Remembering Tim Harper

A Valued Colleague Who Touched Many Lives over his 27 years at SJCC

In the tapestry of our professional lives, there are certain threads that stand out, weaving themselves into the fabric of our memories and leaving an indelible mark on our hearts. Such was the presence of Tim Harper, a cherished retired member of our college who recently departed from this world, leaving behind a legacy of kindness, wisdom, and dedication.

Tim was a SJCC student alumni and a distinguished player on our baseball team. After retirement he formed a consulting service helping with career guidance and working with the Superior Court as an expert witness on career assessments and earning capacity.

Tim was more than just a colleague; he was a mentor, a friend, and a source of inspiration for all who had the privilege of knowing him. With decades of experience under his belt, he brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise to every project he undertook. His commitment to excellence was unmatched, and his passion for his work was palpable in everything he did.

What truly set Tim apart, however, was not just his professional acumen, but his warmth and generosity of spirit. He had a knack for making everyone feel welcome and valued, whether you were a seasoned veteran or a newcomer to the College. Tim took the time to listen, to offer guidance, and to celebrate the successes of others, always putting the needs of the students above his own.

Beyond his professional contributions, Tim was known for his kindness and compassion. He had a knack for lifting people up when they were feeling down, offering words of encouragement or a sympathetic ear to those in need. Tim’s presence had a calming effect on those around him, and his genuine concern for the well-being of others left a lasting impression on all who crossed his path.

As Tim approached retirement, there was a sense of sadness mixed with gratitude among those who had come to rely on his guidance and support. We knew that his departure would leave a void in our college that could never truly be filled. Yet, we were also thankful for the time we had spent together, and for the lessons we had learned from him along the way.

Now, as we mourn the loss of our dear colleague, we take comfort in the memories we shared and the impact they had on our lives. Though he may no longer be with us in body, his spirit lives on in the work we do and the relationships we cherish. We will forever be grateful for the privilege of knowing Tim Harper and the mark he left on our hearts and those of the students he served.

In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – that is to have succeeded.” Tim Harper succeeded in ways beyond measure, and his memory will continue to inspire us for years to come. Rest in peace, dear friend. You will be deeply missed, but never forgotten.

Philip Crawford, SJCC (Associate Faculty Member)