Phillip W. Barham |

Phillip W. Barham

Our dear friend Phil Barham passed on from this life in Hawaii at the end of October 2008 following a long illness. As his good friend James so beautifully stated, “Phil is back with us now.” Those of us who knew and loved him will remember a kind and generous man. And above all, a very loyal friend, and loving father to Jessica and Josh.

Phil was born in Washington state on Jan. 11, 1951. He grew up in San Diego and spent summers with his grandfather, Max, in Silverton. It was in Silverton where his love for the mountains, nature and especially fishing was born. He came to Aspen in 1969 and lived in the Roaring Fork Valley until 1984. He made lifelong friends who ” now scattered all over the globe ” remain a unique and tight-knit family that only life in the Roaring Fork Valley during the late ’60s and ’70s could have created. You know who you are.

Phil had an entrepreneurial spirit, a love of adventure and travel, an acute sense of humor and a great wit. He had a deep interest and appreciation for Native American culture and history, and acquired a beautiful collection of artifacts. He was an accomplished silversmith and jeweler, and a partner in the retail store Yeibichi Circle in Aspen in the early ’70s.

Along with his many friends, Phil will be missed by his parents, Marti and J.W. Barham of Hawaii; his son, Josh, of South Carolina and Josh’s mother, Patty (Campbell) Barham, of South Carolina; his daughter, Jessica (Barham) Cain, and granddaughter, Ava Sage Cain, of California; and Jessica’s mother, Claudia (Barham) Perri, of Rhode Island.

Celebrate Phil’s life with a prayer, a meditation, a kind word and a good deed. Please go to to read more and to share stories, photos and memories of Phillip Barham.

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