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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.