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Douglas F. Harkins

July 15, 1947 April 21, 2023
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Douglas F. Harkins

July 15, 1947-April 21, 2023

Johnson, NY

      On Friday, April 21, 2023, beloved husband, father and friend, Douglas F. Harkins, died unexpectedly following a short illness at Garnet Medical Center. He was 75.

     Douglas was born on July 15, 1947 in the Bronx to Thomas E. and Dorothy A. Ryan Harkins. Doug grew up in Glen Oaks, Queens and lived a life dedicated to service. He entered the US Army during the Vietnam War, where he earned 3 Bronze Stars. Very soon after being honorably discharged from the service, he married his life partner, Veronica Del Giorno on October 25, 1969 in Valley Stream, Long Island. In 1973, Veronica and Doug moved to the Johnson area to raise their family together. 

Doug continued his service as a NYC Fire fighter for 33 years, committing to save homes and lives of others whenever possible. After the 911 attacks in 2001, Doug worked tirelessly at the site in the rescue and restoration efforts. He was a member of the Red Nose Hunting Camp, He was a strong and humble husband and father who was always there to anchor his family.

     In addition to his loving wife Veronica at home, he is survived by his two children, son Douglas J. Harkins and his wife Sunghye and daughter Jeannine A. Ward; one brother, Thomas E. Harkins and his wife Arlene and grandchildren Matthew and Ashley Ward as well as two nieces, Kate and Kristine and one nephew Steven.

Cremation was private. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 am on May 11, 2023 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 90 Euclid Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940. Burial will follow with Military honors at Orange County Veterans Cemetery, 111 Craigville Road, Goshen, NY 10924.

     In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Doug’s name may be made to his favorite charities, NYC Burn Center Foundation 21 Asch Loop, Bronx, NY 10475 or to the Wounded Warrior Project 370 7th Ave suite 1802, New York, NY 10001

Arrangements are under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc.

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11:00 AM 5/11/2023 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 5/11/2023 12:00:00 PM
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church

90 Euclid Avenue
Middletown, NY 10940

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
90 Euclid Avenue Middletown 10940 NY
United States





12:30 PM 5/11/2023 12:30:00 PM - 1:00 PM 5/11/2023 1:00:00 PM
Orange County Veterans cemetery

111 Craigville Road
Goshen, NY 10924

Orange County Veterans cemetery
111 Craigville Road Goshen 10924 NY
United States

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NY Firefighters Burn Center Foundation

21 Asch Loop
Bronx, NY 10475

Wounded Warrior Project

4899 Belfort Road
Suite 300
Jacksonville, FL 32256

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