Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries

5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA


Harvey Gardère Gleason

March 21, 1941June 24, 2020

Harvey Gardère Gleason died at home surrounded by loving family this week. He was 79. Harvey graduated from Metairie Park Country Day School in 1959, Yale University in 1963, and the Tulane University School of Law in 1966. During the Vietnam War he served our country as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps stationed in Da Nang. After his service, he began a maritime law career at Chaffe McCall Phillips Toler and Sarpy and retired from Eustis O’Keefe & Gleason. He was a member of the London Maritime Association, Boston Club, and several Mardi Gras organizations. A life-long Episcopalian, he was a parishioner of Trinity Episcopal Church, New Orleans, where over the years he engaged in worship, Bible study and prayer groups. His love of prayer translated into a ministry in his retirement and during his cancer treatments and decline. Harvey loved working in his workshop and created a multitude of beautiful prayer boxes which he freely gave to his many friends, relatives, doctors and nurses. Harvey loved trees and walks in the woods. He played the Marine Corp Hymn on his bagpipes. Even as cancer grew and severe fatigue and weakness set in, his barrel chested voice echoed the poetic verse, “Let us then be up and doing.”

Harvey is preceded in death by his parents, Howard Wesley Gleason and Lottye Emma Gardère. He leaves his wife of 53 years, Mary Frances Mears Gleason, children John Harvey Gleason, Mary Elaine Leverich Gleason, Edward Campbell Gleason (Virginia), Laura Gardère Crawford (Stephen); brother Howard Wesley Gleason, Jr (Lynne); grandchildren Howard Chapman Gleason, Eleanor Frances Gleason, Claire Sophia Gleason, Coerte Gardère Crawford and Charlotte Suzanne Crawford and many nieces, nephews and friends to whom he was deeply attached. Arrangements are being made for a graveside service.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Trinity Episcopal Church Endowment Fund.

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Rory Rafferty

July 7, 2020

Laura and Gleason Family.

Carol and I were so sorry to hear about the death of your father. May God be your strength.

Dotty Suthon

June 30, 2020

My condolences to the Gleason family. I enjoyed getting to know Harvey at Eustis, O'Keefe & Gleason. He was a remarkable lawyer and a dear, kind friend.

Laurie Lagonegro

June 29, 2020

I was so sorry to read of Harvey’s passing. I remember your many stories about your happy family times. You and your family are in my prayers

Michael Mears

June 28, 2020

Tudie- I am sorry for your loss of Harvey, and I want you to know that I will be praying for strength, peace and comfort for you, his children and grandchildren. For me, I will greatly miss his sense of humor and his ability to make everyone around him feel comfortable and important. He was always friendly, and I will miss him deeply.

gus manthey

June 28, 2020

To Family: For fifty years, I enjoyed a personal bonding , in the legal arena , with the superb persona who was your spouse and father. He was mentor , true partner, and highest quality friend . I look forward to "... be up and doing " with him in futuro......

Thomas Naugle, MD

June 27, 2020

I offer my thoughts, prayers, and condolences at the passing of my friend, Harvey Gardere Gleason. We met when we were both on the Swim Team at Audubon Swim Club. One of my favorite times with Harvey was when we stayed at his Uncle's Home in Nassau, Bahamas, when his uncle and his family were away. He was at Tulane Law School and I was in Tulane Medical School and we were of modest means. Being reasonably resourceful, we alertly recognized that we could eat "Conch Fritters" free of charge across the street at two Hotels from 5-7 pm each day. We had a wonderful vacation and spent very little money. I was fortunate in being a Groomsman at Tudie and Harvey's Wedding, a lovely experience. Many of us loved hearing Harvey play his bagpipes and he loved playing them. We will all miss Harvey and hearing his robust, barrel-chested voice.
Thomas C. Naugle, Jr., M.D. and wife Betsy

Bitsy and David Duggins

June 27, 2020

Our love and joy in knowing Super Harvey and The Special Dear Family ..God Bless ,Bitsy and David Duggins’s

Elsa Baker

June 27, 2020

Dear Elaine, Ed and all of Gleason family, just read about your dad’s death on today’s paper. I am very sorry for your loss. He was a great man and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Elsa Baker

Molly Gahagan

June 27, 2020

Bill and I are so sorry to learn of Harvey’s death. He was a wonderful man with many talents and will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. We will cherish his friendship. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gleason family at this time.

Molly & Bill

Rand Mason

June 27, 2020

Dear Edward and family,
My deepest condolences to you and your family. Your father seemed to have lived a very full and extraordinary life.
Most sincerely,
Rand Mason