James Brian Hotze

November 3, 1948October 29, 2020

James Brian Hotze of Naples, Florida and Williamsburg, Virginia, departed this life October 29, 2020. Born November 3, 1948, in Richmond, Virginia, he was the son of Margaret Dozier Hotze and Thomas Wilson Hotze.

Jim was a graduate of Saint Bridget Catholic School, Benedictine College Preparatory, Saint Leo University, Florida (B.S.) and Virginia Commonwealth University (MBA). He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, W. Douglas Hotze (Mary); and the love of his life, Sharon E. Weinberg. He is survived by brothers, Thomas Wilson Hotze (Sheila) Jr., Curtis E. Hotze (Becky); and sisters, Carroll H. Cannon and Peggy H. Crowder (John); along with a nine nieces and nephews, and a host of cousins.

Jim exhibited a magnetism that characterized his life, nurturing an ever-growing band of devoted friends and loved ones, including grade and high school classmates who remained with him until the end. He spent his life, through his business acumen and hard work, creating an example for all. He was a highly creative individual and business owner who loved all sports. He developed many innovative products at his company, Fremont Die Consumer Products. He was an avid golfer and world traveler, and often contributed his time and talents in support of Catholic education and conservative values. Jimmy Hotze will be remembered as a friend to all, man of faith, admired business man.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, November 2, at Bliley’s-Central, 3801 Augusta Ave., with a Christian Wake being held at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 3, at Saint Bridget Catholic Church, 6006 Three Chopt Road, with burial to follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Both the Christian Wake and Funeral Mass may be viewed via live-stream at In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Bridget School, 6011 York Road, Richmond, Virginia, 23226 or Benedictine College Preparatory, 12829 River Road, Richmond, Virginia, 23238.

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Duane Adams

November 12, 2020

Jim was a friend and a vendor to me and we had a few drinks together and many laughs..Hope he is relaxing with Sharon now and as mad as i am about this year and the election and the state our country is in now, Duane.

Joey Failla

November 10, 2020

Dear dear Jimmy Hotze, the epitome of a Southern Gentleman. Dignified, gracious, generous and thoughtful. You will be missed by so many forever, yet you will live on in our memories. Friend of 36 years & partner of my bff Sharon - we had so many fun times here in Naples, in Chicago & all the other places we traveled. I will see you & Sharon in every sunset over the Gulf and send you my love that is timeless. Rest In Peace and raise a glass to our friendship with a Stoly & tonic.

Jeanne Rosen

November 10, 2020

Jim was first a business friend but became a personal friend through many years in many ways. You've heard the description of a man being a gentleman and a scholar. He was both and much more. I will always remember him kindly and am grateful for knowing him.

Jeanne D. Rosen

Tom Jones

November 6, 2020

Jim, was one of the finest individuals you would ever have the opportunity to get know. He was a straight shooter, and you couldn’t help but smile and laugh when you were around him in social settings. He ran a very nice business and I had the pleasure to work for him and Sharon as their first ever Sales Manager. I will always value the time I spent with Fremont Die, and the friendship we had.
Tom Jones
Louisville, Kentucky

Amber Webster

November 2, 2020

I have a few favorite memories of Jim.
The latest was this past March. We stayed with Jim in Naples, before our NFL summit that got cancelled. We had such a good time just visiting, getting a tour of Naples, and dining at the Country Club. Watching the sun set from your balcony with you was magical..
But most of all, one evening, we sat and listened to Al Green.. sipping on some drinks. Jim was reminiscing, telling some great stories about him and Sharon and the songs they loved by him... We were all pretty much in tears.. it was a very special moment. I will never forget that.
And spending time with both him and Sharon at the NFL house was also very special.
We planned on seeing you again soon Jim, and my heart hurts knowing we won’t be able to.
Gene and I both admired, respected and loved you! Thank you for giving me the privilege of knowing both you and Sharon. You both had the kindest hearts.

Bruce Lynch

November 2, 2020

What a GREAT guy! I met Jim 25 years ago and we became instant friends. Jim was an honest sales guy that always worked hard to earn your business. Always positive, always smiling. He and Sharon were a great team and they were always fun to discuss the next business opportunity with or the next adventure they were on to. Jim loved to play golf at the Brickyard Crossing with me and he never once complained about how poorly I played golf. Jim is one of the all time best in the Sports Licensed Business! I will miss Jim but I will always remember our friendship.

David Kirkpatrick

November 2, 2020

Jim leaves a forever positive mark on the sports licensing industry. He was the epitome of a gentleman - hard working, did things the right way, never missed a show, universally loved and admired. Jim and Sharon did a great job building Fremont Die and they were so proud to see David carry the torch to the next generation. Many good times at Super Bowls, National Championships, Final Fours - Jim had such great energy, the most genuine smile, always offering words of encouragement... I will miss Jim and Sharon a great deal - professionally and personally. First ballot Sports Licensing Hall of Famers.
Dave Kirkpatrick
The Collegiate Licensing Company

William Sisca Jr

October 31, 2020

I knew Jimmy but for a few short years, we competed at golf, always with joy and good humor...which were the hallmarks of Jim's relationship with me. Never a sour note, never a complaint, no matter what the fates delivered. Sharon was a terrific loss for him. During her long illness he shown like a brilliant star and always a Virginian Gentleman. That was who he was. Stalwart, Quietly Strong...lovely human being. Goodbye Jim but only for the here and now.

Janice O'Toole

October 30, 2020

My sympathy to the family of Jim. Jim was a great man, and a terrific friend as well as a great listener. I always looked forward to hanging with Jim and Sharon during our trade shows. I have great memories of the times we have spent together. I could always count on hearing a great story and we've shared many laughs. You welcomed us to Chicago for the Steelers-Bears game. A weekend I will never forget. I will miss our texts over the football scores. I am so lucky to have met Jim and to consider him my friend. I will really miss him. I know you are at peace and with Sharon. Attending future trade shows will not be the same without you being there. For the shows you've recently missed we've always let you know that Fremont was in good hands. I will miss our talks, your hugs and exchanging I Love you's
Janice O'Toole

Sam Rogiero

October 30, 2020

When I received the news this morning I was at a loss for words.
I sure am going to miss you my friend. I am so lucky to have met you and to be able to call you my friend. I will never forget the good times that we shared. The stories and meals and drinks that we have shared over the years, will always be in my memory. I've always looked forward to our business trips, knowing that we would get to spend time with Jim and Sharon. Jim you are now at peace and with Sharon. Today our world lost a great man. A True gentleman, a great businessman and most of all a great friend. I will always remember our trip to Chicago for the Steelers -Bears game. We all had a fantastic weekend. Of all our road trips we always ended the trip with a hug and I love you. You are truly going to be missed.
Sam Rogiero


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