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James H. Barnhart

James H. Barnhart, 71, of Plover Hill Road, Ipswich, husband of Nancy A. (Mariello) Barnhart, died  Thursday, January 7, 2010 in the Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers following his long illness.        

Born in Ashley, Ohio August 14, 1938 he was the son of the late Jack and Donnabelle (Bryant) Barnhart. His family moved to Old Orchard Beach, Maine when he was young and he attended Old Orchard Beach public schools,  graduating with the Class of 1947. Following high school, he attended Miami University and the University of Maine and served with the National Guard. Married on August 20, 1960 in St Maryís Church Biddeford, Maine, the Barnharts moved to Ipswich in 1973.

Jimís airline career started in 1958 when he hitchhiked from Maine to Alaska.  He worked for Wein Alaska Airlines and Northeast Airlines, then spent many years with Delta Air Lines retiring as their District Marketing Director in 1993. While working for Delta in Boston, Jim was involved with the city in many ways.  He worked with the Convention Visitorís Bureau, where he served as a past President and received the Distinguished Bostonian Award. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Algonquin Club of Boston and was a past President of the SKAL Club.

Jim enjoyed spending time with his family, especially on the Fourth of July in Ipswich.  He loved spending time boating and on the beach as well as traveling the world.  He also enjoyed flying his own 1945 Aeronca Champ airplane throughout New England and driving his Harley Davidson motorcycle from Maine to Cape Cod.

In addition to his wife Nancy of fifty years he is survived by   his daughter Anna Marie and her husband Andrew of Hopedale, his son Michael and his wife Patti of Chandler, AZ, his daughter Shannon and her husband Aron of Valley Village, CA, and his son Danny and his wife Jessica of Derry, NH.  He also leaves  his grandchildren Emily, Hannah and Ethan Lyall of Hopedale, MA, Nicholas and Jackson Barnhart of Chandler, AZ, Sam and Massimo Pinsky of Valley Village, CA and Nathan and Joey Barnhart of Derry, NH.

His funeral will be held Monday, January 11, 8 am from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by a Funeral Mass 9 am in Our Lady of Hope Church, Linebrook Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Sunday 3 to 6 pm. Interment will be in the New Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.


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