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Obituary - Harvey W. Brockley

Harvey W. Brockley

Date of Passing: March 3rd, 2009

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In lieu of flowers, kindly consider the Unitarian Universalist Church Memorial Fund or Habitat for humanity.

Harvey W. Brockley, 78, of Utica, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. He was born April 9, 1930, in Utica, the son of the late John Paul Brockley and Dorothy Wicks. He was a graduate of Sauquoit Central School, Buffalo State University and received his Master's degree from Syracuse University. On December 26, 1953, in Warners, he married Phyllis Bragan. Mr. Brockley was a US Army veteran of the Korean War. For 35 years, Mr. Brockley was an art teacher with the West Irondequoit School System. After his retirement in 1986, the Brockley's relocated back to Utica. He was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church and Habitat for Humanity. Harvey was a well respected artist, was an avid bicyclist and cross country skier, enjoyed kayaking and loved nature and the outdoors. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Phyllis; four children, Janice Hill of Saratoga Springs, Joanne Titzer-Brockley of Brooklyn, Mark Brockley of Forest Knolls, CA and Jean B. Decker of Kinderhook; his mother-in-law, Ruth Bragan of Marathon, FL; his sister-in-law, Beverly Arthur of Paris Hill; and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Jack Brockley. Relatives and friends are invited to his memorial service on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Higby Rd, Utica, with Pastor David Blanchard officiating. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Paris Hill at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are with the Kloster-Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, Waterville.


When I entered West Irondequoit High School from St. Margaret Mary's, Mr. Brockley was very supportive and welcoming. I will always remember him for his kindness.
Kathleen Byers

Mr. Brockley, as I knew him, was my high school art teacher at West Irondequoit High. He was a very kind and patient teacher. I remember drawing a picture of the Universalist Church, and he corrected a mistake I had made in rendering the windows. At the time I wondered how he knew it was a mistake and thought maybe it was his church. I Guess I was correct. (Coincidentally, it's now my church)I'm so sorry to hear of his death.
Mary Moon

When I first took a position in Utica I stayed in Harv's and Phyllis' guest room. It was such a joy to wake up surrounded by Harv's art. His devotion to his family, his art, the Unitarian Universalist church, and the ways of peace were an inspiration to me. and now he is one of the saints.
John Marsh

Jean and Family I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mike and I will keep you in our thoughts. Nicole and Michael Maney
Nicole Maney

We were all fortunate to know Harv. Our love and support goes to his family. . . . Twilight and Evening Bell and after That the Dark And May There Be No Sadness of Farewell When I Embark . . . Alfred Lord Tennyson
Bill Gazitano

I was so saddened to hear of Uncle Harv's passing. Bill & I extend our condolences to the entire Brockley family. Or thoughts and prayers are with you.
Candy Jones

We send our deepest sympathies and love. We are sad but are thankful for having known Harv! His life and works and works will live on...We will be there Sunday.
Barb & Jon