JAMES CONZELMAN
1962 - 2021
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CONZELMAN--James. James Gleason Conzelman III, of Fairfield, CT, December 7, 1962 - December 25, 2020. Beloved husband of Adrienne Ruger Conzelman and adored father of Nicholas, Carolina and William, son of the late James G. Conzelman Jr. and the late Clare F. Shepley, and grandson of the late "Jimmy" Conzelman, Football Hall of Famer. Above and beyond everything, Jim was devoted to Adrienne, his partner in life, and his three children. He loved them to his core, just as he loved life and lived it to its fullest. A true gentleman with immense charm, humor and kindness, he made all those he met happier. Born in St. Louis, MO, Jim moved to Fairfield, CT in 1967 attending Fairfield Country Day School, where he served as a Trustee from 2009 to 2014. Jim graduated from Groton School in 1980 and Georgetown University in 1984 before embarking on an accomplished career in finance, which began at Schroder Investment Management in London and continued at Robert Fleming Asset Management and J.P. Morgan. After 16 years as a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan, he joined Solus Alternative Asset Management as a Managing Director and Head of Institutional Development before moving to Aetos Alternatives Management in 2014 as Partner and Head of Client Relations and Business Development. Jim's honesty, integrity and remarkable ability to connect with people were hallmarks of his successful professional life. A talented athlete, Jim played quarterback at Groton and Georgetown and competed throughout his life in squash, tennis and golf. An enthusiastic outdoorsman, Jim found immense pleasure hunting, surfing, and fishing as well as spending time in Croydon, NH, Southwest Harbor, ME and East Hampton, NY. Jim had a joy and energy that was infectious. He left us way too early after a courageous battle with cancer and will be missed more than words can express. Jim is also survived by treasured siblings John S. Conzelman and Shelley Conzelman Burger, six nephews, two nieces and many precious in-laws and friends. A private funeral service will be held this week. A celebration of life memorial will be planned for the summer. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: cholangiocarcinoma.org


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Published in New York Times on Jan. 3, 2021.
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January 15, 2021
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January 15, 2021
I was shocked to learn this morning of Jim's passing and am deeply saddened to know he's no longer with us. We met 15 years ago through work only to realize we lived on the same street in Fairfield. Through the years and across different positions, we would catch up from time to time on the train home from NYC or over lunch or a coffee to compare notes on the business. The consummate gentleman and professional, Jim was also very approachable and always happy to lend an ear, make a connection or share an idea and I've been fortunate to be able to call him a friend. We shared the love of squash seeing each other from time to time at the Southport Racquet Club which is where I had the chance to meet his sons as well. And, as is often the case, you can tell a lot about a person by the children they raise and, while I've never had the pleasure of meeting you Adrienne, I saw a lot of Jim in the boys - friendly, polite, fun-loving and kind so it's comforting to know they will carry on in his and your footsteps.
Steve Wagenbach
Friend
January 9, 2021
Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving. May God be with you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Simone Taylor
January 8, 2021
I was lucky enough to meet Jim in the last several years through a mutual friend, and my regard and admiration for him only grew each time we were able to spend time together. He was a gentleman in every sense, a rare person whose personal grace was singular. I send my deepest sympathies to Jim's family and to all who had the privilege of knowing him far longer than I did.
David Murray
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January 7, 2021
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Silvia Martins
January 6, 2021
Jim and I were classmates at Georgetown. Although we ran in different circles, Jim was known by all to be a class act and all around great guy. My deepest condolences to the Conzelman family. I have no doubt that Jim’s legacy will live on in his children. Well done, Jim...be thou at peace. Hoya Saxa.
Mark Sullivan
Classmate
January 6, 2021
Jim always smiled and looked you in face when greeting. Jim sought connection and authenticty in everything he was involved with. He made one feel listened to and appreciated. A wonderful man all around! Will miss him immensely but remember his light and glow.
Bob Bruder
Bob Bruder
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January 5, 2021
I worked with Jim in New York in the mid 2000s. Such a lovely guy, full of life (especially when the Mets or Giants won!), he was a beacon of authenticity and courtesy in a space where these qualities were too rare, and so patient to share his business experience and advice. RIP Jim.
Charles Pignal
Coworker
January 5, 2021
A friend from our freshman dorm at Georgetown, Jim and I shared music tastes. I still remember putting a tape in his stereo to listen to 801 Live and other Eno inspired tracks. His life was full and across many decades very sorry he has left the world too esrly
Hunter Wessells
Classmate
January 4, 2021
I selected a forest in memory of Jim. It’s not hard to figure out which tree is his, it’s the one everyone wants to be close to . I wanted a living, breathing organism to honor his life. xo Barron
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January 4, 2021
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January 4, 2021
This obituary perfectly captured Jim’s essence and spirit. He was always a breath of fresh air and demonstrated such a big “joie de vivre” - the kind of person you just wanted to have around because he made everything better. I never had more fun or felt more alive than dancing with him to our signature song at the pub in Georgetown. “Just take those old records of the shelf...”
RIP Jim. You may be gone, but your light will never be extinguished.
My sincere condolences to all the family members.
Julia Koppius
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January 4, 2021
Introduced by his Georgetown roommates, I have fond memories of discovering London with Jim in the late eighties. Shall miss him.
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