Donald Harkness

September 7, 1934November 9, 2012

Donald Lee Harkness, 78, died on November 9, 2012 after suffering from a long term illness, at his residence in Palm City, Florida. Donald was born in Akron, Iowa and moved to Palm City 20 years ago coming from Fairfield, Connecticut. In addition to a long career in the hair care and cosmetic industry, he was the owner of Bari Cosmetics LTD for 25 years in New York. He served in the US Navy in the Korean War, and he was a member of the Harbour Ridge Country Club. Donald received his M.B.A. from Pace University in the state of New York. He enjoyed golfing and was of Methodist faith. Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Sharon Lee Harkness of Palm City, FL; daughter, Deborah Lee Harkness –Curry, and her husband Chris of Stuart, FL; daughter, Cari Lee Harkness-Greenwood, and her husband, Todd of Palm City, FL; brother, Gene Harkness of Marion, IA; 3 grandchildren, Rachael Elizabeth Bushey, Jordan Olivia Bushey and Sarah Noel Curry; and two 2 step grandchildren, Jeremy Matthew Curry and Briauna Marie Geenwood. Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Services will be private at Aycock Funeral Home in Stuart, FL. Please visit Donald’s online guestbook at All arrangements are entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Stuart, Florida.


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Judi Ryan

February 16, 2013

Spent many woderful vacations with Don and Sharon in the 60's and many great parties. Fond memories of Don eating marshmallow fluff from the jar (his favorite) and dancing at the Blind Pig in Milwaukee, WI. We all had such great times! Wonderful memories of such a great guy and couple and also of Debbie and Cari when they were young. Will miss you.

Don Martello

December 6, 2012

Sad to hear of Don's passing, a well respected gentleman and an asset to our the Clairol sales family. I truly enjoyed my years working under your management. RIP my friend.

George & Jeanne Matson

December 1, 2012

Don was a great man and certainly made an impression on the lives of his co-workers at Clairol. He was a terrific leader and "one of a kind." Our sympathies to Sharon, Debbie and Carrie and their families.

November 19, 2012

Don will be missed by all of us here at the Regency...........He was a wonderful friend. Our thoughts are with Sharon, his wife, and daughters Carrie and Debbie.

Dick & Barbara Janes (Hutchinson Island, FL)

November 17, 2012

Our heart felt sympathy goes out to the entire Harkness family.
The Staff at Acorn Elder Care

November 15, 2012

Dear Sharon and Family,
Hope Rural School joins you in prayer and spirit as you mourn the loss of your dear husband, father and grandfather.
We are grateful for Don's support of our mission and pray that he is at peace with our loving God. His name has been added to our Hope Prayer Circle where he will be remembered in our daily prayers.
Be assured of our prayers for you as you go through these difficult days.

With deep sympathy,
Sister Mary Dooley, the Staff and Students of Hope Rural School.

Geno & Dianne Nawrocki

November 14, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Kathleen Bentz

November 14, 2012

Thoughts and prayers from our family at the Palm City Grill. It has been a joy knowing someone as special as Don.
May you be comforted by the many warm thoughts of those who care.

don&sue Havey

November 14, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Bill Smith

November 14, 2012

To the Harkness Family...I'd run into Don quite often after he had given up golf. We use to play together on men's day and he always remembered those as "good times". God Bless him and the rest of the family at this time.