Former Billy Graham Crusade Director, Harvey Thomas, Passes Away

Harvey Thomas CBE, former Conservative Party Director of Press and Communications and Billy Graham Crusade Director, was promoted to glory on 13 March 2022.

Harvey, 82, was Chairman of the Fellowship of European Broadcasters, Trustee of Trans World Radio UK, and, along with his wife Marlies, Executive Director of African Enterprise UK.

He was also on the Council of The Cremation Society of Great Britain, Non-Executive Director of The London Cremation Company PLC, and Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIOJ) Orphan Fund.

An avid train enthusiast, with a 33-engine-strong model railway built in his garage, Harvey was an outspoken Christian – preaching the Gospel around the world – and a wise, loyal and loving Husband, Daddy, Opa, and Friend.

His wife, Marlies, and daughters Leah and Lani said:

Daddy taught us so much about what it means to live a life full of integrity, forgiveness, faith, and love. His kindness and determination always to do what he felt was right left a lasting impact on all those he met. We grieve and miss him so deeply but heaven rejoices. A hero of the faith is Home.

He is survived by his wife, Marlies, his daughters, Leah and Lani, son-in-law, David, and his grandchildren, Ellis and Esmae.

As a boy, Harvey attended Westminster School in London. He was articled in Law and studied at Northwestern College in Minnesota as well as the Universities of Minnesota and Hawaii.

From 1960-1975, Harvey produced Billy Graham’s rallies around the world before moving back to the United Kingdom.

From 1978-1991, he served as Consultant, Communications Director, and Field Director for the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, and the Conservative Party.

In 1990, Harvey was awarded a CBE for Services to the Prime Minister. Since then, he travelled the world teaching communication and PR. He was a regular television and radio commentator and ran various Presidential Campaigns.

He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and Chartered Institute of Journalists.

Written By: Lani Charlwood 

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