Tim Liles Death – Dead | Obituary – Tim Liles Passed Away

Tim Liles Death

Tim Liles Death – Dead | Obituary – Passed Away

Tim Liles Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Tim Liles.

Having heard about this great loss, the family of this individual is passing through pains, mourning the unexpected passing of their beloved.

This departure was confirmed through social media posts made by Twitter users who pour out tributes, and condolences to the family of the deceased.

My heart breaks. Tim Liles was the kindest man that had a fierce love for his students. He taught so many of us to dream big and chase our dreams. While I was at school or even when I returned back home over a decade later, he always had the biggest smile, made time to reconnect and offered to help wherever he could.

Cancer keeps taking so many people who have touched my life. I’m going to work on getting involved and raising money to help fight this beast.

May you rest in peace Mr. Liles. Thank you for all you did to help students like me shoot for the stars.

Our Wildcat Family is having a hard time losing our Principal, Tim Liles. I did not intend to come to Sunnyside today, but Adam told me about all the lovely celebration decorations that McKennah and Debbie had put out in front of the school.

So at my prep, I raced down to our Sunny Home. I started tearing up looking for his big Jeep in the lot. I parked my car, then I started crying when I saw the flags at half mast, and then over to the front gates, hoping to see Tim standing at the gates greeting the 3000+ students with Michele, as he did every school morning.

Then my tears really raced down walking into the office, and seeing his door closed. His door is never closed, unless it was something serious about the health of our student or teacher. And I just totally lost it knowing that I will not see him in that office again at Sunnyside.

In that office, Tim brought me to the table time and time again. There is not another CTE coordinator in the district, who has an office next to the Big Boss, and he was the principal of the largest high school in FUSD. He brought me to the table for meetings (always wondering if I had any business to be present), and he had that way of valuing many of us in our opinions, insights, and experiences.

Tim also understood my intensity, energy, and sensitivities…and he let me come into his office any time I needed his help or wisdom. He was that way to so many people, not only on our campus, but district-wide too. The way he connected with people, and so many people, is incredible.

Tim was a tremendous leader leading the people, and one of my favorite school slogans is his “Work Hard, Play Hard”. And I love that, because he really asked us to lean into our work, but he also knew we had to have fun.

So with the same intensity that we would work in preparing WASC or writing a grant/nomination, Tim had the same energy in planning the staff nacho party or the school fundraiser “Summer Sizzle”. He brought in community partners that way, through supporting their local businesses in the neighborhood.

Anyway, this is one of my favorite memories of him…and I am grateful for Jim Weaver in taking time to film and produce this with Nancy Paniagua-Witrado, Martha Hernandez-Cravy, Sandy Sarkisian, Yolanda, Maria, Chitchay, Michele, Gloria, Tony, etc.

And I am grateful for the love that we can all share with one another, because Tim cultivated and nurtured this loving, Wildcat family. His legacy will continue through us, and I will miss him every day.

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of our great principal, Tim Liles. He was a leader not of only the school, but of the district and community. Mr. Liles also understood the importance of our CTE programs at Sunnyside, as we have over 1400+ students and 40 teachers committed to our students’ success in college and career readiness.

Mr. Liles lived in the Sunnyside neighborhood, and networked with tremendous industry partners to support each and every CTE program. He loved having partners like Charlie Harris (Lifeflower), Karen Musson (GAR Tootelian), John Emerzian (Total Care), and Derek Franks (Grizzlies).

Mr. Liles also understood the importance of CTE support, as he took time to select the right CTE and Linked Learning teachers for our students. He reminded us constantly that our programs began with relationships between all our interdisciplinary teachers with their CTE students.

We will continue Mr. Liles legacy with all our CTE programs: Video Production Academy, Teacher Academy, Agrisciences Technology, Multimedia Marketing, and Health Sciences. We will continue the focus on building the quality of all our CTE academies and pathways for the success and livelihood of our students.


This is one of my most favorite moments I will always remember about Tim Liles, he always wanted to show the kids that he was in tune with what they were doing and didn’t mind getting on stage and showing the kids he could do it also. That was one of Tim’s best attributes that made so many kids want to get to know him and what made him an icon to so many kids. You will truly be missed Tim R.I.P #onceawildcatalwaysawildcat

We join our Fresno Unified family in mourning the loss of Sunnyside Principal, Tim Liles. Tim was a talented, service-oriented educator, who will be remembered for his ability to genuinely connect with and inspire others with his infectious positivity. He was the model of a leader who left a lasting legacy in this district.

Please keep Tim’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

Although we mourn, let us also celebrate the life and legacy of Tim Liles. If you feel inclined, please share a favorite memory.

Tim Liles was my leadership class teacher who passed recently. I remember him to this day, some 18 years later. He was fun, funny, and kind. He encouraged growth and independence and did it in a way we could relate to as teens. That’s a unique skill and it’s nice to see all the love for him and how much his life influenced others. Someone shared this interview he did where he speaks about campus culture and how that influences learning. It’s reflective of his principles and how me made Sunnyside such a positive experience for students, staff and faculty – something important at all levels of education.

The passing of Sunnyside HS Principal Tim Liles after a struggle with cancer has hit me hard. He was truly a force for good and champion for what’s right about public education, and a personal friend.

I’ve literally known Tim for nearly four decades, maybe even longer than my boss, Bob Nelson, who described him as ‘the ultimate cheerleader for his students, staff and colleagues, constantly focused on celebrating their successes and personal achievements, and not his own.”

That was Tim Liles in a nutshell. People trusted him because he earned trust, and (again to quote Bob) people “gravitated toward him because he had an uncanny knack for making us feel better about ourselves with every interaction.”

This distance learning is hard, and losing a colleague makes it harder. But Tim’s example of how to serve within the system reminds me that I have opportunities to serve now, and if I honor my friend, I have to continue to bring my best, every day, even under the most unforgiving of circumstances. Peace to all of you, but especially peace to those who have lost a loved one this year.

We are still working on getting more details about the death, as a family statement on the death is yet to be released.

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