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Died: Tue., Dec. 11, 2007

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David D. "Dave" Harding, 46, of 41 Howard Ave., New Haven passed away Dec. 11, 2007 in Yale New Haven Hospital following a long illness battling juvenile diabetes. He was the husband of Ruth E. Swanton. Born in New Haven Sept. 9, 1961, he was the son of John & Jean Viera Harding of Florida. He earned his bachelor's degree at Syracuse in 1983. He began his sales career as a sales manager of rare book collections; worked in antique sales; became a financial advisor; and then a middle school teacher. He earned a master's degree in teaching in 1995 and a master's degree in science at Quinnipiac in 2001. David loved being a teacher, but, during his first position, his kidneys failed. Despite a kidney transplant donated by his Dad, he was unable to continue. An inspiration, he lived a full, yet short life. His teaching began again following the birth of daughter, Kate, age 5. A renaissance man, he will be missed for his laughter, wit and zest for fun, movies, music and learning. Beside his wife and parents, he is survived by a daughter, Katherine Grace Swanton Harding of New Haven; a brother, Jack (Vanessa Rose) Harding of Seymour and a sister, Kim (David) Vegliante of Wallingford; nieces & nephews, Samuel, Raymond, Maxwell & Mary of Seymour, Jack & Olivia of Wallingford. He was predeceased by his beloved grandmother, Olivia Veira and his aunt, Diane Radcliffe. A special thanks to Dr. Rex Mahnensmith, MD and Warren Fleming, RN at Davita Dialysis Unit; and to the many physicians and nurses at Yale New Haven Hospital and Brook Hollow Health Care Center who assisted in his quest to continue his life. Friends may call at The Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St. (cor. Dwight) New Haven Friday, Dec. 14th from 5 to 7 PM and are invited to attend funeral services in the funeral home Saturday from 11 am to 12:30 pm Contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Greater New Haven, 2572 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT. 06518 or the Kidney Foundation, 2139 Silas Deane Hwy., Rocky Hill, CT. 06067.

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