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FINE, Samual Harvey

January 20, 1949 – Turner Valley, AB
July 26, 2013 – Calgary, AB

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Harvey at the age of 64 at his home in Calgary. Harvey was a lover of nature, fast cars, Chinese food and diet Coke. Harvey’s quick wit, gentle spirit and intelligent mind will be greatly missed by those fortunate enough to have known him. Harvey found great joy while skiing and boating in Whitefish and during his annual vacations to Rancho Mirage, CA There was nothing that brought more happiness into Harvey’s life than his constant and cherished companion, Samson. Harvey was a lover of all dogs and was responsible for rescuing and providing for many dogs in need.

Harvey is survived by his brothers Larry (Elaine) and Arnold (Susan) as well as numerous nieces, nephews and relatives.

He is predeceased by his parents Marty and Sarah Fine.

A graveside service will be held at Queen’s Park Cemetery, Jewish section, on Thursday August 1, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Dress is casual, jeans and t-shirts, the way Harvey would have preferred it. A gathering will follow at Harvey’s favourite restaurant, the Silver Dragon 106 3 Ave SE Calgary, AB at 2:30 p.m.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the many family members and special friends who have showed us overwhelming love and support during the last few months. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

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  1. Doran Flock :

    Harvie was unique and will be missed. At Elboya and Wise Wood Harvie typically lightened the mood. During Bugaboo heli-ski trips nobody was more creative than Harvie, whether he was making dollar signs out of S turns by racing straight down the mountain, winning the annual limbo competition, or producing the famous skit “Leo, let my people go”.
    I will remember Harvie with fondness for our many school, golf and skiing adventures over the years.

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  2. Debra Ann McCann (Debbie Douglas) :

    Growing up in Britannia, I will always remember Harvey with his warm hello’s & welcoming smiles when ever I walked by his family home down the street. “Thank you for being such a wonderful neighbour Harvey. God Bless you! Warmest, Debbie (Douglas) McCann

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  3. Sarabeth Carnat :

    Deepest condolence to the Fine family. Thinking of you at this time.

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  4. Sheila & Ralph Gurevitch :

    We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Harvey.We did not know him as a close friend but we saw him occasionally in Whitefish & also his dad Marty who was a dear friend of ours would talk about Harvey in conversation. condolences to the family.
    Sheila & Ralph Gurevitch

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  5. Geri Timmins :

    My dog, Lucy, and I offer our condolences to Harvey’s family. Harvey will be missed on the pathway walking Samson. Lucy will miss the almond treats Harvey would give her each time he and Samson walked by our back fence or when we encountered them on our own walk. Samson will be missed, too.
    Geri and Lucy

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  6. Marsha & Stew Kerby :

    Will miss you Harvey but thank you so much for bringing us our beloved Watson. He enhanced our lives & you knew that. You will meet him again when it’s time for that trek over the Rainbow Bridge.

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  7. Carla Carlson Hanna :

    With his fiercely wicked sense of humour and his deeply compassionate spirit, Harvey was one-of-a-kind. .. a very special human being. It was my good fortune to meet Harvey at Queen’s University. You always knew when Harvey was at the Douglas library because there was a Corvette parked prominently out front on University Avenue. From then on, he continued to have me in giggles across the years as we have remained in touch through our mutual friends, Mike and Reva. May he rest in peace.

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  8. Dear Larry, Elaine & Family I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Brother.
    Please accept my deepest sympathy.
    Peggy Kelson

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  9. Brian Kowall :

    Was very sad to hear of Harvey’s passing. Always enjoyed seeing him at meetings and otherwise, he was very pleasant and always had good insight’s into any topic we were discussing.
    Regards, Brian and Janis Kowall

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  10. My husband Gerry and I got to know Harvey over the past couple of years as he would pass by our backyard twice daily with his dog, Sampson. We also frequently met up on the dog walk and would walk together and solve all the world’s problems. Harvey was such a friendly, engaging and gentle soul and I am saddened to look out our back fence knowing we won’t have the absolute pleasure of his company in future.

    Our deepest sympathies to his family and many friends, Pat and Gerry Rice

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  11. Leslie Collins :

    I knew Harvey only through our dogs, when we met and walked at the Whitefish Dog Park. Harvey was a character! I remember Harvey walking Wisconsin Avenue in Whitefish very often while shirtless with his dog. Harvey was a common site in Whitefish and on the Lake. I will miss seeing him and Samuel.
    Leslie Collins, Whitefish

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  12. Darrell Gibson :

    Please accept my families most heartfelt condolences on the passing of both Marty and Harvey.
    My father worked with Marty and I went to school with Harvey and Larry.

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  13. Larry and Sandy Martin :

    Sandy and I grew up with the FINEBROS and Sandy’s sister even married one. Harvey was one in a million. Selling Harvey my old 1994 E500 was more intense than any multimillion dollar deal. Harvey was right when he sat me down in my own living room and told me “one way or another you WILL sell me that car”
    All the best to the Fine families.
    Larry and Sandy.

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  14. sandie carpenter :

    I will miss Harvey on the Big Mtn ski hill…always hatless in freezing weather…he will be missed on Wisconsin Ave walking topless with Sampson. Condolences to his family from many of us in Whitefish….we did not know he was ill.

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  15. Dear Larry and Elaine,
    We are so sorry to learn of the passing of Larry’s brother. Sandy and I send you our sincere condolences. We know that this has been a difficult few months for the family with the passing of Larry’s father and now Harvey. May he be of blessed memory.
    Karen and Sandy

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  16. Shannon Clarke :

    I was so sorry to read the obituary that someone so thoughtfully put on the offleash path! I met Harvey there, through a friend, and always looked for him and Samson when walking. Harvey had a pocket full of almonds for the dogs he ran into, and was always smiling and friendly. He will be missed by many I am sure, I am sorry that I did not know before any services or I would have been there to give respect to this unique man. My sincere condolences to the family.

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  17. Fufi and Garr Jones :

    We want those who loved Harvey to know that we are simply shocked. We skied with Harvey many times over the years. I always yelled from the chair “Hey Harvey, get a cap.” He would always laugh and wave me off. We would start the day by riding the Chair 2 lift up with him and talk about many things including his beloved Samson. He told us once about the time Warren Buffet wrote a personal hand written note to him. We would race him, and eventually we’d loose track of him because he was too fast for us. We’d run into him later in the day on a black diamond run and he was still flying down the mountain, no cap, no goggles, no neck scarf as only he could. Many times I offered to knit him a cap – ‘no thank you’ he’d say with that lovely chuckle. We noticed that he disappeared early this past season with no explanation. Inquiring with some friends, it seemed no one knew why he was gone so early in the season. He bought a beautiful new jacket for the 2011-1012 season and looked so handsome and at least a little more sheltered from our cold winters here. Both my husband and I cried yesterday when we saw the obituary in our local ‘Whitefish Pilot.’ As I cry now, we want you to know we both loved Harvey and enjoyed his company especially riding up Chair One with him because it was a longer chair ride and we could chat with our beloved friend. Please let us know what happened. We will be donating to our grandson’s fund in Harvey’s name. I hope you are all doing well. I know you will be missing him like we do.

    Much love and many hugs, Fufi and Garr Jones

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  18. We often met Harvey and Sampson on our walks along Colorado Avenue in Whitefish. Harvey always had an almond and a pet for my dog, Gizmo. My favorite memory though was seeing a boat zipping across the lake one afternoon. Not wearing my good glasses, I couldn’t be sure it was Harvey driving. Then I spotted the head and ears of a rather large dog in the passenger seat and I knew immediately that Samson was loving a boat ride with his master! You will both be missed.
    Pat and Gizmo

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  19. David and Stephanie Rohrer :

    We were absolutely stunned to read of Harvey’s passing in the Whitefish Pilot this morning.
    We have lived on the lake since September 2000, knew his boat and his beautiful dog, but never really knew Harvey. Just called him “the tan man” as he was usually shirtless and extremely tan.
    Our son, last summer, had a gathering of friends,who unfortunately had a gathering of others, and the story goes on. Ended with a jet ski colliding into Harvey. It was horrible in our eyes, and we were devastated as parents. However, nobody was hurt, other than Harvey’s beloved boat. We solved the problems, Harvey’s boat fixed, and life goes on. At Christmas time, 2012, Harvey wrote us the kindest letter of gratitude regarding our handling of the situation,the maturity of our son taking responsibility for his aquaintances’ actions. etc…He was remarkable. Such an unfortunate experience turned into one of friendship, respect, and kindness. Harvey was a good person…May he rest in peace~ He will be missed in Whitefish
    Dave and Stephanie

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  20. I only knew the shirtless and dark-skinned man that walked by my Colorado Avenue house with Samson the dog nearly every day by his pocketful of almonds and the nod of his head. I am sad he is gone.
    Deb Stika
    Whitefish, Montana

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  21. Kenny & Muffin Spielman :

    We were so very saddened to read of Harvey’s passing. He is, and will always be, one of our fondest memories of Whitefish. We would run into him dining at the golf course or sunning himself with Samson on that little boat of his on the lake. Harvey was one of the first people we met when we bought property in Montana 17 years ago, and we found an immediate connection. Mr. Belzberg (one of Harvey’s relatives, I believe?) was an acquaintance of my father’s (Richard Bobbe). And so the friendship began. Sweet Harvey, we didn’t see him that often, but whenever we did, he wore a permanent smile and had such a sunny disposition… He was really a charming and delightful man. And an icon in little Whitefish, Montana. The words in your obituary were so lovely. A very fitting tribute. Again, our deepest sympathies on your loss.

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