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Date of Birth: October 7, 1959
Position: Partner, Equity Sales Trader
Jim Martello loved life. Jim loved his family more than life itself. I want everyone reading this tribute to feel happy for us, those who loved Jim the most, because we had the opportunity to experience a relationship with a wonderful man. I consider myself very lucky to have spent 13 yrs. of my life with Jimmy. I wished for 100 yrs., but I am thankful for the time I did have. Jim Martello was a true friend, a loyal brother, a loving son, a tremendous dad, and a great husband. If you knew Jim you knew his ability to do anything. If it needed to be done you just called Jim. Don’t stop calling on him. We all have an angel pulling for us now. Jimmy lived by this credo: When it needs to be loved…love it, When it needs to be Given, Give it, and when it needs to be Done…Do it. Please do me a favor and add your comments to this tribute page, I cannot think of any better way to keep the memory of Jimmy alive. James and Thomas need to learn as much as they can about their dad, and I can’t think of a better way than your memories.
We miss him dearly: his beautiful smile, his signature laugh, his large presence and his good nature.
Jimmy came to our fishing trips down in Florida. I couldn’t wait to see him. I always looked up to him. I couldn’t wait to hear the stories of how he was trading and what his was doing. I just wanted to be around him. We would golf-he stunk-but what a blast we had. He thought of me when he had an extra superbowl ticket in Tampa. We had a great weekend. He even invited me and my wife out to dinner when I came up on vacation, not knowing it was his anniversity. He never said a thing. I miss him.
Of course John spoke about Jimmy! All the good guys – all the family men – stuck together! I met Jimmy and your little guy, James, last year at Cantor on a Saturday. John took us in and let the kids see where Daddy worked. Jimmy took James in, that same day, probably for the same reason. Jimmy and John had been called in to work out some computer problems. Our children transformed that office into a playground. They watched Max Steel on a black and white television (by Chuck Zion’s desk), snuck around rearranging people’s desks (like little Gremlins) and played ball with Jimmy and a small Nerf football. I am always amazed at how children can make you look at the world so differently. Here were executive offices used for exact business transactions, but for that one day, it was a playground. When I start to think of all that happened on 9-11 (like last night at 3:13AM) I think back to the time when our children were running around and playing on the 104th floor of The World Trade Center. God and our husbands will keep our babies strong and no matter what the terrorists tried/try to do to us, we will remain strong, brave and full of so many positive memories thanks to our wonderful heroes, our husbands!
I never knew James or his lovely family, but my aim in life is to be loved by his family as he is. My prayers are with you. Love and support from Spain (Europe)
I don’t know Jimmy but I have been reading about him because I am doing a memorial poem in his honor and wanted to find out as much as I can about his life and those he loved and those who love him so much. When reading his tributes I see how many people loved him and how giving of of his life he truly was. He is a true Angel shinning down his beam of love on you his family and friends. Jimmy dwells close to your hearts and watches over you with his emcompassing never ending love. My prayers and fullest support to the family and also know that you have my very deepest sympathy and love from a stranger who deeply cares about your hurts and losses.
Diane Huggins Secretary/Poet
Americas 911 Memorial Quilts Organization
Thinking of Jimmy today, 20 years later. He was an incredibly awesome person, extremely talented in business, unforgettably funny, I was fortunate to know him. God bless you Sheila, glad to hear you have gone on to do great things for others.
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