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TIMM, Harvey Francis

Harvey Francis Timm Obit Pic

Harvey Francis Timm, born at home September 9, 1935, in Gogama Ontario to Minnie (Thom) and Robert Timm. Harvey passed away peacefully on June 3, 2019, at home in North Bay, with family by his side.


Harvey is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Gail Sandra (Dobson), and four daughters Brenda Timm (Douglas Nuytten), Debbie Thomas, Bonnie Timm, and Sarah Timm (Allan Wasyliw). Harvey had nine grandchildren; Laura Sevigny, Becky Mikkelsen (Kai) and Jesse Nuytten (Cindy), Mitchell, Ian and Heather Thomas, Danielle Ruest, Molly Patrick and Hailey Wasyliw and one great grandson Mads (aka L’il Harv) Mikkelsen.


Harvey was the youngest of six children, all predeceased; George, Gladys (Powell), Dorothy (Stewart), Kathy (Moser), and Charles.


Harvey had many fond memories he often retold from his youth growing up in Matachewan with his brother Charlie and their father. 


Harvey began as a machinist when Johns Manville opened in North Bay in 1957, for 22 years, and then as a millwright at Abitibi/MacMillan Bloedel in Sturgeon Falls until his retirement at age 62. Harvey loved his work.  He spent countless hours in his own garages, creating and building everything, from his own tools, to numerous building projects at his house, cottage, and Duck Shack. Harvey was an avid fisherman, trying always to keep his fishing holes and ‘catches’ a secret.


One of Harvey’s legacies would be the family cottage he began building in 1960. At Clear Lake he and Gail were surrounded by their own siblings and numerous cousins on neighbouring properties every summer. Harvey was proud of many of his projects, but his prized possession would have to be the dock he built (and re-built) on Clear Lake. Nothing made Harvey happier than when it was filled with running and jumping kids.


Harvey became a duck hunter because of his father-in-law ‘Dobbie’ on Lake Nipissing. Harvey, Dobbie, brother Charlie, and brother-in-law Bernie spent many years hunting at the Duck Shack and countless hours working at that property, including more ‘beloved’ docks. Harvey, Gail, Betty, and Bernie enjoyed their time at the Duck Shack fishing on Nipissing.


Harvey was a 62 year member of  the Sturgeon Falls Lodge 65 Branch 447. He appreciated his good friend and fellow Mason in Bob McConkey who kept up with him daily right to the very end.


Donations can be made to the North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation.


A celebration of Harvey’s life will be held at their home at 904 Main St West North Bay on Saturday June 8, 2019 from 1:30 to 3pm, and on July 20, 2019 at their cottage at 97 Southshore Road Clear Lake (West Nipissing) at 2pm.

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