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  Morty Frank

DOB: 2/5/1970
Position: VP Institutional Sales

Morty was sunshine…Born February 5, 1970, the youngest of three, a boy, after 2 girls, perfect! Morty had a wonderful way about him, he was smart, cute and handsome. When he graduated Syracuse, Cantor was his goal. He started in 1993 and was there for the first bombing. Never deterred he came right back even though he walked down 104 flights. Morty was in California for a wedding that Labor Day weekend but took the red eye home to be at his desk early that morning. We never got to say hello or good bye. Morty was Vice President of institutional sales. Morty loved his family, his life, and left us way to soon.



Phyllis Frank


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  Steven Furman

Date of Birth: September 13, 1960

Our family mourns the loss of a kind, honest, generous, brilliant, principled and religious man, and the father of four children.

Steven joined Cantor Fitzgerald’s TradeSpark division in April 2001 to build their growing electricity options brokerage business.  He had been an energy options trader on the New York Mercantile Exchangefor 13 years prior to that.

Steven was the busiest person I ever knew.  He awoke at 4:45 AM to daven before work, and usually didn’t return home until 7 pm.   I remember when he once briefly shut down his internet account, explaining to me that he could make better use of the time he had been spending online reading and answering email.  Yet he always found time to help others, and that was what my brother was all about.  He was insistent on doing “mitzvahs” for people. He received great pleasure from this, and from his extremely charitable ways.  He wouldn’t have had it any other way.

I think back to the innocence of our childhood, when my brothers and I played all those board and card games.  We were a competitive bunch !  I eventually realized it was nearly  impossible for me to win any card game when Steven played because he was a genius, and flat outplayed me. I didn’t always accept the outcome graciously….  He was much humbler in victory than I was in defeat.

It’s hard to believe I am writing about my brother in the past tense. Who will calculate ( in less than 2 minutes) whether I should buy or lease my car, or refinance my home ?   Who will recite lines from the Odd Couple  “Password”  episode just to hear me chuckle ?  (“Everyone knows Aristophanes wrote a play called “The Birds.”  “Everyone but ME, Felix!”).  Who will remind me that tomorrow will be a better day when I’ve had a lousy one ?

Steven was 2 days shy of his 41st birthday when g-d took him from us. May he rest in peace.




Brother,

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  Paul J Furmato

Date of Birth: October 3, 1963
Department: Institutional Sales Trader
Position: Vice President

Paul Furmato, 37, was a resident of Colts Neck, New Jersey for the past 8 years. He was born and raised in Hillsdale, New Jersey and graduated from Pascack Valley High in 1982. He graduated from Florida Institute of Technology in 1986. He fell in love with his wife, Cindy, at this college and they were married on September 19, 1987. Paul and Cindy made their home in Colts Neck where thy raised their three beautiful children, Paul Jr., Stephanie, and Theresa. Paul is, also, survived by his parents, Joseph and Margaret of Point Pleasant, his brothers Joseph Jr., of Point Pleasant and Mark of Brielle, and sisters Carol DeBenedictis, of Point Pleasant and Jill Keough of Westwood.

Fishing was a life-long passion of Paul’s. He had a love for the sea. He started fishing as a young boy in Point Pleasant with his brothers and continued fishing throughout his life with his entire family. His boat, Quality Time, won the South Jersey Yacht Tournament in Cape May, New Jersey last year. Winning this tournament with his crew, Mark, Joseph, Drew, and Brian, was one of his happiest and proudest moments. Paul enjoyed his work as a Vice President and an Institutional Sales Trader for Cantor Fitzgerald. He had a great deal of respect and admiration for the men he worked with and for his accounts. Besides work, Paul dedicated himself to coaching his son, Paul Jr.’s baseball and basketball teams in Colts Neck. He wanted all of the boys on his team to learn and build confidence in themselves through playing sports. He called each boy his “buddy” and rooted for them as if they were his own children.

Paul was a devoted son, grandson, brother, husband, father, employee, coach and friend. He was a man of few words and simple needs who was always kind, caring, and strong. He was loving, tolerant and humble and sought out perfection in everything he did. His family was his strength and his love. He lived to give all of us everything he could. We will miss him always.


Cindy Furmato, Wife

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  Christopher Forsythe

Date of Birth: October 19, 1956
Department: Foreign Exchange
Position: Money Broker

Chris, we love you. You will always be in our memories.

“God hath not promised
Skies always blue,
Flower strewn pathways
All our lives through,
God hath not promised Sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow
Peace without pain,

But God hath Promised
Strength for the day,
Rest for the labor
Light for the way,
Grace for the trials
Help from above,
Unfailing love and sympathy,
Undying love…”

From, wife, Tessie Molina and children, Jose and Kirsten



Tessie Molina, Wife

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  Claudia Foster

Date of Birth: April 28, 1975

Dear sis,
Wow, I have finally come around to setting up your page. A year has gone by and I miss you so much. I tend to believe that you are in Staten Island and your too busy to come visit me. Sis, I am so sorry that I could not help you out, even though I was 2 minutes away. They would not let me go near your building because of the evacuation they were trying to do. Diana and I were standing like dos pendejas outside looking up praying for a miracle. Claudia, I kept blaming myself for jinxing that event. Remember what I told you the day before when I saw you for the last time. I had asked you what would you do if the building caught fire? And your response was that was not going to happen, no one was stupid to try to attempt it and that you had the best view in NYC and people were jealous. I just laughed it off. You walked me to the elevator bank and told me you loved me. I just want you to know that I was kicking myself as the elevator doors closed by not telling you those words in return. How I wish I could turn back time and have you here with me on this earth. I miss talking to you and telling you my
ridiculous stories and you would just listen and laugh your brains off. Since you have passed I have been trying to keep my head and move forward but it is so hard to do that when you’re constantly reminded about that tragic day. Everyone misses you down here especially mami, as you already know she has not laid you to rest. Claudia, you will always be my big sis and I am just substituting for you because you used to tell me when we were little you are #1. So I am keeping you #1 in my heart. Also, thanks for visiting me in my dreams you have no idea how happy I get to see you one more time so if you can come back to me again in my dreams that would be great. One last thing tell Grace that she is missed as well. Take care sis, I love you and never forget that.

See you when I see you and remember your IT.

Love,
Sylvia



Sylvia, Sister

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  Clement Fumando

Date of Birth: February 18, 1942
Position: Operations Officer, Foreign Exchange

Kathy Fumando was 13 when she met the man who would later become her husband, Clem Fumando. After a 40-year romance, which included 2 sons, Gregory and Stephen Fumando, 2 grandchildren, Brittany and Stephen Jr., Clem was taken away from the people who absolutely adored him. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He worked for Cantor for 11 years. He will always be in our hearts. We miss him and love him.


Kathy Fumando, Wife

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  John Farrell

Date of Birth: June 30, 1969
Department: Government Securities
Position: Vice President and Partner

How do you measure a life in 250 words? We remember John as a loving son to Marie and Jim; a great brother to Margaret, Jim and Kevin; a wonderful brother-in-law to Robert Paxton and Christine; a caring and compassionate grandchild to Grandpa and “Peg”, a fun-loving cousin and nephew. We remember him as Uncle John – all entertainment, but no diapers. We remember him as a generous and loyal friend.
We remember John growing up in Rockaway – the beach, the basketball hoop, “the cousins” and tons of fun. Four great years at Xavier taught him how to commute him into “the city” and even “speak” Latin. We can still see him jumping in a car to Worchester, MA as an undergraduate at the College of the Holy Cross, his “dream school”. He made great friends along the way and celebrated with his fellow Crusaders this May at their 10-year reunion.
Shortly after college, John moved to Manhattan and secured a position with Cantor Fitzgerald. He began as an assistant trader in the government bonds division. In time, John’s honesty, diligence and work with clients were rewarded and he became a Vice President and partner. John never self-identified with his job, but always took great pride in his co-workers, especially those who shared his keen sense of justice.
We remember the great friends John made at Cantor and the hysterical tales he would regale. We remember him playing golf, his “thirst” (“cocktail time”), the “workout contests”, the Mets, the Red Storm, the Shore, the bets, and being “off the desk”. When we think of his last morning, we especially remember Mike Andrews, Teddy Brennan, Tommy Cahill, Al Mallor and too many others who vibrant lives were wretched from us.
John was a gift to us all and we will always remember his ready smile, his quick wit, his generous nature. He loved life and we are heartbroken that his ended so soon and so suddenly. The adventures were numerous, the laughter was immeasurable, the void is unspeakable.

PHOTO CAPTION: John, as we remember him, hamming it up on September 9th with his niece and godchild, Cate, “the only perfect woman he ever met”.


The Farrell Family,

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  Shannon Marie Fava

Date of Birth: February 12, 1971

Our daughter, Shannon Marie Fava, was working on 9/11/01 For E-Speed. I was speaking with her on the AOL IM when a message came up “octjoey not available”. I then called and the line was busy. My phone rang and a friend of mine told me to turn on the TV. As I did, I saw a horrible site and I prayed my daughter was home. As I’m writing in the memorial we can all fell the pain of so many lost to us. A beautiful person, a caring person, a great Mom to Joseph, and a dedicated wife to Frank. The world is going to be without so many. We send our prayers out to everyone who has lost someone on this terrible day. REST IN PEACE. KNOW YOU ARE LOVED AND MISSED.



Shannon’s Mom and Dad, Parents

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  Bernard Favuzza

Date of Birth: April 13, 1949
Position: Broker, Gov’t Agencies

Bernie was a wonderful man with a wonderful smile. He was outgoing, funny and he made friends wherever he went. He was a son, a brother, a husband, a father, and most recently a grandfather. The job he loved most.

He grew up in Queens, NY. He married his wife, Linda in 1969 and had two daughters, Donna and Laura. He was a big ice and roller hockey player in his younger days. When we moved from Queens to Suffern, NY he became a big Suffern High School hockey fan. He knew all the players and all the parents. In recently speaking with a player I said, “I bet he always had some piece of advice for how to improve your playing.” To which he replied, “Yes he always did, and we always listened.”

Bernie was a smart man. He was the person I went to for any question I had about anything because if he didn’t know the answer he knew someone who did. He was also willing to go out of his way to help people. Building a model railroad for a co-worker whose child was suffering from leukemia. Helping a new neighbor build his deck. Putting in a good word for a friend of mine who was looking for a position in a company where he knew people.

He was also an avid model railroader; a tradition in his family that wasn’t so well received by my sister or me. He would spend countless hours working on a giant layout that he himself said would never be finished. When his grandson was born in 1999 he was so excited. He finally had someone (a boy) to pass down his engineer’s cap to. He bought his grandson his first set of trains shortly after his birth and, when he started to take his first steps he watched intently, anxious for the day he could put him in skates and start teaching him the basics.

He had many friends. The words most often used to describe him are funny, outgoing, honest and smart. We miss him so much now. We miss his smile and his laugh. I especially miss the connection he made with my son. I miss how happy he was every time they were together. Now we can only hope that he rests is peace and we will do what we can to keep his spirit and memory alive. I love you, Dad, and miss you terribly.

Love your daughter,
Donna


Donna Posta, Daughter

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  Judy Hazel Fernandez

Date of Birth: January 6, 1974
Department: Human Resources
Position: Benefits Specialist

Judy was born on January 6, 1974 in Dagupan City, Philippines and with her mom, brother and sister, came to the United States on June 12, 1976. She started her kindergarten in Parsippany and attended grade school at Emma Arleth, high school at Sayreville War Memorial High and Rutgers University where she majored in Biology.

Prior to her joining Cantor Fitzgerald as an HR Specialist, she worked for Solomon Smith Barney and Metuchen Bank. She had always wanted to work in New York City, not only because of the prestige of being a New Yorker, but also for the excitement that New York brings.

Judy was a very special daughter that a parent could ever hope for.
Truly, she was a precious gift from Heaven. She was kind, amiable,
affable, compassionate and very gentle in her disposition. Above all, she was a caring, ever-loving and thoughtful daughter.

Judy was very supportive and protective of her family. She stood on solid ground to defend her family from whoever tried to malign the clan. Judy was also a classic example of fair play and straightforwardness. She did not want people unjustly treated. And, she had no regard for people who are abusive. All her life, she truly believed in the Motto, “Don’t do unto others, what you don’t want others to do unto you.”

To her friends, Judy stood all head and shoulders. She was extremely
compassionate to them. She listened to their problems, and if help was
needed, she was always ready to help in any way.

Our Judy was instinctively an intuitive person. She knew and felt when you were down. And she was always around to give words of encouragement, support and comfort to lift a sagging spirit.

Now, our special Judy is gone, but her beautiful memories will linger on and live forever…. We love you Judy very much and you will be terribly missed.
Love, Pops (Fernandez)



Cirilo Fernandez, Father