It is with heavy hearts that Pender County Humane Society announces the passing of Bernie Zikos at his home on April 14th. His health had declined in recent years. Bernie started volunteering with the Humane Society around 15 years ago, He walked the Shelter dogs, drove animals to the UNCW-Veterinary Hospital in Raleigh (to participate in their low cost spay/neuter program), volunteered at fundraising events such as the Wilmington Fur Ball and the PCHS Spaghetti Dinners. Bernie never met a stranger. He delighted in making people laugh. At fund raising events he would wear his famous two billed hat with the saying “Which way Did They Go?” He was so loved by the Humane Society that the Board elected him Vice – President. He held this position until he retired from PCHS. Even after retiring he continued to help by stuffing newsletter envelopes and cooking his famous apple cake for our PCHS Spaghetti Dinners. One of Bernie’s claims to fame with the Humane Society was the creation of the “Bernie Hot Dog.” Bernie would load up his grill for our annual “Sam’s Club Hot Dog Give Away Event” and cook hot dogs for a donation. Many Sam’s Warehouse customers would consume his “Bernie Dog” and proclaimed them the best hot dogs they had ever eater. Bernie never gave away his secret hot dog chili recipe but the word is he purchased it at Sam’s Wholesale the day before the event. We’re sure that during Bernie’s time with the Humane Society he cooked several hundred “Bernie Dogs!” He even had the “Bernie Dogs” embroidered on his tee shirt. Pender Humane Society volunteers were Bernie’s second family. He loved what the Humane Society stood for so much he even remembered the animals in his will. There will NEVER be another Bernie!! He will be missed by so many. A Mass was held for Bernie on May 6th at 12:00 at All Saints Catholic Church in Hampstead. internment followed at Sea Lawn Cemetery. More information about Bernie can be found on the Andrews Mortuary Hampstead website. WE Will Always Remember You, Bernie.