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James Louis LaBarre, Jr.

James Louis LaBarre, Jr.

Nov 3rd, 1936 - Apr 11th, 2020
  • Birth Date: Nov 3rd, 1936
  • Death Date: Apr 11th, 2020
  • Funeral Date: Apr 13th, 2020
  • Location: private
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James Louis LaBarre, Jr., 83, of Littlestown, PA, passed away on Sat., April 11, 2020 at home surrounded by family.  Jim, born November 3, 1936 was predeceased by his parents, James Louis Labarre, Sr. and Elaine Larine (Smith) LaBarre of Baltimore.  He was the husband of Linda L. (Capella) LaBarre for 54 years and the loving father of Theresa L. Burnette and husband Richard of Littlestown, Virginia E. Martin of Hanover, James L. LaBarre, III and wife Cheryl of Baltimore and Kathleen A. Lucy and husband, Calvin of Littlestown.  He is also survived by five granddaughters, Lindsay K. Burley of Dover, DE, Jessica N. Burnette and Rebecca A. Burnette of Littlestown, Haley N. Martin and Sydney A. Martin of Hanover and one great granddaughter, Nora J. Hathcock of Dover, DE; a brother William E. LaBarre of Conewingo, MD and many nieces and nephews.
Jim served as an engineman in the Coast Guard during the Cold War era, an officer with the Baltimore City Police Department in the Marine and Crime Lab Divisions, being awarded a commendation ribbon and teaching self defense tactics at the Police Academy.  He studied the art of blacksmithing at Penn State and went on for many years plying the craft of Farrier (horseshoeing) as a side line.  He returned to engine work, earning his teaching credentials and spent twenty nine years teaching diesel mechanics at the high school level in both Howard and Carroll Counties in MD.  He was an advisor for the vocational Industrial Clubs of America where one of his students was awarded first place in a national competition.
Jim was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Littlestown, the American Legion, The Industrial Educators Fraternity and a lifetime member of the John Brown Liberty Ship.  He spent over fifty years with the Boy Scouts of American beginning as a Cub Scout and progressing through Boy Scouts attaining the rank of Eagle, Explorer Scouts and Sea Scouts and moving into the leadership chain where he received numerous awards.  Jim loved farming, especially  horses and making hay and his John Deere tractor.
There will be no public service, but a Celebration of Life will be held later this year.  Online condolences may be shared on

Jerry and Sharon Martin
Apr 19th, 2020 9:25 pm
So sorry to learn of Jim's passing. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Linda and your family at this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss. May God grant you all peace.
Lee Seipp
Apr 16th, 2020 1:29 am
I was shocked to hear about Jim passing. I worked with Jim on the John W. Brown in the engine room. My first watch standing as a fireman water tender apprentice was with Jim. I liked Jim very much and had wished that he could have continued volunteering on the ship, since I missed him. He is now with the Heaven contingent of the John W. Brown.
Stephen Swam
Apr 14th, 2020 10:23 pm
I would be hard pressed to list all the things Jim taught me. He was a good man and a great friend and will be missed by my whole family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Linda and the his whole family. May he rest in peace.
Gordon Huggins
Apr 14th, 2020 8:30 pm
I am sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I knew him as a leader in Scout Troop 29, which was sponsored by Christ Edmondson Methodist Church and his living on Mt Holly St with his brother Bill. As the neighborhood changed in the late 50's and early 60's, everyone went their separate ways, but I recall Jim fondly from those long-ago days.
Ruth Frey
Apr 14th, 2020 12:18 am
With fond memories of Jim from the stable in Leakin Park in Baltimore way back in the early 60's, my deepest sympathy. We are all better for having known him!
Laura and Craig Johnson
Apr 13th, 2020 5:42 pm
Prayers for Jim and the family. He was a wonderful man and we have many fond memories through Sea Explorers (ship 759).

All our best!!
Craig and Laura
James Klimek skipper emeritus ship 759
Apr 13th, 2020 4:21 pm
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Jim was a great man and a wonderful leader in scouts as well as life.
Henry Helweick
Apr 13th, 2020 4:01 pm
I am sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Many years ago in Cub Scouts we meet in his parent's home. and then attended Scouts, Explorers and Sea Scouts together. I am thankful to have known Jim.
Apr 12th, 2020 3:27 pm
My condolences to you all. I worked with Jim at Johnson and Towers in the 70's and help out with judging vocational competitions at Howard Co.
Jim was one of the kindest people I've ever met, I'm proud to have known him.
Darlene Peterson
Apr 12th, 2020 1:21 pm
A wonderful gentleman I had the privilege to work with. Jim will be deeply missed by those who ever met him. He was gentle spoken, kind, professional and it was an honor to know Jim. Deepest sympathy to his devoted wife, Linda and living children, grandchildren and friends.
Bob Huber
Apr 12th, 2020 1:09 pm
A wonderful and helpful man. An honor to have known him and his family. My thoughts of him go back to 1978 when I purchased my current home from him. My thoughts and prayers for the family.
Roland & Dixie Backhaus
Apr 12th, 2020 12:57 pm
We both consider ourselves lucky to have worked with him. Always willing to help. We enjoyed hearing his stories about the S.S. John Brown. Our sympathies to his family.
Kate Engel
Apr 12th, 2020 12:28 pm
I am so thankful I had the privilege to work with Jim. He was the best so knowledgeable and caring. He always wore a smile and brought sunshine anywhere he was. My sincere sympathy to his family

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