John Vincent Harcourt, 65, passed away on November 20, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky. He was born on October 15, 1956 in Hamilton, Ohio. The eldest son of Pat and Jules Harcourt, John graduated from Murray High School in 1975. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Murray State University, where he met the love of his life, Diane. After graduating, the newlyweds first moved to Bowling Green, then settled in Oldham County as John began his 40-year career as a distribution manager for the Louisville Courier Journal.
John’s life was defined by his generosity toward others and the joy and pride he took in his family. A longtime volunteer for The Crusade for Children, John also served as a scout leader for Boy Scout Troop 167; both his sons earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He volunteered for the South Oldham High School band when his kids were in school and over the past six years for Reading Camp, a nonprofit where his daughter serves as executive director. The hours he spent working-on the overnight shift at the Courier Journal or volunteering during his free time-touched the lives of so many.
He was immensely proud of his three kids, and their educations, careers, and families. John enjoyed fishing, hiking, camping, and spending time with loved ones-especially his grandkids, who called him Papa. A fan of scenic lookouts, the hunt for the perfect car, scoring a great deal, and roasting marshmallows over a fire, John will be sorely missed.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jules Vincent Harcourt, and his brothers Brett, Paul, and David.
He is survived by his mother, Pat Harcourt; his wife of 41 years, Diane Brame Harcourt; his children, Scott Vincent Harcourt (Sara), David Harcourt (Sheila), and Sarah Harcourt Watts (Luke); grandchildren Cora, Ada, Audrey, Norah, Ivy, and Evan John; his brother Ed Harcourt, his sister Ann Randolph (David), and his nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Newcomer Funeral Home East Louisville Chapel at 235 Juneau Dr., Louisville, KY, 40243. Visitation will be at 2:00 PM until the time of the memorial service at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, December 1st, 2021. John passed away after a brave battle against leukemia. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Be The Match, a foundation operated by the National Marrow Donor Program (www.bethematchfoundation.org ).
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