A Celebration of Giving: Remembering Chef Alvin Harvey

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

Chef Alvin Harvey, a Jacksonville legend known for his annual Thanksgiving feasts that served hundreds of people, has passed away at the age of 72. His generosity was widely celebrated in the community and beyond, as he also traveled to Louisiana in 2005 to feed those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Harvey’s impact extended far beyond his local community, as he was known for his empathetic spirit and his willingness to lend a helping hand. In an interview with a local newspaper, 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.”

Despite his busy schedule, Harvey always made time to give back and help those in need. His legacy will live on through the countless lives he touched and the meals he served to those who needed them most.

Harvey is survived by his wife Nancy, two daughters, and two sons. His funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 27 at Julington Baptist Church on Snyder Street, just north of Bartram Springs. The community is invited to come together to celebrate his life and honor his memory.

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