Brickman, Harvey \nof East Sullivanville Road, Cayuta, NY died peacefully at home with his loving companion Evanna C. Koska and his daughter Lynn Brickman at his side, in the early hours of June 26, 2014, and surrounded by loving family and friends. Born in Brooklyn, NY, on July 18, 1926, he was predeceased by his parents Sylvia and Meyer Brickman, his first wife Florence Brickman and all his Strauss and Brickman aunts and uncles. Harvey enlisted in the army the month after turning 18, and served honorably in Austria during World War II, seeing action while guarding Italian prisoners of war. He carried shrapnel in his hand all his life as a reminder. As is typical of many veterans, Harvey only spoke of these experiences in his later years. Harvey Brickman was a son of New York, and a great American patriot. He was part of what could arguably be called America's greatest generation. What most people didn't know about Harvey is that when he returned from the war, he had turned into an amazing athlete who could run like the wind. At only 5'8" tall, it was truly jaw dropping to see him dunk a basketball on a 10-foot rim, with two hands!! Upon returning home, Harvey's first academic interest was engineering but the commute to and from his school of choice proved to be excessive so he opted for CUNY, studying Accounting. Harvey started raising his family in New York City, before relocating to Canton, OH, while working for General Electric Credit Corporation as a financial analyst. After 33 years, he retired to Monroe, CT, and was able to spend more time perfecting his bridge game, joining the Y's Men. Harvey reached grandmaster level, rarely losing. He never lost his love for the game, and continued to play Bridge all his life. About the same time, he became acquainted with lapidary arts and joined the Stamford Mineralogical Society where he learned to cut and polish cabochons, going on to design and create his own jewelry. His favorites were Herkimer Diamonds from which he created unique pendants, and iron pyrites that he used to make bolo ties. Harvey was generous with his creations, gifting them to anyone who admired them. His collecting trips offered him many stories to share with friends whom he always saw as prospective rockhounds. Harvey often said in his later years if he had discovered gemstones and crystals earlier, he would have become a geologist. He shared his fascination and knowledge with hundreds of school children as an invited guest speaker in elementary schools in western CT and eastern NY; he estimated he gave away several thousand mineral samples, hoping to inspire youngsters into collecting. After his retirement, Harvey volunteered for many years in a local soup kitchen, where he carved turkeys on Thanksgivings and Christmases. Harvey loved flowers and filled his gardens with roses, dahlias, gardenias, and his very special huge purple-black irises. After meeting Evanna and moving to Horseheads, Harvey continued these interests, joining local Bridge groups. He enjoyed playing Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Corning Senior Center, The Elmira Country Club and the West Elmira Fire Hall. As a note of history, Harvey and his partners won all three of the last games he played. An avid card player, Harvey played cards by himself while watching TV: blackjack, poker, solitaire and of course he always won at Bridge. Harvey joined the Horseheads, NY Gem Polishers' Guild, later the Twin Tiers Rock and Mineral Club, serving for many years as Treasurer and Show Organizer. He planted irises and roses around the yard, and fed scores of birds, including hummingbirds whose arrival and departure dates he knew by heart. Harvey was also an avid reader, often completing two or three paperback novels each week while still playing Bridge. He liked cowboy stories, but also enjoyed modern fiction and action adventure stories. Though claiming not to be much of a traveler, Harvey did walk the Great Wall of China, but his later trips were to be with family in Florida, New Mexico and California. Harvey was a private man who never tooted his own horn. He was an extremely generous man, who touched many lives across the country. He was truly a good family man, who was always there for his kids. He was his family's rock...actually apropos, given his obsession with geology later in life. He was loved and admired by everyone who had the good fortune to get to know him. He will be missed dearly, but never forgotten. Harvey will live on in the loving memories of his large, extended family: devoted companion of 18 years Evanna C. Koska, Cayuta, NY; sister Rhea (Jack) Denker, Coatsville, PA; son Kenneth Brickman of Leucadia, CA; daughter Lynn Brickman of Beaver Dams, NY and her daughter Brittany Brickman of Newport Beach, CA; son Craig (Rosemarie) Brickman of Coral Springs, FL and their children Joshua Michael Brickman, Brooklyn, NY, Joseph Brickman, Coral Springs, FL, Jillianne (fiance Alex Compton) Brickman, Winterville, GA and Jessica Brickman, Coral Springs, FL; step-children Kris (Michelle) Stotz, Plano, TX and his children Isek Smith and Matilda Smith, Albuquerque, NM; Derek (Andrea LaMonica) Stotz, and their daughters Alesandra/Cookie Stotz and Harper Stotz of Portland, OR; Terry (Dayna) Stotz of Berkeley, CA; step-grand-daughter Ursula Bowers, Albuquerque, NM; Eric (Suzie) Tracy of Sandy, UT and his children Alan (Bethany) Tracy, Salt Lake City, UT and Ames Tracy, Sandy, UT; step-son-in-law Charles Gilmore, Horseheads, NY, step-daughter Sonya Gilmore, Horseheads, NY and their children Sam Gilmore, Rexburg, ID, Tristan Gilmore, Provo, UT, and Lettie Gilmore, Salt Lake City, UT; brothers-in-law Walter (Janice) Koskey, Thompsonville, NY; Gerald (Diane) Koskey, Palm Coast, FL; many, many nieces and nephews. Harvey and Evanna received gracious and caring support from members of the Blue Team from Carefirst (formerly Hospice) based in Corning, NY, who visited our home regularly and who were available to us 24 hours each day for the last month of Harvey's life. Evanna and the family cannot thank them enough!! Harvey's family invites our friends to join us for calling hours at Sullivan's Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St. at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY, on Saturday July 12, 2014 from 11AM until 1:00 PM and to stay for the service that will follow immediately afterward. Harvey's ashes will be laid to rest on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in the family plot at Beth Moses Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY, with full military honors. The family will provide flowers but anyone inclined may make a donation in Harvey's name to Carefirst, Corning, NY, any soup kitchen, Meals on Wheels, Food Bank of the Southern Tier or charity of one's choice. Funeral arrangements have been handled most compassionately by Kevin Sullivan of Sullivan's Funeral Home, Horseheads, NY. Condolences and words of comfort may be expressed in Harvey's Book of Memories at www.sullivansfuneralhome.com.