Obituary of Harvey Newman
Harvey Newman, son, husband, nephew, cousin, and friend, died in hospice in his Denver residence on the morning of January 31, 2022, at the age of 85. He died on his own terms, bringing an end to a life that no longer had the style or the quality he'd known for the first 80 years.
Harvey was born in New Jersey, on May 1, 1936, to Elizabeth (Barish) Newman and Sam Newman. Following his graduation from high school, Harvey enlisted in the Navy, eventually being stationed in Greenland and Alaska.
Harvey was an unknown to most of us as family until he got out of the Navy and came to Denver, where his mother had returned, around 1964. After that, he became an integral part of our lives. It was from him that most of us learned what the term "DEW Line" meant, because his military service was at the height of the Cold War, and it was from him that some of us started to learn about electronics as he started building radios, then computers, and, finally, computer networks-in his own home, just to satisfy his own curiosity.
In 1966, Harvey married Benita Weingart and took her along on the ride for the next 55-plus years. Ride was the operative word, too, because his interest in electronics was complemented by his interest in cars (always sporty, often fast). Together, they took numerous road trips, inevitably to the delight of those on whom they dropped in, whether in California, Canada, Texas, or elsewhere in North America. It was Benita who taught Harvey how to really enjoy life, and forced him to "up his game" so that, eventually, he came to appreciate the quality of how they lived and the activities they enjoyed.
Harvey also had an abiding interest in pizza? If you ever wanted to have a "pizza night" at home, you'd call Harvey and Benita. Even if you weren't planning one, they might show up unannounced and convince you that you were. He was perfectly willing to pay for everyone's meal just to have the satisfaction of eating with the group. It was his idea of a dinner party.
His working career was a riff on his military service, taking his technical knowledge to commercial television at KMGH TV in Denver. His time there was a measure of not only his technological expertise and his career success, but also his ability to keep an even keel in the face of a precise and demanding environment, as well as his ability to spread that "cool" through his colleagues. He started as a technician, utilizing his knowledge of how things worked to ensure that the shows he was most associated with, the nightly news broadcasts above all, went smoothly. Eventually, management recognized that his talent was not limited to that role, and he became an on-air technical director in the latter years of his time there. When he retired after some 30 years in the organization, his send-off party
was, from all indications, one of the warmest and most poignant in the station's history.
Beyond that, his time at KMGH was perhaps most notable for inspiring his and Benita's night-owl lifestyle, which became their standard timetable for the rest of their lives. If you called their house before noon, you were likely to get either no answer or a sleepy voice. On the other hand, you could call at 1:00 a.m. and find them both fully occupied with whatever they were doing at the moment. Similar to the pizza phenomenon, if you wanted to head out for a midnight meal, Harvey and Benita were your default first call.
We all-Benita, his family, and his friends- will miss Harvey. We take satisfaction, though, in knowing he went as he lived, deciding what was best and at what time.
Service, Thursday, February 3rd, 2022, 11:30am, at the Lighthouse Villas Clubhouse, 1011 S. Valentia Street, Denver, CO 80247, door code #1936. Livestream available on Feldman Mortuary’s YouTube Channel by clicking here at the time of the service- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7CQNliXtxRvoOGVZvmH-kg