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|Chris Edward Allingham
Date of Birth: October 6, 1964
Position: Municipal Bond broker
Christopher Edward Allingham was only 36 years old, but he had already spent half of his life working on Wall St. After graduating St John Vianney H.S. in Holmdel N.J., Chris went on to St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, NJ. After class, Chris would take the PATH to the World Trade Center and walk down to Broadway where he sold the N.Y. Post everyday regardless of the weather. His work ethic and glowing personality caught the eye of a regular customer who offered Chris his first job brokering Municipal Bonds.
Chris was the most positive, easy going, non-judgmental and genuinely happy person that I have ever encountered in my life. He never had a bad word to say about anyone and he would give you the shirt off of his back in a heartbeat. He was passionate about the Giants, loved his work, but most of all he loved his wife Donna and his two boys, Christopher and Kyle.
I was fortunate enough to spend Saturday, September 8 with Chris at my brother Bill’s house. We spent our day in typical Chris Allingham style: drinking Buds, barbequing and playing with all of the kids. I will cherish that day for the rest of my life.
If we all could live by his way, the world would truly be a better place. Live each day as if it’s your last. Always be happy no matter the hand that you are dealt. Spend the time most with those who you love. Don’t pass judgment without first looking at yourself.
I can only hope that I can be half of the man that you were, and live the rest of my life the way that you lived yours. I never got a chance to thank you for being such a good friend and brother so I keep wishing for 5 more minutes with you. I miss you terribly and will think of you everyday until we meet again.
I love you,
Your brother JJ Allingham
I first met Chris when I started my summer internship at Titus & Donnelly almost 10 years ago. He was the first person there who sat me down and put me on the phone. He was the only person in a room of 50 who wanted me to act like a broker and he treated me like one. When I started at Titus full-time, I sat right next to Chris until he moved on to Muni-Partners. A part of me thought our relationship would end there but it never did. Chris was the type of guy to make sure he always saw his friends, even if it was to meet for a quick smoke outside his building. I remember going with Chris often for a quick bite to eat and a few beers before we would take the train home from Hoboken. He always had a smile on his face that no matter how bad of a mood you were in, he could take you out of it. Chris just had that way about him. We had many good times together, Giant games, my wedding, but the times I will miss the most are the 5 minute conversations we used to have outside our building just to get a break from the day. Thanks for always looking out for me buddy. Tim
Like everyone else I treasure the time I had with Chris and I mourn for the days together that we are going to miss. Not a day passes that I don’t think of him in some way. Sometimes I worry about that last hour and a half (that he was suffering and I couldn’t help him), sometimes I talk to him about Donna and the boys, many times something gets me smiling, thinking about somewhere we were, most times I listen to him laugh in my heart… I won’t ever forget his laugh and the way he would throw his head back… We were supposed to grow old together and be there for each other as we have always been… Like JJ wrote, being together/being in touch with those who mean the most to you is all that really matters. The people I Love are going to be really sick of me…too bad… Chris, I Loved You All Your Life, I will carry you with me always and look forward to meeting you again in Heaven (because if that’s not where you are now, none of us stands a snowball’s chance… :)).
I worked with Chris at Titus after I graduated college in ’96. I sat right next to Chris when I started and I will never forget my first day when he looked at me and said “it’s all about numbers Kerry….that’s what this business is…numbers.” I was always fascinated by his never-ending enthusiasm on the desk, whether he was coming up with clever/humorous ways to read cusips, or just sitting in his seat chanting “meow! meow! meow! meow! meow! meow! meow! meow!” What I will always remember most fondly was how much Chris loved his family. He spoke of Donna and his son Christopher so often and it always warmed my heart. He was a wonderful person with a great sense of humor and he will be missed. God bless the Allingham family and the angel that now looks over them.
I always looked forward to going home on leave and seeing “Uncle Chris”. Being away from all of my family was always a difficult thing but when I went home on leave he always made it a point for us to meet up somewhere. He would hook me up with Mets tickets or I would take the PATH and we would meet at the bar around the corner for a drink, some laughter, and good advice. I used to love the fact that he would always call me on or around my birthday and sometimes just out of the blue. He was almost more of an older brother that I never had, than he was an “Uncle”. I couldn’t wait for him to meet my son Nevan Christopher and call him “Great-Uncle Chris”, I think he would have gotten a kick out of it. I miss him and will always cherish the times that I have spent with him and on the phone, especially the last one to me on the 5th of Sept. for my birthday. He said ” I know today’s not your birthday but I know it’s close” and we both just laughed. I think about him almost everyday and he still brings a smile to my face. Thanks Uncle Chris.
My Uncle Chris was a blessing in my life, the person that touched me whole-heartedly. I can’t imagine going through the rest of my life without him to reassure me that, “Everything will turn out fine Col, and if it doesn’t, you’ll always have me by your side.” He was a source of my strength, and the person that was there for others as well. He always offered the hug, the shoulder to cry on, the, “I knew you could,” when I did something great. Chris also demonstrated love and understanding for family and friends alike, and his best quality was that he never judged anyone. He might shake his head, or raise an eyebrow, but he never said a word. Now that this new reality has set in, and we know Chris is gone, it’s some comfort to know that he’s in a better place, with God. I know that I am truly blessed because Chris was one of the most beautiful people ever created. He’s my guardian angel up in Heaven watching over me and everyone he loved. I will miss Chris, and love him forever.
Losing you, Chris, has left another void in our lives. On Sept. 11th, I had hoped so much that your cousin Mike could help you find a way out of that Tower. But since that wasn’t to be, I know in my heart that he was waiting for you, so that the two of you could continue your journey to heaven together. The rest of us have so many great memories to keep in our hearts. Go in Peace & Love.
LITTLE DID I KNOW THAT I WOULD NEVER SEE HIM AGAIN. WE MET FOR ONE OF OUR USUAL CHATS JUST OFF THE WEST SIDE HIGHWAY. I’LL NEVER FORGET THE WAY THOSE BLUE EYES OF HIS SHONE SO BRIGHTLY AS HE FACED THE SUN. WE LAUGHED LIKE ALWAYS AND MADE PLANS FOR A SATURDAY OF GOLF, A GAME THAT UNFORTUNATELY NEVER HAPPENED. I LAMENT EACH TIME I DIDN’T MAKE THE GIANT GAME OR MISSED HIM AND THE BOYS FOR DRINKS AFTER WORK. I KNOW NOW THAT IT’S TOO LATE. I MISS HIM, I THINK OF HIM DAILY AND I’LL ALWAYS LOVE HIM. GOD BE WITH YOU ALWAYS.
I’m not sure how to start so I just will.
Chris, to me, was the guy who knew everybody…and everybody loved him. I would see Chris after work and he would be with customers or associates and never hesitate to stop and say hi, buy me a Bud, talk about JJ, etc. We would go our separate ways and every so often he or me would give a wave or wink that another beer was on the way. I never realized how much I enjoyed those little good times until I couldn’t have them anymore. Thanks for everything, thanks for the beer.
How do you sum up in a paragraph what one man has meant to your life..especially when that man was my Uncle Chris. To everyone that he ever came into contact with would leave feeling better about themselves, always knowing that they could count on him, even if that moment was brief. He was a man whom I idolized, for who else is a better idol. I will always live my life asking myself “Would Chris do this?” Never fearing that the wrong decision would go unsupported. For all the long talks that Chris had with me, all the beers we shared, all the smiles he caused, all the love he spread, all the memories he gave, the way he was….Thank You and I Love You..Uncle Chris
We all miss you terribly and love you so very much. Today is your 38th birthday and you aren’t here to share your day with us, but we all want you to know that we think of you every single day and wish you were here with us not just today, but everyday.
Your Family & Friends
P.S.- I know you already know this but the Giants won for YOU today!
It’s Christmas 2002; another one without you… This one feels worse than last year. Last year we were still reeling from the suddenness of losing you. This year it’s just missing your smile and your joy of family and friends being around you (especially at Christmas). I keep thinking of you carving ham and caring for all of us at your home on Christmases past and especially 2000- who would have known it would be our last… I wish for your presence but must be satisfied with my memories; Thank You God, I have many to recount… Merry Christmas, Chris. I hope it’s Good in God’s arms; that Mike and Uncle Tom are by your side… I Love You and Miss You Daily…. Always, Kath
CHRIS AND I STARTED WORKING AT TITUS ABOUT A YEAR APART,AND BECAME FRIENDS FROM THE MINUTE WE MET.I HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH CHRIS FOR ABOUT 12 YEARS AND WE REMAINED CLOSE FRIENDS WHEN HE LEFT THE FIRM. THE GREAT TIMES WE HAD TOGETHER ARE TO NUMEROUS TO COUNT.I WLL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIS SMILE AND THE CLASSIC CHRISSY “HIGH FIVE” ! THE AFTER WORK BEERS,THE TRIP TO JACKSONVILLE FOR THE GIANT GAME,THE TRACK,AND JUST ALL THE LAUGHS WE HAD TOGETHER IS WHAT WILL ALWAYS STAY WITH ME. HE WAS A GREAT FATHER AND HUSBAND AND A JOY TO BE AROUND. KATHY AND I WILL FOREVER MISS YOU.
I did not know you Christopher, but I was fortunate enough to be teamed up with your beautiful sister yesterday at the Ground Zero Memorial. We read together as siblings of those lost. We completely understood each other’s pain and we tried to comfort one another through the day (although I think she did the majority of the comforting). My brother Michael Massaroli also worked for Cantor. It is clear to me that you are very much loved and missed and even though 4 years has gone by that does not diminish. I wish all your family well and I know we will meet again.
Thinking of you alot lately…Just missing YOU; your presence, your smile, your infectious laugh… Love you always, Kath
In 1974, when the WTC was new, I was a legal secretary for Sage Gray Todd & Sims in the Marine Midland Bank Building, and Chris Allingham’s father William was one of the partners. For years I have lived in my home state of Kansas and have not returned. But the people of that law firm were very good to me, and it touches my heart with so much sadness that Mr. Allingham’s son died in this awful tragedy. I would like the family to know that the whole country wept with you, and still we do.
Hey bud I was thinking of you the other day and I’m sure you know this but just in case you didn’t our NY Rangers are in 1st place baby!!!! We are actually going to make the playoffs this year. I’m sure you’ll be watching them from where you are and if you can why don’t you give them some good luck for us. Miss ya my man and think of you often.
Just thinking of your family on this difficult day. I read with Kathy last year, I was reading in honor of my brother Michael, also a Cantor employee lost on that dreadful day. I will always remember the strength we tried to give each other and I hope she is well. I have Kathy and all of your family in my thoughts as we all try to cope. God Bless.
I never meet Chris. We did not even live in the same country. We did not share the same friends or even talked to each other. The only common thing that I had with Chris was : Humanity. I understand that like me he was a brother, a friend, a colleague…loved by many people, hearthbrokened for ever. I recently had a child. A little boy, just like Chris once was. Cannot bear the idea of me surviving him therefore my thought today go to his dad. Sincerely, another human surfing by, Mathieu
Just thinking about you and your family today as I do every year on this day, and other days…Whats that saying only the good die young…Ain`t that the truth !!!!! Miss you at the Giants game but I always know you are there rooting them on… Till we meet again my friend…..
September 11, 2007
My thoughts are with your family today. I know the pain is still unbearable.
Kathy, I’m hoping you are well.
Regards, Joann Massaroli (sister of Michael Massaroli – Cantor Fitzgerald).
6 years without you…I had a Bud for you. We got together for dinner-We continue to Miss You so much….Of course we laughed again about the fight with the Japanese guys after JJ’s rehearsal dinner. I’m so sorry I didn’t get to see it… Thinking of you still, Love You Always, Will Never Forget…. Kath
i was there yesterday my man for the big win. thinking of you the whole time while i was soaking it up drinking budweisers!!!!! what a win my man im sure you were watching it and jumping up and down. miss you
September 11, 2008
Thinking of you and your family on this very sad day. Kathy, I hope you and your family are well and wishing you peace today and throughout the year.
Peg and I stood for you again this year at the hole that is left where those beautiful towers stood and you were taken from us… Our family carries on, we speak of you often, we are different without you, a part of us is obviously gone… Your wonderful wife is working hard making a good life for herself and the boys. They are so handsome and good, I hope you can watch them and feel pride where you are :). Love and Miss You Still….
Hey pal, I was at work and Howard Lutnick was on CNBC, and it reminded me that I havn`t stopped by in awhile so here I am stopping by to say you are missed……………later
9/11/09 – thinking of you today and of your family. Thoughts are prayers are with you Kathy – thinking of you, especially today.
Chris and I were both St John Vianney Alumni in the class of 1983. Throughout high school, Chris and I sat next to each other because the teachers had a penchant for seating the students alphabetically. Although Chris and I ran with different crowds and we were never close friends, I remember that he always treated me with respect and dignity. I’ve read all the tributes on this page and they all ring true about his personality. My condolences to his family on this tragic anniversary 2009.
Thoughts and Prayers are with your family today Kathy. I listened for Chris’ name once again today at the memorial service. May he shine down on you and your family and give you strength to carry through this life.
I can’t believe it is 10 years without you…I find myself marking days again this year till the awful date arrives. Loved you then, miss you still, I will NEVER forget you…
Thinking of you and your family on this day. I always listen for Chris’ name and say a prayer. His memory, as well as Michael’s, lives on in each of us. WE WILL NEVER FORGET. God bless!
Hey, its been awhile since I’ve said much. I said on facebook…I miss you. I had a couple of hard weeks, learning how to do everything at my new job, fyi you would be proud. I am using the words that you taught me, be kind and try not to let it get to you. I miss you often, everyday for that matter but it is hard for me to even talk about you. Not for any other reason than you were special and you were always honest and open to me. I just wish I could talk to you, for a second, and you could make me laugh when I don’t feel like putting on my “work smile.” Its late, just got off work and wanted to tell you that I love you and miss you terribly Uncle Chris. Everyone misses you
You are missed my friend. XOX
As always Kathy, I listen for Chris’ name, and think of you and your family. God bless you all and may his memory give you comfort always.
Just “stopping in” to say, once again as I stood in front of the readers, listened for Chris’ name. I think of Chris along with my brother and all the victims of the awful day. As I look around, I am reminded of the stolen futures and young faces. What cannot be taken away are our memories and I am sure your family will cherish those forever. Kathy, I hope you are well.
20 years ago tonight the Giants were on Monday Night Football. You enjoyed your last evening doing what you loved… 12 hours later you and your coworkers and many others were gone forever from our lives. Your absence is felt still. We talk about you to the great nieces and great nephews- we tell them you watch over them and that we root for the Giants in this family!! You are always with me. I still miss you so very much. You have a wonderful legacy in Donna and your boys… Love always❤️
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