James Ivan Barrett

Takoma Park , Maryland

Jun 18, 1930 – Mar 7, 2019


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James Ivan Barrett, age 88, passed away in his home on March 7, 2019. He was born on June 18, 1930 to James Ivan Barrett Sr. and Elizabeth Nicholson. Jim was a loyal husband to Judith Kaye Barrett and a loving father to Debra Eileen Barrett, both of whom unfortunately predeceased him. He also was the loving brother to Betty Lou Barrett, who also predeceased him.

Moving to his current residence in 1963, Jim was a long-time resident of Takoma Park, MD. Jim certainly led an interesting life as he flew a Piper Cub during his career as an air courier. He was also an avid HAM radio enthusiast and licensed operator.

He is survived by his three nephews: Robert Hirschberg Jr (wife Linda), Michael Hirschberg (wife Melissa), and John Hirschberg (widowed) as well as six great nephews and nieces.

His family plan to schedule a memorial service for James at a later date.

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Jim was my uncle by marriage. Judy Kay was my mother's aunt. My dad and Jim were both hired by Page Communications on the same day and continued to be friends for years. My uncle was highly intelligent and I enjoyed learning from him. You will be missed uncle. I know that dad misses talking to you. My deepest sympathy to the rest of Jim's friends and family.

Jim was a loyal member of the Society of Wireless Pioneers (SOWP) and was always there over the years checking into Ben Russell's SOWP nets. I enjoyed talking to Jim and he was an excellent operator on Ham Radio using Morse. He will be greatly missed by all the members of the nets. Our deepest sympathy to his family.

Jim was the user and in my opinion expert in a unique method of Morse code sending, that of a sideswiper or "cootie" key, which instead of up and down was moved sideways. It takes great skill to send well with one, and Jim had that. Jim was a member of the International Sideswiper Net as well as the Society of Wireless Pioneers, a group of individuals who had "gone down to the sea in ships" as Morse operators. Jim was an outstanding member of these organizations and we...

Jim will be missed. I had many very enjoyable ham radio contacts with Jim over several years. A real friend and gentleman. Sincere condolences from Darrel, aa7fv.

Jim was a great asset to Ham Radio and the CW (Morse Code) community. We all looked forward to hearing him on the radio on Thursday evenings as we all gathered just to say hello via our morse code keys called Sideswipers. Jim had what we would call a great "fist" and although I never met him in person, I could always tell that he was a real gentleman. We will miss him. Steve-W1SFR, Vermont

R I P Dr Jim,Great to have met you on SSNets 73s de G4CPA

To James Barrett's family and friends.
I am truly sorry for your loss. As a Ham radio I've had the honor and pleasure to meet Jim (K3CKT) on the air on a regular basis for about 20 years. We've had so many long chats in Morse code along with other friends. Jim was an excellent operator and a kind gentleman. Jim will be greatly missed, I'll never forget this good friend.
From my family and me, I would like to offer you and your family our deepest and most sincere condolences.

As you cherish the good memories, may relying on God through prayer provide comfort and strength. Philippians 4:6,7