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Date of Birth: February 9, 1953
Department: Securities Lending
Position: Limited Partner
My father was the most loving, caring and hard working person I will know. His colleagues called him friend, his neighbors knew him as a good person, and I as a father. He was always there for me through good and bad. Whether I brought home a failing test grade or had a solo in the band.
We couldn’t be any closer unless we were attached at the hip. We did everything together from fishing to riding roller coasters in Florida. We would spend hours hunting and come home with nothing but fresh air in our lungs. I cherish the memories of our travels. No matter where it was, Florida, Arizona, Rome, Paris, or London he always made the trip enjoyable.
I think I will miss him the most when the annual events come around. Like last year’s family ski trip, when he fell down the Dawfinganger, a double black diamond mountain.
I liked going to his desk in the 104th floor twice a year to spend time with him, his employees and friends who became like another family. In that office family a lot of others were lost; Louie, Smitty, Lorraine, Joe, Turtle, Ian, Bo and Spider. I will miss them all.
In 1993’s bombing my father held the hands of two women all the way down. I believe on September 11, 2001 he held hands and stayed with his friends till the end. I know this because he is my father – the greatest man I will ever know.
Sabrina Dimino, 14 (daughter)
My Lover, My Life
My Companion, My Counselor
My Dance Partner and Driver
My Skiing and Swimming Buddy
My Handyman and Hunter
My Best Friend, Father to my Child
My Husband, My Heartbreak
My Love Eternal
Nancy B. Dimino, wife
Steve Dimino, better known as, “The Big Dog.” There are not enough words to describe the kind of special man, boss, father, husband, brother, uncle, cousin, friend he was. He was truly “the greatest.” Always there to help anyone. He had a heart of gold. The only comfort I get is knowing he is with his Mom & Dad who he missed dearly.
I have worked for Steve for the past 12 years how lucky I was, from Bank Of New York and then
on the Cantor Fitzgerald. It is very hard to even think that after 12 yrs, of all that he has taught me, most of all to be strong that I cannot go to him anymore. He meant so much to me more than he probably new, he was not only my boss, he was a father figure to me, my mentor.
Steve: I miss your voice, your laughter, your jokes, but most of all I miss your smile to let me know everything will be okay. If there is one thing you taught me that was no matter what life deals us we must go on. I do know in my heart that you, Smitty, Louie, Joe and Lorraine are all together and that we all must go on for all of you. Your were full of life your spirit will always live on in me to get me through. I now know I have angels on my shoulders. The void in my heart is tremendous. I know heaven has the greatest people I have ever known and loved. I miss you, your in my heart and prayers forever. Until we meet again…
Nancy & Sabrina you two were his world, you are in my heart and prayers everday.
I have known Steve as a client for 10 yrs. I know Steve as my Husband’s boss for 6 yrs. He gave my husband the opportunity of starting a desk within his group 6 yrs ago this Septemeber and it changed my families life forever. It made us who we were. Steve was a client, boss, and friend to my family. His heart was made of gold. My husband Louie , loved working for Steve and was with Steve until the end. Steve made it possible for my husband to become who he was on the street and supported him 100%. Louie became a partner of the firm 2yrs ago because of Steve’s support. Steve had a group of people working for him that were family and no one could ever take that from him. The closeness they shared envied all and I know in my heart that they are looking down on us and with that I know I can go on each day. Sabrina, you Dad was very special to my family and me. My children speak of Steve as their Dad’s boss and know that your Dad is taking care of their Dad. Nancy, I only have fond memories of Steve and wish life did not give us this fate. My husband is with Steve laughing and fighting over football, but most importantly I know that Steve will always look after him for me. He always said he hired the wrong “Caporicci” and I always told Louie he has the best boss around. Nancy and Sabrina, you are always in my thoughts and prayers and we pray for you each night. May they shine down on us and give us strength each day.Lori
MY UNCLE STEVIE WAS A GREAT, LOVING, FUNNY MAN. MY HEART HAS BEEN BROKEN IN LOSING HIM, I MISS HIM DEARLY. HE GOT ME MY JOB AT CANTOR FITZGERALD WHERE I STILL CONTINUE TO WORK TO MAKE HIM PROUD OF ME. I HAVE A LOT OF SPECIAL MEMORIES OF ME AND MY UNCLE. FOR MY 21ST BIRTHDAY HE TOOK ME OUT OF WORK TO GO TO LUNCH AND WE HAD SO MUCH FUN AND I THINK OF THAT DAY ALL THE TIME. I THINK OF MY UNCLE EVERY SINGLE DAY THAT I GO TO WORK AND LOOK AT A PICURE I HAVE OF US ON MY DESK. MY UNCLE USED TO COME VISIT ME AT MY DESK OR WE WOULD SEE EACH OTHER IN THE CAFETERIA WHILE GETTING LUNCH. MY LIFE HAS NOT BEEN THE SAME SINCE SEPT 11, I LOST MY UNCLE STEVE WHO I LOVE SO VERY MUCH. MY LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME WITHOUT HIM. HE HAD SO MANY FRIENDS AT WORK AND HE IS MISSED, ESPECIALLY BY MYSELF. I WEAR THE GUARDIAN ANGEL THAT WAS GIVEN TO ME AT HIS MEMORIAL EVERY SINGLE DAY. I NEVER GOT TO TELL HIM HOW I APPRECIATED EVERYTHING HE DID FOR ME, I HOPE HE KNEW. I KNOW ONE DAY WE WILL MEET AGAIN. I HAVE COMFORT IN KNOWING HE IS IN A BETTER PLACE WATCHING OVER MY AUNT NANCY, MY COUSIN SABRINA AND MYSELF.
I LOVE YOU!!
LOVE ALWAYS AND FOREVER,
I have known Steve since 1988. First I was his client, then his counterpart and finally his employee. I used to kid him by saying that if I knew that I was going to work for him I would have treated him much better when I was his client.
It was quite clear that Steve was held in high regard by all. All of our clients called to express their condolences and ask if there was anything they could do for Steve’s family. Steve had the patience to put up with all of us “wackos” with our unique personalities on the desk and blend us into a very successful securities lending unit under his leadership. He took all the pressure for us but always responded in the most positive manner to any of our requests.
The picture chosen for this site is really the true “Steve”. Although he enjoyed being at work and traveling for business, his greatest passion in life was his family; his wife, Nancy and daughter, Sabrina. He talked about them all the time. When I traveled with him on business trips I always heard about their music lessons and the latest developments regarding Sabrina’s school band. He loved to plan the family’s annual vacation to Florida. Whenever we traveled on business, he made sure to pick up a souvenir for Sabrina; knowing it would encourage her to learn more about the places we visited.
Steve lived for his family and now he lives through his family and the values he instilled in them.
General Patten once said ” it is foolish and wrong to mourn those men who have died, but rather we should thank God that such people have lived”. This quote would certainly apply to Steve. From our days at Irving Trust until our days at Cantor, I have always admired the respect that Steve received from co-workers, clients, and industry professionals. No one ever had a better mentor and boss. Joe Albano
Dear Steve: Well I cannot believe this is the way we had to find out when your birthday was. You would never let us know when it was, so we would celebrate it for Boss’s Day, because you were and always will be the best Boss we could of ever had. To me you will always be my boss and I will never forget it for as long as I live.
So today I wish you a “Happy Birthday” and thank you for everything you have taught and done for me. I miss you and keep you in my heart and prayers everyday.
Hey-how you doing up there trying to keep Lou in line? I’d like to see that it was hard enough before now I can only imagine the kind of times you guys are having up there. I worked for you for a short amount of time but in that time you made an immpression on me. You were a good boss, an honest boss and when you said something it was staightforward and honest. Case in point: you told me the job they were offering me in the cage was probably a better opportunity for me but you held a spot for me if I wanted to still work for you. I ended up going to the cage and had some minor problems but you were willing to stick your nose in and help me out if need be, and in the end it was one of the best moves you could have made for me as it moved me off the Stk. Loan desk and in this case may be one of the many reasons I am here writing this tribute to a truly great man.
I first met Steve in New Orleans over a Southern breakfast. He was a delightful conversationalist, clearly a lover of life and I looked forward to showing him more of our city. He would have made a great Orleanian, with his zest for new old things and his love for food and our other sensory delights. I don’t know what else about him I missed, and that saddens me most of all.
We will never be able to completely fill the void in our lives and our hearts. As General Colin Powell once stated, “perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” Stevie was our perpetual optimism. He had an uncanny ability to find the silver lining in any situation, no matter how grim. Stevie died as he lived his life – with courage, wisdom, strength and dignity. His qualities will burn brightly as an eternal, guiding beacon for our entire family. We celebrate his life and are grateful for the time we had together. Until the day that we meet again, may the road rise to meet you and the wind be always at your back.
Steve was my boss at Cantor about 8 years ago – my first real job out of college. He taught me so much about the business and gave me every opportunity to prove myself and move up. He recognized my potential and pushed me to learn everything I could. He became not only my boss, but my friend and father figure – watching out for me and the other girls on the desk. Steve was someone who truly cared about your well-being and always looked out for your best interest.
Steve – sometimes we tend to take things for granted. I just want you to know that I appreciate everything you did for me. You will never be forgotten.
I also know how much Steve cherished his family. He was such a proud father! Steve – my thoughts and prayers go out to your family every day!
Anybody who knew my Uncle Steve knew what a great man he was. He was a great husband, father, and a great uncle to me. There were so many good times I had with my Uncle Steve, whether it was hunting with him and my cousins, or our annual 4th of July football game. Somehow he always found a way to make our family laugh. May the Good Lord craddle him in all His love and glory.
Hi Uncle Steve, I am just thinking about you today and my heart feels heavy. I am Really wishing you were still here with all of us, words cant describe how much I miss you. I think about you every night and im still wearing my angel so you can be close to me no matter where I am. I cleaned out my closet the other day and found the monkey you used to chase me around the house with when I was like 2 yrs old. I thought about you and I was happy for the memory but sad that I couldnt tell you the next day at work what I had found.
I love you always and forever
Hey Steve: I would not let this day go by without letting you know I am thinking of you. “Happy Father’s Day” to one of the greatest father’s I have ever known.
There is not a day that goes by that Tucci and I do not talk or think about you. You are on our minds and in our hearts each and every minute of the day.
Please continue to watch and protect Nancy and Sabrina. I had lunch with them the other day, You would be so proud of them which I am sure you see as you watch them move on. Well continue helping them from above. WE all miss you and love you. Please rest in peace.
Hey Big Dog: I know you are laughing at me right now, but I cannot help the tears. Steve it is 11 months and I miss you all more than ever.
I just want you to know a day does not go by that your name or anyone else’s is not mentioned you all live on in me everyday. I think my new coworkers are probably sick of hearing about you guys, but that’s too bad. Some of me has not changed at all. Well I miss you and love you please continue to watch and protect Nancy and Sabrina and the rest of your family. When we meet again one day you can give me the speech again for all my tears.
Uncle Steve, today is September 11th, the day that you were taken from all of us. I just want you to know there is not a day that goes by that I do not think about you. I miss you and love you.
I know you are in heaven watching over us..
I love you!!!!! I miss you so much.
Love Always and Forever
I recently found out about Steve and I am shocked and stunned. I always looked at the published lists of the victims and it wasn’t until 9/8/02 that Steve’s name jumped off the page, almost one year to the day. I knew Steve many years ago, when he was an up and coming executive. He was always a kind & caring person so it was no surprise that he would stay with his employees until the end. I remember his love for children and animals and his personality that made him try anything, just once, for fun. I am sorry circumstances did not allow us to remain friends, but my heartfelt sympathies go out to his family. I am sure he is watching over you.
Hello Uncle Stevie, I am just saying hello to let you know that I am thinking about you and I miss you something awful. I know that you see everything that is going on lately, and I’m not sure what I should do. I know that you are watching over all of us and you will lead me in the right direction. I miss you more and more every day when I’m at work and I look at your picture on my desk. Uncle Steve, I’m not sure if you know how you changed my life. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t have had this great job at Cantor which I love, and I wouldn’t have the new friends that I have now. I have only you to thank for all the good things that have gone on in my life. Sometimes I feel guilty for being so happy after everything that happened last year. I will never forget you and what you have done for me. I love you very much and I will always pray for you.
Love always and forever!!!!!!
Your Goddaughter Lor xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox
Hi Steve: I know I know I know slooow down, I just have to thank you like everyone else up there for saving me from what could have been tragic, please do not be mad at me but I promise I will take it easy. Well Merry Christmas and I miss you very much and I know you guys just do not want me and my big mouth up there yet.
rest and peace and thanks again. I will try to take it much easier.
love you KC
Merry Christmas Uncle Steve. I love you and miss you very much.
Happy Birthday “Big Dog”. I just wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday in heaven, I am sure you are all celebrating together. I miss you all very much, love you guys.
Merry Christmas Uncle Stevie. I still miss you so much. I think about you every single day. Love you!!
Love always and forever
Just wanted to say i was thinking of you and yours and saying a little prayer ……..
Hey Uncle Steve, just writting to say hello. Im having a really bad day and im feeling kind of down. Wish you were here!!!!
Happy Birthday in Heaven Uncle Steve!!!!!
Love you always
I was profoundly moved and my life altered when I watched a CBS news interview by Harold Dow of the teenage daughter of the 911 tragedy. I don’t know if Steve was that victim and Sabrina was the grief stricken daughter in the interview, but the dear girl’s pain tore at my heart and soul. I have several grown children and a dozen and half grandchildren, and I never let them forget that awful day.
It’s 5 years now … I don’t remember how long after 9/11/01 that I saw Steve’s name on that unwelcoming list … Steve was my 1st love, and one never forgets that special person that touched their life. I just found this tribute page while looking for some comfort for the loss of my cousin’s husband, also a member of the Cantor family. I was warmed by the deep relationships that Steve had with everyone whose life he touched in some way. I kept nodding in agreement as I remembered the times we had together so very many years ago … our “arranged” meeting, Great Adventure and the roller coasters rides I never would have taken, dancing, times spent with family. Even though our lives went along different paths, I think deep down I always missed you alittle, Steve. A piece of my heart tore again when I realized that you are no longer on this earth with your family and friends. But you are in a good place now, watching over all those you loved. My prayers and heartfelt sympathies go out to Nancy & Sabrina and to all your family & friends.
We will never forget ….
BIG DOG, HOPE YOU ARE IN PEACE, MISS YOU AND WISH YOU WERE ALL STILL HERE. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL FOR THE PAST 6 YEARS AND FOREVER.
PEACE & LOVE
I’m going through the Cantor site and reading about as many of the Cantor heroes as I can. God bless the family of Stephen. When things are “hard”, I think of people who passed away in the 9/11 tragedy and think that things aren’t that hard at all. Stay strong.
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