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|Donald L. Adams
Date of Birth: January 27, 1973
Position: Vice President, eSpeed Sales
Donald Adams, standing 6’5″, was an impressive sight, but his personality was even more impressive. He had a tremendous love for life. As soon as you met him you could feel it. He greeted you with a hello that could be heard from miles and a handshake that meant business. Before long you were hugging and sharing stories and meeting at a bar for drinks. His friends became his family and once you were family you were connected. That meant going out to dinner, coming to the house for gatherings and, of course, golfing. For those who played golf with Don knew you played until you dropped. Golf to Don was like water to fish.
The most important part of his life was his family, his daughter Rebecca and myself, his wife.
He was a devoted husband and father. Our wedding 3 1/2 years ago was a magical day which brought our spirits together as one. The birth of our daughter was a miracle that brought our physical beings together as one. Our lives became complete with Rebecca. In the 5 months that he knew Rebecca, Don gave her more love than some people receive in a lifetime. At the end of the day, a kiss went to Rebecca and a kiss went to me. He world was complete.
Now as we move on and pick up the pieces, we draw on Don’s strength and love for life to get us out of the dark.
D, I love you and miss you. H
DONNIE WORKED WITH MY HUSBAND WAYNE THE WAYNO FOR MANY YEARS THEY HAD SOME OF THE SAME WAYS A GOOD TIME A FEW DRINKS TOGETHER AT THE BAR, BUT WHEN I MET DONNIE THE FIRST THING THAT CAME TO MY MIND WAS WHAT A TEDDY BEAR HE IS AND HOW MUCH FUN WE HAD. HE WAS ALSO A VERY CARING KIND OF PERSON, WHEN MY SON CAME TO CANTOR TO VISIT AND ONLY BEING A TODDLER DONNIE WAS THE FIRST GUY TO PLAY WITH HIM, JUSTIN WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER DONNIE FOR THAT AND I WILL ALWAY REMEMBER DONNIE FOR THE SWEET LOVABLE KIND OF GUY HE WAS. ON THAT DAY ALL OF THE GUYS WHO WORKED AT CANTOR WERE HEROS AND I KNOW EVERYONE OF YOU HAD THE COURAGE UNTIL THE END. LEAVE THAT WITH US SO WE CAN GO ON FROM HERE AND FINISH WHAT WE ALL SET OUT TO DO TOGETHER. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU.
Words could never describe Donnie. He was so many things to his friends and family. To me, he was like a big brother, a mentor. When I was first breaking-in as a broker at Cantor, Don took me under his wing. I remember the day he took a message pad and wrote “hit the bid”, “lift the offering”, “join the bid” and “offer along.” He explained what they were and told me to study it in a half kidding manner. As I got some accounts of my own he would teach me everything he knew and helped me more than anyone ever did. We became good friends and went out after work all the time – our whole desk was a band of brothers.
I remember the first week I started on the desk, Donnie was just getting married and going off on his honeymoon. He was so happy. Heda meant the world to him and that was only enhanced by the birth of Rebecca. The respect and love he had for his family should be a guide for all to follow.
Words can’t describe Donnie, but the thoughts and memories he has left with us can. These will sustain us until we all meet again. My prayers are with Heda, Rebecca and his family.
Take Care Bro! Until we meet again…
P.S. practice your putting…
It has been a year and I wanted to say that I think of you all the time. You are such a special person and missed greatly. I am so glad that I have such fond memories of you. I like to think of your smile and laughter. Thank you for bringing so much happiness wherever you went.
It’s been a year. I still wait to wake up. I think about your family often Don, and pray for them every chance I get. I will never forget your humor, your laugh or your generosity. Last time i saw you, you were buying drink’s for me, “Frang’s wife”, refusing to let me pay. That’s how you are remembered, always thinking of others. The FDU football team thinks of you everyday and plans to take care of your family in every way as if their own. You, Heda & Rebecca are in our families prayers! ALWAYS!
It has been a year, and I unfortunately just found about Don’s tragic passing. My deepest sympathy and condolences go out to his family & friends. I hadn’t seen Don in about 9 years since Vineland High School (Select Choir). Then one day, I ran in to him in the lobby of the World Trade Center three months prior to Sept. 11th. We talked for a bit, catching up on old times. He told me all about his wife and baby! He was still as cheery and joyful as he had always been back in high school. He gave me his business card and told me to keep in touch. I unfortunately didn’t get a chance to do so. I worked in the World Financial Center, and on Sept. 11th my life was completely changed. I truely wish I would of known sooner that Don was another one of my friends who were lost. My heart goes out sincerely to everyone who knew him because he was truely a great person. Don, I am so sorry that I missed out on getting the chance to catch up with you about old times and I am very sorry that I wasn’t aware of your tradegy until now. You will be deeply missed and I will always remember you!
I had the pleasure of working with Donny. He always made me laugh! All he talked about was Heda and Rebecca. His family meant everything to him. A man could not love his daughter more than he loved Rebecca. He showed her pictures to everyone and his eyes would shine when taklking about her.
Donny made this world a better place. He made people feel good about themselves. He brought laughter with him wherever he went.
Thank you, Donny for making us smile. I miss you.
Don, the Count! I used to work with Donnie when I was with a St. Louis firm. Talking to him on a daily basis was a treat to hear his booming voice always making some quip. We won our golf flight at a trader’s outing in St. Louis and our gift, a golf travel bag. Everytime I use it, I can’t help but laugh at our antics that day. And, that we actually won given our condition. Also going for a night on the town to his favorite St. Louis restaurant, Sidney St. Cafe, followed by a trip to the Landing. He made all of those events fun and his trips into town a circle on the calendar to look forward to. This world lost a truly genuine and great all around person. God Bless Count, Puff thinks of you often.
Heda and Rebecca,
Two years later, the pain and grief are still fresh for everyone. I think about you and Rebecca all of the time and I hope that you are well and staying strong. I will remember Don always. I’ll remember what a great guy he was, how he treated you, and how he made you happy.
You were always a great woman, and you and Don’s spirit and love produced a wonderful child. He may have been with her for only a few months, but I’m sure that the love he gave her was more than many children receive in a lifetime, and will always linger with her through you.
Don and I shared the same birthday. With each year that passes, I make sure to say a prayer for him and for you and Rebecca. I will never forget any of you.
Two years later and you are still always in our thoughts… There are so many things I would like to share with you and I wish you were here. We’ll have a lot of catching up to do… Miss ya Donnie!
Happy Birthday Don. Each year on our birthdays, I say a prayer for you, Heda and Rebecca. I can’t believe you are gone 9 birthdays….9 years. RIP.
Don – Not a year goes by that I don’t think of you. Nine years later and I miss you and wish you were here more than ever. I wish our families could be together, but take comfort in that someday we’ll all be together. You and your family remain in my prayers. Sincerely, Erik
I worked at A.G. Edwards in the bond department back in 2001 and knew Big Don from trading treasuries and agencies. I last saw him in June of that year at the St Louis bonds outing. Yes we played some golf, I remember asking him how is daughter was doing, I knew she was born just a few months prior. Big Don said with a big smile on his face “Jimmy she’s AWESOME!” Rebecca, I just wanted to let you know your daddy thought were are awesome.
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