by | Aug 11, 2017 | Obituaries

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

He served in the United States Army for two 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, Fla.; his brother-in-law Joel Zaba, and his wife Diane; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services were held at Altmeyer’s Southside Chapel with Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg and Cantor Jennifer Rueben officiating. Burial followed the service at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Jewish Family Service of Tidewater or Ohef Sholom Temple.

Friends may express condolences online at www.altmeyerfh.com.