MATTHEW J. STACOM

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STACOM--Matthew John, 95, died peacefully on January 25, 2014 in Aventura, Florida. Born and raised in Long Island City, Matthew was fiercely proud of his New York roots. His father, Matthew, was a builder of private homes and commercial properties and his mother, Helen, was a homemaker. He and his surviving brother, Ray, had an active and happy childhood. Matthew was a graduate of Xavier High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lehigh University in 1941. After serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he obtained a Masters in business administration from New York University in 1948. Known to his friends and family as "MJ", as a bachelor, Matthew was well known for his good looks and impeccable dress. He was a man about town in New York City and a two-time winner of the New York Sun's Most Eligible Bachelor award. During his 67 year career at Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. (C&W), MJ played an integral role in the development, sale, and leasing of commercial properties in major cities throughout the U.S. Rising rapidly through the ranks at C&W, he held the title of number one sales professional year after year and was eventually promoted to Vice Chairman. He was a long-time Member of the Board of Directors and prominent shareholder in C&W and was intimately involved in the firm's sale to, and buy-back from, RCA. MJ's career accomplishments include representation of a who's who of America's finest corporations, developers, and owners, including HBO, Ebasco Service, Inc., and others too numerous to name. His crowning glory was the sale of two square blocks in downtown Chicago to Sears, Roebuck and Company. This led to the development of what was then the world's tallest building Sears Tower - for which Stacom served as the exclusive leasing and management agent. During his career, MJ also served on innumerable committees within the Real Estate Board of New York, including the Municipal Affairs and Civil Rights Committees. In 1962 and 1963 he won REBNY's Most Ingenious Sales award. MJ also served as Chairman of the Sales Brokers Committee and became the third Chairman of the Young Men's / Women's Real Estate Association of New York. An avid tennis player and swimmer, MJ truly enjoyed the outdoors. He was the beloved father of six children who he raised with his late wife, Claire Murphy, in Greenwich, CT. MJ was an active community member and strong supporter of the Greenwich Historical Society and Greenwich Library. His was a founding family of the Whitby School and he was extremely active at Greenwich Academy and Brunswick School, from which his children graduated. MJ was also an active member of numerous clubs including The Greenwich Country Club, The University Club, The Metropolitan Club, where he served on the Board of Governors, and the Fisher Island Club in Miami. The family patriarch, MJ hosted family gatherings and celebrations with gusto. He treasured the role of provider, storyteller, and family man. He adored his children and grandchildren, and enjoyed telling them unique tales of his life. After the death of Claire, MJ met and married Lesta Summerfield in 1983. They enjoyed a glorious life together which led from Manhattan to Fisher Island and, finally, to Aventura, Florida. Matthew is survived by his beloved wife, Lesta, his brother Ray, and his beloved children and their families, including his daughter Pat; daughter Stacy and her husband Eric Ossorio and their children Willem, Kane and Beau; daughter Tara and her husband Arthur Diedrick; daughter Darcy and her husband Chris Kraus and their children Amber and Teal; son Matthew, and daughter Beau and her husband Daniel Gerson and their children Claire and Asher. Matthew is also survived by his beloved stepdaughters and their families, including Marianne and her husband Rick Dornfeld and their children Paul and Micah; Paulette and her husband Richard Landes and their children Andrew and Jane; and Melissa and her husband Chris Gough and their children Alexander and Cameron. In lieu of flowers, the family would sincerely appreciate donations be made to The Stacom Family Speaker Series at MJ's alma mater, Lehigh University. MJ and four of his children attended Lehigh and the school meant a great deal to him. To do so, please visit Http://mylehigh.lehigh.edu/ donate and indicate your gift is "in memory of Matthew J. Stacom." A celebration of his life will be held for family and friends at The Metropolitan Club on Friday, February 21st at 10am.

Published in The New York Times on Jan. 29, 2014
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