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1931 Harvey 2021

Harvey W. Trefry

January 8, 1931 — June 9, 2021

Harvey W. Trefry, age 90 of Barre, formerly of Stow, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Harvey was the dear husband of Karen W. (Crawford) Trefry.

Born in Concord, Massachusetts, on January 8, 1931, Harvey was the son of the late Arthur William and Esther (Hart) Trefry. Harvey was raised and educated in Stow, graduating from Hale High School, class of 1949. Upon graduation, Harvey attended Boston University for two years prior to serving in the United States Marine Corps from 1951-1954.

Harvey was a Massachusetts State Trooper for twenty-one years, serving in various barracks in Massachusetts, including Grafton working with the K9 unit and training bloodhounds. He also worked in Internal Affairs for the State Police from 1970 to 1975, retiring in 1975. Harvey and Karen married on October 4, 1980.

Harvey loved his camp in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont where he indulged his life-long enjoyment of fishing, observing wildlife, playing golf and every fall, entertaining his sons and grandsons while they hunted. Harvey enjoyed traveling and the trips he and Karen took to Europe, Bermuda, and within the United States. For many years the family gathered during the summer for a weekend of tent camping in Vermont and New Hampshire. More recently Harvey became an avid bird watcher, watching and chatting about the wide variety of birds outside his window.

Harvey was pre-deceased by his first wife, Gertrude Parker Trefry, with whom he had three sons that survive him: Larry Trefry and his wife April; Mark Trefry and his wife Pam; and Stephen Trefry all from Stow. He also leaves five grandchildren: Christopher, Joshua, Daniel, Lindsay, and Casey, and three great-grandchildren Chase, Shae, and Sara. Harvey was pre-deceased by his brother Douglas Trefry.

Harvey is also survived by his wife of 41 years, Karen Wentworth Trefry, and five step children with whom he was very close: Margo Mulligan of Brookfield; Nathan Wentworth of North Waterboro, ME; Sarah Conquest of Barre; Susan Harty of Gardner; and Kate Anderson of Barre. His family also consisted of Karen's fifteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Services are private.

Gifts in his memory may be made to the Massachusetts Audubon Society or the Second Chance Animal Shelter in East Brookfield.


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