Eric S. Harfst, 80, Army vet and CPA who retired to Williamsburg

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Eric S. Harfst, 80, passed away at his home in Williamsburg, Va., on July 6, 2016.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 19, 1936, and grew up in Boonton, N.J. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 37 years, Patricia Harfst; their daughter, Kathleen Anne Gasparini; and his parents, Louise and Theodore Harfst.

Eric S. Harfst
            Eric S. Harfst

Eric attended Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., graduating with the Class of 1958. While there he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, establishing lifelong friendships. He then served proudly in the U.S. Army Finance Corps at Fort McClellan, Ala., attaining the rank of First Lieutenant. He returned to New Jersey, first in Glen Ridge where he was president of the Jaycees, then in Ridgewood and Upper Saddle River.

Eric earned his master’s in business administration from New York University. He was a certified public accountant and culminated his career at The Frassetto Companies as the vice president for finance.

Upon retirement, Eric and Patricia settled in Williamsburg, Va., where he was an active member of the Ford’s Colony community, volunteered for Vibrant Life Ministries and at the Mariner’s Museum, and taught accounting at Thomas Nelson Community College. He enjoyed his final years at Verena at the Reserve.

He is survived by his sons, Eric S. Harfst Jr. (Lisa) and Lt. Col. (Ret.) Richard A. Harfst (Jennifer); his daughter, Lisa D’Augelli (Rich); his grandchildren, Kevin Gasparini, Bryan Harfst, Krystiona Gillette, Adam and Alex D’Augelli, and Jennifer, Colin and Zachary Harfst; his great-grandchildren, Bridget Harfst and Hunter Gillette; his brother, Jeffrey L. Harfst (Victoria); and many other beloved family members and friends.

Visitation will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, until the memorial service begins at 11:30 a.m. at Nelson Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, Va. Light refreshments will follow the service. Interment will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 14, at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Putnam Valley, NY.