UK: The much-respected Shure Distribution executive passed away unexpectedly earlier this month, reports PSN-e. Shure Distribution closed for the day last Thursday (March 26) as a mark for respect for Harburn, who had been with the company for more than 36 years.
Harburn, who was 58, joined Shure Electronics Limited in 1972 as a sales rep for London and the South East. As SEL shifted to independent ownership, he rose through the ranks as assistant manager, sales manager, sales director and, from 2000, managing director.
A passionate and knowledgeable music collector, Harburn was also a classic car enthusiast, a lover of horse riding and a keen fan of Gillingham FC.
Friends and colleagues lined up to express their sadness at Harburn's passing, and relate their memories of his long and distinguished tenure in the pro-audio industry.
Sandy LaMantia, Shure's president and CEO, commented: "I was shocked and deeply saddened by this news. Dennis had a very long relationship with Shure, as an associate and a channel partner. His expertise and leadership in the complex United Kingdom audio marketplace were invaluable to Shure throughout those years. He will be greatly missed. My sympathies go out to his family and to our 'family' of UK associates."
"Dennis was instrumental in the growth and continued success of this company," added Markus Winkler, managing director of Shure's Europe, Middle East and Africa Business Unit. "He was a special person...a true gentleman. His professionalism and his personality will be missed by all of us at Shure and by those in the professional audio industry who knew him."
Harburn is survived by his wife, their three children and three grandchildren.