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

Remembering Chef Alvin Harvey: A Life of Giving and Service

Alvin Harvey, a well-known Jacksonville chef, passed away at the age of 72. Known for serving hundreds of people meals for Thanksgiving, he was loved by many in the community for his giving spirit and generosity. In 2005, he traveled to Louisiana with a group to feed the needy in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, extending his impact beyond Jacksonville.

Harvey believed in helping others and often spoke about the importance of empathy and understanding. He 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.” He is survived by 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. His memory will live on through the lives he touched and the meals he served to those in need. His funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 27 at Julington Baptist Church on Snyder Street, just north of Bartram Springs.

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