James Barwick
1946 - 2020
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James Barwick September 14, 1946 - February 8, 2020 SAN DIEGO Born in 1946, James "Wick' Barwick was raised in Cincinnati, OH, by George and Edna Barwick, with two older siblings, Paul and Terry. While attending the United States Naval Academy, Jim excelled in academics and athletics. Upon graduation in 1968, Jim selected Naval Aviation as his career path and earned the coveted billet of flying the F-4 Phantom. While stationed at NAS Oceana with the VF-31 TOMCATTERS, Jim completed a deployment to Vietnam aboard the USS Saratoga. During his combat missions, Jim earned multiple awards including the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism under fire, many air medals, and Navy Commendation Medals. Upon returning from deployment, he was selected to attend the newly formed TOPGUN training program at NAS Miramar. Jim's skill and precision were so impressive, he was invited to return as an instructor to teach the next generation of fighter pilots. Once completing this set of order, Jim decided to step away from the Navy, and moved onto a civilian flying career with Continental for several years. Jim started his career in Commercial Real Estate at John Burnham and Company in 1984. He was a critical team member, and his military background allowed him to work with company executives from key San Diego industries including defense, software, and wireless companies.After working as a successful commercial real estate broker, Jim joined the Port of San Diego in 1998. He rose to a supervisory position and was involved in many major transactions during his tenure. Jim received the CCIM designation, which attested to his expertise in commercial real estate.Shortly after leaving the Port of San Diego in 2006, Jim was selected by City of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders to be the Director of the Real Estate Assets Department. Jim was tasked with instituting major changes to the department, including attracting and hiring professional real estate experts and increasing income from City owned real estate assets.Upon leaving the City, Jim and his family moved to South Carolina to enjoy retirement. Jim and his wife, Cindy, recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. He has two daughters; Jenny Barwick, who passed in 2006, of leukemia, and LT Christi Barwick, who is flying the Navy P-8 out of NAS Whidbey Island. A public Celebration of Life memorial will take place on Friday, February 21st at the NAS Miramar Officer's Club at 1:00 pm.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Feb. 16, 2020.
Celebration of Life
01:00 PM
NAS Miramar Officer's Club
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February 21, 2020
"Wick" was one of the finest individuals I have ever met. Right out of central casting, he was a man with great integrity and talent. As someone I always admired, Wick" was one of the finest individuals I have ever met. Right out of central casting, he was a man with great integrity and talent. Charismatic, with a deep baritone voice, he was someone I always admired and looked up to, and even envied.

We first met in July of 1968 at NAS Pensacola, while in Navy flight school. Although he was a recent Naval Academy graduate, and I having earned my commission in AOCS, we immediately clicked and became long term good friends. Together we went through flight school together, sharing the good and difficult times all the way from Pensacola to Meridian, and on to Beeville Tx.

After our winging, we both ended up in San Diego where we shared a beach house right on the ocean in North Mission Beach. Good times and never-ending parties. We skied together in Colorado, and of course we both flew F-4 fighters at NAS Miramar where he eventually became a Topgun instructor. I followed him to Continental Airlines when we had left the Navy. After I was married on the East Coast and returned to San Diego, Jim let us stay in his Mt. Soledad home while he was away on temporary duty. While there, my wife's water broke, and we soon had our first son.
Oh, the great times we had and the places we went are of story book legend. Jim Wick' Barwick was one of the finest men I would ever know. He was kind and gentle when the situation called for, but strong and assertive when need be. Jim was a man for all seasons. He will be sorely missed.

We both flew with the eagles, and now he flies with the angels. Throw a nickel on the grass and God bless James Barwick.
John Chesire
February 21, 2020
Cindy and Chirsti..so sad to hear of Jim's passing...we have so many memories of our families over the years..please know you are both in our thoughts and prayer, during this difficult time. Warm Regards, The Krieger Family
February 21, 2020
Cindy and Christi, so sorry to hear of Jim's Passing...have so many memories of our families over the years. Please know you are both in our thoughts and prayers.

Warm Regards, the Krieger Family
February 18, 2020
Cindy and Christi,
We were so saddened to learn of Jim's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and we will see you Friday at the O'Club.
Steve & Jacki Neal
February 18, 2020
LaSalle classmates. What a fantastic career!
william schmidt
February 18, 2020
As a fellow LaSalle Lancer from '64 I was sorry to read of Jim's passing. He was always sharp as a tack and that career and family path evidences his love for life. My condolences to his family.
Tom Bruehl
February 16, 2020
Cyndi: I worked with Jim at the Port and my stepfather George Carlson worked with Jim at Burnham. I've met you and your beautiful daughters and wanted to express my condolences for your loss.
Karen Weymann
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