QUEENSBURY – James Barcus died in Glens Falls Hospital on Saturday February 19, 2022 after living with prolonged health issues.
“Look at this” weren’t Jim’s last words, but he always appreciated obituaries that included that line. James Michael Barcus was born in Philadelphia in 1943, the son of George and Marjorie Barcus.
Moving to Southern California at the age of five, Jim became the eldest of three children. Jim seemed to shun the popular culture norms of his generation instead developing a love for brass instruments, classical music, and abstinence (Editor’s note: Jim would go on to develop an appreciation for good beer and whisky) . Jim’s passions also included sailing, backpacking and backpacking. Everything that made him get out of the house and get closer to nature; an appreciation for everyone that he passed on to his children.
Jim never met a contractor or repairman he wouldn’t hire, preferring to go to the library, and later on the Internet, to find the repair manual or schematic for cars, televisions, lawnmowers grass and everything else, then frequently stock up on his kids for weekend work. If Jim had a mantra, it would undoubtedly have been “Why buy it when you can build it?”
Always curious, Jim expressed an aptitude for electronics and other engineering-related disciplines from an early age, showing an interest in his father’s schematics from the age of two. He would attend California Polytechnic as a member of the IEEE, Music, Poly Phase, and Ski clubs, and serve on the engineering board and film committee during his senior year. After graduating in electrical engineering in 1966, Jim continued to work for General Electric for the next 32 years, following an eastward migration path.
Jim would meet his wife, Janet, in Minnesota in 1973 on a group ski trip. They would marry in 1977, continuing a relationship and beginning an adventure involving lots of backpacking, sailing, and eventually raising children.
Moving to New York in 1980, Jim and Janet settled in Queensbury. After taking early retirement in 1998, Jim rediscovered his love of brass instruments, much to the dismay of his teenage children. He would go on to take music lessons at Adirondack Community College (now SUNY Adirondack) and join the Lake George and Hartford Community bands, becoming a staple of both for nearly 20 years, willingly volunteering his time and love for any member. of the community who wanted to play music together. Jim has also had a lifelong interest in motorcycles, though his life began when his daughter expressed an interest in motorcycles. Further demonstrating his supportive nature, Jim served as a recording technician for his son’s band, recording their original songs on material he found at the many garage sales (another passion of his), in addition to covers of the bands he tried hard to make. ignored during its early years.
At press time, Jim was not reachable for comment.
Jim was predeceased by his parents George Barcus and Marjorie Barcus-Tumy and his stepfather Bob Tumy. Jim is survived by his wife, Janet; her two incredibly grateful children: Jonathan (Amanda) and Jen; granddaughters: Maeve and Rose; and big pup Remington;and her sister, Judy Stark and her husband Jerry of ID; and his brother Bill and his wife Sue from CO. Donations can be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or the Lake George Community Band in Jim’s honor.
Burial will take place in the spring.
For those who wish, online condolences can be made to the family by visiting www.sbfuneralhome.com.
Published by Post-Star on February 27, 2022.