Harvey Chan's Legacy

About Harvey Chan

Harvey was born in Vancouver, BC to parents Sack Foon and Chui Yang Chan.  Harvey was raised in a traditional Chinese home, with his parents, grandparents and siblings, Jean, Andrew, Lily, Neil, Eunice and cousin David.  

Harvey met Pat in 1979 and they were married in April 1984.  

Harvey started his career as an automotive technician with Canadian Tire in 1985 and enjoyed a long and successful career with them.  He was always pursuing further knowledge in his field and by doing so, he connected with an incredible network of like-minded people.  He was well-respected for his contributions to the industry and his teaching abilities.  

In 1986, Harvey and Pat purchased their first home in North Delta, where they have lived for the past 32 years, raising their three children; Angela, Matthew, Michelle and son-in-law, Chris too.  Over the years, the family enjoyed camping, fishing, ATV'ing, family vacations to Disneyland, and their most recent trip to Hawaii in March 2018.  

Harvey's love of motorcycles was life-long and he was able to pursue his passion in recent years, traveling across Canada and the USA.  These trips were special to Harvey, as he travelled with a trusted group of riders and friends.  

On April 12, 2018, after several weeks of terrible weather, the sky suddenly cleared, the sun shone through the window and at 12:15pm, surrounded by his loving family, Harv left for his final ride.  


    David Friend

    I like many others first met Harvey Chan on iATN, I was a young aspiring technician, as I still like to think of myself today even now that I own and operate two shops, to which I can whole heartedly say is due in part to the guidance over the years by Harvey. I would come on to iATN sometimes knowing exactly what the car needed, but I lacked a lot of the confidence many today do with modern vehicles. I could always count on Harvey to remind me to check the grounds and do a voltage drop. He would always tell me "if you are going to work on all those Toyota's and Honda's why not buy the factory scan tool?" He was right, the small decisions I made 10 years ago accelerated my shop to where it is today, and that is because of guys like him that pushed the independent shops and independent technicians to get past pattern repairs and pattern failures and jump into real world techniques and learning to utilize factory tooling to an advantage. I never had the pleasure of knowing him on a personal level, but I can tell that his willingness to pass on knowledge and push you to learn how to do it right was a quality I wish a lot more in our industry had today. Back to the ocean my friend. My deepest condolences to the friends and family of the Chans.

    Jun Yamazaki

    I first met Harvey on Iatn in the Chat room. I was at a turning point in my career and he inspired me and gave me the best advice. He said "before you buy a scope invest your money in good training." After that I would ask him about all the classes I should/shouldn't attend and just about anything about the new latest and greatest tools. He has helped me perform module updates on numerous vehicles, put on after work get together scope sessions with shops from around town. Boy, how meticulously he was at saving data, processing information and keeping it for future reference for helping others. He was so dedicated to help anyone who had even the slightest interest in the trade. I wish I had a chance to let him know how much of an impact he has had on my passion for my trade. Like Harvey, I too now try to help anyone interested in the trade, what inspiration he planted in me. You are absolutely right, "lucky me!" "lucky all of us!" Thank you Harvey

    Dave Daresi

    It is with DEEP sorrow that I learned of Harvey's passing. He will FOREVER be missed deeply. Rest in Peace my friend. May you forever enjoy the never ending ride. I wish to extend my DEEPEST sympathies and Condolences to the Chan family. I will reflect on your wisdom that I have learned from over the years via IATN. With Deepest Regrets. Dave "Harley" Daresi. Milton, Ontario.

    Cesar Pascual

    It is said that a measure of a man can be the answer to one question, ‘did he leave this world a better place’. You touched the lives of many through your friendship, teaching, wisdom and good nature. So to you Harvey a loud choir reverberates with the answer, a most resounding ‘YES’. It was an honor and privilege to have been in your company. Cesar Pascual


    Harvey, it has been a privilege to work alongside you and get to know you and Pat. Your humor, your wisdom, and you sound advice is so appreciated and won't ever be forgotten.

    Edwin Alfaro

    Harvey, we had a ton of fun teaching and learning together. You could always be relied on to challenge me to go deeper in my understanding of systems that I already knew. That first hybrid class, with John Thornton, Jonathan Riggle, Randy Bernklau, was legendary, and it wouldn’t have happened if not for you. Many good times. I wish the best for you and for Pat. Take care, friend.

    John Bydlon

    Harv, I just want to say thank you for all your kindnesses to me every time we met. I was truly blessed to meet you and to experience your sense of humor. God bless you and your family! Till we meet again.

    Craig Schoenberger

    Harv, it’s hard to know what to say but I want you to know that I really appreciate you and Pat. Few people can make such an impact but that’s what you did in everything. Your contributions to the industry made it a better place and I think that is a good way to describe you – you make things better. Through you contributions on iATN, training classes, hanging out or a quiet dinner with you and Pat – you were always making things better. You were always genuine. Good Ideas, knowledge, advice and honesty were just part of a normal conversation. Harvey, thank you for being a friend to me - I’m truly and humbly honored. You’re such a great guy and I very much appreciate every minute with you and Pat. We’re praying for you, Pat and family. Godspeed Harv I hope to see you in a better place but will miss you until then.

    Martin Bonoan

    The first I heard of iATN was through a friend back in early 2004. As I perused the site, I immediately became sucked into every part of it. I spent most of my first months reading the TechHelp and Resources since I was only a basic member at the time. It wasn’t until I ventured into the forums and then later chat before I realized this was something worth paying a subscription for. I became a sponsoring member in 2005. I quickly surmised that a guy named Harv Chan, among a few others, was all over the boards and chat. After reading post after post on the forums it became apparent you knew what you were talking about. I first interacted with you in chat and participated in a few TechNights. You also responded to some of my forum posts. Every interaction with you left me thinking long after the fact. There were quite a few interactions that left me laughing hysterically at a computer screen in the middle of the night. After being a “regular” for a bit in chat I often heard about Albin and Alice’s open invite to the iATN community for their 4th of July picnic. What an event that would be to attend! Unfortunately I never made it. At least not physically. The chats during that event still went on as did some of the photos that were posted. I did hear about another event closer to home and that was VISION. I made it a personal mission to attend. I’m glad I did. I met quite a few people. Now I’m very fortunate to live in the Chicagoland area where some big name trainers live. Thornton, Manna, Zanders and Ziegler to name a few. I saw them all there. And then to my amazement I saw you! You were in a small group of familiar faces with (unbeknownst to me at the time) your wife Pat at an arm’s length away. Funny thing she had actually caught my eye first and smiled and I returned the smile and managed a “hello”. I introduced myself and we made small talk. I eventually made eye contact with you and you were probably thinking “who’s this guy talking to my wife!” You were just outside of the circle of guys who were networking. Oddly enough I could tell you were listening with one ear while taking everything else in around you. I thought to myself “Just like he was on iATN. Ever present but seemed to only chime in when the time was right”. I eventually introduced myself to you before you and Pat had to run off. They were on their way to the tradeshow to help out with the AESWave booth. I told them I would stop by the booth later. My friend Bob Haines who couldn’t attend Vision that year wanted me to stop by the AESWave booth to buy him a Mongoose cable. Needless to say the AESWave booth was busy. Pat helped me with the purchase and I met Jorge as well. You were helping another customer. That was my first encounter! The next time I ran into you Harv was at The Chicago Area Network (CAN) conference a few years later. It was there with you and a few others when we saw a Bob Haines lookalike. We all shared a good hearty laugh. I think someone has a picture of that somewhere. Although my encounters were brief moments with you Harv, I felt the connection. Your interactions with those on iATN and your selfless contributions to the network are and forever will be a bar set for us all. As I read the posts from those that know you on a personal level I can’t help but shed tears, yet at the same time I see the lives that were made better by a man that affected them in so many great ways. To Pat and family, know that you have a whole community of love behind you for as long as you need us. Thank you for sharing Harvey with all of us. Harv, thank-you for all you have given to me, your friends, this network and to life itself.

    Ed Spitzberger

    I didn't know Harv personally, but I knew enough to pick out and read his posts. You could just tell he was a smart guy and a real asset to this industry.

    Lloyd Jones

    We were heading east to something, though I can't remember what. Denver was a normal stop from Vancouver for plane changes, so I made sure to get on the same flight as Harv for the final leg of the trip. I met Harv at his gate where he arrived, and it was all.... "Hey Lloyd" "Hey Harv" We hadn't seen each other for a good six months, but that's OK. Skype, or whatever, kept us connected, and the conversation continued on in person, over a double blended Mocha Frap. We each knew we'd see each other again, or talk soon, so it wasn't a surprise as we came and went out of each other’s "in-person" lives. That's why this is going to leave a mark that's going to be a little tougher to get over. This light that’s being extinguished is a difficult pill to swallow, simply because one rarely considers such a thing possible. Granted, Harv will continue to live on through everyone he touched, but damn… Pat. You have a wonderful family, and I know you all will help each other get through this, perhaps with the help of the wonderful friendships you have all cultivated. At this point in time, I can only offer a virtual hug, even though I know that’s not your thing. To stop writing makes it seem so final, but it seems that is the way it has to be."Hey Harv." I’m so sad to see you go. Goodbye, my friend.

    Vern Perry

    As i mentioned in another post, i didn't know this side of, Harv's life. We would always engage in conversation about mechanical things, mostly motorcycles but had no idea what an intellegant and gifted individual he was. Maybe he was keeping things at my level. Did many rides with, Harv and Pat and can only say, it was a "blast"!! His quick wit and humor always kept us on out toes. And i must add, what a generous man he was. As i'm sure most that knew him, know he would do anything for you. Harv, your an incredible friend and Brother, i cant imagine this life without you here. Harv, Pat and family, sending you lots of Love and strength, Peace be with you all......

    Joe Fordyce

    Like so many others, I never had the pleasure of meeting Harv in person. I knew of him and his technical prowess through iATN for so many years, in addition to the contributions shared by others he had touched. I can't imagine the discomfort he has been in. There's no easy way to say that it's time for his suffering to come to an end, but this man needs to have some peace. I hope the family can find all the strength they need to carry on, knowing how much he was loved and respected by people around the globe.

    Paul Johnson

    I never met Harvey, but learned so much from him on iATN. I thank you for all the random people like me who have better careers and lives because you took the time to teach and share your knowledge. God Bless..

    Jim Geres

    What can I say about Harv....A brilliant man, an kind man, possessor of a wicked sense of humor, an asset to this industry, and I'm proud to say - my friend. I met Harv at one of Jim Linder's BBQ's in Las Vegas, during CARS. I had an old Vantage meter I wanted to connect a sync probe to, but didn't want to spend the money on a Snap On probe. I thought if I could figure out the pin configuration, I could adapt an old probe I already had. So, I asked around on how to do it, and was told "Go ask Harv" I went over introduced myself and asked my question. He crossed his arms over his chest, leaned back and said "Why would you even bother? Just buy the probe and be done with it!" That was Harv, didn't mince any words and told you flat out the right way to go about it. As a regular attendee of Albin's camp out, I got to know Harv better, and got to see more of his personality. His sense of humor was second to none. One year it was Harv's turn to cook hamburgers on the BBQ grill at the camp out, he lit the grill and the grease in the bottom of the BBQ caught on fire. I can still see the smile on his face as he tossed cup after cup of water on a grease fire. The flames were licking at the bottom of the porch roof, but that didn't matter - he wanted to see how big a fireball he could make! Throughout the years he's helped make me a better person, both in my life and my career, I will make the attempt to pass on the knowledge he so freely shared, but I know I'll never be able to do it as well as him. "Lives change like the weather, but a legend never dies" Godspeed my friend

    Robby Schrimsher

    I had reached a point in my automotive career where I felt like I couldn’t go any further. I even briefly left the industry but came back after about a year – still not knowing how to advance myself. Harvey Chan changed all of that for me and is one of main reasons why I am where I am today. Many have spoken of Harvey Chan’s gifts – technician, trainer, leader, manager. The list could go on. One of those gifts however was…….vision. He had vision to see what I was looking for even when I couldn’t. Not only could he see it, but he knew how to help me. Sometimes, he would tell me I was wrong, but that was rare. Most of the time, he would simply ask me a question that would leave me speechless. He was gifted with patience – because he would wait until I came up with an answer. He might wait a day, week, month, or whenever, but he didn’t forget. He would do all of this in the humblest ways too. This picture I posted is of my girls on his bike. Harv and Pat were passing through near where I live and made a detour to have lunch with my family and me. We wanted to get a picture of them on his bike and he even bought lunch. What’s amazing, there are many individuals with the same stories of Harv. It’s an honor to say I’m one of Harvey Chan’s students and his friend. Harv, thank you for that opportunity. Pat, you’re a gifted and special lady. The first time we met, we talked as if we had known each other for years. I’ve was fortunate to have learned from you as well. Thank you for sharing Harv with me and with all of us. You and your family will stay in our prayers.

    Scott Groen

    Words are not coming to me easily right now so I shall paraphrase Churchill if I may: 'Never in the history of auto repair have so many owed so much to one man, Harvey Chan.' For the last 18 years you have tolerated, educated, entertained, and finally befriended me- I am honored to call you (and Pat) my friend. I shall attempt to carry on your legacy by educating and helping our fellow techs. While I shall never have the global impact you have, I can still try! Thank you Pat for enabling (and allowing) Harvey to impact all the lives he has- you are the best "better half" Harvey could have been blessed with in his life. I hope these pics make you smile, they do me every time I see them in my saved stuff on iATN.

    Miles Wada

    As an automotive technician in the early years I remembered telling another technician that Harvey was the best tech out there. You were one of the best at scopes, scanners, automotive meters, emissions, hybrid vehicles and the list goes on. Most outstanding techs would specialize in one manufacturer or in a specific area. As time went on I learned of your generosity with your time, knowledge, resources and even financially. Although you had high achievements as an automotive technician, I noticed a greater achievement. You were surrounded by many great friends. Throughout the years there were times that I needed something and if you didn’t know or couldn’t get it done you knew someone that could. Thank you Harvey you are the best.

    Juergen Scholl

    Harvey I am not lucky enough to know you personally. As an IATN member I discovered you , your willingness to help & teach, your wealth of knowledge, your sense of humor. Thank you for all of this! You affected far more people in a positive manner than you might think!!

    Howard Pitkow

    Once again someone important to me has been touched by cancer and I’m feeling devastated. Harvey Chan and I became friendly on the International Automotive Technician Network (iATN) over twenty years ago long before we met. I think we finally met face to face at Vision K.C. Hi-Tech Automotive Training & Expo maybe eight years ago. At Vision my job is to photograph the event which happens to be the best automotive training event in the country. It attracts the best students and the very best trainers. Over the years I’ve seen hundreds of trainers and Harv is in my elite group of the best of the best. Jim Linder taught me about automotive scopes, Harvey Chan taught me how to use one. In front of a classroom he’s at ease because he knows his subject as good or better than anyone. Whether teaching one on one or in a group he takes his time to make sure you understand. No matter what your skill level you get the same attention. Harvey has a way with words that makes you listen. Recently I read the following words on the iATN archives and as I read them I could hear his voice. It’s something I actually remember him saying and if you’re lucky enough to know Harvey Chan you will hear him too: “People get hung up on resolution resolution resolution and want to pick the flypoop out of the pepper. Most times, all you need to know is which signal failed and if it failed high or low. I don't need gazillion sample points to know that”. Harvey I wish I would have told you in person how wonderful I think you are. The first year I was hired to photograph Vision Sheri told me that I could sit in on any class I wanted to and I picked yours. Remember that first Pico class with Matt, Paul, Bob, Jeff and the other usual suspects? You stuffed a running car in a classroom in front of about 50 techs and their personal scopes. We were all connected to the car through some custom AES Wave interfaces and it worked. I learned so much that day, I’ve never seen so many wires in my life and to this day it remains one of my favorite classes. Every year since then I have returned to Vision and the event starts for me when I walk through the door of Johnson County Community College and am greeted by you. You were sorely missed this year Harvey and sadly now I know why. God speed my friend and thank you. Thank you for unselfishly sharing your wisdom. You have made an impact on the lives of more people than you will ever know and we love you.

    Mike Antee

    all I can say is that this is a sad time for all of us, and that you Harvey Chan helped to inspire us all to become better at what we do... Thank you and may God bless you and and your family...we love you !

    Kevin Suttorp

    Harv, I have always admired your talent and your teachings in the old “mirc” and “pirch” and “java” days on iatn chat. Following your posts on iATN was a regular occurrence and I always would read and re-read your posts to get the most out of what you stated. Then listening and absorbing all I could on chat and even trying to perhaps find one tiny bit of incorrectness.... alas ..you were always right. (You drove me nuts because of how smart you were) because of this you made me strive to become a better smarter tech. Just like all the other techs and people your work and teachings have accomplished. I still remember how proud I was to own my first scope and I would take a capture and load it on iatn then show you it on the chat forum. Each and every time I thought I had a “great” capture, yet you would always put me in my place and indicated how there was something wrong with it and back to the drawing board I would go trying to get the “Harv” approval... What you don’t know Harv is that all the correcting and instructing really meant a lot to me even though I regretfully never showed it. It was like a revolving door .. I would come back with a capture and think ok this scope capture is finally perfect and you would critique it again...and again. Back to the drawing board countless times. I don’t know if I ever received the “Harv” approval but you certainly influenced me to become better scope user. I want you to know that I valued your opinion and I like many others have learned a great deal from you and I also want you to know that a great part of your teachings through all the techs your words have touched will continue to strive for many moon’s. Although we never met personally Harv, I feel the need to apologize because I never got to shake your hand and says thanks for the valuable lessons you taught me and sorry for never really telling you how much you really meant to me. You are a great influence for myself and others and I can’t thank you enough.

    Jeff Curtis

    The following is a short rambling of my thoughts of probably 17 years of interaction Greetings. Pat and I have this greeting ritual. It goes like this: I say, “PAAAAAAAAAAAT!”, to which she replies, “JEEEEEEEEEF!”, and we laugh. Harvey grins and shakes his head. Meeting. I’m really unsure when I met Harv and Pat in person. Albin mentioned the 2002 campout and that may have been it. But I’m thinking chat was the first online connection. Encouraging. I do remember offering encouragement to Albin, Martin Smith and Harvey to teach at one time or another. I think that they initially thought that I was crazy. But they went on to teach in spite of me. (; Time. One time several of us got hung up at the KC airport after Vision. It was like the conversations just started up where they left off. This happens with a lot of us, but Harvey acted as kind of catalyst for these conversations. The times in the tent, and afterward around the fire at Albin’s, after most had tottered off to bed, the conversation continued. And we picked people out of the fire. (; Catalytic. Harvey is a catalyst kind of teacher. Asking stimulating questions and letting people answer instead of answering the questions for them is not easy. Seeing things from many different angles, assessing who he was talking to, and tailoring his questions to the audience. These are teaching skills that aren’t possessed by all. It’s way easier for the teacher to just read the slides and use his own voice more than the students in the learning space. You will never get a PowerPoint slide read to you in one of his classes. There was a plan. There was an outcome identified, but the path to the learning outcome was determined by the learners. No, these teaching skills are not in everyone’s playbook. Harvey has them because that’s how he learns as well. Truth. Truth is a component of good pedagogy in my opinion. Harvey appreciates the truth on how things function. Just hitting the master re-boot wasn’t a definitive enough action; it was unexplained. Unacceptable Maybe it was all of those trips to the “SHOW ME” state that produced this attribute? No, he had it long ago. You aren’t going to get a pass on a bullshjt answer from Mr. Chan. Be prepared to do your homework. And grace. When someone took offence at a reply, and blathered on about how Harvey’s ideas sucked, and that he didn’t know shjt from Shinola, his reply might be, “Thank you for your reply.” Period. Brilliant. This is just one of many things I learned from him. After all we were given one mouth and two ears, for that reason, I think. Fun. Oy, we had some fun on chat those early days. The InstallerJon and PUTZ days, h3ll I’d come into chat just to laugh at the conversations within the conversations, the camaraderie, and the carefully crafted humour, yes humour, the Canadian way. But then chat in that format faded away. Empathy: Then in 2010 I encountered a pretty serious pulmonary embolism. I was confined to the hospital for six days and was going stir crazy by the first half day. Harvey and Scoot (at least), got me set up for Skype chat and I was able to participate in something to occupy my mind. You’ll never know how much I appreciated that time spent with you guys. Like Matt Hodges said in the IIF:“Slow your timebase. Increase your sample rate. Save it. Review it.” Cherish the time we have. (Thanks INSTALLER, for encouraging me to write and get out of my funk)

    John Merrifield

    Harv, I also met you in imrc probably over twenty years ago and quickly learned to humble myself and also how to hold up to my truths as much as I could support them in fact. I remember how you and Lloyd would lecture me on etiquette in the chat room if I found my self entered into heated discussions and attempted to sway into certain realms (Dealer vs Indy etc..) I somehow survived and became close online buddies with many. As the years have passed, I have always been attentive to everything that you have offered, and if I had questions or needed more direction, you have always been there to support me. I regret that I have somewhat avoided the hands on gatherings and even stayed at a distance during the hangout times at Vision. You always acknowledge me and are very approachable, and it seems there is never a wasted breath or moment, you are engaged fully when I have been around you, and there is meaning and understanding in every nuance. In the last few days, reading everything that has been written about you and for you has been an amazing witness to the quality of character that you embody. You are truly a great man, and Pat, though I hardly got to know you, I sense a greatness from you as well. I have seen from you both only steadfast integrity and discipline in every interaction I have been in or witness to. I aspire to be as great a human in my life. I am very saddened and seem to lack the words needed to tell you how much your influence has meaning to me. Our daily interactions in various online venues has been priceless to my growth as a diagnostic technician, and I promise I will share all that I have in such a fashion as long as I am able. Thank you my friend, and I somehow feel a sense of calm knowing that you and Pat have a much deeper understanding of this process we call life and death.

    Paul Danner

    16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18, NASB) I know you are thinking "light affliction" what the hell are you talking about Danner. Liver cancer is not a light affliction. Here are some words of wisdom on this..MacArthur:2 Cor. 4:17 light momentary affliction.The Greek word for “light” means “a weightless trifle” and “affliction” refers to intense pressure. From a human perspective, Paul’s own testimony lists a seemingly unbearable litany of sufferings and persecutions he endured throughout his life (11:23–33), yet he viewed them as weightless and lasting for only a brief moment. eternal weight of glory. The Greek word for “weight” refers to a heavy mass. For Paul, the future glory he would experience with the Lord far outweighed any suffering he experienced in this world (cf. Rom. 8:17–18; 1 Pet. 1:6–7). Forgive me Harv, it is all I have to offer you. I hope you find peace. I pray for healing for you but we both know that doesn't always come. But I do know that healing for the soul does! Love you man. Seriously shed some tears this morning for you and it's weird, we hardly know each other.

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