Harvey W. Kreider

harvey kreider

August 18, 1936 ~ February 28, 2023

Born in: Erie, PA
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Retired Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Battalion Chief, Harvey W Kreider, passed away peacefully at his home in Asheville, North Carolina, on February 28, 2023, following a late diagnosis of liver cancer, after briefly being in hospice care. Harvey was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, on August 18, 1936, to Grace and Elton Kreider.

Harvey attended Miami Jackson High School, Miami Dade Community College and Barry College, where he earned his BS degree. During his career, Harvey also attended the National Fire Academy in Maryland, where he took several courses in Fire Science and Management to further hone his skills in the Fire Service.

Harvey enjoyed learning and earned a broker’s real estate license and a commercial pilot’s license.  He owned a small airplane and, one of his flights took him to Boston where he met his future wife, Abbie. Later, in retirement, he continued his love of learning by participating in classes through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the senior’s program at the University of North Carolina – Asheville.

After 33 years, Harvey retired in April, 1991 from Miami Metro Dade County Fire Department and moved to Asheville, North Carolina, in July, 1991, where he lived with his wife and daughter until his death. Until recently, he and his wife, Abbie, spent many winters at their condo in West Palm Beach. They both enjoyed dancing and the many activities and friendships made over the years in both Asheville and in southeast Florida.

Harvey is survived by his wife of 52 years, Abbie, a daughter, Kimberly, and a nephew, Michael Burket. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Ethel Burket.

A military service honoring Harvey will be held March 16, 2023, at noon at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, 962 Old US Hwy 70, Black Mountain, NC 28711.  The service will be live streamed.

The family wishes to thank all their friends for their condolences, gifts and cards. They also want to thank Four Seasons Hospice for their care and consideration.

For those who wish, a donation in his memory to liver cancer research will be appreciated by going to donate.cancer.org (American Cancer Society), or to liverfoundation.org (Cirrhosis of the Liver – American Liver Foundation).

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Funeral Service: March 16, 2023 12:00 pm

Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery Chapel
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711

(919) 664-1195

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Harvey W. Kreider 's name.

American Cancer Society

PO Box 6704
Hagerstown, MD 21741
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  1. I met Harvey many years ago, when I worked at Matthew’s Ford in Asheville. He was a great guy I enjoyed seeing come in to buy parts.One year he even sent me post card from Florida ,telling me I should come down. My prayers are with his family, Harvey,thanks for the memories .

  2. I will miss My Wonderful Thoughtful Friend “Harvey ” and miss our Dinners at his favorite Restaurants. in Asheville & Sylva. My Love & Prayers to Abbie & Kim. Olga Causey

  3. I will miss you Harvelous. I’ve known you my whole life. I will miss your funny jokes and moose gifts. I will miss our camping days. I’m so happy that I got to see you not too long ago. You are now at the firehouse in the sky that you once spoke about. RIP!

  4. Harvey might have been a firefighting team member, but he was forever igniting passions for everything under the sun, within everyone’s hearts. His warmth, sense of humour & purpose will never be forgotten. I know that even though I’d seen & spoken with him infrequently…he was one of those rare, kindly people I will remember forever. G-d’s bless you Harvey & keep you close to Him for all eternity. RIP.

  5. We only met the Chief at our breakfasts in Asheville but he was kind and considerate and a pleasure to be around. We will miss him! Our condolences to his family!

  6. We had Harvey’s friendship for three seasons in Florida. He was a kind and generous soul, always thinking of others. He didn’t let anything get him down or stop him from living life to the fullest. Breakfasts at the Gunc!ub just won’t be the same without you, Harvey! You will be missed.

  7. Much sympathy to Abbie and Kim. So sorry to hear of his passing. Knew our Fireman friend Harvey from his long time family friend Gael Donnelly and her mother. He would come back for visits to Ft. Lauderdale after he moved to NC to listen to country music with us at Do Das. I did get to visit Harvey and Abbie once in Asheville and they so graciously drove me around to see the countryside and up to Mt Pisgah. May he still be listening to music up in heaven and know he left his friends with lots of memories. RIP Harvey

  8. Harvey and Abbie set us up on a blind date and they later served as our Best Man and Maid of Honor. Truly friends forever. Rest in Peace, Harvey.

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