Memory Eternal + Harvey Reich
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church of Orlando, Florida sadly learned of one of it's founders passing away this past Saturday, December 5th, 2009 after a sudden illness. Harvey Reich over 40 years ago saw a vision in Orlando that together at the time with a small group of Orthodox Christians founded St. George's. Harvey at the time was married to the daughter of the late Fr. Razook, of Boston, MA. Together, Harvey Reich, his then wife Evelyn, Sam & Mary David and a small group worked day in and day out to establish the church. For many years Harvey was a very popular figure amongst the Lebanese & Syrian community in Central Florida. He was one of the first individuals to be welcomed as a member of the Lebanese Club of Orlando, who wasn't Lebanese, but rather Jewish. Harvey, after many years of prayer, converted to the Orthodox Christian Faith. In fact his God- mother was the late Alyce Hamatie, of Brooklyn and Orlando. When the news of his passing was announced, the entire community of Orlando felt a genuine loss. The community is still feeling the fresh sorrow of the loss of +Alyce Hamatie, a true pioneer of the parish, who passed away just 8 months ago at the age of 97. A memorial service was held this past Monday evening at St. George's in Harvey's honor, with many old and new friends in attendance. Harvey left behind his loving children, grand-children, many adoring friends, but mostly a legacy. All who knew him, knew that Harvey had a smile and a presence like no one else. As his eldest daughter Avah shared, he was an inspiration for a generation of many wonderful people, and he lived a full life having the best friends anyone could wish for! God Rest His Soul.