VALE KEN HARVEY (1928 - 2019)

The City of Sydney Basketball Association (CSBA) family is mourning the passing of NSW basketball legend Ken Harvey who died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday evening at Westmead hospital at the age of 91.

Ken was first drawn to the sport of basketball as a player for the YMCA in 1944. It should be noted that Ken’s loyalty to the YMCA club continued right up to his passing. Ken was still attending YMCA games at the stadium on Monday evenings sitting on the team bench and served as the chief financial officer for the club.

Over the past 75 years Ken was involved in all areas of the sport. As a player, referee, bench official, administrator and for more then twenty years as a Board Director of the CSBA.

It must be acknowledged that Ken gave most of his time to these positions as a volunteer to the CSBA for which the Association will be eternally grateful to Ken.

We rightly laud the elite athletes and referees who participate at the top level of competition in basketball and recognize the efforts of administrators who guide the development of the sport. But for all those who have reached the highest levels, there are many more volunteers and tireless workers who are the foundation of a successful sport. They coach the kids who just want to play, organize teams, wash the uniforms, referee and do the score bench. They are there to do what is necessary. Ken Harvey was such a person and what made him so unique was that his efforts were maintained for over 70 years.

Many people in basketball knew Ken and benefited from his untiring involvement in the sport. Many more did not know, but instantly recognized, the small gentleman with the slow and steady shuffle and battered shopping trolley who was a constant presence at the Kings, Alexandria Stadium and other basketball venues around the state.

Ken was still attending the associations AGM meetings including this year to make sure the club board was properly looking after a its members, coaches, players, officials and volunteers.

Ken is a life member of the CSBA and was inducted into the BNSW Hall of Fame in 2013.

Ken also made valuable contributions to the sport of wheelchair basketball and had a close association to Wheelchair Sports NSW for many years.

Despite recent deterioration in his mobility, he was able to attend this year’s CSBA Junior Presentation in September and plans were in place for him to continue to attend Kings games. Unfortunately, his health deteriorated, and he watched the first Kings game this season on television.

The CSBA would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Ken.

Ken Harvey you will never be forgotten by the many thousands of players, coaches, parents, referees and administrators of the CSBA that you have supported during your lifetime.

Funeral arrangements are now finalised.

The thanksgiving service will be at 10:30am on Monday, November 4th at:
Carlingford Uniting Church,
Cnr of Pennant Hills Road and Shirley St,
Carlingford, NSW, 2118

Followed by a celebration of his life at:

'Vikings Sports Club'
35 Quarry Rd,
Dundas Valley, NSW, from 12pm

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