Obituary of James Arthur Calcagnini
James Arthur Calcagnini passed away peacefully at his home in Darien, CT on
December 7, 2021 after a courageous battle against ALS. He is survived by family he
adored: his wife DeAnne, his children Addison and Jake, his parents Donald and Joyce,
his twin brother Tom, and his sister Elise. James was an incredibly generous, caring,
and fun-loving person. His infectious joy for life will be missed by all who were lucky
enough to know him.
James was born on February 9th, 1962 in West Islip, NY. He grew up in
Hamden, Connecticut and attended Hopkins School in New Haven. He is a proud
graduate of Notre Dame University and remained an ardent fan of the Fighting Irish ever
James began his career as a clerk for B&J commodities on the floor of the
NYBOT, where he thrived in the fanfare of the pits. He quickly went on to become a
commodities trader, and later, a broker, founding his business, East Coast Options
Services, in 1992 with his partner Bob Cione. He was a former Board member of the
New York Board of Trade, and through his service on numerous exchange committees,
he was instrumental in revising many exchange rules to adapt to changes in the
Above all else, James was a man of faith and charity. He devoted countless
hours to helping others and was an involved member of St. John's Church in Darien. He
served as a Board Member and Treasurer of Pacific House in Stamford for nearly a
decade, aiming to end homelessness in Lower Fairfield County. He was named their
2018 gala honoree in recognition of his commitment to the cause. His faithfulness to the
Catholic Church and its charitable mission led him to be invested as a Knight of the
Order of Malta in 2019.
James was a highly competitive athlete, always seeking his personal best.
Whether on the tennis or paddle court, the baseball field, or even out for a leisurely jog
on the street, James would never settle for anything less than first place. He applied this
attitude to his fight against ALS. From the moment he received the diagnosis, James
was steadfast in his conviction that he would not let ALS defeat him. He dove headlong
into the quest to find a cure. Being in the unique position of having an identical twin, he
and his brother contributed to research that will forever impact our understanding of this
illness and ultimately lead us to the cure. ALS did not win this battle. James did.
James has gone too soon, but he leaves behind a legacy of faith, love, and good
times that every one who knew him will never forget. He had a knack for making
everyone feel that they were special and has changed countless lives with his loving
James' wake will take place at Lawrence Funeral Home in Darien on Sunday,
December 12th at 4-6pm. His funeral will be officiated by Monsignor Powers at St.
John's Church on Monday, December 13th at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to CalcagniniALSFoundation.org, CCALS.org, and teamgleason.org
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