05 December 2013

Roland Allen Harvey 1929-2013


On 18 November 2013 my beautiful husband, Roland Allen Harvey, passed away at Noosa Hospital after a brief battle with pneumonia. His physical and mental health had both deteriorated greatly in the past six months, and though we, his family, have very heavy hearts, we know his passing now, while he still knew and loved us all, was a blessing for him. It is less so for us. 

Allen's poor damaged brain has gone to the Queensland Brain Bank at the University of Queensland. We hope in some small way it will help researchers there to learn a bit more about Primary Progressive Aphasia, the debilitating brain deterioration that ultimately robbed him of his mental fluency and physical agility. 

Allen was cremated in Noosa at 8am on Friday, 22 November. At that exact time, his family gathered at The Spit, where the Noosa River flows into the sea, to remember him with a champagne breakfast.


On 15 December friends and family will gather at a lunch in Doonan to share reminiscences of my dear husband's long, productive and very happy life. 


Red said...

My sympathy to you in the loss of Allen. Your posts have allowed us to know him in a way. You told us about caring for him and in so doing we got to know him. It is very difficult to lose someone even when we know it's the best for them.
Continue writing about Allen and the care you gave him.

Gin G said...

He was a very handsome and kind looing man. I know you will miss him very much. He had such a loving, caring wife in you. Take good care of yourself right now.

Anonymous said...

how very sad for you all :( my sympathies - take care over the Christmas period and a big hug from me

Snowbrush said...

Oh, my, I am so sorry that I'm only just now getting here to learn your sad news, and I am also very sorry that you have suffered such a loss. The scariest thing in the world to me would be my wife's dementia and/or death, and now you've experienced my two worst fears, fears that I have no thought I could survive. This puts me in a poor place to offer anything to you but my most sincere sympathy.

Karen L R said...

I do not know how else to contact you, so I am writing here. Sending you buckets of comfort and condolences from way across the world. I am keeping thoughts of you close to my heart. xo

Chartreuse said...

Thanks to my blogging friends who have visited here and sent me your warm wishes. Your stories over the years have provided me with comfort and humor aplenty, and will go on doing so as I get used to a very different life. Bless you all.

The Blog Fodder said...

I stopped reading blogs for some time and have missed yours since I started again. checked in to see how you were doing and find this. I am so very sorry. I send you hugs and warm thoughts from the other side of the world.

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I started this blog in 2009 when I became a full-time caregiver. My husband had been diagnosed a few years earlier with primary progressive aphasia. Over the next four years until his death in 2013, we went on a journey of discovery about this rare condition. My blog is about what I learned, how we both coped and how the journey deepened our love and appreciation of each other. Allen’s journey is over, but mine goes on.