Obituary of Harvin Thealphius Dash, Jr.
The Funeral Arrangements for Harvin Thealphius Dash, Jr.
Viewing: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday, August 17, 2018
Cotton Funeral Service
1025 Bergen Street
Newark, NJ 07112
Funeral: 11:00 AM
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Holy Name of Jesus Church
200 Midland Avenue
East Orange, NJ 07017
Harvin T. Dash obituary
Harvin T. Dash Jr. (known to many as “Tee”, “Sonny”, or Mr. Dash), son of the late Jamesine Vaughn-Dash and Harvin T. Dash Sr., was born December 27, 1946 in Florence, South Carolina. Harvin attended grade school at the Christ of King Catholic School, in Orangeburg. He attended one year of high school at the local Wilkinson High School in Orangeburg, and completed the next three years of high school at St. Emma’s Military School in Powertown, Virginia, graduating in 1965. He gloated about his years at St. Emma’s until his very last days. This was only the beginning of his long educational journey.
Tee attended South Carolina State University in 1966 for one year before he was drafted into the United States Army. He served as a medical records clerk for the military in Fort Jackson, South Carolina from 1967 until 1968. He was then deployed to the Republic of South Vietnam, where he served as an E-5 Specialist in the Aircraft Battalion Headquarters with the 11th Aviation Battalion and the 213th Assault Support Helicopter Company (A.S.H.C.) until August 29, 1969. He was most proud of his service in Vietnam, and honored that time by getting a tattoo of his troop number. While in the military he received many medals and completed trainings which include but are not limited to: National Defense Service medal, Vietnam Service medal, Vietnam Campaign medal, Good Conduct medal, as well as completion of a technical support course. He received an honorable discharge in 1973. In 1969 he returned to Orangeburg where he met his first wife Jettye Hasben, they married on December 24, 1969. They then relocated to Dover, NJ where he began working for USPS and were married until her untimely death on January 13, 1979. He remarried on January 20, 1985, to Sandra Kelley-Dash, where he gained a step-daughter Clara Gaither, and had two children, Haamid Dash in 1985, and Shardé Dash in 1987.
Tee had a long list of academic and extracurricular accomplishments throughout his life.
He attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Bloomfield College in 1975, where he graduated with high honors and Dean’s list recognition. He then acquired a Teacher of the Handicapped Certification at Kean University from 1987 – 1989. In 1999-2000 he attended Rutgers University, where he received his Reading Recovery Teacher Certification. In May of 2002, he joined the Ancient Free and Accepted Mason, Masonic Lodge (Mount Tabor Lodge #71) where he held positions as a Junior Warden, Senior Warden, and most recently, Treasurer. In 2003 he attended online school at Trinity Southern University where he received his Master’s in Education. Most recently he received his Master’s of Educational Leadership (Principal/Supervision) from the College of Saint Elizabeth.
His love for education stemmed from his parents both being educators. His mother was a school teacher, and his father a school Principal. He began his educational work as Group Teacher at the Five Block Day Care Center in Brooklyn, New York in 1975. In 1985 he was a teacher of the Handicapped at the North Jersey Child Development Center in Cedar Knolls, NJ. In 1991 he held the position as a paraprofessional at the Westlake School, in Berkeley Heights. In 1993, he was the Head Teacher in the Good Start Program, with the East Orange Child Development Corporation. In 1997 he became the Program Director and Educational Coordinator at the Valley Settlement House, in West Orange, NJ. Finally, in 1999 he began his 19 year journey at the East Orange Community Charter School in East Orange, NJ, where he started as an Operations Manager and Reading Recovery Teacher. Upon completing his Master’s at the College of Saint Elizabeth, he was promoted to Principal/Executive Director.
Some of his extracurricular activities include: Being the President of the Black Child Development Institute (BCDI) of Newark/Essex County; Policy Chair member representing the BCDI; Reading Recovery Council of North America; Executive Officer Pack #0682 with the Boy Scouts of America group of East Orange; Project Director of the Even Start Literacy Program of East Orange; Excellence in Education Administration with the Cambridge Who’s Who foundation; Kappa Delta Pi/ Alpha Alpha Mu Chapter International Honor Society in Education at the College of Saint Elizabeth; Vice Chairman on the Board of Trustees with the Valley Settlement House; he was awarded Professional of the Year of 2009-2010 representing the Educational Administration Industry with Cambridge Who’s Who; and last but not least, being a member of the Phi Delta Kappa International.
Tee had a passion for music and traveling. It was very common to ring his phone and he would not be home but be away on vacation. He loved to spend time with his family, attend church, eat, and of course drink his Pepsi. Tee had goals of retiring and moving to California. Just recently, he renovated his home in Orangeburg in order to have a place to relocate to after retirement. However, his love for the East Orange Community Charter School held him in the workforce for just a little while longer. His greatest wish was to buy a new building to house his 600 students and give them a more comfortable and updated learning facility. His life came to an end on August 11, 2018 where he passed of natural causes in his East Orange home. He will be missed greatly by many.
Harvin is survived by his sister, Cecelia Dash of Orangeburg, SC; his children, Haamid Dash of Los Angeles, CA, Shardé Dash of East Stroudsburg, PA, and Clara Gaither of Newark, NJ; his grandchildren, Sumayyah Cooper, Eli Marquez, Amouri Cruz, and Ma’Shari Russell; his ex-wife, Sandra Kelley; his goddaughter, Luv Friend; as well as a long list of distant family and friends that have grown to love and cherish him during his time with us.