Donald Joseph Harkness

August 17, 1935 - October 15, 2002

08/17/1935 - 10/15/2002

Past Services

Thursday October 17, 2002
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Friday October 18, 2002
11:00 am
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Friday October 18, 2002
12:00 pm
Colonial Grove Memorial Park
3445 Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, VA


Donald Joseph Harkness, 67, of Virginia Beach died on Tuesday, October 15, 2002 in his home.

Born in 1935 in Buffalo, New York and raised in Dunnville Ontario Canada, he left Dunnville in 1953 to join the US Navy where he served 20 years. His duty stations were Bainbridge, MD., Annapolis, MD, USS Search YAGR/AGR 4, YAGR Division 21, RADRON 2, YR 65, SSC Great Lakes, USS John R. Pierce DD 753, USS Sampson DDG 10, USS Orion AS 18, USS L.Y. Spear AS 36, Naval Station Norfolk, VA. After retiring from the US Navy he went to work at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, from there to NAVSEACENLANT/FTSCLANT. He retired from there in April of 2001 after 27 _ years. He is a member of Willis V. Fentress Masonic Lodge #296 and a 32nd degree mason with the Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Norfolk, VA. He is a member of the Fleet Reserve Association.

He is survived by his loving wife, Alyce; three children, Lisa Marie Doss of Virginia Beach, Peggy Lynn Alexander of Hampton and Charles Anthony Harkness of Virginia Beach; mother, Eleanor Harkness of Ontario, Canada; four brothers, Robert and Norman Harkness of Ontario, Canada, Kenneth Harkness of Chesapeake and Thomas Harkness of Norfolk; special grandson, Clifford Jay Williams of Newport News; other grandchildren, Shawn and Ryan Harkness and Ashley Harkness; and two great-granddaughters, Katelyn Alyse Williams and Willow Ann Harkness.

The visitation will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2002 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm in Altmeyer Funeral Home. The funeral will be held at 11:00am on Friday, October 18, 2002 in the funeral home with burial with full military honors and masonic rites at Colonial Grove Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society at 2730 Ellsmere Avenue, Norfolk, VA. 23513.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Doctors Alberico, Hubbard, Cuiffo, Goffman and their wonderful staffs.

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Kim Adams
8 years ago

Chuck & Cindy & Family:

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time in your lives. May you know that he is at peace now and no longer suffering.

Bill & Barbara Wallace
8 years ago

Dear Alyce and family;

We were so sorry to learn of Don’s passing. You have been special people in our lives and we think of you often. Please give us a call sometime soon, and let’s get together.

Our address is:

3512 Fieldcrest Ct.

Williamsburg, VA 23185 757 565-2633.

Love, Bill and Barbara Wallace

Carrol Walker
8 years ago

I am so very sorry to hear about your husband. Keep your faith.

God Bless!

George Chambers
8 years ago

My deepest and sincerest sympathy to the family. Don and I

worked together on several projects while he was with FTSCLant.


George Chambers

Diana Turner
8 years ago

My sincerest condolences on the loss of Mr. Harkness. I pray that God will comfort you as only He can do and give you sweet memories to ease the pain.

Rolla & Joyce Harrington
8 years ago

Sorry to hear of your great loss. He was a great husband and father to his family.

Sue, Rob, Debbie and Jillian Smythe
8 years ago

Those we love don’t go away

They walk beside us every day

Unseen, unheard but always near

Still loved, still missed and very dear

We send you our love and keep you in our prayers.