James Andrew Halbert
1967 - 2018
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Halbert, James Andrew
Oct. 24, 1967 - Dec. 6, 2018
James (Jim) Andrew Halbert, 51, passed away peacefully at his home on December 6, 2018, surrounded by his loving children and family. Recently diagnosed with a rare and incurable form of cholangiocarcinoma cancer, Jim faced his fate with the same courage, dignity and grace he displayed throughout his life.
Born to Virginia and the late Dr. David Halbert, Jim grew up in Hershey, Pennsylvania, spent his childhood summers in the beach town of Stone Harbor, NJ, and graduated from Harrisburg Academy High School. He attended Bucknell University where he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Jim also received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law, where he met his soulmate and future wife, Julie.
Jim and Julie raised their family in Harrisburg and continued the tradition of spending summers in Stone Harbor. They also loved spending time with extended family in Marco Island, and a few years ago relocated to the Sarasota area.
Jim spent his life devoted to family, work, community and philanthropy. He loved his career and was proud of his accomplishments in the home building and residential development industry. Jim supported many Jewish and community service agencies in the greater Harrisburg area. He also enjoyed being part of the Harrisburg YPO, where he was recognized by YPO-WPO as the 2013 Exceptional Business Leader.
Jim loved the outdoors: he was an avid boater, skier, and fan of all things aquatic, but also a very skilled and careful water enthusiast, constantly imparting the importance of water safety to family and friends. Jim was a truly kind and gentle soul; and often put the needs of others even before his own. His kindness to others – whether they be friends, family, employees, clients, or strangers, will likely be Jim's greatest legacy. Jim gave everyone the benefit of any doubt, and many of his kindest acts were done anonymously, without any expectation of reciprocity, embodying kindness of the highest order and purest heart.
Jim was a loving, laid-back, brilliant, fun, gracious, kind, honest and amazing man. He loved deeply and was loved deeply in return. He was a cherished son, husband, father, brother and friend. His memory will be a blessing, and his spirit will live on in all who loved him.
Jim is survived by his adoring family: his wife of 22 years, Julie Beth, his sons Jacob and William, his mother Virginia, his siblings Doug, Karen, and John, his beloved niece Kyra, and his extended family by marriage, Cynthia and Stanley Wright, Mark, Lindsey and Jack Wright, and Devra Wright, all of whom he loved dearly. He leaves a legacy of love, laughter, kindness and fun to all those fortunate enough to have known him.
A private memorial service was held in Sarasota on Sunday, December 9, 2018. The family will be sitting Shiva on Monday, December 10 and Tuesday, December 11 from 2:30-5:30 at 730 Siesta Key Circle, Siesta Key. FL. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Humane Society of Sarasota, or a charity of your choice in his memory.

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Published in Herald Tribune from Dec. 10 to Dec. 11, 2018.
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August 2, 2019
Jim was a classmate and friend from Bucknell. We shared the same floor in our freshmen dorm and he was only 2-3 doors down. So sorry to here of his illness and passing. Most ironic, I have been a surgeon in Sarasota County for almost 20 years and never knew he was in the area or sick. So sad that tragedies have to open our eyes to missed chances to regroup.
David Napoliello
December 14, 2018
Dear Julie, Jacob, and William,

I was so very sad to hear of Jim's passing. My heart is hurting for you all. I hope your beautiful and fond memories will ease your pain. I will be thinking of you often.

With Love
Angela Bell
Angela Bell
December 12, 2018
Jim, you were one heck of a nice man. You were a positive force on planet earth. We will miss you very much. Josh First
Josh First
December 12, 2018
Julie, I was so sorry to just hear about Jim. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Trish Greenberg (former Forest Hills neighbor now living in Sarasota)
December 12, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. Jim was such a kind and gentle person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ilene and Ken Oken
December 10, 2018
May he Rest In Peace
Drew Tavss
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