Category Archives: B

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  Patrick Joseph Buhse

Date of Birth: March 16, 1965
Department: Government Bonds
Position: Vice President / Limited Partner

I do not think I have the words to describe the man, my treasure, my hero, Patrick Joseph Buhse. Anyone who has the pleasure of knowing Patrick will remember his light, his spirit and his love in their own special way.

Although his time was cut much too short, I will look back with no regrets. I am only thrilled that I had my time, my love, and my children with him. Patrick lived a very rich, very full life. He never held back on anything and knew the true meaning of the word F-U-N. He loved vehemently, spent generously, acted unselfishly and laughed wholeheartedly. We will never forget the humor, the stories, and of course, the dancing without smiles on own faces.

I do not think I have to say how sad I am, how enraged and how cheated I feel for myself, Sloan, and William. So many unfulfilled dreams all shattered in a single moment of a single day that will live forever in infamy. But Patrick’s legacy will always live on. He will always be in our hearts and in our souls. I see him every day in the faces of my children, in the eyes of his sister and brothers and in the love that is his family. Each time I see our friends I will remember the good times with joy and be very proud to have known him even if for only one second.

I trust that wherever you are now will have many televisions to watch the Knicks, March Madness, the Jets and any comedy even though you have seen it a thousand times. I hope the Budweisers are cold and the Absolute Citrons (no fruit!) flow. I hope the radio never stops playing Rap, Disco, Country or whatever is your latest find.

I trust that you and all the guys are looking down at us knowing we WILL be okay even now in our despair and sheer insanity and know it was ALL worthwhile.

Please know we will miss you dearly, will treasure you always and will love you every waking day of our lives.

Our love, our hugs, and smiles,
Susan, Sloan & Wil

Susan Buhse, Wife

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  John Bulaga Jr

Date of Birth: November 7, 1965
Position: Network Engineer

I am one of John’s many cousins. John was a great person. I didn’t see him much, but whenever I did see him, he was always so happy. I remember the two times I did see him; the one time was at Thankgiving at him mom’s house. We were sitting at the table and he was telling me how big my son got. This is when his wife, Michelle, was pregnant with their second daughter. I could see in his eyes how excited he was for his daughter to arrive. The other time I saw him was at a family barbeque at his home. John loved spending time with the family, and I personally wish I spent more time with him.

John, we all saddened by your sudden departure and we all miss you. We will never forget you. Your daughters will always know the kind of person/dad you were and no one will ever let them forget it.

Your Cousin Forever

Linda Meyers, Cousin

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  Edward Brennan

Date of Birth: April 28, 1964
Department: Government Bonds
Position: Vice President

Edward A. “Ted” Brennan, III was born on April 28, 1964 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The oldest of four children, he grew up in Sea Girt, New Jersey at the Jersey Shore, a place Ted loved, was so proud of, and where his parents still reside.

Ted graduated from Portsmouth Abbey School in 1982 and the College of the Holy Cross in 1986. Following graduation he began his career on Wall Street at Drexel Burnham Lambert, and for the last eleven years was a Vice President, Institutional Broker and Salesman at Cantor Fitzgerald. Like so many others at Cantor, Ted survived the 1993 WTC bombing by running down 105 floors to safety. He formed very close bonds with his co-workers, and thoroughly enjoyed life in New York City where he kept an apartment on the East Side. Almost every day after work he and John Farrell were off to the gym to work out.

What he cherished most though was the comfort and tradition of life at his family home in Sea Girt, New Jersey. Ted took great joy in the things that filled his days – time spent with his family, friends, and his fiancĂ©e Meghan Daly, several rounds on the golf course, and working out at the gym. Ted was fully committed to all of it, from the countless hours spent perfecting his golf game to his unwavering devotion to those he loved.

Ted embraced life and people recognized that. His sharp mind and quick wit made him magnetic, people just liked being around Ted. We will remember and love him forever.

Gail and Ed Brennan, Parents

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  Lloyd Brown

Date of Birth: October 23, 1972
Position: Administrative Assistant

When I think of LLoyd I have a huge smile on my face. He was a great guy. He alway looked like he stepped out of GQ magazine. He was a good friend, a good father and I miss him very much. To his family my prayers are with you always.

Judy Despian, Co-worker

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  Brandon Buchanan

Date of Birth: April 9, 1977
Position: Equity Trading

Brandon was walking when he was 9 and 1/2 months old and was running soon thereafter! He was a bit precocious and a bit of a challenge in that his vast mental capacity was limited only by the small size of infant, toddler and childhood bodies. By the age of 9, he was extremely independent and could have supported himself (if child labor laws permitted). I know now that he had a lot of living to do with very little time in which to do it.
Throughout high school, college and particularly at Cantor Fitzgerald, he matured into a very fine young man. Brandon, by his name’s definition, “beacon light,” was truly a light in our lives and always showed us the good, the daring, the vibrant and the adventure in life. He will remain our shining star, our golden boy.
Brandon was as beautiful inside as he was outside. He was charismatic, charming, persistent, kind-hearted, witty, conservative, hard-working, thoughtful, sociable, gentle and oh, so much fun to be with. He was famous for making the funniest hand gestures, facial expressions and noises. He was proficient in making sounds o We learned so much more from him than we could ever hope to teach. We miss you, Beeje, and will love you always.

Cheri and Ron Buchanan, Parents

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  Dennis Buckley

Date of Birth: January 31, 1963
Department: Municipal Bonds
Position: Partner/Vice President

There are no words to express who Dennis was to our children and me. Instead, I’ve chosen to share the common thread that everyone who knew him, either personally or professionally, remembered about him. It is, of course, his laughter.

In many ways that laugh personified who Dennis was. His laugh was the most genuine, happy sound I have ever heard. He would laugh so completely that his entire body shook, and when you heard him laugh you couldn’t help but laugh yourself. It just made you feel good. It was a completely honest laugh, just like Dennis, and it came from the bottom of his heart.

It was the laugh of a man who loved and enjoyed life, who was confident and comfortable with who he was and what he had accomplished but yet somehow remained unpretentious. Dennis was a completely grounded person who you could truly count on. He never lost the ability to appreciate the little things in life, which he knew were really the most important things in life. Those qualities enabled him to be successful on every level.

Of course nothing made him laugh more than the antics of his three little girls. Not a day went by that laughter didn’t fill our house and our hearts. These are just some of the many reasons why I fell in love with Dennis and knew he was the man I would marry. Our children completed our family and our happiness. He was a terrific husband and father and I am grateful to have shared in his life. I will miss his friendship, his honesty, his laughter and his love. Today. Tomorrow. Always.

Kathy Buckley, Wife

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  William (Bill) Bernstein

Date of Birth: January 8, 1957
Department: Mortgage Broker
Position: Vice President

Billy was the oldest brother of the first of two sets of twin boys. Upon first seeing him, you would see a man of tower and strength. He was 6’2, 220 lbs. And very fit. He was a black belt in karate and worked out 4-5 times a week. If you got past the tough exterior, you’d find a warm, caring, loving person. He was intelligent, generous to a fault, outgoing and a great friend to many. He was single, never married and he treasured his family, especially his nieces and nephews.
To me he was a great brother. A true friend, selfless. He was a part of my identity. I was not known as Bobby, but Bobby of “Billy and Bobby.” He would have done anything for me.
Growing up he was my benchmark, my competition, my rival, but also my confidant, my security blanket, my playmate, also my best friend.
His passing will always be the most significant demarcation of my life. My life will never be the same without him.

Robert (Bob) Bernstein, Twin Brother

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  Timothy Betterly

Date of Birth: December 27, 1958
Position: Corporate Bond Broker, Canadian/Yankee Desk

To quote my oldest daughter: “Daddy was kind, loving, caring and most of all funny. He could make anyone laugh.” Tim had a way of telling a story and finding the humor in any situation. His outgoing personality, his engaging smile, his warmth and laughter were contagious. Tim was passionate about life and his wonderful sense of humor inspired smiles from everyone he interacted with. Tim had the magic to make a day special.
Tim and I met at Gettysburg College, PA where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and played football. Tim loved football. He loved to play it, to watch it, and to throw the ball around with the kids. He joined Cantor Fitzgerald 10 years ago. What Tim loved most about his job were the relationships he developed with his customers and co-workers that transcended business into true friendship. Tim was a man of great integrity and compassion. He was never afraid to stand up to an injustice or speak out when a wrong was committed. He had that ability to do and say the things we all thought about but would never have the confidence to do.
Tim was a loving husband and father to our two daughters, Samantha, 12 and Christine, 9 who were his world. He brought joy and laughter to their lives and gave them the confidence to believe there was nothing they couldn’t do if they put their heart into it. Whether it was in inspiring enthusiasm and confidence when he coached softball and basketball, or in riding the roller coasters and the big waves, life with Tim was always a wonderful adventure. Simply put, Tim made life memorable. He transformed the everyday into a fun day, and the fun days into funnier days. As Tim strode through life he created in his wake an abundance of memories for his friends and family to cherish.
I am very thankful to have the support of family and friends who have reached out to us during this difficult time. I find strength in the knowledge that Tim’s spirit will live on in the hearts of all who knew him. If there is a legacy for Tim, it is that he enjoyed seeing others enjoying life and took pleasure in making other people happy. He loved his family, loved to laugh and lived to make others smile.
I feel truly blessed that I had this wonderful man in my life whose love will live forever in my heart.

Love, Joanne

Joanne Betterly, Wife

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  Bella Bhukhan

Date of Birth: March 26, 1977
Position: Human Resources Benefits Analyst

Bella Bhukhan, beloved daughter of Jagdish and Indira Bhukhan was born in Lusaka, Zambia on March 26th, 1977. In November of 1982, Bella, along with mom, dad, and two sisters, moved to the United States. She is the youngest of three sisters. Bella graduated from Union High School and went on and obtained a degree in Management Information Systems from Pace University. Bella graduated in May of 1998 and was offered a job at Cantor Fitzgerald. She decided to work her way into a Benefits Analyst position in the Human Resources department because she was always interested in working with people even though she obtained a degree in computers.

Bella was a very caring person who stood up for her beliefs and cared deeply for her family. She had a bright outlook on life and always took time to help anyone who needed her. Bella embraced life more than anyone and always took the opportunity to seize the day. She will always be in our hearts and will never be forgotten. Bella was a loving daughter, sister, girlfriend, and best friend.

Bella, we know that you are taking care of us and we will always love you.

Your family, Mom, Dad, Viveki, and Nisha

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  Joshua Birnbaum

Date of Birth: June 17, 1977
Position: Asst Bond Trader

Joshua’s love for his mom, dad and sister, Jill, who was also his best friend, can best be understood when on Sept. 11 Joshua’s first thoughts were to call his family to let them know that he loved them. It was his goodbye message that forever will be etched into their minds and hearts.

He was an extremely intelligent young man who graduated Columbia University in May of 2001 and started working for Cantor Fitzgerald 5 days after graduation. He was most proud that he got the job on his own and was just one of three people out of a group of 75 applicants who were offered the position on the bond trading desk.

Joshua’s passion was music. He created a nonprofit event production company called Steps Back to Life and gave himself the moniker DJ Samsson. His dad’s name is Sam and he respected and looked up to him so much he wanted to honor him. He spun underground club music and produced a CD.

While attending Columbia University, Josh DJ’d for Barnard’s radio station, WBAR and arranged for a Thanksgiving benefit for the homeless collecting money and canned food. It was a big success. He later interned for Atlantic Records for a semester.

Josh loved the New York Yankees, playing golf, training for the San Diego Marathon in January and making people laugh.

He will forever be missed and loved by all he touched and is an inspiration to all who knew him.

Sam, Marcel and Jill Birnbaum, Family