Carol Riggins James

May 5, 1947September 16, 2020

Carol Riggins James, 73, beloved wife of the late William Benjamin James II, and devoted mother of William Benjamin James III and Elizabeth James Burton, passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2020. In addition to her children, she is survived by her brother, Dr. Edward Patrick Riggins Jr., DMD (Janet); her daughter-in-law, Shari E. Aser; son-in-law, Charles T. Burton IV; and grandchildren, William B. James IV and Madeline B. James. Carol will also be forever remembered by her nieces, nephews, extended family, and dear friends.

Carol was the loving daughter of the late Edward Patrick Riggins Sr. and Gertude Rose Riggins. A 1969 graduate of Ladycliff College, she earned a BA in mathematics. Carol then worked in software development at IBM from 1969 to 1972. Following this, she earned her MBA in finance from The Wharton School while simultaneously earning an MS degree in computer science and engineering from the Moore School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1975.

After earning an MBA from Wharton and an MS from the Moore School, she joined the Exxon Corporation, where she was a senior petroleum analyst for nine years. Carol left Exxon in 1986 to become Vice President at S.N. Phelps & Co. of Greenwich, Connecticut, where she was an investment banker for mergers and acquisitions and recapitalizations. In 1993, she joined Artemis Capital Group in New York, an investment bank and financial services firm founded by six women, and served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In 1998, Carol decided to challenge herself even more and became Vice President and Senior Private Banker at PNC Advisors in Greenwich, Connecticut for five years. In 2003, Carol became a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch where she spent the remainder of her career. Carol was most recently a Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor. Carol was a founding partner and a Senior Advisor of the Giuffre James Fischer Group at Merrill’s office in Westport, Connecticut. Carol, who always considered herself a lifelong learner, earned the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPCⓇ) designation during her time at Merrill Lynch. Carol gave back to the community that she loved by participating in a number of organizations such as being a member of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee of the Diocese of Bridgeport Finance Council. Carol was intimately involved with her parish, St. Michael the Archangel Church in Greenwich, Connecticut, where she served on the Finance Committee, the Parish Council, was a Parish Trustee, and a member of the St. Michael's Women’s Association. Carol was Treasurer of the Round Hill Association and on the Board of Directors for Greenwich Green & Clean. Carol served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Greenwich’s YWCA from 2002 to 2004 and was a member of the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan. In addition, Carol was a sustaining member of the Junior League of Greenwich for many years. Further, Carol was a Dame of the Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Dame of the American Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and co-founded, with her husband, the Fairfield County chapter of Legatus. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, a private funeral service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to either Girls Inc. of Western Connecticut or the Greenwich Tree Conservancy.


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Stephanie Thomas

September 28, 2020

My most sincere condolences to Carol's family and associates. Carol was the consummate professional woman and I consider myself so fortunate to have had the opportunity to know her. Her dedication to her clients and devotion to all those around her were apparent. She brought joy to everything she did. Her intelligence and skill were cloaked in a humble confidence that was inspiring. Carol gave so much to the world. She lived fully and was loved fully by all who were blessed to know her. She will be greatly missed.

Stephanie Thomas
Bahl & Gaynor Investment Counsel

Barbara and Albert Caccarile

September 26, 2020

Dear William and Elizabeth and families,
We want to offer our deep sympathies to you over the loss of your mother.
Carol was my (Barbara's) cousin. Even though she was only two years older than me she seemed so grown up. I wanted to be just like her.
I have very fun-filled and loving memories of getting together as a big family. I especially cherish the Saturdays when "the Aunties" and "the cousins" would pile into Auntie Irene's station wagon and off we went antiquing. The Aunts were shameless in their bargaining much to the embarrassment of us cousins.
We share your grief as one more member of our beloved family leaves us.
We look forward to being reunited again (John 5: 25-29).

Bonnie Nemes

September 25, 2020

Carol was my big sister all of my life. I can't tell you how much I loved her. I used to go to her house on Thanksgiving and sometimes Christmas until I moved to Florida. I will always remember her as a sweet, loving and happy person. We called and kept in touch over the years. She would email pictures of her dear grandchildren. Even though it's been years since I've seen her, it seems like yesterday. Rest in peace my dear cousin.

Peter and Gail Carriero

September 25, 2020

To Carol's family and associates,

Our sincere condolences to all of you. As our financial adviser for many years, Carol was always sincere, personable and extremely knowledgeable. She will be greatly missed.
Peter and Gail Carriero

Alex Buko

September 25, 2020

I am greatly saddened to hear of cousin Carol's passing. Please pass my condolences to her family and the rest of my cousins.


Yvonne Cardinal

September 25, 2020

I just found out that Carol Ann had passed away. I am her cousin. My dad, Alexander Buko, and Carol Ann's mom are brother and sister. I have so many nice memories of CarolAnn. Please know that I am thinking of your family at this difficult time.

Denise Melsenti

September 24, 2020

My deepest sympathies to Carol's family. As a client of Carol's for many years I was always struck by how genuinely interested she was in my personal life. Whatever I asked of her, she always made me feel as though I was her only client, and she found a way to help me out. Carol took the time to explain things to me and to look out for my best interests. We shared laughs over our grandchildren, especially since we both had twins in the family. It was like dealing with a dear friend, not a business person. Always positive and cheerful, always someone I could count on, I am feeling the loss of a friend and there is a hole in my heart. Heaven has another angel...

Lavelle Shields

September 24, 2020

Lizzie, Billy and all of Carol’s Family I send my sincere prayers, thoughts and special wishes
I met Carol about 30 years ago when my Family and I moved to Greenwich. We have shared so many memories and projects. It was always good to work together and we became sincere Friends
Carol will be missed by so many
May you and we treasure all our Memories as we keep Carol and her Good Will in our lives. Sincerely, Lavelle

Chris Canavan

September 24, 2020

Elizabeth, Bill and family,
Wishing you all peace and love for the loss of your mom.
Her grace and friendship will always be remembered as well as the care and devotion she gave to your father. God Bless.
Chris Canavan

Norman Rush

September 24, 2020

My wife and I have been most fortunate in knowing Carol as a friend and in her professional capacity. Her expertise in her field was, of course, exceptional but it was as a wonderful human being that we also knew and loved her. She will be more than missed by her friends and clients. We feel that a light has gone out for us and our world has partially darkened. But we will always have our cherished memories. Our deepest sympathy goes out to her family in their loss.


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