James Harvey died after being hit by a car.
James Harvey died after being hit by a car.

Family grieves for dad

JAMES Harvey was a man who loved his family, enjoyed fishing, and relished the opportunity to build and fix things around the home and on the sea.

The 64-year-old grandfather died on Wednesday, after sustaining critical head injuries in a freak traffic crash outside his Springfield home on February 4.

Mr Harvey was seriously injured when a car struck him while he was mowing his front lawn at about 6pm last Saturday.

Despite undergoing surgery and five days of careful monitoring at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Mr Harvey passed away in the presence of his family.

Mr Harvey was described as a devoted grandfather by his son Carson and daughter-in-law Lorinda.

He lived with the couple and his two-year-old grandson in Greenway Cct, Springfield.

"He lived here for coming up three years - for all of our son Taylor's life," Lorinda said.

"He was a real part of our family and he used to love looking after Taylor and helping out at home.

"He'd organise to have time off work if we needed someone to look after Taylor.

"People were drawn to him. He was very warm, and everybody came to say goodbye to him, which showed how loved he was."

Lorinda said Mr Harvey had planned on retiring after he turned 65 on February 23, and was looking forward to the birth of his second grandchild in just two months.

Carson said his father had lived an active life and loved the outdoors.

"He was always busy. If he didn't have anything to fix he'd break something just so he'd have something to do," he joked.

"I talked him into moving over here from New Zealand about three years ago," Carson said.

"With the little fella here, he loved it. It would normally be the three of us out there mowing - me and him, and then Taylor out there with his toy mower.

"He really loved his Poppy."

Mr Harvey's three other children, sister Mary Gibson, brother-in-law Bill Gibson and other relatives flew from New Zealand to join the rest of their grieving family.

"He would've come over to visit us for his annual trip next week," Mrs Gibson said.

"He would always visit the Bay of Islands and go fishing and visit his family, every year.

"That's the type of person he was. He was a handy man around the home who loved his family and loved the sea."

Mr Harvey's daughter Toni summed up her feelings in a written tribute, which read: "My champion, my superhero, my dad."

The family said Carson and Lorinda would take Mr Harvey's ashes to the family cemetery in New Zealand, after the birth of their second child.

Carson said his family would continue to live in the Greenway Cct property.

"He did so much here, we won't move. It's all him and we bought this house so we could share it with him."

Mr Harvey's funeral will be held tomorrow at 11am at Centenary Gardens.

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