Remembering Jacksonville Chef Alvin Harvey: A Beloved Figure Who Devoted His Life to Helping Others

Renowned chef from Jacksonville who donated 500 turkeys passes away at 72

Jacksonville Chef Alvin Harvey, a beloved figure in the community for his generosity and giving spirit, passed away at the age of 72. His funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 27 at Julington Baptist Church on Snyder Street, just north of Bartram Springs.

In November 2019, Harvey was preparing to give away 500 free Thanksgiving turkeys and all the fixings to those in need in the Brentwood neighborhood. His selflessness was widely recognized and appreciated by the community. He believed in helping others and often spoke about the importance of empathy and understanding. Harvey once said, “If I reach down to pull you up I want to feel your pain because we are all just one paycheck away from being homeless.”

Harvey’s impact extended beyond Jacksonville as well. In 2005 he traveled to Louisiana with a group to feed the needy in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. His legacy will live on through his family: his wife Nancy, two daughters, and two sons. The passing of Chef Alvin Harvey is a loss to the community as he leaves behind a legacy of generosity and kindness that will be deeply missed.

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