Lifelong Macedon resident Harvey “Harv” Rousseau marked his 90th birthday on May 9 with friends and family at Log Cabin Restaurant. Harv is known to area residents and motorcyclists as the founder of Harv’s Harley-Davidson on Kittering Rd. Following are highlights of his life as he told it at the celebration.

Lifelong Macedon resident Harvey “Harv” Rousseau marked his 90th birthday on May 9 with friends and family at Log Cabin Restaurant. Harv is known to area residents and motorcyclists as the founder of Harv’s Harley-Davidson on Kittering Rd. Following are highlights of his life as he told it at the celebration.

May 9, 1922 -  born son of Margaret and John Rousseau, Jr. John was a sharecropper on the R.C. Fritts Farm.

1927 — He started school at Walworth Joint District No. 12 school.

1935 — Transferred to Penfield Central School where he graduated in 1939, afterward working with his father on their family farm.

1938 — Father bought Abe Johnson farm which is where Harv lives now.

1939-40 — Took home study course in Electrical Engineering and bought his first car while working at Maine Feed Mill in Fairport.

1941-42 — Worked as mechanics helper at Dibble Garage earning $12 per week. In Dec. 7, 1941 signed up for a 10-hour flying course at Brizee Airport and returned home to learn of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

August 1942 — He had his first solo flight.

1943 — Harv tried to join the Army Air Corps and had best score of applicants on the written exam, but was turned down for service due to physical problems.  He joined the Civil Air Patrol belonging until 1959. During World War II, he worked in “war work” at Bausch & Lomb on a secret project, which earned him the Navy E Pin for Excellency. At the same time, he bought his first Harley and became hooked on motorcycles.

October 1947 — His father died. Harv sold the livestock off the farm and continued raising crops. He also became interested in auto racing about that same time and for the next three years raced for Jack Burdick Mobil, Walt Miller Garage and “Windy” Wilcox.

April 1949 — He married Millie Witt, a telephone operator in Webster.

Fall 1949 — Bought first airplane, a 1947 Piper Cub J3.

1950 — His mother remarried and sold the farm to Harv and Millie.

February 1951 — He took a job at American Can Co., in Fairport where he worked for 35 years.

1962 – he opened Harv’s Harley-Davidson in a remodeled farm building with capital he got from selling an airplane he owned in partnership.

June 1967 — His older daughter Bev was killed in a motorcycle accident.

January 1979 — He hired his first employee, Greg Salmon who is still working there.  Harv also purchased another airplane, a 1947 Luscombe 8A.  

February 1980 — Millie was killed in an automobile accident. Their daughter, Kim, joined the H-D business full time.

1989 — Harv’s became an S- Corporation, and in 2001 he sold his stock in the corporation to daughter Kim Wyman, who continues to run the company, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary on May 27.

1990 — He bought additional land and built a permanent airport with a 2,600-foot runway and 45x90-foot hangar, which put “Harv’s Airport” on the Air Map with Macedon’s other airports, Lake Stone and Long Acres.