Harvey Baker Brickley
Harvey Baker Brickley, age 80, was born in Dayton, OH, June 16, 1938 to Lester and Helen Brickley. A longtime resident of Buckhead, he died August 27, 2018, in Marietta, GA after succumbing to the effects of Parkinson’s Disease and dementia.
A 1956 Graduate of Oakwood High School and an Eagle Scout, Harvey went on to educational pursuits at Williams College and Harvard Business School. His service in the U.S. Navy from 1960-1963 brought him to Athens, GA for Supply Corps School training. He decided then that the warm climate and boundless opportunities in Atlanta were for him; shoveling snow was not. He met his future bride of 52 years, the former Mary Huberlie, in Boston on a blind date set-up by friends. They married in October of 1965 and moved to Atlanta, first moving into Midtown and then to Collier Hills, where they met lifelong friends, and raised two children, daughter Tina and son Charley. A DOT project that widened I-75 prompted the family to move to Dover Road in Buckhead, where Harvey was known for his gardening exploits, fellowship with neighbors and walking the family dog, Finnegan.
Harvey was known for his stellar intellect, strong work ethic, athleticism and devotion to his family. He served as a finance executive in several roles with companies in Atlanta, including Davison’s Department Store, Munford and Company, John Wieland Homes and Rhodes Furniture and found fulfillment in becoming an HR professional working in Outplacement Counseling towards the end of his career. He was a longtime parishioner at All Saints Episcopal Church, where he taught Sunday School, served as a leader of its Scout Troop 42, helped develop new ministries for outreach, and ushered services. He was especially fortunate to take up an opportunity to buy a fishing camp at Lake Burton, GA, where the entire family and many friends enjoyed weekends over the course of 31 years.
Harvey found time to pursue a wide range of hobbies and his interests were myriad. Among them: stamp collecting; street signs; world travel both independent and through Friendship Force; acting as a docent at the Atlanta History Center; Georgia Perennial Plant Association and Master Gardener of Fulton County; longtime ALTA Tennis player; and a member of the “old man’s” basketball leagues at both Lovett School and Second Ponce de Leon Church. In fact, his basketball team went on to the National Senior Games in 2013 and placed third in the nation, when Harvey was 75 years old. Not long after that victory, Harvey was found to have Parkinson’s.
He was able to stay at home and participate fully in his life until the beginning of 2018, where he ultimately moved to Thrive in East Cobb for memory care. We are forever grateful for the care he has received and the kindness of everyone we have encountered in this journey. Harvey leaves behind his beloved wife Mary, his sister Nancy Brickley of The Villages, FL, daughter Christina (Tina) Engberg, her husband Kaj, and grandsons Finn and Soren Engberg all of Marietta, GA; his son Charles (Charley) Brickley, his wife Suzie, and granddaughters Bay and Lane Brickley, all of Atlanta, GA.
A memorial service will take place at All Saints Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree Street in Atlanta on Tuesday, September 4th at 2pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a donation to two institutions near to Harvey’s heart: Williams College “Williams Alumni Fund for Financial Aid: In Memory of Harvey Brickley, Class of 1960,” Williams College, Office of College Relations, 75 Park Street, Williamstown, MA 01267 or the Threads Ministry at All Saints Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308.
A beautiful tribute befitting an amazing man.
This is a story of a life well spent and without regrets. My heart goes out to all who knew him and will surely miss his presence.
I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort your mourning hearts. I pray that you find comfort in Revelation 21:3-5. This scripture paints a picture of a world that is very different from what we see today. A world with no more sickness, pain or death…and it is not a dream, it is a promise from God. He promises to reverse the effects of death and resurrect your precious one. You will never have to say a painful goodbye ever again!
Charley – my thoughts are with you and your family. I enjoyed reading of your fathers accomplishments. He set a high bar. I wish you peace.
Very moving tribute. An incredibly inspiring man.
Sincere codlences to his family.
Harvey was the best. His intellect and sense of humor distiguished him. But his civility is what I will remember most. Godspeed.
Harvey was not only intelligent, kind, funny, generous and athletic – all those things mentioned in his obituary – but he was also very creative. I know that first hand as he made me one of the best known and most popular members of our OHS Class of 1956. He made sure that I was always invited to our parties, dances and athletic events but also that I never missed any of my classes. You could say he was responsible for my existence in our class and my successful graduation.
Thank you so much, Harvey. We will never forget you.
Ed Stump – OHS Class of 1956