James T. Leman

March 23, 1946September 6, 2018

James Thomas Leman, 72, of Hillsdale, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 6, 2018. Beloved husband of Barbara (Zebro). Devoted father of Christopher and his wife Nilda; Melissa Leman and her husband Christian Rober. Loving grandfather of Ryan Leman and Paige Rober. Born in New York City, he resided in Hillsdale since 1975. He held a BS from St. Peter’s University and an MBA from Fordham University. He began his career on Wall Street at the New York Stock Exchange. James was a Managing Director with Salomon Brothers and was a founding member of the FIX Protocol. He sat on the Board of Regents of St. Peter’s University. James was a Captain in the US Army, serving in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot with the 1st Cavalry Division. Visitation will take place at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood, on Sunday, 3-5 and 7-9 pm. A Mass celebrating James's life will be held on Monday at St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Hillsdale at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to St. Peter’s University, Jersey City.


  • Visitation Sunday, September 9, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Monday, September 10, 2018

James T. Leman

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Gary Foster

September 11, 2018

Jim Lehman led the FinTech Industry into the Internet Age with Fix! He led people with respect and kindness. What a combination of vision and humility.

Rest In Peace Jim,

Respectfully Gary

Howard Edelstein

September 11, 2018

Jim was a superb guy, great friend, true gentleman, and quality human being who always put the bigger picture and greater good ahead of all else. It has been many years since the early 1990's and he is remembered certainly for moving the industry forward with initiatives like the FIX protocol. I will always recall his style, poise, technique and friendship that made so many positive things happen in our industry. He taught me a great deal about how to get industry initiatives to actually work and be successful. For those of us "old enough" to remember T+3 and his chairing the first of many industry moving events at Salomon Brothers...he also deserves a ton of credit for the creation of true STP, same day trade affirmation, and in fact, OMGEO. He was quite the amazing guy and one of a kind.

He will be missed and may peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.

Scott Rompala

September 11, 2018

Jim was a client at the beginning, a friend in the middle, and a gentleman throughout.

My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

He will be missed.


William Adiletta

September 10, 2018

Jim Leman led the Financial Trading Industry with innovations and his imprint will reverberate in the industry forever. Jim was always gracious and kind sharing his deep insights with great passion and a love of his industry.

My deepest condolences to his family, may you take great solace in his legacy of so many that will continue to cherish having known and worked with Jim and the deep respect for his contributions we all share.

Tom Cesare

September 9, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with and learning from Jim while at HSBC. He was a legend in our industry, a gentleman and a family man. He was also an American patriot. Thank you Jim for your service to the USA and for your counsel over the years. You will be sorely missed. My condolences to your family and may you Rest in peace Jim.

Joe Sommer

September 9, 2018

Jim Leman was a legend in the industry and a class act. He was always thinking strategically in his role as the highly respected co-founder and tireless advocate of the FIX protocol. I am sad to hear of Jim's passing, but grateful for the time he gave us.

May his family know that many people on Wall Street, including me, revered Jim, and value his many contributions, as solace during this difficult time.

Peace be with you.

Travis Brewer

September 9, 2018

Jim was a fellow pilot in Vietnam. We had a great selection of daring and courageous pilots and Pontiac was one of them. He served his country well and with bravery. I know I can speak for the rest of A Company, 229th Assault Helicopter Batallion, 1st Cav Division, he will be missed. Condolences to you and the rest of the family.
Travis Brewer, 1st Lt.

albert yeung

September 9, 2018

Boss, thank you so much for teaching me how to run a team back in the ssb days. All the support that you gave me is invaluable to my life. Rest in peace sir.

Takeya Kamei

September 9, 2018

Jim, was my boss, showed me the directions to work in the industry. He is my most respecful friend.
His contribution to Japanese industry is memorable one.
Peaceful Rest Jim…

Kevin Bourne

September 8, 2018

Jim was my boss, my mentor & most importantly my friend.

A humble and selfless man who helped so many people yet never chased recognition for his ideas, despite the game-changing influence they have had and continue to have on our industry.

He was a true pioneer and also a fine American.

My sincere condolences to all the family.