Robert A. Harper

August 15, 1946April 23, 2013

Robert A. Harper 1946 - 2013

Robert A. Harper, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, preeminent lawyer passed away on April 23, 2013.

He was a courageous fighter in the courtroom, as well as in life. Robert was born on August 15, 1946 in Milton, Florida. He was birthed by his Uncle Rhett Enzor, a country doctor who delivered hundreds of babies in Okaloosa, Florida. Robert, a soft spoken southern gentleman, will be forever remembered for his kindness, wit, and generosity. A member of a pioneer family, he was a direct descendant of Jesse Carter Allen, the first sheriff of the Florida Territory, Santa Rosa County.

A Captain in the U.S. Army, he was an expert marksman which was the result of a childhood growing up amongst the woodlands of Northwest Florida. A brilliant lawyer, he was respected by judges, his peers and clients alike. While attending the University of Florida, he was recognized in Who's Who in Florida Blue Key, President of Alpha Tau Omega, founder of a law clerk program, and participated with Legal Aid and Defender Clinic, and recognized in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. A Board Certified Appellate/Criminal Lawyer, his accomplishments in the legal field have been recognized by Who's Who in America (1997-present), " Florida's Top Lawyers", Florida's Legal Elite, and Florida Trend Magazine's "Super Lawyers." His public service included The Innocence Project (Board of Directors), Judicial Nominating Commission, and the Guardian Ad Litem program. He served as a founding Officer of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

He always said his children were his greatest blessing. Love and laughter prevailed in the Harper home. Robert was a dedicated Rosarian and served as the past President of the Tallahassee Rose Society. He could catch a bird by the wing, knowing the names and birdsongs of native birds and could identify almost any native species of tree or flower. He would sew a pair of ballet shoes as well as a baseball uniform. He built scenery for school plays, coached Little League and supported the Arts. He also enjoyed hand-raising koi. He was a history buff and researched deeply the lives of the founding fathers of this country with whom he felt a kinship.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 35 years, Jill; and his three children, Robert Augustus Harper III (Adria), Myriah (John) and Alexandra (Christopher); and his grandchildren, Greyson Lee, Robert Ethan, Camden Michael and Juliet Rose, who melted him when they called him "Grandbobby." He is survived by his sister Nan Harper and numerous relatives.

We would like to thank all of our friends who selflessly shared in our lives and our children's lives.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Robert A. Harper, Sr. and Ida Frances Allen ; and his sister, Betsy Harper.

Services will be held10:00 AM, Friday, April 26, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church, 110 N. Adams Street, Tallahassee, interment will follow at Culley's MeadowWood Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Innocence Project of Florida (1100 Park Avenue East Tallahassee, Florida 32301) in Robert's name, which will support his belief that the judicial system must be challenged, or to the Tallahassee Rose Society (7020 Apalachee Parkway Tallahassee, Florida 32311).


  • Funeral Service Friday, April 26, 2013

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Dennis McCool

April 16, 2014

I just today learned of this terrible loss. Bobby was a childhood friend and role model. He was indeed a "man of value" giving more to life than he expected in return.
My heart breaks for Nan, his wife and family who had already experienced too much loss.
My deepest condolences.

Ron Schram

March 31, 2014

Please accept my sincere and deepest sympathy for your loss. Bob was a wonderful guy, a great attorney and a good friend. I was shocked to just read of his passing online and saddened that so many years have passed since speaking to him. His obituary and the touching comments from friends and colleagues tell a story of a life well lived, though ended too soon. I was also saddened to read that Betsy had also passed.
May your loving family and wonderful memories continue to offer you solace. All my very best wishes.

Ron Sachs

December 24, 2013

Dear Harper Family --

In this holiday season, I wanted to extend my warmest best wishes, and heartfelt prayers, for all of you as you find joy in this time, even with your loss of Bob surely still causing understandable aches. I only knew Bob by reputation -- and by meeting him a few times, dating back to my college days at UF in Gainesville. But he was a distinguished gentleman, brilliant attorney -- and clearly a very devoted family man. Any time that I saw Bob in public with his family -- Jill and/or children -- he was always beaming. God bless you as you keep his memory alive in your lives. Surely, a lifetime of so many good memories should provide some comfort. But I am so very sorry for your loss and wish you much new happiness and good health in the days and years ahead.

All my best,

Ron Sachs

Jason Ramrattan

October 8, 2013

Mr Harper was a wonderful and admirable gentleman who carried himself with a sense of dignity and and nobility. I will remember him fondly and pray that he has found peace. My deepest sympathies go out to his wife and children who basked greatest in the glow of his radiance, May God bless him.

Betsy and Bernie Daley

September 4, 2013

Just learned this sad news. Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Peace to you and your beautiful family.

Mac & Kathy McCauley

August 28, 2013

I just heard of this sad news
I just want to add our sympathies.Bob (&Jill) married us in Gainesville at their home on Univ Ave 32 years ago. Thanks and love to his family

Doug Cook

July 15, 2013

Bobby was a truly remarkable and admirable man.A brilliant attorney ,he was also a kind and generous friend. Bobby appreciated the complexity of the human condition and always responded compassionately to his fellow man.He and Jill built a strong and wonderful family and looked for every opportunity to give back to others.Better than any man I know Bobby, led a wonderful life.Doug Cook Tallahassee

Enrique Trevino

June 18, 2013

I only met Mr. Harper briefly, but my first impression of him was that he was a hard working man, and most of all an honest man.

Beth, Britton , Bella Rose Cook

June 9, 2013

We just found out and are so sad. We are sending you all love and light!

June 8, 2013