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Norm “Scoots” Hardin – The Final Ride

I hadn’t been to a funeral or a memorial service since I buried my Father in 1993, I guess you could call me lucky, so yesterday was a very somber moment for me indeed as we laid to rest a friend and brother of our Hog 411 Chapter in Loveland who suddenly, without any warnings, just passed away of natural causes.  I didn’t know Norm as well as most of my fellow Hog members but I am a pretty good judge of character and I knew the moment I first met “Scoots” that he was genuine in life and committed to what was important to him.
Norm "Scoots" Hardin Memorial Ride

It was a beautiful day yesterday, no doubt due to a personal request from Norm, as over 50 of us gathered at Thunder Mountain Harley Davidson to ride in honor of Norm to the memorial services.  It never ceases to amaze me how much a brotherhood of “bikers” come out not only to support their communities with countless hours of public service but to show final respect one last time in the caliber that only a group of people like this can do.  To hear the roar of the bikes is exactly the way Norm would have wanted it and I can’t tell you how proud I was to be a part of it for our former Head Road Captain and board member.

I would love to see all of you who knew “Scoots” leave a comment and share a short personal story on how Norm touched your life as he touched so many.  If you have some pictures of the Memorial Ride on Monday and would like to add them to this gallery please email

Norm, may you rest in piece my friend and know that someday we will all gather to ride again so until then keep polishing the chrome and save us some parking spaces…

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