Robert Harper

Robert E Harper

Saturday, July 30th, 1949 - Sunday, January 3rd, 2021
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SPENCER- Robert E. Harper,71, beloved husband of Dianne (Nelson) Harper, died January 3, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Ware, a son of the late Edward and Myrtle (Lynds) Harper. Robert retired as a school teacher having been employed by the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School System.

Bob had a love and passion for many things,but none more than family,especially his 4 grandchildren Alexis,Karsyn,Logan and Reece. Bob's knowledge of of sports was second to none, his passion to teach was perhaps the second most important thing in his life. Bob taught for 31 years impacting many lives. He was also a basketball and football coach,most recently coaching football at David Prouty. One of his favorite quotes was " there is no problem in life a smile and joke cant fix", he lived life that way making most conversations and stories seem like a stand up routine. Bob was most known for his quick wit and sense of humor, During his free time he enjoyed spending afternoons on the golf course,or complaining about his favorite local sports teams. " If you cant fly then run, if you cant run then walk, if you cant walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."-Martin Luther King Jr.

In addition to his wife he leaves three sons, Timothy Harper (Laura), Christopher Harper (Sarah) and Craig Harper; 4 grandchildren; a sister, Debra Schubert (Theodore); along with extended family members. He was predeceased by a brother Allan.

A memorial service and burial will be held in the Spring. Arrangements are under the care of Pillsbury Funeral Home 163 Main St. in Spencer.
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Kimberly Shea

Posted at 04:43pm
I fondly remember Mr. Harper as one of my very favorite 7th grade teachers in East Brookfield in the late 70s/early 80s. He was a wonderful teacher and always, without fail, had a smile on his face. At lunch time in the cafeteria he walked from table to table, talking and joking with the students--we loved him! And while I never saw Mr. Harper again after junior high, I never forgot him, and I know that his students will always remember him. And at the end of the day, being remembered is what it's all about. God Bless you Mr. Harper, you will be missed. And God Bless to everyone in the Harper family.

Heather Gablaski

Posted at 07:12pm
Mr. Harper is the teacher I remember the most. From diagraming sentences to dreaded Wordly Wise to historical discussions of JFK he made class interesting. We laughed and learned together. I am truly honored and blessed that not only did I have him as a teacher but my daughter did as well. A teacher never knows the full extent of their influence and this is especially true of Mr Harper. His influence inspired me to become a history teacher; therefore his life has impacted students he never met. I hope this knowledge brings peace and happiness to his family.

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