Picton tennis stalwart Clifford Harvey remembered

After a year marked by lengthy hospital visits, on top of declining health over some time, the death occurred on November 18, 2017 of Cliff Harvey, a long-standing and well-known resident of the Picton district. 

Cliff suffered a seizure in the afternoon of Friday, 17th November and passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Campbelltown Hospital on the night of 18th November.

Born at Balmoral in 1932, Clifford John Harvey was the fifth eldest of seven children to James and Olive Harvey. 

Cliff’s eldest brother, Jim, passed away suddenly only in September, 2017 at almost 94; news that was devastating to Cliff who was in hospital at the time.  

Cliff lived his early life at Balmoral and loved the bush.

Always ready for a chat, Cliff was a cheery story-teller about many interesting aspects of his life. 

In his early teens he started attending dances at Balmoral Hall and many others in the district over following years.

After meeting her at a dance, Cliff married Pauline Sheil in 1957, and together they raised three children; initially at Balmoral, then Tahmoor and finally at several homes in Picton from the mid-1960’s.

Cliff worked in many occupations, from rabbit-trapping at Crookwell, to a timber mill in Hurstville, plus back at Balmoral in the demanding family business of charcoal manufacture, before settling into a career in the energy industry, retiring from Prospect Electricity in 1993 after more than 30 years. 

Following retirement, he also spent some time on fire-spotting duties.

A competitive and accomplished tennis player, and a life member of Picton District Tennis Association, Cliff made a significant contribution to the game in the district and continued to play as much as he could even up until recent years, not only locally but in veteran matches at Panania and Kiama. 

A court at Picton is named in recognition of his contributions and on 1st September, 2017, just before another sudden hospital visit, Cliff was delighted to award a deserving local player the Cliff Harvey Scholarship.

Cliff is survived by his wife Pauline; his three children, Paul (Sydney), John (Picton) and Dianne (Port Macquarie); his nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and was well-loved by all of them. 

After a well-attended mass at St Anthony’s Church, Tahmoor, on November 28, Cliff was buried in the Catholic section of Thirlmere Cemetery accompanied by a ‘Raise Your Racquet to Cliff’ tribute, followed by a gathering of many family and friends at Picton Bowling Club.

Cliff is lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his wife Pauline and the entire family.