Leon Joseph Harvey Sr.

August 1, 1950January 6, 2021

Leon “Jay” Joseph Harvey, Sr., born August 1, 1950, passed away on January 6, 2021 at home, surrounded by his family. A lifelong resident of Lafitte, La, he was the beloved husband of Corliss Coulon Harvey, and the best daddy in the world to Leon Harvey, Jr., Andrea Harvey Kuhn, and Vicky Harvey Kerner. He was a loving father-in-law to Willie Kerner, Jr., and Gerard Kuhn, Jr. “Jay” was also a proud and loving Paw-Paw to his grandchildren: Brittany, Jade, Trey, Victoria, Willie III, Lucas, Blaise, and Violet. He also treasured his time with his great-grandchildren: Josh, Mia, Annabelle, Camden, and TJ. He was the son of the late William Harvey, Sr., and the late Anna Ruth Nunez Harvey. He was the dearly loved brother of William Harvey, Jr. (Brenda), and Jane Harvey Rimmer (Michael), and he was preceded in death by his beloved brother Nathan Harvey, Sr. Leon worked for the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff’s Office for many years and formed cherished bonds with many of his co-workers. He was a fisherman at heart; fishing and trawling were his true passions. He cherished his time on the water and the bonds he formed with other fisherman across the Gulf coast. “Jay” loved life, and he loved bringing beauty and joy into the world with his God-given talents in woodworking, oil painting, drawing, carving, poetry, song, and storytelling. Most of all, he loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and he lived a beautiful life for Him. His family would like to thank Heart of Hospice for their care for Leon for over two years. And to his nurse Melinda Briscoe Harlow, words cannot express our gratitude to you for all you have done for us. Friends and family are invited to attend the funeral services at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 2653 Jean Lafitte Blvd, Lafitte, LA, on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 9:00am. Mass will be held at noon, followed by interment at St. Pius X Mausoleum in Crown Point, LA.


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    Tuesday, January 12, 2021

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    Tuesday, January 12, 2021


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Judy Terrio Rawle

January 12, 2021

My deepest and sincere condolences to the family. You share so many beautiful memories of Jay. Long may they live in your heart and mind.
Jay was the archivist of the Harvey-Nunez family. He posted so many interesting photographs. You are resting in God’s loving arms.
Rest In Peace, Jay. 🙏. ❤️

Kirby and Dena Nunez

January 11, 2021

Our sincere condolences to all of you. The bayou lost a wonderful man. Jay was loved and admired by many. He was a great story teller and historian when it came to family. Any time we wanted to know history or see photos of the Nunez family , cousins, ancestors, just ask Jay, he had the answers and photos to go along with it. He was like a big brother to Kirby. Many of Kirby’s best memories growing up was with Jay, hanging out on the Guiding Light in front of Aunt Gwens store. Kirby has so many wonderful stories he shares often of their childhood, as so do many who had the opportunity to grow up with Jay. We will truly miss him... sending love to all of his dear family, Kirby and Dena

Clara Terrio Braai

January 9, 2021

I am sending my sincere condolences to Jay’s Family. I grew up with Jay. He was a wonderful person, who always had a smile on his face. I am so sorry for your loss. May he Rest In Peace.

Barbara Cantrelle

January 8, 2021

Carlos and family.So sorry for your loss.Jay was a kind man with a big heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May JESUS carry you through this hard time. Rest in peace Jay.

Chris Dufrene Jr

January 8, 2021

I'm going to miss you my friend. Too many memories to talk about here. But I will definitely miss making new ones. RIP Pops.