Harvey Marvin Masonek

Born 9/17/1919

Died 4/24/2013

Harvey was born to Pearl and Isam Masonek in Portland, Oregon. He was the third child; Sanford and Elaine, his older siblings, predeceased him. The family came to San Francisco when Harvey was 4 years old. He attended Lowell High School and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, class of 1940.

Harvey served during WWII in the Army as a Chief Warrant Officer. He was attached to the British army, serving under the command of Lord Louis Mountbatten in Delhi, India. After the war, he married Bette Hartman, who predeceased him. They had two children, Jeff of Corona del Mar and Craig of Alameda County.

Harvey started his own export company in 1958 with his late partner Francis Cappel. M-C International became one of the largest independent trading companies in the U.S. with offices in the Pacific Rim and Asia.

Twenty-seven years ago, Harvey married Eve Heyman, whose late husband, Sam, Harvey and Bette were longtime friends.

Harvey was a man of deep wisdom, quick wit, deep love for Eve and the family, and boundless patience. If your quest is to find a person, a single person in this world, who speaks of Harvey with other than love and respect, you will search forever. Everyone who crossed his path, be they his employees or Pi Lambda Phi fraternity brothers, came away enriched by the experience. Harvey had no former friends, only current ones. He worked hard to foster and nurture relationships. His grandchildren, and recently his great-grandson, rarely went very long without talking to their Poppie. No friend of Harvey’s felt forgotten or ignored. If you were in Harvey’s world you felt included and important.

Harvey supported numerous causes and organizations. His main interests were education, such as the Masonek International Career Symposium, the World Affairs Council and United Religions in their effort to stop religious wars.

Harvey is already terribly missed, and his memory cherished by his loving wife Eve, his sons Craig and Jeff, his stepdaughter Merrill and stepsons Peter and Russell, his daughter-in-law Jean, grandchildren Aaron, Andee, Justin, Paige, David, Sarah, Anna and Jay, his great-grandson Casey, his brother-in-law Frank and sisters-in-law Lya and Valerie.

A celebration of Harvey’s life was held on April 29 at Temple Emanu-El, 2 Lake St. in San Francisco. Please make contributions in his name to a cause in which you believe.