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Harvey Lee Aftel

October 16, 1932 - July 14, 2017

Dr. Harvey Lee Aftel, 84, passed away at his home on July 14, 2017. Born to the late Samuel Aftel and Emma Goldsmith in Norfolk, Virginia.

Harvey graduated from Maury High School in 1950. Harvey attended The University of Virginia for 2 years and then attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN where he received his Doctor of Optometry Degree.

He served in the United States Army for 2 years and received an honorable discharge.

Harvey was an active member of Ohef Sholom Temple and their Torah Group.

In 1960, Harvey opened his office in Midcity Shopping Center and later moved to Portsmouth Blvd and after many years of serving his community, retired in 2006. Upon retirement, he went to work with his brother in law, Dr. Joel Zaba in his Virginia Beach office.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Diane Zaba Aftel; two loving sons, Brian H. Aftel and Andrew W. Aftel of Norfolk; his sister Sonia Aftel Sifen of Boca Raton, FL; his brother in law Joel Zaba and his wife Diane; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Altmeyer Funeral Home Southside Chapel located at 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 by Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg and Cantor Jennifer Rueben with burial following the service at Forest Lawn Cemetery. After that the Meal of Consolation will be at Bite Restaurant 440 Monticello Ave, Norfolk, VA 23510

The family will be at 741 Shirley Ave all day Sunday and on Monday from 1PM to 5PM.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jewish Family Services of Tidewater or Ohef Sholom Temple.

The location of the service has changed from Ohef Sholom Temple to Altmeyer Funeral Home

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Sunday, July 16, 2017

Time: 11:00 am


Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel

5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Cemetery Information

Date: Sunday, July 16, 2017

Time: 12:30 pm


Forest Lawn Cemetery

8100 Granby Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23505

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