Member Memorial Tributes

This summer, the North Carolina City and County Communicators lost a dear friend when founding member Dave Hardin, public information officer for Catawba County, died June 6 at the age of 56.  In memorial tribute, NC3C is donating a bird feeder station and memorial plaque to Catawba County Parks, and members can contribute toward individual bird feeders to be placed on the station in Dave’s memory.

“Since one of Dave’s passions was bird watching, we felt this would be a fitting tribute to a wonderful man,” said Dana Kaminske, NC3C vice president.  She added that the bird feeder station likely will be placed at Bakers Mountain, one of Dave’s favorite birding sites.  Dana said officers would use member contributions to purchase individual birdfeeders to be placed on the station purchased by our organization.

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“We will announce when the feeder station is put in place, and we will share photos with everyone.” Dana said, adding, “We know Dave will be smiling down on us that we are taking care of his precious birds.”

A charter member, Dave served as NC3C’s first treasurer.  He was an active and dedicated member and officer, and he was a joy to be around. Dave, who was born with spina bifida, pushed himself beyond any limitations he may have had to always strive for excellence. His years of experience made him a teacher, and he was always willing to lend his support and guidance to anyone, but always with a humble heart.

In 2011, NC3C honored Dave with the Chris Coulson Memorial Communicator of the Year award presented to a person who demonstrates a passion for making a difference in the profession and in the lives of citizens and whose character, career and service represents the highest standards and who excels in the practice of local government communications

Dave’s valuable insight helped to build NC3C over the years. Although he was not able to attend the 2016 NC3C conference, he was proud to have spotted his 500th bird, and he went on to see his 514th.  It was Dave who reminded the board that this year’s conference will mark NC3C’s 10th anniversary.

Dave was a lifelong resident of North Carolina, born in 1959 and graduating from Hickory High School in 1977. He earned a B.A. in History from Lenoir-Rhyne in 1981 and had been employed by Catawba County since 1993. Previously, he worked for WIRC radio in Hickory.

Dave is survived by his wife of 34 years, Amanda Hardin, whom he met in junior high school.  Amanda said she will miss Dave’s fighting spirit, his sense of humor, his Christian faith, his intelligence and his love for birding.

Dave, we miss you, friend!