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Memories & condolences
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Barbara, Amanda, Michelle, Jessica, and grandchildren — I am so sorry for your loss. I’m sure there is a hole in your lives now that can’t be filled. I was fortunate to experience James’ leadership at St. Philip Neri, and his support of Barbara in her work. I witnessed his love and support of his entire family and community. He was tireless in his thirst for knowledge and wisdom, and his desire to share what he learned with others. I never saw the man without a book in his hands, unless it was to have a child in his arms! He was a true Christian, dedicated to bringing about peace and justice for all.
May the angels bring James to Paradise, and may his memory be a blessing for all those who knew him.
James was my mentor teacher at Benson H.S. We had so much fun teaching together. I was both astounded and intimidated by his mastery of teaching methodologies and technologies new to me; his ability to engage students in his lessons unfailing. He was strict and fair. He was beloved for his sense of humor.
I visited his classroom at PCC once after I had been teaching for a few years. I wanted to bask in the "magic" of his teaching. I was so absorbed (once again!) that I raised my hand to answer a question. Of course, he reminded me that guests were not allowed to do that:)
We will all miss his "magic." James was a good man.
Best wishes, Stephanie McBride
My warmest story from our youth as teenagers was going to White Castle for burgers. James ordered two dozen and gave me two. We were blessed to be friends. I will miss his always embracing smile, kindness and wisdom. God bless and comfort you all.
Dr. Jamesetta Halley-Boyce, PhD, RN, LFACHE
While at PCC, Mr. Harrison was truly one of The Very Best instructors I've ever had the pleasure to study under at any college or university. He was a prince of a mensch, and a wonderful, wonderful human being.
The planet is bereft in the absence of his laugh and his activist spirit. How lucky we are to be entrusted to keep his memory alive.