• Reyers North Valley Chapel
    Grand Rapids, MI
In partnership with the Dignity Memorial® network
Gary Brian Harper 1943 - 2013
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Thursday, May 09, 2013
On behalf of the Harper family, we wish to thank all of Dad's (and our) friends and family for your wishes, thoughts & prayers, cards, flowers, support & friendship.

Also, we wanted to let you know that the In Memorial donations (for the charities serving children and their families) totaled $1,150 ($650 was donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities and $500.00 was donated to DeVoss Children's Hospital) - thank you!
Monday, April 29, 2013
We were very saddened to receive the news about Gary and would like to pass our sincere condolences to his family.

Gary was our key contact at Terryberry and we were lucky to have had the opportunity to get to know him over the past 2 years. Even though we are across the other side of the world, Gary always made us feel that we were just down the road. We appreciated his positive, can-do attitude and great sense of humour. He was a fantastic ambassador for Terryberry and we will certainly miss working with him and sharing our special US/Aussie repartee.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Gary was a joy to work with at Terryberry. My heart goes out to all of his family and friends.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Shirley, and boys, we were sorry to hear about Gary, We last saw you at Bud and Stanley's 2 weeks ago. He looked so happy and content. He turned to look at us and he had the most beautiful smile. Blessings to you and the boys..Love Judy and Paul Cobb
Friday, April 26, 2013
Gary worked closely with me while establishing our rewards program website. He always had a smile in his voice, was always available, and was great to work with for the past year and a half. Just the day before his passing, we were on a conference call together. He is an amazing individual, and I will miss working with him.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May the many memories fill your heart in this difficult time.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
So sorry for your loss Our prayers are with your family
Bob and Marcia Zenk
(Randy's parents)
Thursday, April 25, 2013
My condolences to the entire Harper family. I will always remember Gary as a gentleman and a professional.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
gary - the human mushroom willalways be remembered by me, he always has been a very special person and great friend to me. my sincere condolances to the family and the rest of the world as he will be missed.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Dear Shirley and all of the Harper family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Gary was such a wonderful person to know and work with these past few years. God Bless him.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Like everyone, I was profoundly saddened when I received the news of Gary's passing. Gary was always available to give a helping hand when needed. My sincere condolences go out to his family. I am sorry for your loss and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
My condolences to the entire Harper family. I remember Gary well from the years he worked at IBM. He was a very kind and special person who will be sorely missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.

Gary Gagliardo
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Gary was my mentor at MKA from day one. He was a true professional, and he was an incredibly creative problem solver. Customers loved Gary (Harp). Everyone loved Gary. Gary was also a great friend. He was always a great listener, and he was such a genuine, kind, caring, and generous person. Simply an awesome man who I truly admired, and I will greatly miss. Gary was very clear about how much Shirley, the boys and their families, and grand kids meant to him -- they meant the world. My prayers are with you over these difficult days.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Shirley..may God bless you and family at this time of such sorrow. Gary was such a beautiful man and good friend of all...know that he is in good hands. We spent so much time together at IBM...in our customer center, playing softball, delivering Christmas packages...and so many other projects. He was so giving is so many ways.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Gary was a great co-worker!My condolences to the Harper family
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Gary was a great co-worker! My condolences to the Harper family
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
As a retired IBMer, my condolences to Gary's family
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Our prayers are with the Harper Family.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
To all the Harpers...our hearts go out to ALL of you during this difficult time. Ken/Laura/Matt/Rachel/Erica Humphreys
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
You will be greatly missed and your mark on our workplace is permanent. I am proud to have known you. Thank you.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
We have such wonderful memories of Gary, including the fun-filled years when he and Larry were golf partners while working for IBM, and the enjoyable times when he and Shirley would join us for an evening together. You would have to go far to find a kinder, more gentle person than Gary, or one with a more delightful sense of humor. We are heartbroken at the loss of our dear friend, and we send our love and prayers to Shirley and her family.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
We remember....my condolences to the Harper family.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Dad always impressed me with the ability to find energy, and time for his grand children even after a long day...he was a loving Dad, husband and grandpa! We loved him very much!
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Gary was a great man and neighbor. I have enjoyed getting to know both Shirley and Gary over the past few years. He was an awesome person that had a big heart for his family, friends, and dogs! He will be missed very much. This has been weighing heavy on my mind and my prayers are with Shirley and the Harper family.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Gary always impressed me with his desire to make the people around him happy. The world would be a better place if we were all more like Gary. He'll be missed.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
My condolences to the Harper family. I had the pleasure of working with Gary when he was at IBM and Meridian. He was a funny, warm and gracious person.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Gary taught me a lot about how to work with others while still getting things done in a very technical environment. He was always there to talk with for advice and was a good man who will be missed by all he touched.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
An amazing man...period...exclamation point! My condolences to the entire extended Harper family during this difficult time.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Gary was a great guy. He will be missed. He was always very positive and friendly towards everyone.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. God Bless
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
So sorry to hear about Gary. He will be missed. I have so many wonderful memories of him while I was growing up. Always a smile and a kind word. Hard to believe he is gone. My prayers and thoughts are with Shirley and the boys. Love all of you.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Gary you were not just a colleague, you were my friend and I am going to miss you so much. Rest In Peace
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
He always had a smile on his face and was a gentle soul. my thoughts & prayers to his entire family
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
To the Harper Family, I worked with Gary at IBM and he was one of the nicest, funniest and most genuine people I ever worked with. I have very positive memories of him; I hope the lord will care for you all as you work through your loss. My prayer's are with you and Gary.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I worked with Gary at IBM and I can honestly say that he was one of the nicest men - ever! I am so very sorry for your loss.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
We are so sorry to hear about Gary's passing. He was such a wonderful man....genuine and kind and always with a smile on his face. Shirley...may you find strengh knowing that Gary is at perfect peace. He will always be your guardian angel. May God wrap his loving arms around you and your family during this difficult time.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Gary, YOU were a shining light in this world ! You will be deeply missed !
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I haven't seen Mr. Harper in probably 20 years, but I remember his kindness and his great sense of humor well - and most of all, what a great friend he was to my parents. They spoke of him fondly and often.

Our hearts go out to you and your family, Mrs. Harper.

Chris Balas
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
This is very sad news. My family sends our thoughts and prayers to his family duing this difficult time. He was a good man and a true professional.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I can still hear that smile in Gary's voice when we talked. I can still hear Shirley laughing in the background. We shared great memories of when Gary and Shirley visited Boston. I cherish those times we shared. Shirley, I understand how difficult these days ahead will be for you. I know you will find much support from your wonderful family. I hope you can find peace in the knowledge that you and Gary had something rare and special in this life. To use an expression "You were truly soul mates". Fortunate, that you found each other. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Wow, soooo sorry to hear about Gary. What a wonderful guy he was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family, Shirley! I have wonderful memories of fun family times that included you and Gary! Much love to you.
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