After a brief illness and a prolonged battle with dementia, Harvey Rosen passed away peacefully on December 22, 2022. He is survived by his children, Pam and Kevin (Judi); his grandchildren, Stella, Jakob, and Emery; and his sister, Beverly Binder. He was predeceased by his parents, Morris and Sarah Rosen, and his brother-in-law, Bernard Binder.
Harvey was born in Portage la Prairie and moved to Winnipeg at the age of five. He grew up in Winnipeg’s north end, where he attended Luxton School and later graduated from St John’s High. He attended United College as well as University of Manitoba before embarking on a 33-year career as a full-time schoolteacher. That journey began in Carmen, then Winnipeg at Isaac Newton School followed by Andrew Mynarski School. Harvey taught junior high English, French, social studies and consumer education. He also coached the Andrew Mynarski boys’ baseball teams to tournament victories on multiple occasions.
Though teaching was his full-time gig, many people knew him for his side hustles: as a sports reporter for the Canadian Press covering the Jets, Blue Bombers, Moose, and other matches. And of course, as the weekly sports columnist for the Winnipeg Jewish Post, covering the achievements of local and non-local Jewish athletes for more than 40 years. Though Harvey retired from teaching in 1995, he continued his sports writing until dementia began to steal it from him in 2018. He loved watching and discussing all sports — so his part-time career was a dream come true.
As a family man, he was in a word: devoted. Harvey was a loving and affectionate father who, despite a busy schedule, made sure to spend time with his kids. He loved them dearly, had a close relationship with his sister Beverly, was married to Judy Goodman for 26 years, and later committed himself to long-term relationships with two subsequent partners.
Harvey was a mensch: a kind and decent human being. He was a truly empathetic person who took a keen interest in others. He was incredibly appreciative and grateful for everything he received. He often said, in reference to his family, that he felt like he won the lottery of life. He marked every family milestone with a generous gift and a beautifully heartfelt handwritten card.
Harvey had a great sense of humour and a singular way with words. His jokes were steeped in wry commentary, tongue-in-cheek observations, self-deprecation, and a playfulness that he retained until the very end.
When the onset of dementia became evident, Harvey moved first to an assisted-living facility and eventually to the Simkin Centre, where he resided since May 2022.
A funeral service and burial took place on December 26, 2022.
Harvey is dearly missed and fondly remembered by his children and grandchildren, friends, past partners, former colleagues, and extended relations, as well as the thousands of students and readers he inspired throughout his longstanding twin careers: school teaching and sports writing.
Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society.