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  James Patrick Ladley

Position: Corporate Bonds/Limited Partner

A native Staten Islander, with a baseball scholarship to North Adams State in Massachusetts and his bachelors of science in business administration, Jimmy worked his way up from the gym at FBI (Fundamental Brokers) until a guy he was training asked him to come work upstairs with him. (I wish I knew his name) Working daytimes upstairs at FBI and nights bartending and after hour bars, he just didn’t quit. Jimmy worked really hard and played hard and nothing was ever handed to him. He had the greatest times with his closest accounts and they quickly became his best friends. He really loved you guys. Jimmy had so many friends and family. He was the son of Jim and Dolores Ladley and the eldest of five. Once he could afford to, he invested in a spacious home, far enough from the city and closer to the beach for his weekend retreats with his friends and family. Jimmy had a big heart of gold and was always giving to everyone around him. Our home quickly became “Camp Ladley”, situated with his pool and his back gate that leads out to a public golf course. Some Amstels, Frank Sinatra, U2, The Who and some babes. That was where I came in. Introduced by our friends, we dated forever (five years), until Jimmy the bachelor proposed on a beautiful location on an Easter Sunday evening in Barbados. Jimmy made me cry with his words of love and devotion and he wanted a family and someone to come home to. He always said what a lucky catch he was and I am still honored to have been that person. We had so much fun, and there are so many memories here within me, my heart, my mind’s eye and my soul which I feel. I could sculpt him all over if it were possible. Jimmy was a dark-haired, tall, handsome man. His hair was exactly like our son’s: a great head of hair tough, made for sports and water. He would dry it every day and, lastly, slick it back. The kids loved to get their hands in his hair at the end of his day and make it stand up, while I loved it while he slept near the poolside as the sun dried it naturally. Jimmy was a sun worshiper. His face was round, his skin would tan beautifully and it would bring out the hazel and the almond shape of his eyes. His dreamy eyes have been passed onto our son James. His lips were full and they fit his masculine face. His voice was a gentle, calming voice. I loved to speak to Jimmy. I miss not hearing his soothing voice. He always had the right advice and he listened to such boring or insignificant mommy stories and the support he gave me made me feel that he was there no matter what. Jimmy had great stature. He stood tall with strong arms and shoulders and a wide chest to snuggle next to. He would come home exhausted and the children would lie on him until they fell asleep. Jimmy loved to watch the games on TV with his eyes closed, especially after a nice big pasta dinner and in favorite position on the couch. Jimmy enjoyed conversation. He liked people and he was a pleasure to have around. He spoke with such character and recollection that time would fly by in his company. He had a passion for sports and I have to mention that he was so close to playing pro baseball, you would never have known. He was great at so many things yet he would never brag. He was such a man of discipline and methodical thinking and respected the rules and enjoyed the game. Sure he played all positions, however, he played catcher. At 6’1″ he was a little tall but he enjoyed knowing what the next call should be and he always liked calling the shots. He loved the locker room and most of all Jimmy was a big competitor, he loved to win! His dad, Jim Sr., instilled so many countless hours of admirable coaching and refereeing. Jimmy and his siblings were always involved in seasonal sports. I am so sorry that neither one are here with us. Jim’s dad passed away of pancreatic cancer in June of 2002. Jim’s siblings and mom are devastated by their losses. We speak of our loved ones daily with love and admiration for them as we continue to teach our two small children about their heroes who are no longer with us. Their daddy was an integral part of our household and daily lives and he still is. Jimmy was an extraordinary man who loved and lived life for his family. Jimmy loved me unselfishly and with such devotion. I’m honored to say I was Jimmy’s wife, best friend and mother of his two small children. We were an amazing team. Best friends, lovers, and confidantes. We were just beginning our lives and our family. I admired all he had accomplished and how he worked long and hard to get where he was going. I cherish the thought of when we can be in each other’s embrace. Where we are at peace. Where there are no good-byes for us or our loved ones. My love for his family and our children is a tribute to Jim’s gift left to me here on earth.
We remember you Jimmy with all of the love in our hearts…we will never forget! You and dad take care of each other. We miss you.
To my husband Jimmy, You’re in my heart, You’re in my soul, You’re in my breath as I grow old. Love never ends…….

Til ours eyes meet again we love you,
Sheri, Elizabeth and James

Sheri Ladley, Wife

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