Another Justice Building fixture has passed away this past week. Harvey Watnick, who recently retired to California to be with his wife and children who work in Hollywood, passed away from complications of kidney disease.
The comments on the FACDL listserv that were forwarded to us were universally the same: he was a gentleman. Two comments stand out- the first from Attorney Juan Gonzalez:
A friend for close to 40 years. Let me tell you all you need to know about Harvey. A couple of years ago I’m sitting in the Au bon Pain with Harvey, a senior judge doing a once a year week substituting for a vacationing county court judge and a pretty prominent, high paid lawyer. The judge asked how the practice was nowadays and the high priced guy spent 5 minutes complaining about clients and judges and how much he was looking forward to hanging it up and leaving the area. The judge turned to Harvey and asked him, Harvey told all of us that he never enjoyed his work more than now. He said he had a wonderful secretary who loved to help people and that his work on behalf of others was a blessing. That was the way he approached his work and his life. A lot of people who never even met him will find their lives affected by his absence. Rest In Peace my friend.
The second comments come Judge Richard Hersch who had a 50 year friendship with Harvey. Those types of friendship do not come along often and they are to be treasured. The photos are also courtesy of Richard Hersch.