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James M. Barkley

November 29, 2012

James M. Barkley died Nov. 25, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz., after a short illness.

After spending most of his life in the Northeast United States, Jim moved to Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico, in 2005.

He volunteered for the ACA organic farm and for the Lake Chapala Society as head of the Audit Committee.

Jim was known for his wry sense of humor and loved nothing more than trading jokes with friends.

Born in 1936, Jim was the youngest of nine children of Joseph Henry Barkley and Sarah Ruth Orr Barkley of Punxsutawney, Pa., five of whose sons served the U.S.A. in World War II and returned safely.

His father, Joe, was Chief Huntsman for the Punxsutawney Groundhog Society.

Jim was preceded in death by his daughter, Julia Barkley, and his siblings, Jack, Harold, Bob, Helen ("Red") White, Don, Ed and Tom.

Jim graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. thanks to the sponsorship of his late sister, Helen ("Red") White.

He also held an Executive MBA from the University of New Haven, Conn., and a Certificate in Management Accounting (CMA).

In Jim's career as a financial executive, he excelled in his grasp of complex financial issues, as well as in his innate ability to manage people with compassion and appreciation of individual skills.

Among other accomplishments, Jim was corporate controller of The Stanley Works, chief financial officer of Buell Industries and director of treasury and administrative services of TAD Resources International.

He enjoyed a second career in pension plan management consulting with BTHR Solutions.

Jim is survived by his wife, Judith (Judy) D. Baehr of Ajijic; his sons, Jim and Jeff, and their wives, Colleen and Ellie; his grandsons, Matt and Steve; his sister, Ann Mumper; sisters-in-law, Louise Barkley and Angie Barkley; stepson Alan Baehr and family; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

A private memorial service will be held in Tucson.

Condolences can be made at

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Down Syndrome Society at

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