Dr. Harvey W. Neitlich

July 25, 1936September 7, 2020

Dr. Harvey W Neitlich July 25, 1936-September 7, 2020 Dr. Harvey Neitlich, son of Effie and Theodore Neitlich from Boston, MA, passed away peacefully at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston on the evening of September 7th with his wife by his side. Dr. Neitlich grew up in Mattapan, attending Boston Latin School, then Harvard University. Upon graduating he attended Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his internship at Maimonides hospital in Brooklyn, New York, where he met his wife of 56 years, Nurse Janet Kestenman Neitlich. He knew from the first time they met that she would be the woman he would marry. Dr. Neitlich served as a captain in the United States Army in Maryland during the Vietnam War. Upon completion, he performed his residency in Internal Medicine and then his fellowship in oncology, both at Boston University Medical Center. He chose oncology as his career path, ultimately practicing oncology and hematology in Brockton, Massachusetts for more than 40 years, and culminating as the chief of oncology at Brockton Hospital. He was dedicated to each and every patient and treated each patient as if they were family. He was known for his winsome smile, his sparkling blue eyes, and compassionate bedside manner with both patients and their loved ones. He had a steadfast approach to caring for his patients doing whatever it took to fight for their success. Dr. Neitlich had a passion for travel and went around the world with his wife, as well as often times with his children and even grandchildren. He had a thirst for knowledge and was rarely seen without a book or kindle at his fingertips. He enjoyed multiple book clubs and bridge groups. He loved intellectual conversations but never imparted his beliefs upon anyone. He never over spoke, but whatever he said was always full of meaning. He ultimately retired to Southwest Florida from Massachusetts so he and his wife could be near his children and grandchildren. He loved tennis for most of his life, and then he took up golf, which he played often with his grandkids, along with chess and fishing. He exercised his entire life and passed that passion on to all three of his children. He even took up piano the past few years, refusing to ever stop expanding his mind and experiences. He was a dedicated family man, and was never too busy for his children, wife, or friends. He was passionate about sports, especially the Patriots and Red Sox. He always inspired everyone he met with his bright smile and charismatic nature. He was fiercely intelligent, dryly funny, loyal, compassionate, kind and incredibly humble. Harvey leaves behind in sadness, his wife, Janet and his three grown children, Andrew (married to Elena), Lori (married to Dr. Andrew Cutler) and Julie, as well as eight grandchildren, Noah, Maxwell, Jackson, Seth, Jocelyn, Nicolas, Samuel and Willow. He loved his children and grandchildren and talked with them often. He made special efforts to get to know each of them, spend time with them, and encourage them to be the best people they could be. He also was a wonderful friend, and cherished lifelong relationships that became extended family. He will be sorely missed by everyone who was lucky enough to get to know him. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to your favorite charity. Dr. Neitlich supported many different charities throughout his life, and would encourage others to do the same. There will be a memorial service in his honor.

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  • Committal Service

    Friday, September 18, 2020


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Joy & Bob Stone

September 17, 2020

Harvey was such a kind, soft-spoken, intelligent gentleman. We feel very fortunate to have known him as a caring neighbor and friend. He will be missed by so many people. Our consoling thoughts and prayers go out to Jan and her family. Love, Bob and Joy Stone

Judi Goldman

September 17, 2020

Harvey was a wonderful, loving, devoted cousin. He was always there for us when we needed him. He was especially kind and compassionate with cousin Don during his illness.
Harvey will be sorely missed.

Denise Batchis

September 16, 2020

So very sad and sorry to hear of Harvey's passing. May he Rest In Peace.
Sending prayers and strength to you all.
Van and Denise

Holly Squires

September 15, 2020

I didn’t get the blessing of meeting Harvey but I have received the great joy of having (earth angel ) Janet in my life . It was so apparent to me how much Harvey and Janet loved each other . Whenever Janet would speak about Harvey her eyes would light up and the warmest smile would grace her face . I could feel that the love they shared together was so special , tender and true. From the memories shared here and the countless family pictures shared on facebook it”s clear that Harvey was a beautiful soul who contributed to our world in a wonderful way and a man that loved his family vey deeply . I am praying for all who love Harvey and to you dear Janet...t my heart is with you . May the precious memories help to ease the pain of all your hearts .

Sending so much love and angels by your side ....

Paula & Simon Young

September 15, 2020

If anyone ever personified the quintessential "Great Guy," it was Harvey Neitlich! Harvey was caring, sensitive, easy-going, inquisitive, intelligent, and had a delightful sense of humor that always made him fun to be with. We were fortunate to be counted among his friends. Our condolences go out to Jan and her family and to all those who will miss him as much as we will.

Barby Comins

September 15, 2020

Jan, Richard & I will miss our fun times with you & Harvey. We are so pleased that we got to know him and got to spend some special time together with you both. Looking forward to spending time, with you, Jan, when we can safely get together again. I always looked forward to seeing him at temple events & even on temple events via zoom. I remember one time when you & I had spoken on the phone & a minute after we hung up, you called back because Harvey wanted to make sure that you sent me his hugs. His warmth came through the phone lines as it did in person. We send much love & hugs to you.

Kim Owens

September 15, 2020

I didn't know Harvey personally, but I know how much Janet loved and adored him. I could tell how much she felt loved and adored by him. Reading about Harvey helps me to know even more about the loss that my friend and his family will feel. What a great man! I feel gratitude for all he contributed to his whole human family. He is very inspiring to me to do more with the time I have. Janet, my heart is with you and your family. Much love.

Jordan and Rookie Shifrin

September 14, 2020

So sorry to hear of the passing of our good friend, Harvey. He was one of the first people we got to know when we first came to Florida. Each time we came back he greeted us warmly as if we were family. Through dinners out, country club activities, book clubs, opera, etc. knowing Harvey and Jan were going to be there, we always knew we were guaranteed a fun time. Like everyone who knew him, he will be sorely missed and there will be a hole in our lives. Deepest condolences and profound sympathies to Jan and the rest of his loving family. The Shifrins

Fran Jensen

September 14, 2020

I met Julies dad, Dr. Neitlich at the gym. He would be at the gym all most every time I was there. He was kind, humorous and always had a huge smile on his face. My prayers go out to Mrs. Janet Neitlich, I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great one! Julies family I am praying for all of you. Julie, my kind, sweet and beautiful friend I am so sorry for your loss. I remember all the stories you would tell me about your dad & mom, him a doctor and her a nurse and you would tell me about Boston. I know you are broken hearted ... I pray you find some kind of peace and grace during this time. All you have to do is look in mirror and you will see him looking back at you. Let me know how I can help?
I love you

David Fernandez

September 14, 2020

I am so sad to hear of Harvey’s passing. He was brilliant, kind, great sense of humor and knew what was important in life. Jan you and Harvey have always been so supportive and loving to us. It is how you roll. Harvey was a one of a kind and the light in this world is dimmer without him.

We are hurting for you all and wish we could be there in person to support you. Let’s Harvey’s strength and love help you get through this most difficult time. Remember him with stories and I know he lives on in each of you.

With love and sympathy,

Dave and Cindy


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