Harvey Reginald JARRETT

Male 1916 - 2010


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  • Name  Harvey Reginald JARRETT 
    Born  1916  Weyburn, Saskatchewan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  14 Jun 2010  Sudbury, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I146  Jarrett
    Last Modified  11 Nov 2013 

    Father  Albert Francis JARRETT,   b. 16 May 1875, Orillia, Simcoe Co. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1946, St. Michel's Hosp., Toronto, York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Helen Matilda GROOME,   b. 11 Sep 1886,   d. 08 Jun 1943, Sudbury, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F10  Group Sheet

    Family  Margaret Jean WOODS,   d. 08 Jun 2011, Sudbury, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified  10 Nov 2013 
    Family ID  F46  Group Sheet

  • Genealogical Notes 
    • JARRETT, Harvey Reginald - In loving memory of Harvey Reginald Jarrett 94 Years (1916 to 2010). Passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Monday, June 14th, 2010 at the Sudbury Regional Hospital. Beloved husband of Jean Margaret Esther (Woods) Jarrett of Sudbury. Loving father of Terry (pre- deceased) (Marilyn) Jarrett of Halifax and Brian Harvey (Michal Vezina) Jarrett of Sudbury. Cherished grandfather of Jodie (Don) Pinsent of Halifax, Tamara (James) Terrill of Salt Lake City, Darcie (Mark) Tuite of Boston, Chera Jarrett of Boston, Darin Harvey (Jan) Jarrett of Salt Lake City, Jamie (Roberto) Sofoifa of Saskatoon, and Heidi (Israel) Rodriguez of Halifax. Very proud great grandfather of Jaina, Carli, Alexander, Ryan, Luke, Tyler Harvey, Olivia, Malachi, Aidan, Paige and Lyda. Pre-deceased by his father Albert Francis Jarrett, mother Elizabeth (Groome) Jarrett, brothers Wilbert (Duke – founder of the Jarrett Center), Donald Jarrett and sister Evelyn Elizabeth Jarrett. Hailing from Weyburn Saskatchewan, the Jarrett family moved to Sudbury in 1938. After graduating from Queen's University with a degree in engineering (Class of 1940), Harvey began his career working for INCO as an engineer. He took a leave of absence to serve with honour in the RCAF as a pilot during World War II. He married Jean in Sudbury in 1942. After the war, Harvey resumed his career ultimately retiring in 1975. He was an active and devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In addition to spending 19 years as Chairman of the City of Sudbury Planning Board, he was also a member of the Ontario Association of Professional Engineers. He will be best remembered for his sparkling blue eyes, sense of humour and as a teller of great stories.“Poppa“ leaves a legacy of love, honour and commitment to family. At Harvey's request, there will be no public visitation or service. A family memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations to the Jarrett Center would be appreciated.
    • Mining isn’t what it used to be. Ninety-two-year-old Harvey Jarrett was part of the mining evolution. In 1945, he developed the first and only underground sand-fill plant at the time.

      Dave Duncan, present superintendent of Garson Mine, explained a sand-fill plant is actually located only 90 feet below the surface, and is still in use today.

      “We take in aggregate material (sand) from the pit across the road,” Duncan said. “There is cement silo on surface where we mix the sand with cement and water, then it flows down a funnel into a pipe a fills our stopes.”

      Stopes are filled when they can no longer be mined, and are used as support to drill other stopes. After being a pilot in the war for three years, Jarrett returned to the Sudbury area and began work at the Creighton Mine as a mining engineer. He later moved to the Garson and Frood Mines.

      “I did all the layouts,” he said. “This place (Garson) is unique. Garson was having a cave-in and it was very serious. “It was going to break through under the lake, and that would have been the end of the mine,” he continued. The supervisor at the time was trying to figure out how to save the place, Jarrett explained. “I happened to be standing there. I put my underground clothes on and just started looking around to find where I could find some fill. There was a sand plant nearby.”

      The Queen’s University grad worked all night long designing the layout for an underground sand-fill plant. “We had material sent in from all over the company property,” he said, adding he knew where it all was after taking a tour of the grounds.

      “This was a brand new idea,” he said. Other sand-fill plants being used at the time took about two years to complete, the engineer said. However, he told his management he would have this plant ready in a week. They laughed at him.

      “They said, ‘you’re going to build a sand-fill plant underground? It will take two years and the mine will be gone,’” Jarrett remembered.

      “I designed a quick plant that was entirely different, and I knew where the equipment was,” he said. “Every man was taken off mining to help develop this scheme.

      “It was just unthinkable that it could be done. Because when you put everybody on it, we got it done in seven days.” That was seven days without sleep on Jarrett’s part, but he said his drive paid off.

      “I got three wage increases for that,” he said with a smile. Although his underground sand-fill plant saved the mine, it is not a practice still in use today.

      Thinking back to his days of mining, Jarrett said he never viewed it as a scary job, although he admitted there were plenty of close calls.

      “Mining has entirely changed,” he said. “It went through quite a number of changes in my time and it’s still changing.”

      This entry was posted on Sunday, November 16th, 2008 at 4:15 pm and is filed under Sudbury History.