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Date of Birth: April 19, 1966
Edward Lichtschein was a cartoonist, a lover of art, and above all, a family man. During the day, he worked as a computer engineer, designing software for eSpeed, a subsidiary of Cantor Fitzgerald, on the 103rd floor. After obtaining joint degrees in physics and engineering from The Cooper Union School of Engineering and New York University in 1989, Ed went on to get a Masters degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University in 1993. He worked for Schick Technologies before coming to eSpeed and was popular with coworkers at both places.
Outside of the office, he loved to spend his time reading, listening to pop music, and traveling across the country. He loved everything about life. He was inquisitive and well-rounded, and he particularly loved art and literature. In addition to reading, Ed also loved to write. He was bright and an incredible writer. He had a special knack for putting things into words.
Ed, who we called by his Hebrew name, Ari, was extremely close with me, his sister Vera, and his nine nieces and nephews. Ed was extraordinarily caring towards his whole family. He spent may of his weekends visiting his nieces and nephews. He related well to all of them, regardless of their age. He would often take the younger ones on nature walks in New Jersey. With the older ones, he played baseball, traded videos and CDs, and discussed movies or rock music. He convinced his relatives to watch “The Simpsons” and listen to Bob Dylan music. When my wife and I went to Italy, Ed moved into our house to care for our four young children. Since then, the kids have been pushing us to go away again so that Uncle Ed can come and take care of them.
Ed loved cartoons in both movies and books. He especially loved drawing cartoons; his subjects ranged from funny family stories to Simpsons characters to the world situations. Ed was from a Jewish family of European decent and he would also draw pictures of European life. His cartoons were very tasteful and we all laughed at his pictures.
Ed was 35 years old when he was taken from us. We all miss him very much.