Big-hearted expat dies

Community mourns loss of music-loving ‘mover and shaker’ known for his generous spirit

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Harvey Defriend will be sadly missed

By Emma Randle

Harvey Defriend, long-time Vera resident and champion of the arts in Almería has died aged 77.

He passed away on Friday, January 6, at Huércal Overa hospital following a short illness. After his death, tributes poured in on social media to a man overwhelmingly described as “generous”, “warm-hearted” and “a great character”.

Harvey, who leaves his wife Kathy, two children and five grandchildren, was a well known figure on the province’s classical music scene, as well as working with Vera Red Cross and liaising with Vera council to expand culture in the town.

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