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James Patrick (Pat) Rothstein

James Patrick (Pat) Rothstein

On June 30, 2010, James Patrick Rothstein of Soho, New York passed away after a highly successful Wall Street career. Pat leaves behind his wife Marcela, his thirteen year old son Jack from his previous marriage to Kimberly Resnick, his brother John and sister Maryanne. Friends may call on Thursday, 2-5pm and 7-9pm at the Greenwich Village Funeral Home, 199 Bleecker Street, New York, NY. Funeral Mass Friday, 10:30am at Saint Patrick's Old Cathedral, on the corner of Mott and Prince Streets. In lieu of flowers, donations to Saint Patrick's Old Cathedral, 263 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10012 in Pat's memory would be appreciated. For online condolences visit www.greenwichvillagefuneralhome - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?pid=143953028#sthash.o41srqdL.dpuf


Former Banker Found Dead in SoHo Apartment

By DNAinfo Staff on June 30, 2010 6:00pm
By Yepoka Yeebo and Mariel S. Clark

DNAinfo Staff
SOHO A former financial executive was found dead in his SoHo apartment Wednesday morning, according to police.

James Patrick Rothstein, 58, was found at 9 a.m. in a pool of blood in the bedroom of his home at 101 Wooster St., NYPD said.

Rothstein was a heavy drinker who had recently split from his wife, according to several people at the scene who knew him but did not want to be identified.

When his wife left and took the couple's kids, he took a turn for the worse, friends of Rothstein's told DNAinfo.

"I know he was going through some stuff," said Lerone Wilson, Rothstein's friend of 15 years. "He was going down hill because he separated from his wife. He was totally depressed about it."

Another friend who also said he had known Rothstein for 15 years but did not want to be named said he had been a neighborhood fixture.

"He was filthy rich, he had the second biggest house in Montauk," said the friend.

"He shared it with everybody. He was the nicest guy."

Police said no criminality was suspected. The investigation into the exact cause of death is ongoing.

Bond trader James Patrick Rothstein found dead in his luxury SoHo pad

BY Rocco Parascandola , Kate Nocera , Rich Schapiro /


Thursday, July 1, 2010, 4:00 AM
A former banking big shot was found dead in a pool of blood in his posh SoHo pad Wednesday, but cops don't suspect foul play.

The medical examiner will determine what killed James Patrick Rothstein, 58, discovered in his Wooster St. bedroom about 9 a.m.

"Right now we think it's going to come back natural causes or a medical condition," a source said.

Rothstein, a bond trader who held top jobs at Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns and UBS, battled alcoholism for years, his neighbors said.

"Yes, he drank a lot and these are difficult times, but this is just tragic," said neighbor Meg Siegel.There were no signs of forced entry. He was found by a friend who had a key to the luxury pad, police said.

Rothstein was the president of RCF Capital Partners, an investment firm specializing in Russia, until 2007.

In the 1990s, he headed government bond trading departments at Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch.

"He was a pro," said Ronald Connors, who worked with him at Bear Stearns. "I never knew him as a big drinker. I wish I was in his shape."
Neighbors said Rothstein, who had a son, wasn't the same after the 9/11 attacks. And a recent break-up with his ex-wife also took a toll, said pal Lerone Wilson.

He sold his $2 million home in Montauk, L.I., last year, records show.

"He definitely went downhill," said Wilson, who hung out with Rothstein at Fanelli's Cafe on Prince St.


Ex-banker found dead in pool of blood in SoHo bedroom

BY Kate Nocera Ans Rocco Parascandola /


Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 2:36 PM

A former banker was found dead in a pool of blood in the bedroom of his luxury SoHo apartment Wednesday morning, police said.

The man's name was not immediately released because his family had not been notified of his death.

Neighbors at 101 Wooster St. said the man had quit his finance job after friends were killed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks and was a heavy drinker.

The Medical Examiner will determine a cause of death. There were no signs of forced entry.

The body was discovered at 9 a.m. by a friend who had a key to the apartment, police said.

"I'm devastated," said another friend, Meg Siegel, who lives on the same floor.

"[He] was a really great guy. Yes, he drank a lot and these are difficult times, but this is just tragic. I know after 9/11 he felt like he had lost a lot of friends and things got hard for him. He did seem rather sad lately but he was a nice man and he didn't have any enemies."