James William Barce

James William Barce, age 66 passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2017 in Fairfax, VA. He was born on February 19th 1951 to James Barce and Lily May Fitchett in Manhattan, New York. He leaves behind his daughter, Michelle Barce, his grandson, CJ and his granddaughter Lexi, his sister, Linda Moore, his three brothers, Norman Pruitt, Terry Pruitt and Carl Pruitt. He was a merchant marine and the captain of many ships. He loved the water, nature and animals. His wishes were to have his ashes spread at sea.

8 Responses to James William Barce

  1. Michelle Barce says:


    As you would always say, I was your clone. The love of boating and nature run deep in me. I’m going to miss hiking with you, running around together in a room looking for our keys and sunglasses, eating seafood together, making business plans , but most of all, I miss not hearing your voice and hugging you.

    When I think of you, I think about how fearless and strong you were. That Barcelona Sicilian blood will always run through the kids and I.

    I admired how you always lived in the moment. I have never been able to relate to anyone like you. There are parts of me that only you could understand.

    Your zest for life and determination to turn your dreams into reality, pushes me to do the same. When I think of you, I think of the strongest man I have ever known who has traveled the world and shared is experiences with his family. You are a part of my soul, Daddy. CJ, Lexi and I will carry out your legacy.

    You were an amazing captain. I was always in awe of you watching you navigate ships. My memories of sitting in the pilot house and you teaching me about radar when I was just a little girl, is etched in my heart. No one could navigate and dock a boat like you! I pray that you are next to me helping me navigate through the waters of life and that you lead me to your arms when it’s time for me to leave.

    I am going to blast some John Cougar, Stapleton and Kip in your honor. I love you, Daddy!!!!


    Sweet Pea

  2. Mark Williams says:

    RIP Capt. Jimmy
    One of a kind.A Good fellow.A friend.
    A lover of all things beautiful.

  3. Corina Yetter says:

    Jimmy, I am richer in the things that matter- life, love and memories-because of you. I learned infinite amounts of wisdom from our hours of conversations and my time with you I will treasure always. You are one of my truest friends and biggest fans – no one will ever fill your shoes. I will make you proud, follow my dreams and live life to the fullest. Just watch me. Thank you for blessing my life. I’m sure we’ll meet again on a distant shore someday. Bon Voyage Captain Jimmy!

  4. Sue says:

    I’m so sorry Jim was always very nice to me – I’m sure he will be missed – y’all will be in my prayers through this difficult time. Love you all

    • Sherry and Norman says:

      Hi Sue, this Norman Jr his wife Sherry. So sorry to hear about Jimmy. Norman would love to chat with you. Norman is very sick needing a liver transplant as well. Will look forward to hearing from you. Call 772 646 5611 if we don’t answer leave a message and he will return your call. We have to travel to the Mayo Clinic often. We saw Jim a few months before this happened. We live in Florida and he was staying in Jacksonville for a period of time. Will look forward to hearing from you!!!!!!

  5. Jane Maganas says:

    I know your spirit is with us, every time I see the sunset over the Chesapeake or the sun reflecting on the water. Thank you for your friendship, Jimmy. We miss you!

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