James W. Harper

October 4, 1959November 22, 2019

James W. Harper, age 60, of Cranberry Township, PA passed away the evening of November 22, 2019, at Good Samaritan Hospice in Wexford, PA. Jim was born in Billings, MT, on October 4, 1959, son of John Harper and Bernadine Cox. He married Yolanda Harper (Mezza) on September 29, 1990. She survives. Jim was a graduate of W.T. Woodson High School, in Fairfax, VA and was employed as an Electronic Technician/Service Manager. Jim enjoyed bowling, golfing, fishing, playing cards and was a sports enthusiast. Most important to Jim was his family. He was a loving and wonderful husband and father. In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by his daughter, Laura Harper of Cranberry Township, PA; his son, John Harper of Houston, TX; his mother, Bernadine Cox of Brownsville, PA; two brothers, Robin Harris of Alexandria, VA and Cary Harris of Newport News, VA.

A Catholic Mass will be held at St. Ferdinand Church, Cranberry Township, PA at 10:00 a.m. on December 2, 2019.


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December 3, 2019

The Harper Family on the front of our album cover for our Birthday Party.

Lisa Buckingham Imperial

December 2, 2019


So blessed today to go to your coming home was incredible just like you still are! Everyone talked about how you smiled all the way no matter how you felt. Jim, what an inspiration you always have been to us, your laugh and smile lit up the room and I could still hear you laughing even today. Our kids too, talked about you and your life on earth, the difference you still make today. And while your family is holding it together, they are grieving...we all are...especially knowing where you are, seriously, you had to pick such an incredible new home to retire too! But only the best for you, no settling for just the basics, you went big. Just had to get that mansion didn't
You? Just dont forget, we will be neighbors again, so make sure there is a nice lot next door to yours so we can continue the party. Love you Jim and thank you Yolanda for inviting us and sending Jim on with a party, he definitely loved it!!!

December 1, 2019

Yo, Laura and John we are so sincerely sorry for your loss....Jim was a great soul and so much fun to be with.... sending you lots of love. Carrie and Brian

Peter and Lee DiFeo Hamilton

November 28, 2019

Dear Yolanda and family,
Peter and I send our sincere condolences. You are all in our prayers.

Margie Mezza Hopewell Twp

November 27, 2019

Your bright light will always shine. I know you will watch over your family.
Miss you much,
Love, Margie

Lillian & John Abraham Ambridge

November 27, 2019

John and I are so sorry for your loss, we really enjoyed the time we had with both of you and your children John and Laura at our Grandchildren Brandon and Justin's Birthday parties. Such great memories. Jim will be so missed.

Brandon Buckingham Imperial

November 27, 2019

Jim and Family,

Wanted to say I will miss Jim so much, my memories of him are always in my mind and heart! I am so sorry for your loss Harper family.

Lynda and Greg

November 27, 2019

Jim was a wonderful man and the love for his family was very visible. Our thoughts to Yolanda, Laura and John. I know you miss him but hopefully the knowledge that he is watching over you and resting in Jesus' arms is a comfort.

Justin Buckingham 15126

November 27, 2019


You are so loved and missed by your family! Though I didn't have the opportunity to get to know you much as an adult, I remember the fond memories I have of you, your wife, and kids coming to my family's birthday parties. My parents had always put on a birthday bash and you were always there for the start of the party and the after party. I remember you also used to play to slot games and win me and my brother Brandon thousands of tickets at Wildwood Highlands and me and my brother loved having you come to our parties.

The greatest thing I can ever thank you for Jim is towards the end of your journey in this life you and your wife enabled my parents to adopt my 4 siblings from China. Being heavily involved with my siblings on a daily basis and homeschooling them I feel incredibly Blessed everyday to be able to have these kids and be the Hands and Feet of Jesus everyday. When no one else stepped up to help us with our adoptions your wife and you stood up and enabled us to get these kids. If not for your wife and you Jim I wouldn't be Blessed like I am today....I will never forget both of your sacrifices. My kids for the rest of my life will be a reminder of your sacrifice, thank you so much!

We love you and miss you Jim!

-Justin Buckingham

P.S. I miss the days we all lived in Shelbourne!

Edward Buckingham Imperial

November 27, 2019

We are all going to miss you! Love You Jim!!! Till we meet again!

Love The Buckinghams,

Ed, Lisa, Brandon, Justin, Isabella, Riley, Jordan and Leah


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