest In Peace Harvey.
Dear Rebecca and family, thoughts and prayers accompany you on this journey of grief, so sorry to learn of your brother’s passing. Death robs us of those we love but can’t rob us of the beautiful memories of times spend with them here on earth. May he rest always in the arms of our Creator, forever,