From The Blade
Hank Harvey, a Blade reporter for nearly 30 years who was respected for his expertise in transportation topics and his adept handling of diverse assignments, died Friday in Kansas City, Mo., where he lived with his son Robert and daughter-in-law Bridget. He was 82.
“He had been pretty infirm the last two years, with diabetes and congestive heart failure, and was limited to a wheelchair,” his son said.
Mr. Harvey — formally, Henry W. Harvey, Jr. — was a familiar figure on the bandstand at Tony Packo’s Cafe in East Toledo, where he played bass every weekend with the Cake Walkin’ Jass Band for 23 years.
He retired in mid-1993 from The Blade, the cadence of his native Arkansas still in his voice. For the newspaper, he covered transportation topics nearly full time starting in 1978 and was responsible for keeping tabs on the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, and the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority — while monitoring trucking and rail industries.
“He was one of our most esteemed colleagues of the past,” said John Robinson Block, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Blade. “Not only was he a very good reporter, he was a true professional.”