Exeter Times-Advocate, Ontario, Canada 29 May 1930
Exeter Times-Advocate, 29 May 1930, EXETER MOURNS THE LOSS OF PROMINENT MERCHANT shadow of gloom was cast over this community on Friday last when it was learned that Mr. Chester Percival Harvey had passed away at Victoria Hospital, London. Mr. Harvey, who conducted one of the leading grocery stores in Exeter, was taken to the hospital on the Sunday previous suffering from an acute attack of appendicitis and underwent an operation the same day. On Thursday his condition was reported as serious and it was with widespread regret that this community learned of his death on Friday. Mr. Harvey was in the prime of life, his age being 37 years and 16 days. In November 1919 he opened up a grocery store in town in partnership with his brother, Mr. E. C. Harvey and later he took over his brothers interests. By close attention to business he worked up a splendid trade enjoying a very liberal patronage. The deceased was a war veteran. In September 1915 he enlisted at London with the Canadian Mounted Rifles and the following summer trained in Hamilton. He went overseas in August 1916 and in December of the same year went to France with the Fort Garry horse where he served until the end of the war. Before enlisting Mr. Harvey spent several years in the West being in partnership with his brother-in-law, Mr. A. E. Buswell in a general store business at Flaxacombe, Sask. Before going West he was employed for several years with Jones & May. After returning from overseas he was married the following March to Miss Myrtle Moodie, who predeceased him a year later shortly after the birth of their little daughter Doris. On June 1st, 1921, Mr. Harvey was united in marriage with Miss Laura Jory and to this union one son, Leonard and one daughter Alta, were born. Besides the above mentioned the deceased is survived by his parents, Mr.and Mrs. Thomas Harvey, three sisters and one brother; Mrs. A. E. Buswell, of Lucknow; Mrs. L. W. White, of Flaxcombe, Sask, Ernest C. and Mrs. J. Batson, of town to whom is extended the sympathy of the community.
The funeral, private, was held on Monday afternoon from the home of his parents and was conducted by Rev. D. McTavish, of James St. United church of which the deceased was a member. The floral tributes to the deceased were exceptionally beautiful. Among those from a distance who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Buswell and family, and Dr. Victor and Mrs. Johnston, of Lucknow; Mr. Samuel Rowe, Mr. and Mrs. Fred McDonald and child and Mr. and Mrs. D. Halliday and two children, of Galt; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Amy, of Burford; Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Kestle, of Seaforth; Mr.H. Kestle, of Lawrence Station; Mr. and Mrs. A. Bawden, Mrs. Willsie and Mrs. Jefferson,of St. Thomas; Mrs. F. Tracey, Mr. E. Down and Mrs. E. Blatchford, of Sheddon; Mr. F. E. Kestle, of Ingersoll; Mr. and Mrs. O.E. Kestle, of Detroit; Mrs. W. Ready, of London; Mr. and Mrs. E. Berdan and Miss Minnie Kestle, of St. Johns. The pall-bearers were: W. S. Howey, T.O. Southcott, J. H. Jones, Harvey Perkins, C. W. Kestle and Rufus Kestle.