Vale Barry James Death – Vale Barry James has died at the age of 89, according to his workplace website on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. James was addressed as an icon of the Ballarat racing community as a trainer, owner, and breeder. He was a highly respected stalwart of the Victorian racing industry.
Racing Victoria Chief Executive, Giles Thompson expresses his condolences to the friends and family of the deceased, saying: “On behalf of the Victorian racing industry, I would like to extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to Barry’s family and friends following the sad news of his passing. Barry was a highly respected member of the Ballarat racing community and I know that the many colleagues and friends garnered over his career in racing will be saddened at his passing but take comfort in the knowledge of a life well-lived.
Thompson added, “Barry’s passion and dedication to the racing industry are epitomized by the fact that he held a trainer’s license in Victoria for over 60 years which is an amazing feat. The industry is indebted to Barry for his commitment to the sport over a lifetime and it is pleasing to know that the James family remain active participants within.”
According to the Racing Victoria website, James amazingly held a trainer’s license in Victoria for 62 years. He was first issued with an owner-trainer permit in 1955 and worked closely with his father Roy and Arthur Smerdon in his formative years.
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