In Loving Memory of Jim Schnurr

June 23, 1951
Queens, New York
September 07, 2019
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


St. Anthony of Padua Church

Memorial Mass

149 South Pine Creek Road,
Fairfield Connecticut 06824

Friday, September 20, 2019 11:00am


Family Gathering


Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

636 Morris Turnpike Suite 3A,
Short Hills NJ 07078

James "Jim" Schnurr

James (Jim) Schnurr, loving father, husband, and friend to many, of Fairfield, CT, passed away peacefully and surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, September 7th. Jim was born and raised in Queens, NY, the son of Joseph and Irma Schnurr. He graduated St. Francis Preparatory School in Brooklyn, NY and earned an undergraduate degree at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA in 1973. At Holy Cross, Jim was the Crusaders 14th 1,000-point scorer for the Men’s Basketball team in only three seasons and left Holy Cross as their all-time leader in shooting field goal percentage. He married his high school sweetheart, Christine Reilly Schnurr, in 1973, and they moved to Paris, France where Jim finished his basketball career playing professionally for the Racing Club de France. He earned his Concentration in Accounting MBA at Rutgers University in 1976 and passed his CPA exam in his first sitting that same year. Jim worked his entire 38-year corporate career at Deloitte, starting for the firm as an intern in 1975, earning Partner in 1985, and retired as Deloitte’s Vice Chairman and Senior Professional Practice Director in 2014. Jim then served as the Chief Accountant of the U.S Securities & Exchange Commission from October 2014 to June 2016 in Washington, D.C.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Christine; son Timothy and his wife, Jessica; son Brian and his wife, Kelly; and daughter, Kathryn. He leaves four grandchildren; Avery, Leila, Corey and Samuel. As the middle of four children, he also leaves his sister Barbara Aufenanger and her husband, Joe; brother John Schnurr and his wife, Beckee; brother Joey Schnurr and his wife, Joellyn: along with his 7 nieces and nephews.
Jim led a life of sincere and selfless contribution and service to those around him. Methodical, patient and soft spoken, his iconic mustached smile and 6’6” frame was leaned on regularly by those who depended on him for his sage advice, leadership, and unwavering support. His favorite times were spent with his family, friends and his professional peers. He loved travelling, playing golf, reading the newspaper, walking his dogs and making life-long memories. Ever humble, Jim will be missed more than he’ll ever know.
The memorial service will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 149 South Pine Creek, Fairfield, 06824 on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation so we can all help find a cure for spinal cord injury. For information or to sign an online register, please visit

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4 Guestbook Entries for James “Jim” Schnurr

  1. What I remember most about Jim is that he was one of the nicest persons I have ever met. On a professional level, he gave unparalleled advice and counsel. He was the consummate professional, possessed a piercing intellect and had the resolve and toughness necessary to deal with the most difficult issues. I am honored to be counted among his friends and he will be missed far beyond what he could have imagined.

    Frank Carolan

  2. I remember Jim very well. Jim was a star basketball player at St. Francis Prep in Brooklyn. He graduated in 1969. I was moderator of the basketball team. Jack Prenderville was the coach.
    Jim was an All-Star both on the court and off.
    I am sorry I have lost contact with Jim since the Prep, but I am impressed to read how successful he was as a professional accountant at Deloitte, and then his service as Chief Accountant of the SEC.
    My condolences to Christine and his entire family.
    May he rest in peace.

  3. Jim was a classmate of mine. He was a perfect gentleman and a great basketball player I was pleased to be able to attend the naming of the HC Men’s basketball locker room in his honor. He will be missed by many

  4. To Chris and family,
    Very sorry for your loss and that we missed expressing our condolences in person.
    Nina and Joe