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In Memory of

Harvey Schiller

August 26, 1941 - September 28, 2016

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Harvey Schiller (1941 - 2016)

FREEDOM, Maine - Harvey Schiller of Freedom passed away suddenly at Inland Hospital in Waterville, Maine on Sept. 28, 2016, at the age of 75. Harvey is predeceased by his father, Louis Schiller, and his mother, Bee Schiller (Levy). He is survived by his two sons, Andrew Schiller (wife Gillian) of Massachusetts and Brian LaPlante (wife Jackie) of Rhode Island; his sister, Debbie Goldberg, of Maryland; four grandchildren, Wendy and Isabel Schiller, and Emma and Jared LaPlante; two nephews, Stephen and David Goldberg, also of Maryland; several cousins; and...

Harvey Schiller (1941 - 2016)

FREEDOM, Maine - Harvey Schiller of Freedom passed away suddenly at Inland Hospital in Waterville, Maine on Sept. 28, 2016, at the age of 75. Harvey is predeceased by his father, Louis Schiller, and his mother, Bee Schiller (Levy). He is survived by his two sons, Andrew Schiller (wife Gillian) of Massachusetts and Brian LaPlante (wife Jackie) of Rhode Island; his sister, Debbie Goldberg, of Maryland; four grandchildren, Wendy and Isabel Schiller, and Emma and Jared LaPlante; two nephews, Stephen and David Goldberg, also of Maryland; several cousins; and a number of long-time friends, including Brenda Bragdon Corthell, David Edmiston, Eileen Mary Edmiston Thompson, Cathy Burcham, Becky Clark, Carolyn Nardiello, and Virginia
Nichols.

Harvey was born in Washington, DC and graduated from high school in 1959. He served in the U.S. Army and attended American University before moving to Maine in 1967. A self-taught farmer, outdoorsman, and handyman, Harvey held jobs with the telephone company, Maine
Central Railroad and the Head Start program as a preschool teacher. He later trained and practiced in the machinist trades. In lean economic times, Harvey built wooden playgrounds for children in low income housing projects in the Waterville area.

At his farmhouse in Clinton, prior to moving to Freedom, Harvey built a slide that started at his sons' second floor bedroom window, and landed in the driveway at the front of the house. This allowed the boys to open their bedroom window and slide directly into the driveway as the school bus arrived, much to the surprise of the children watching from the bus.

Harvey experimented with making lye soap. Since homemade soap has no scent on its own, Harvey searched for something readily available with which to scent the long-lasting soap. He spied root beer extract, which Harvey had on hand for making root beer, and added it to the soap mixture. Harvey and his family smelled faintly of root beer for the next two years, until the batch of soap was used up.

Harvey authored a book on moving to the country. Failing to find a publisher, he bought a used mimeograph machine, printed it himself, and sold it through country living magazines. He followed up with two other self-published works, "Hot Paddles, Cold Water" and "Poems of Maine and Life."

One of Harvey's longtime friends was legendary Allagash trapper Charlie French (now deceased). Trapping by snowmobile in the Allagash one March, the two were surprised by a late season blizzard. One of the snowmobiles broke down and the two were forced onto one machine, forced to ditch much of their supplies. As gas was running low and the snow continued to pile up, they luckily happened upon a logging camp in the woods, which gave them shelter and food to wait out the storm.

Harvey often said that his favorite times were paddling Maine's lakes, accompanied by his dogs, Redsie, Lady, Daisy, and finally, Iris. Later in life, he set his creative sights on becoming a full time guide. Harvey studied and became a Registered Maine Guide, and founded Belfast Kayak Tours, where he provided families with harbor kayak adventures until his recent retirement.
A service will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 10am - 12 noon at Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm Street, Waterville, ME 04901, followed by a burial service at his Freedom property.