Plymouth neighbors remember Harvey with his chairs

The world is such now that when some people die, the neighbors barely notice. Central air conditioning and backyard decks have insulated us from one another.

That’s what makes what’s happened in Plymouth all the more poignant.

The neighbors honored someone they knew well: Harvey Djerf, who walked the neighborhood. His loved ones, his neighbors, put chairs out for Harvey to sit on and rest during his strolls.

He died earlier this month at 96, on what would have been his wife’s 93rd birthday, his obituary noted.

It’s a lovely obituary. But what’s on the side of the road in Plymouth now is lovelier still.

A neighborhood memorial has sprung up in Plymouth in honor of a 96-year-old WWII veteran who was laid to rest today. …

Posted by Boyd Huppert on Monday, September 10, 2018

  • Michael Garner

    When I was young, I spent summers with my grandparents (and my uncle & aunt) on Lake Superior’s north shore, and Harvey worked at nearby Gooseberry Falls State Park. He was a friend of my grandfather, and he was always very kind to me, even taking me on hiking trips to other parks in the area. He was an honorable and remarkable man. RIP Harvey.