SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Leland Arthur Harvey, 90, a farmer, contractor and the Glimmerglass Opera’s first maintenance director, passed away on Aug. 30, 2017, at home with family by his side.
Leland was born on Aug. 5, 1927, in Salt Springville to Arthur William and Bertha Ripple Harvey.
Leland worked his family farm in Salt Springville until 1956, then built homes with C. David Smith as a skilled carpenter, plumber and electrician. He joined the Glimmerglass Opera when it opened as its present site.
For many years Leland served as a Springfield Center volunteer fireman. In earlier years, Leland worked several years and countless hours as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America. Leland was an avid reader, history buff, enjoyed hunting with his sons, and family camping trips to the Adirondacks.
Leland is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy (Tietjen); sons William, wife Lori, Edward, wife Teena, and David, wife Cindy; and daughters, Susanne, husband David, Diane, husband Jack, and Lynne, husband Chris. He is also survived by grandchildren Jeremy, Christopher, Travis, Michael, Daniel, Lindsay, Jessica, Max, Noah, and Micaela; nine great-grandchildren, and his older sister Ethel and younger sister Phyllis, husband Dave.
Leland is preceded in death by his parents, sister Ruth, sister Grace, and grandson Matthew.
The memorial graveside service will be at 2 p.m., Sept. 7, in the Springfield Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Springfield Fire Department. Refreshments will follow at the East Springfield firehouse.
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Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley, NY.