Obituary of David J. Burkart
David J. Burkart
September 5, 1966 - May 18, 2023
David J. Burkart, age 56, passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2023. He was born in Charlotte, NC, to Alfred John Burkart and Dawn Nelligan Burkart. David was preceded in death by Frances C Burkart, Alfred A. Burkart, and Owen B. Nelligan. He is survived by his wife, Leslie Barrett, daughter Katharine Burkart, parents Alfred and Dawn Burkart, sister Sherrie (Andy) Rochester, grandmother Dorothy Nelligan, sister-in-law Julie (Leif) Andersen, sister-in-law Nicole (Paul) Marcoccia, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
David was a native of Charlotte, having attended Charlotte Catholic high school class of 1984 and UNCC, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Masters in Business Administration. David had a natural curiosity for mechanics and engineering, which led to his first job repairing arcade games and park rides at Carowinds amusement park in Charlotte, NC. After graduate school, David stepped into an innovative role that focused on delivering technology based strategies and solutions to improve customer experience. He served as both Vice President of Technology at Paramount Parks and then as Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer at Herschend. Throughout his career, David was not only an innovator, but also an inspiring leader and mentor. He cared deeply about his team's professional and personal development --- supporting, encouraging, and advocating for their growth while promoting and celebrating their successes.
David touched many lives throughout his 35 year career and lived his personal life with the same optimism, joy, and passion. He was a loving husband to his wife Leslie, an avid traveler, an enthusiast of smooth bourbons, and fully embraced new experiences. He enjoyed chilly winter walks by the water near his Newport, Rhode Island home and sharing the subtleties of Southern culture with Leslie. David is greatly missed, but his life, love, and vibrant sense of humor will continue to live on in the memories of all those who knew him.
An private celebration of life will be held for close family and friends. In lieu of attendance, donations can be made in David’s honor to Salve Regina University, Newport, RI. The funds will be used to support students with a passion for technology and engineering. Gift donations to this scholarship can be made by going to www.salve.edu/memorial-burkart In addition, Herschend Family Entertainment has developed a David Burkart memorial internship program which will focus on providing internship opportunities to underprivileged youths passionate about technology and engineering.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hankins and Whittington Funeral Service, 1111 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203.
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