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Ryan Crane, JPMorgan Equities Trading Executive, Dies at 37

Ryan Crane, a JPMorgan Chase & Co. employee who in a 14-year career at the New York-based bank rose to executive director of a unit that trades blocks of stocks for clients, has died. He was 37.

He died on Feb. 3 at his Stamford, Connecticut, home, according to the website of Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home in Greenwich, Connecticut. The cause of death will be determined when a toxicology report is completed in about six weeks, said a spokeswoman for the state’s chief medical examiner.

Crane started at JPMorgan in equities trading after graduating from Harvard University in 1999, according to his profile on the LinkedIn Corp. website. Following promotions, he worked as an executive director, or a rank above vice president and below managing director, in the bank’s Americas Program Trading group. Program traders handle transactions in baskets of at least 15 stocks, often for mutual-fund clients seeking to rebalance index-linked portfolios.

“Ryan was a beloved colleague who will be dearly missed,” Justin Perras, a JPMorgan spokesman, said in an e-mailed statement. “Our thoughts and sympathy are with his family and friends.”

Ryan Henry Crane was born on Jan. 8, 1977, to Mary Jo and Lex Crane. He grew up in Long Valley, New Jersey, and in 1995 graduated from the Delbarton School in Morristown, New Jersey, where he was recognized as Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a senior and named to the All-American Lacrosse Team.

At Harvard, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he earned a letter in lacrosse and a bachelor’s degree in European history.

“He was known as the ‘Gentle Giant’ by his friends and family,” according to the funeral home’s death notice.

Survivors include his wife, the former Lauren Pizzotti, and son, Harry. He is also survived by a brother, Lex, of Denver; a sister, Allison, of Arvada, Colorado; and his parents, of Long Valley, according to the funeral home.

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