Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online

Custodian dubbed a genuinely good guy

February 7, 2012

DANVILLE, IL — While custodian "Cut Back" Jack Harrier will be remembered for saving the Danville School District millions, he left a deeper impression as well, according to The News-Gazette.

Through Harrier''s efforts to cut back on the energy consumption in all of Danville''s schools, the custodian saved the district upwards of $1 million, the article stated.

According to the article, Harrier possessed a devotion to his job and those he worked with that came out in ways that were not always evident, like making sure the new chairs he acquired for a classroom matched the color of the chairs already present.

"A little thing like making sure my chair colors were all the same — he knew that would make me happy," said Aubrey Carpenter, a math teacher at South View Middle School.

"He was sincere, always was smiling, always positive. He knew people, and he knew what was important to people, and he catered to that," Carpenter added.

Harrier, 58, regrettably died at his home on Wednesday after an illness, the article noted.

"He was this quiet giant. I didn''t realize how much he had impacted people. He was amazing. He affected so many people. We are all kind of taking it really hard," Carpenter added.

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