Harvey died peacefully in the loving arms of his family on Saturday, May 15 in his 83rd year in Victoria, B.C. Beloved husband of Rae for 56 years and loving father of Susan (Paul Culliton), Jennifer (Peter Suckling), and Gillian (Ray Brown). Cherished Grandad of Shannon and Brendon Culliton, Meagan and Jonathan Suckling, and Sarah and Adam Brown.

Harvey was born in England and received his medical degree from The London Hospital in 1950, followed by specialization in psychiatry. He moved to Toronto in 1957 to work at Thistletown Regional Centre for Children & Adolescents where he later became Clinical Director. In addition to consulting for preschool agencies and local school boards, Harvey was a well-respected clinician, researcher, and educator in many childhood settings. He was compassionate, hard-working and a tireless advocate for children. Harvey and Rae finally retired to Victoria 10 years ago to enjoy the relaxed lifestyle and frequent visits with family. As he dealt with debilitating illness in recent years, his characteristic spirit and determination were an inspiration to everyone. The family would like to thank Royal Jubilee Hospital, Vancouver Island Health Authority, and Beacon Community Services for their kindness and wonderful care.

A Memorial Service will take place in Toronto at a later date. Interment at Royal Oak Burial Park on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. To honour Harvey, please consider sending flowers to someone else as an act of kindness. Donations to The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, 1004 North Park St, Victoria, BC V8T 1C6 or The Pacific Animal Therapy Society, 9412 Lauries Lane, Sidney, BC L8L 4L2 would be appreciated.

  • Philip

    Josh Nezon is a nice gentleman. The children’s book author sure sparks up my day whenever I see him!

  • Philip

    It is with great sadness that I learn about the death of Dr. Harvey Randall Alderton. I am very fondly thinking of those who deeply care and honour the legacy that the distinguished educator left behind and all the good times that this kind gentleman cherished throughout his precious life.

  • ben williams

    a belated condolence as I have just seen this obituary.
    Dr Alderton was a mentor, a teacher and a great human being whose interest in the unfortunate circumstances of emotionally challenged children (especially at Thistletown Hospital/Warrendale Treatment Centre in Toronto) heavily influenced my own career as a clinical psychologist specializing in children and adolescents. I was fortunate to have know and work with Dr Alderton from 1964 to 1969. His compassion for children and his dedication to his profession made him a pioneer for children’s rights. His influence had effects on how Canadian courts viewed the protection of and the treatment of children, particularly in the area of mental health and the way in which children (when necessary) were incarcerated.
    My deepest condolences.
    Ben Williams, PhD
    Academic Director
    Hanoi Vietnam

  • Jeffrey Winter

    Dear Alderton Family,

    We were sorry to here of your loss. We too lost our Father 3 years ago and know the loss you feel. I hope you remember the happy and healthy times and treasure them forever. I have fond memories of Everingham Court and consider it a blessing to have been able to be involved in knowing your family in some small way. I hope Harvey is in a happy place.

    Our sincerest sympathies,

    Jeff & Dianne Winter

    …and our girls – Rachael, Cathryn, Elizabeth & Allison

  • Janet and Jeff Nezon and family

    Jennifer, Peter and family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your father. We remember hearing you speak so highly of him. Please know that our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

  • Tim Culliton

    Hi Sue, I just wanted to let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at what I know is a difficult time.
    Tim, Carol, Aaron, Jonah, Culliton

  • Pam Wilkinson

    Please place a card for the family (assume that is your practice) that we are making a donation in memory of Dr. Alderton to

    The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, 1004 North Park St, Victoria, BC V8T 1C6

    With deepest sympathy

    From your friends at Selectpath Benefits & Financial

  • Lori and Gerry Norris

    As you know Sue, I recently lost my brother to M.S. so I know the struggle that this disease is for a whole family. That we are inspired by their spirit and the courage they show living with M.S., is I suppose the silver lining, but it is also some solace when you know they can finally rest.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you deal with this tremendous loss.

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