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Harvey F. Waite, RIP

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August

Buzz is saddened to learn of the passing today of Harvey F. Waite, husband of U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Brooksville.

Mr. Waite, 68, had been battling pancreatic cancer for several months. He died at home, surrounded by family. A former New York State trooper, he and the congresswoman were married for 30 years.

The funeral will be held at St. Anthony's Church in Brooksville, where Mr. Waite was an usher, but the details are pending.

Here's the release from Rep. Brown-Waite's office:

WASHINGTON -- Sadly, the office of Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite announces that the Congresswoman's husband of thirty years, Harvey Waite, passed away today following a bout with pancreatic cancer.  At the time of his passing Harvey was surrounded by his loved ones at their home in Brooksville, Florida.

Harvey was born in Bayshore on Long Island, New York on January 2, 1940. He served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1961, doing part of his tour stationed overseas in Japan.  Returning to New York after his military service, Harvey joined the New York State Police, where he enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a State Trooper.

Following his retirement from the State, Harvey and Ginny moved to Florida, eventually settling in Hernando County in 1995.  Active in many local organizations, Harvey was particularly proud of his service to St. Anthony's Catholic Church, his membership in the Nature Coast British Car Club, and the 10-13 Club of Hernando County.  Prior to his cancer diagnosis, Harvey also worked as an Investigator in the Public Defenders Office.

As an usher at St. Anthony's Church, Harvey was able to continue his service to God.  A lifelong Catholic, Harvey's funeral service will be held at St. Anthony's.  Harvey was also an active member of the Nature Coast British Car Club.  He and Ginny would show their red 1959 MGA at Club meetings, and Harvey would often be seen tooling around town with the top down.

Always described as the handsomest man on the block wherever he lived, Harvey was a friend to everyone he met and always had a kind word and a quick smile.  Known for being handy with his tools, when Harvey reaches the gates of Heaven, St. Peter will probably say, "Welcome Harve ... it is good to finally have someone who can fix the Gates."

Harvey is survived by his loving spouse, Virginia "Ginny" Brown-Waite, sister Barbara Webber of North Carolina, and brother Wayne Waite of New York.  He is also survived by their three children Danene Mitchell and her husband Joe, Lorie Busiere and her husband Randy, and Jeannine O'Neill, as well as their four grandchildren Shawn Solomon, Justin Busiere, Christopher Busiere and Autumn Mitchell.

Wes Allison, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:33am]

    

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