Thomas Lee Harley

Published 10:46 am Saturday, January 5, 2019

Thomas Lee Harley, age 66, of Buxton, died at home on December 21, 2018.

Tom was a Michigan State University graduate of the School of Landscape Architecture.

He worked as a landscape designer for 36 years throughout northern Virginia before retiring in 2016. His love of the sea and surf fishing led him to retire in Buxton. He was a member of the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club (CHAC), a judge of the annual fishing tournament and was recently voted to the CHAC board. He was best known for volunteering to be a bingo caller, the funds from which benefited local high school students with educational scholarships.

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Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Mary C Harley; daughters Amy Harley of Atlanta, Ga. and Crystal (Matthew) Cobb of Severna Park, Md.; granddaughters Ashley Evans of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Brooke Evans of Cooper City, Fla. and Brittney (Scott) Harrison of Tamarac, Fla.; grandsons Cody Thomas Harley Winokur of West Point, NY, Luke and Cade Cobb of Severna Park, Md.; two great-grandchildren; sister Jan (Tom) Theis of Grand Ledge, Mich., father Charles D. Gill of Lansing, Mich., sisters-in-law Eadie Harley of Holt, Mich. and Leslie Gill of Bossier City, La.; mother-in-law Angie Grindatti of Kalamazoo, Mich., brother-in-law William (Kris) Grindatti of Oakland, Ca. and sister-in-law Lori Kinnamon, brothers-in-law Rick (Paula) Prosser, Greg (Nancy) Prosser, Joe Charlebois and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by parents Patty J. Gill and Donald E. Harley Sr., brothers Donald E. Harley Jr., Paul T. Gill, sisters-in-law Margo Charlebois, Lisa Waros and brothers-in-law Dan Kinnamon, Marvin Wilson and Shawn Grindatti.

A Celebration of Life will be held January 17 at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton, Va. A service will be held in Michigan with visitation on February 15 at St Michael’s Parish, 345 Edwards St, Grand Ledge, Mich. 48837 from 6-8 p.m. followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on February 16 at St. Michael’s. A Celebration of Life will be held on Hatteras Island in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, PO Box 639, Buxton, NC or the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Scholarship Fund, PO Box 145 Buxton, NC.

Twiford Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at