Jacksonville Chef Alvin Harvey: A Tribute to Generosity and Kindness

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

Jacksonville chef Alvin Harvey, known for serving hundreds of people meals for Thanksgiving, has passed away at the age of 72. His legacy of generosity and kindness will live on as his memory is honored at a funeral service on Wednesday, March 27 at Julington Baptist Church on Snyder Street, just north of Bartram Springs.

Harvey’s impact extended beyond Jacksonville as he traveled to Louisiana with a group in 2005 to feed the needy in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. His generosity was well-known in the community and he was loved for his giving spirit. In November 2018, he was preparing to give away 500 free Thanksgiving turkeys and all the fixings in the Brentwood neighborhood.

Chef 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.

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