James L. Barre
July 19, 1935 - March 3, 2023

James Lyman Barre passed away peacefully at the age of 87, in hospice care in Wilmington, North Carolina, just days after being diagnosed with lung cancer. He was surrounded by his beloved wife Carol, and his children.

He was predeceased by his son, Michael Ernest Allen Barre to cancer just three months ago, December 8, 2022.

James was born in Brattleboro, Vermont to Ernest V. Barre and Gladys E. Barre in July of 1935. He married Susan Hebb on December 20, 1956, and together they had three children: Gabriel, Greta, and Michael. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1964, and the General Theological Seminary in New York in 1967 with a Masters in Divinity. He then returned to Vermont where he was rector at Saint Mark’s in Newport, and assistant to the Dean at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in Burlington. A few years later he also assisted at Christ Church in Montpelier. He and Susan were divorced in 1972 and in April 1973 he married Carol A. Harman at the Sage Chapel of Northfield School in East Northfield, Massachusetts. He went on to work with the state of Vermont, retiring as Deputy Director of Medicaid in 1988. In retirement, he and Carol adventured around the country in a series of motor homes and spent about eight years alternating between living in the Florida Keys as well as in their “southern home” of Surf City, North Carolina.  There they and Carol’s mother Eleonora (“Pat”) Harman had designed, built and maintained a home on the beach that weathered many hurricanes.  In September of 2003, he began a clinical pastoral education program at New Hanover Medical Center and upon graduation, became part of the Chaplaincy program there for two years.

Jim will be remembered as a masterful and dramatic preacher, an extremely learned and profoundly philosophical man, voracious reader, proud father, and
caring husband, and will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his wife, Carol A. Barre; his son, James Gabriel Barre and his wife, Tricia Paoluccio; his daughter, Greta Louise Barre; his first wife, Hallie Susan Hebb; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family.

It is expected that his cremated remains will be buried in his family plot next to his parents and his brother Steve, in Brattleboro, Vermont in a small service later
this year.

Coastal Cremations 6 Jacksonville St., Wilmington NC 28403


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