It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Harvie Andre on Sunday, October 21, 2012 from cancer. Harvie is remembered as a passionate defender of Alberta and Canada as well as a strong devoted family man.
Harvie Andre was born on July 27, 1940, in Edmonton Alberta to John Andre and Doris Ewasiuk, and had two sisters, Ann and Edith (both deceased) and a brother Milton. Throughout his life, Harvie was well known as a keen intellect. This trait was visible even in his early years, often challenging teachers and questioning their lectures. He went on to win one of six scholarships awarded based on academic excellence by the province of Alberta. He received his BSc in Chemical Engineering in 1962 from the University of Alberta. Harvie pursued post-graduate studies at the prestigious California Institute of Technology and received his MSc in 1963. During that time, California was a very desirable place to work as a chemical engineer, but for Harvie his time in California proved to strengthen his patriotic pride and his strong ties to the West pulled him back to Alberta. He reentered University of Alberta and started work on his PhD.
During his university years, Kappa Sigma fraternity played an important role and created lifelong friendships and connections. It was also at a Kappa Sigma event that Harvie became smitten with Joan Smith. They were married for 47 years and have three children: Coryn (Paul), Lauren (Craig) and Peter.
Once he had received his PhD, Harvie and Joan moved to Calgary where Harvie became a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Calgary. It was during his time in Calgary that Harvie began to seriously consider doing more to support his passion for his province and country. On October 30, 1972 he was elected as Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre and went on to win five more elections. Harvie earned a reputation as a tough critic and a principled parliamentarian. He was appointed to the Federal Cabinet by Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney in 1984 as Minister of Supply and Services. He went on to serve in many positions in the government including Associate Defence Minister, Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Minister for Regional and Industrial Expansion, Minister of State for Science and Technology, and Minister responsible for Canada Post Corporation. As well, he served as House Leader in the House of Commons for three years. He retired from politics in 1993 after 21 years representing the constituents of Calgary Centre.
Following his retirement from politics in 1993, he served as Chairman of Bow Energy Resources, President and CEO of Wenzel Downhole Tools and served on numerous Boards of Directors. As well, he was named as the federal government’s chief negotiator on the devolution of the Northwest Territories. Harvie also enjoyed golfing in his spare time at the Pinebrook Golf and Country Club with the C Syndicate. As well he had many happy times golfing with Joan and friends at the Canmore Golf & Curling Club. Some of his most cherished moments were time spent with his four grandchildren: Caitlin, Jack, Alexander, and Ella.
Harvie was strong, loyal, admired and deeply loved. We will all miss him very much.
We would like to acknowledge all the medical staff who assisted Harvie throughout his illness. And a special thank you to Bonnie Emmerson, RN for her support and kindness.
A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of Harvie and Joan’s favourite charities, the Children’s Hospital Aid Society (CHAS) (www.chascalgary.ca) or to Foothills Country Hospice Society (www.countryhospice.org) in appreciation for the wonderful care and compassion they provided us.
In living memory of Harvie Andre, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200Print Obituary & Condolences