Harvey L. Journey

February 5, 2019 Chatham, PA An Avid Horseman and Fox Hunter

Harvey L. Journey, age 83 of Chatham PA, passed peacefully Tuesday, February 5th in the company of his family. He was the husband of Sharon McMahon.

Born 1935 in Wawa, PA, he was the son of the late Hannah and Harvey N Journey.

He graduated from Media High School. Harvey’s early work as a carpenter, truck driver, and member of the Brandywine Hounds Hunt staff prepared him for his work as a groom/farm manager at Chatham Farm. He found not only an occupation he loved, but a home at Chatham Farm. Caring for the horses and the farm was his passion.

Harvey always looked for an opportunity to help others and gained his rewards from doing so. He supported his fellow horsemen through his active membership in the Professional Horsemen’s Association.   Every chance he had, he foxhunted with Cheshire, Pop Ford and Ralph Reber. When the weather was right, he spent time searching for arrowheads or snowmobiling.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughter, Barb, and her husband, Tracy Merges; and his brother, Jack, and his wife, Judy. Harvey was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Oas.

Harvey’s family looks forward to greeting you from 3 – 3:30 on Saturday, 2/16, at the Red Clay Room, 423 Dalmatian St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. A service celebrating his life will follow at 3:30. You are invited to share memories during the service. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be mailed in Harvey’s memory to the Brandywine Valley Chapter of the Professional Horsemen’s Association (BVCPHA) c/o Nancy Tully 226 South Union Street Kennett Square, PA 19348

Message from the Family

We thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please share with us your fond memories of Harvey.

Memorial Donations

Brandywine Valley Chapter of the Professional Horsemen's Association

C/O Nancy Tully
226 South Union Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348


Celebration of Life

February 16, 2019 3:30 PM Red Clay Room
423 Dalmatian Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348


  1. Harvey taught me everything I know about riding, and about how to be with horses and care for them… many of my earliest and most vivid, memories are of following the hunt with him… those were some of my favorite childhood days, and he was usually the only other person with me, when I was too young and slow to follow my mother… He mostly made sure I did not kill myself or get lost, while I asked him questions that he would answer with one or two words, max… I also can’t forget watching him chase the horses around the pasture, every time we let them out after bathing, to make sure they would not roll… I remember thinking about how tiring and exasperating it looked, but that he cared enough to do it anyway, every time, horse after horse, year after year… Miss him, and that time, very much… So sorry that you guys have to see him go…much love to you all!

    Lucas McDonough | February 15, 2019 at 12:50 PM
  2. Barb, Tracy and Family… Our deepest condolences. Your are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

    Chris & Jaime McKeown | February 13, 2019 at 5:10 PM
  3. Sharon, Barb and family my
    condolences to all of you. May God give you strength and his
    everlasting love to help you thru
    and may Harvey memory be for
    a blessing now and the eternal life to come.
    In Sympathy,

    Brenda | February 12, 2019 at 7:39 PM
  4. Sharon,

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this time.

    Kristian Testa-Denny | February 12, 2019 at 4:50 PM
  5. Sharon, we are so sorry for the loss of Harvey. Hopefully knowing that he is pain free brings you peace. God Bless, Marlene and Tom Brown

    Marlene Brown | February 10, 2019 at 6:27 PM
  6. will always remember the chats we had whenever i had a package for him. Sending my condolences.

    James Dolan | February 10, 2019 at 1:41 PM
  7. Barbie & Tracy. So sorry for your loss. We knew your Dad through my sister & Albert DiFilippo. He will be in Heaven with my Barbara now. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Ruth & Frank DiBenedetto

    Ruth DiBenedetto | February 9, 2019 at 11:16 AM
  8. May Harvey rest in peace in the heavenly pasture above.
    It has been a long road. We will miss him.
    Our sympathy and prayers to Sharon, Barb and Family.

    Roxane & Jack Dougherty | February 9, 2019 at 8:39 AM
  9. God Bless you all as you go through this time in your Journey, Harvey has a special place in my heart just from the little i have known him.

    Simeon Stoltzfus | February 8, 2019 at 12:42 PM

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