Harvey  Beit


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North Andover - "You're lucky if you have Harvey Beit as your lawyer. He listens carefully, fights furiously, and almost always wins."
Harvey Beit loved being an attorney, and his competence in this role rivaled few. Harvey started law school at 19 and upon his graduation he became the youngest practicing lawyer in the state of Massachusetts.
Harvey built a successful law practice as a trial attorney, opening his offices on State Street in Newburyport, where he practiced law for all of his career. Harvey always fought fiercely for his clients, and he was a teacher and mentor to many young attorneys. For many years Harvey taught best practices at the Massachusetts Bar Association, Harvard Law School, and the Massachusetts Law Association. When word went out that Harvey Beit was trying a case, the young lawyers in town would pack the courtroom to learn from his skilled oratory, and a voice as powerful as his mind. Harvey was named in the book "The Best Lawyers in America in 1989-1990," and he was offered multiple judgeships, which he turned down in order to remain an unwavering advocate for justice on behalf of his clients.
Harvey was a staple in Newburyport, Massachusetts. He served on the Board of Trustees for Institution for Savings for 35 years, and he founded and served as President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Even in his late years of life, it was hard to get down the block with him on State St without being stopped every few steps to say hello.
Harvey was as distinguished as a family man as he was a professional. Harvey met his beloved wife Norma at Harvard Gardens in Boston in 1951, and told her that evening that she'd be his wife. He was right, and he adored her for 67 years of marriage. Their trick? Two shopping carts at the grocery store. Harvey and Norma traveled extensively, spending 10 years traveling to and from England, - often in pursuit of antiques for the two shops he and Norma opened together - and wintering in Tucson, Ariz. for 15 years. Wolfeboro, N.H. also had a special place in Harvey and Norma's heart, and they spent many happy summers there, the better part of five decades, talking, laughing, playing ping pong and bocce with family and friends alike.
Harvey and Norma raised two wonderful children, Gregory Beit and Meredith Patterson, together in Newburyport. When Harvey became a grandfather to Justin Beit, Rebecca Minor and Saami Bloom, and later a great-grandfather to Abigail Beit, he took to the roll with the love, humor, and wisdom for which he will be forever remembered by his family.
In retirement, Harvey remained vigorous in body and mind. He played tennis into his later years, a sport he taught to his grandchildren. He was a fundraiser for Roof Overhead, a nonprofit committed to ending homelessness in the community. In 2009, Harvey was featured on the front page of the Newburyport Daily News for his skills as a Melonologist - he had an uncanny ability to pick the perfect melons, and he always knew precisely when they would ripen. He established the 'News & Views' class at the University of Arizona, in Newburyport, and many years later, at Edgewood in North Andover. The class in Newburyport continues more than 20 years after its founding.

A private funeral service will take place for immediate family. A
celebration of Harvey's life will take place in July.
Donations in his memory can be made to the ACLU of Massachusetts https://action.aclu.org/give/tribute-aclu-ma
Published on May 22, 2019
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4 posts

Jun 01, 2019
Harvey was unforgettable and I was shocked to learn of his illness when I returned from Florida in April. I send my deepest condolences to Norma and his family.
Adrea Seligsohn
Ellen and Dave VanArsdale
May 24, 2019
A very special Edgewood friend. We will miss you.
Sarah Hinks (nee Stevens)
May 22, 2019
There aren't warm enough words to capture his spirit, his generosity, or his consideration. Nor are there words to capture my sadness at his death. I will always remember his laugh.
Sue Minor
May 22, 2019
What a remarkable man! He is an inspiration to his family and extended family, of which I am a proud member. He and Norma were THE best raccanteurs! So insightful, warm, and totally hip. Norma and Harvey are my heroes.