In Loving Memory of


David Andrew Harkins

Sadly our dearest David passed away on Sunday 25th April.

He was a dearly loved husband to Olivier, loving son of Margaret, brother to Eileen, Pete and Steven, devoted best friend to Nic and loving uncle to all his nieces and nephews.

David was also a dearly loved colleague and friend to many at Scottish Autism.

We respectfully and kindly request no flowers and alternatively ask that a donation be made in David’s memory on behalf of Scottish Autism for whom he worked loyally and passionately for 35 years. 
Donations can be made at the following JustGiving page:

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Malheureusement, notre cher David est décédé ce Dimanche 25 Avril.
Il était un mari très aimé d’Olivier, fils de Margaret, frère d’Eileen, Pete et Stephen, un devoué meilleur ami de Nic, un oncle aimé par ses neveux et nièces.
David était un collègue et ami très apprecié a Scottish Autism.
Nous demandons respectueusememt que tous les dons à la memoire de David soient faits au nom de Scottish Autism pour qui il a travaillé loyalement et passionnément pendant 35 ans.
Les dons peuvent être faits a la page suivante JustGiving.

Book Owner: Nic Broderick
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Ian and Shirley

Dear David We didn’t get the opportunity to get to know you well, but your positivity and friendliness shone through, and thoughts of you will remain. …

Nic Broderick


David , Nous nous sommes vus que peu de fois , la distance en cause mais je n’oublierais jamais le jour où tu nous a été présenté . Nous avions passé un très bon moment en ta compagnie et avons appris à te connaitre et à t’apprécier dès le premier jour . Comment ne …

Nic Broderick


David, I think it’s taken till seeing you pass by one last time yesterday for it to sink in that you’re really gone.  But you’re not, the fun, joy, passion, generosity and enthusiasm you brought to everything will stay with all of us who’ve had the privilege to live and work alongside you, forever.  …

Nic Broderick

Laura Willocks

David, you have been such an inspiration in my career since I first met you;  passionate, 100% committed and so optimistic.  It was such a pleasure to work alongside you.  Seeing your cheery face at our 9am meetings would help start the day right that’s for sure!  I hope you are at peace and …

Nic Broderick

Steven Mclean

My old friend Dave, I am so sad to hear you have passed on. Taken much too soon. It’s been many years since I last saw you, and I was very much looking forward to meeting up with you in the future. Now I hold on to the many memories I have from our …


Christine Macintosh

David, you were such a happy, caring selfless guy who will be sadly missed by everyone who knew you. RIP. 💔 …

Nic Broderick

Lynn Williamson

It has been many years since our paths crossed at Balmyre when I started my career in Health and Social Care. You were always so kind and caring and lit up a room with your smile. I never had the opportunity to tell you in later years, when I myself became an Assessor, you …

Nic Broderick

Claire Ford

What a special man you were David and gone far too early.You touched the lives of so many people and it was a true pleasure to work with you through Quality Scotland for over 10 years. Your memory will always live on in our lives and our hearts. Fly high David xx …

Nic Broderick

Cyril Othman

Cher David,  C’est avec une grande tristesse que j’ai appris ton départ. Tu étais toujours joyeux et plein humour. Je garderai en mémoire chacune de nos rencontre. Dans ces moments douloureux, je tiens à présenter mes sincères condoléances à ta famille. Repose en paix  …

Nic Broderick

Karen Joyce

My dearest friend I have known you since I was 15 years old and you never changed one bit still the nicest, selfless gentleman that I have ever known. You will be missed more that you will ever know. RIP Dave Harkins until we meet again all my love karen xx   …

Nic Broderick

Margaret Larter

David, I. First met you the day I came for an interview for an instructors post at Balmyre. We had to work voluntarily for a day, and you were so encouraging and friendly. I got the job! We even went out, a threesome, for a drink and had a lovely evening. You ve stayed …

Nic Broderick

Katherine Wainwright

David- I will miss the light and laughter you brought. So glad to have known you and have had you as a colleague. Your values always shone through. You will be deeply missed by many but the impact of your work, of your contribution and the lovely way you made people feel special will …

Nic Broderick

Angela Howarth

Dear David, I was so very sad to hear of your passing. I have many fond memories of working with you. You were always full of fun and humour. Your smile was infectious and your kindness shone through. My favourite memory is when you were awarded the Quality Scotland Ambassador Award – there was …

Fiona Clarke

David, you will be missed in so many ways, of that I am sure. You were a great asset to Scottish Autism and whenever we worked together I could see the passion and skills you brought. Rest in peace. …

Ann Pike

David, You will always be remebered fondly for your kindness to everyone who met you. I got to know you through Quality Scotland and had the pleasure of working with you for many years sharing our passion for ‘Excellence’. It was such a pleasure seeing you nominated as one of our ‘Quality Champions’ and …

Ann Pike

Claire Lannon

It is hard to begin to write this, as it makes it seem real. David, in the short time I worked with you, your professalism shone through and dediction the Scottish Autism was never doubted  The last thing you mentioned to me was a huge congratulations and a stay in touch and that was …

Claire L

Michelle Congerton

Monsiuer David, never would I have thought I would have to write a goodbye to you so soon. My brain is still trying to piece this together, and who knows when the words to describe this will come. I’m incredibly sad that you are gone, and I will miss you more than you’ll get …

Nic Broderick

Angela Steele

David it’s took me this long to actually process this information, where do i start what can i say… 30 odd years ago a gobby redheaded 16yr old came to work alongside you, and boy did we have an adventure that took us both through so much emotions from tears to side splitting laughter. …

Nic Broderick

Caroline Machray & Karen Cooke

Our deepest sympathy to all the family at this sad time.  David was such a lovely person, always cheerful, kind and thoughful, it was a pleasure to have known him and he will always be remembered.  RIP David, our thoughts are with your family and friends.  …

Nic Broderick

Maureen Mackintosh

David was such a special man as can be seen by all these lovely tributes. On the few times I met David, he was always cheery, kind and helpful. My thoughts are with his husband, family, friends and colleagues and I hope memories of happy times will provide some smiles through the tears xx …

Nic Broderick

Kerry-Ann MacDonald

Dear David, you always had a smile on your face and a heart of gold, you were kind, caring, helpful and thoughtful and always had time for everyone you met.  You were a lovely genuine guy…one of the good guys and you will be greatly missed!  My thoughts are with your husband, family and …

Nic Broderick

Deborah Taggart

David, I only met you on a handful of occassions over the past 5 years through EFQM assessments and events, but I am so sad to hear of your passing and to know that we won’t meet again. You were one of those rare people who made everyone smile and feel better about themselves. …

Nic Broderick

Christelle Royer

David je ne t oublierai jamais. Tu étais tellement gentil, souriant. Et je n oublierai jamais comment on dialoguais….. Moi cherchant mes mots anglais pour te faire plaisir et toi faisant de même en Français mais tu avais plus de mal que moi 😜😜. Ça nous faisait rire tous les 2. Tu étais un …

Nic Broderick

Brigitte Duval

Toutes mes condoléances Olivier, ainsi qu’à la maman de David et toute sa famille.  Il m’est difficile de te dire adieu. Nous nous sommes rencontrés lors de ta premiére visite en France. Dès ce jour, mon coeur ta adopté, mon amitié et mon affection étaient dès plus sincéres. J’étais si heureuse pour toi et …

Nic Broderick

Peigi Macarthur

David, I will remember you with such fondness. You were such a lovely person, so warm, gentle and approachable and so good at your job. I never saw you without a smile on your face. Scottish Autism is very much reeling from your loss.I wish you comfort and peace. …

Nic Broderick

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