In Memory

Harv Sarch

Harvey Sarch (12/23/1946 - 04/06/2017)

From the Asbury Park Press of May 7, 2017:  Harvey "6String" Sarch, 70, of West Long Branch, died last month peacefully in his home. He was a renowned guitar player who played with Ray Charles, Ornette Coleman and Jack Reilly among others, as well as being a successful businessman in the New Jersey area. He is survived by his brother, Kenneth, his sister, Patricia, and his loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He will be deeply missed by friends and family.

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04/07/17 11:56 AM #1    

Ron Farber

So sorry to hear of Harvey's passing.  Missed him at the 50th reunion three years ago.  Had not seen him since we graduated.  However, was very friendly with him during 8th & 9th grade.  I remember his house with that rounded top door and his mom's piano studio in the basement.  And how gifted a musician he was  --  when he transitioned from violin to guitar.  And, interestingly, both of us wound up having professional careers in the field of music  -- he as a performer and writer  --  me as a manager and marketer.                                                   Just spoke to Myles and happened to remember a quirky thing  --  I actually learned to 'hitch hike' to get around from Harvey.  Silly  -- but proved effective to manuver across West Orange back in those halcyon days of our youth.  He was also the guy who hipped me to listening to WINS 1010 and Murray the K.  Geez---my two best friends in junior high school -- Harvey & Hilton now both gone within months!    R.I.P old friend!

04/07/17 07:05 PM #2    

Lynne Newhouse (Segal)

Although I knew Harvey throughout our school days, we first became good friends while planning the Class of '64 50th Reunion.   He was very helpful and supportive, and we talked on the phone often, as my West Coast time zone seemed to fit well with Harv's sleep habits.  I worried about him as Hurricane Sandy approached, and we spoke long and often as he sat "Alone in the Dark".   He shared that haunting song with me soon after he wrote it, as he did "In Autumn I Fell", and "Uptown Eagle", which I believe was inspired by his neice.   Harvey and I were "birthday twins": both born December 23, 1946, which we agreed is the worst birthday in the year.  Last December, as our 70th birthdays were due to fall on the Friday of Christmas weekend, Harvey called me to discuss our plans.  We both didn't want to inconvenience friends or family to attend our birhday celebrations on the worst commute day of the year.  So, we mutually decided to celebrate on some alternate date.  Some days later, Harv called me back to say his family convinced him they would love to travel to Jersey in holiday traffic to be with him on his actual 70th birthday; and then Harvey convinced me to plan my own birthday celebration on that day, too; and urged that it include singing.  With Nancy Rosenthal's help, I did have that party, and acknowleged Harvey as the catalyst in the email invitation I sent out.  Thanks, Harv.  Aren't we glad we did that?  Recently I hadn't spoken with Harvey in a while, and I left him several voice messages over the past several weeks.  When he didn't return my calls with his usual promptness, I worried about him, and imagined him "Alone in the Dark" again, as the song ran through my head.  Then, last Saturday, after a rainy and depressing San Francisco winter, I found myself in the sun "sittin' on the dock o' the Bay wasting time", and texted Harvey those lyrics with a selfie.  Harvey responded exactly six minutes later: "Cold and rainy here, yech! Nice pic of you. Have a nice day!" with a smiley face emojii in cool shades.  I sent him that winking, kissing emojii with the heart on it's cheek.  Harvey, I didn't know it, but I kissed you goodbye, and sent my love.  You were greatly loved and admired.  Condolences to your close friends and family.  You will be missed far and near. 


04/08/17 03:21 PM #3    

Marlene Cooper (Grad)

I was so very sad to hear that we lost Harvey . Harvey and i both lived  at the jersey shore. After the death of my husband Harvey and I had dinner together and walked on the boardwalk    He was extremely caring and sensitive, as depicted in the lyrics, in his songs    He asked me for my opinion on the songs he was writing and the woman he hired to do the vocals    He was extremely talented on the guitar   He talked about his family who he felt so close to very often. he was a special guy and a thoughtful guy   He truly cared about others    May he Rest In Peace and hopefully everyone we lost will enjoy Harvey strumming the guitar which he was so great at         Its heartbreaking to lose another classmate   Be well everyone  my condolences to Harvey's family and friends     He will be missed but not forgotten  marlene

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