Murphy Funeral Homes

4510 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA


James Trent Conry

August 22, 1961December 26, 2019
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James Trent Conry was born in Harlingen, Texas August 22, 1961 and died in his home in Washington, DC December 26, 2019 after a long battle with his health. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Hanife and their children: daughter Enise, and sons William and Michael. He is also survived by his parents Jean and Mike Conry, his sister Jody, and her husband Scott Halso, his brother Kyle Conry, and his wife Debbie, and his aunts Julia Queen and Joyce Klutzz.

Trent’s family was military and they lived all over the USA and in Europe. Trent developed a love of cooking and a sophisticated palate from his many travels. He was especially knowledgeable n French cuisine, after having worked in many fine dining restaurants in Washington, DC and abroad. He started out as a dishwasher and ended up an executive chef. Most recently, he was the executive chef at Grand Cru Wine Bar and Bistro. His other accomplishments; among many, was as a corporate supervisor for a group of restaurants for Knightsbridge Inc.

Trent loved the game of golf. He played and won tournaments with his father and, son Michael. He also loved playing billiards, and rose to tournament level, most recently. Trent loved animals and was always welcomed with several minutes of joyful jumping and hugging by the family dog.

He will continue to be loved by his family and will be missed more than he ever knew.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 11, 2020


James Trent Conry

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Larry King

January 30, 2020

Condolences to all the Conry family on Trent's passing. I remember first meeting him at the Occidental and later worked with him at 701. He was a good and talented man. Sorry for your loss

Fernando En

January 25, 2020

Father, icon Chef. Trent Conry was a legend in the culinary world. His knowledge, skills and experience will be felt for years to come.

As a father, it was easy to tell he loved his family more than anything in the universe.

He will be sorely missed.

Enise Conry

January 14, 2020

He was, is, and always will be the most amazing man I will ever know. He taught me to be resilient, tactful, caring, empathetic, resourceful and above all honestly and genuinely good. He never deserved the struggles he dealt with but faced them always with his head held high and metaphorical battle paint to accomplish more than many ever will. A true artist and good man, he leaves this world lacking in genuine good and beautiful people.
I take solice knowing that he is finally at peace miss and I will love him always. While his absence leaves a hole in my life I know that his spirit will never truly leave as I'll always hold a piece of him in my heart, soul and mind.
Miss and love you always Baba, shine on you crazy diamond.

charles grammick

January 12, 2020

Ever since Trent married my sister-in-law, I always looked forward to Trent attending family celebrations and holiday events. He was the only other male who didn't speak Turkish. I could always rely on a good conversation and a drinking partner while not knowing what anyone else at the party was talking about. I also remember one day I went to visit Trent at work in the off hours to see what went on in the kitchen of a great restaurant. After an hour I was amazed watching all the different things Trent had to do in a short period of time and this was in the off hours before the dinner crowd started. It was organized chaos. I was so impressed and thankful I was in Information Technology for a career from that moment on. Many things in life suck as Trent would say but he was going to live his life his way. He always did.

Meryem Grammick

January 12, 2020

Trent was my brother-in -law for 31 years. He was his own man, a unique man. He lived life by his own rules; he didn't abide by anyone else's. He was gruff, yet he was kind, gentle and a truly good person. He was beyond crazy about his wife, Hanife, my sister. He told me repeatedly how much he loved, adored, cherished her and thought she was the most beautiful woman in the world. He loved his children, Enise, William and Mikey. He loved his parents and my mother and father. My parents also loved him. My mother always said how kind and respectful he was toward her. He doted on her. If she sat in a chair, Trent always made sure she was comfortable and would bring a footstool, blanket, or anything else to make sure she was feeling at ease. He called her "grandma.” I miss him and will always miss him. RIP dear Trent. You are at peace. Until we meet again, your S-I-L, Meryem

Bob and Diane Murray

January 11, 2020

My husband and I are regulars at Grand Cru. Trent was a great chef and cared about his work - he often came out of the kitchen to visit with customers and check on his work. My husband enjoyed running into Trent at the Ballston Farmers Market. They both frequented the best tomato vendor. We will miss him.

Our condolences to his family. Rest In Peace, chef.

Umit Hodja

January 11, 2020

Trent was always giving toward me, my wife (Rabia) and her family. I recall mentioning to my sister (as a bachelor) that I needed a new bed. She relayed it to him and he suggested they buy it for me. For our 2nd yr wedding anniversary, Trent gifted us a tour/tasting of the menu at the restaurant where he was chef at the time. My wife reminds me of the joy he got from watching others enjoy meals he prepared on their behalf - a FIRST Thanksgiving turkey EVER for the family of his brother-in-law comes to mind. Lastly, he was deeply respectful and kind to his mother-in-law.

He was a generous person with a good heart.

Angel Nix

January 11, 2020

There was a time when old neighbors welcomed new neighbors to the neighborhood. Trent did that for my husband and I many years ago. I will always remember his kindness and I will miss his smile and waves. My condolences to his family and loved ones.

omar hodja

January 9, 2020

I only have good memories of Trent starting back when the Redskins won their last superbowl in 92 he was at my house watching with me. He came to a handful of party occasions when he could attend due to his work schedule to my home and always had a laugh to share. Recently, I remember how excited he was when he bought his Porsche, he came over and handed me the keys for a test drive. We also had some very competitive billiard games. My only regret is that we could have played one more time when he texted me asking me if I wanted to play. He will be missed

Pat Minter

January 6, 2020

RIP Trent, you fought a good, strong battle. I can still hear you
talking, laughing . Happy trails until we meet again. Pat