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Harvey R. Van Duyne

December 8, 1934 ~ January 25, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Harvey Van Duyne Obituary

It is with heavy heart that we announce the death of our beloved Harvey Ronald Van Duyne Sr. at the age of 89 on January 25, 2024.

Ron was preceded in death by his first wife, Brit Van Duyne, and his daughter Michelle Moriarty. He is survived by his second wife, Janice Van Duyne, as well as his children, Ronald (Michelle) Van Duyne Jr., Tina (Perry) Passin, Diane Van Duyne, and son-in law, John Moriarty. His cherished grandchildren are Ryan Verdi, Brian Van Duyne, Cory Pearson, Kyle Van Duyne, Dana Passin, Amanda Passin, Lindsey Passin, and Emma Moriarty.

Born in Rockville Centre on the 8th of December 1934, Ron’s life fully embodied the adventurous and rebellious spirit of twentieth century America, reading, at times, like a Hemingway novel. At the age of sixteen, Ron ran away from home to join the Merchant Marines, a journey which took him to the Sea of Japan and beyond. Subsequently, he joined the Army, serving in Postwar Germany guarding Atlas missile sites. In 1954 Ron met his wife, Brit, while riding the Staten Island Ferry while on his way back to Fort Dixx, the two wrote for years before marrying in 1960. The two moved to Sayville, New York in 1970, raising their four children just a stone’s throw away from the Great South Bay. He was a proud Master Plumber in UA Local 200, as well as a Mason in later years. An expert mariner and avid fisherman, Ron knew the Great South Bay like the back of his hand, whiling away many a summer’s day out on the water or over at Fire Island with his family, friends, and grandchildren. After Brit’s untimely death in 2000, Ron remarried to Janice Van Duyne, nee Devine. The two moved to Center Moriches where they spent a number of good years before heading south to Sarasota, Florida.

We all miss Ron deeply but will forever cherish the moments we spent together and the memories we made. We can picture him up in heaven with Brit, Michelle, Bruce, and Larry, his faded denim shirt unbuttoned, and his gold cross entangled in his chest hair; he’s got his cutoff denim shorts and his ankle high cotton socks on and he’s wearing his black work shoes. We know his arms are crossed, as are his legs, and his tattoo of a tall sailing ship encircled by gulls is glistening prominently in the sunlight because he’s sprayed himself with tanning oil. His full head of wavy white hair is held firmly in place by a dab of pomade, and the ends of his mustache are trimmed and waxed to perfection. The sweet aroma of burning tobacco fills the room as he takes the occasional puff on his briar pipe, and he utters the occasional “God Damnit!” followed by a booming and heartfelt laugh that emanates from the depths of his chest. 

Ron will be in our hearts forever. The Family requests no flowers, however, in lieu of flowers donations can be made to Alzheimer Association @

Committal service and Military Honors for Harvey will take place on Friday February 2nd, 10:00 am at Calverton National Cemetery

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Committal Service
February 2, 2024

10:00 AM
Calverton National Cemetery
210 Princeton Blvd.
Calverton, NY 11933


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