“All that matters to us has turned out to be true. It’s all we could have hoped for and then some,” says Harvey.
Having lived in their Pepper Pike home for 22 years, they never felt a great sense of community. Harvey thinks the layout of the South Franklin Circle campus is genius, citing how everything clusters around the community center to create a sense of place.
“It reminds me of Hillary Clinton’s book It Takes a Village–South Franklin Circle has become that village. We keep an eye out for each other” he explains. “When someone’s dog goes missing, we all rally to find it,” smiles Harvey. The Tuckers own two Great Pyrenees and have been able to customize a dog pen for them in their back yard.
Both Harvey and Cindy appreciate the diversity they’ve found among their neighbors. “Our backgrounds could not differ more and yet we find many common themes in what brought us all here,” he says.
Cindy adds, “Sure, I may be a bit younger than some, but I love the fact that I can take advantage of all that South Franklin Circle has to offer. I can use all of the amenities to the fullest–from the walking trails, to the gym and indoor pool–to name just a few. Plus Radius Restaurant is great for entertaining friends old and new.”
Both Harvey and Cindy still work. Cindy, an advanced practices nurse (RNFA), works PRN shifts at St. Vincent Charity Hospital, and is still active in the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses. She also keeps a busy schedule as a volunteer at the Free Medical Clinic of Cleveland and the Holden Arboretum. Together, she and Harvey are very active with MedWish, an initiative that ships medical supplies to international destinations, and MedWorks, a subsidiary that hosts one day clinics at area neighborhood centers.
Harvey, an accomplished ear, nose and throat surgeon, works at MetroHealth Medical Center, and regularly attends conferences and teaches at University Hospitals and the Veterans Administration Hospital.
But their main passion is medical missions–most recently to El Salvador and Nicaragua. “It’s amazing to see the benefits of our efforts. It’s so gratifying,” exclaims Cindy.
Back home at South Franklin Circle, they initiated Family Art Day–an afternoon of creating art that connects the generations. “Establishing and sponsoring this multigenerational program has involved the whole Tucker family!” Cindy explains. “It’s been an incredible experience for everyone.”
Harvey uses the art studio to paint ‘commissions.’ “Friends give me photos of their pets, and I create their likeness in oils,” says Harvey. “It might take me some time, but it’s what I love to do. They’ve given me a dedicated closet for all of my supplies–a huge plus.”
Cindy creates pottery and loves to take her grandkids to the art studio on “adventures” where they experiment with clay and other art projects. “Doing this in the studio is great because I don’t have to worry about clay and paint ending up in our house!,” she laughs.
Harvey knew that choosing to move to South Franklin Circle was a no-brainer. “We came out ahead financially by joining SFC. The monthly fee costs less than what we spent on our previous home. The other positive is that 75 percent of the entry fee we paid goes back to our estate,” he says.
“It also gave me peace of mind that I could stop worrying about the future and what might happen,” admits Harvey. “Let’s face it–our needs change as we age. Cindy and I are in a much better place.”
Before making the final decision to move, Harvey and Cindy gave their attorney and tax advisor the contract to review. He later called the Tuckers and said, “If I was in the market for something like this, I would do it. Go for it!”
“And we did, happily so,” says Harvey.