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Date of Birth: November 3, 1964
Position: Partner of Cantor Fitzgerald, Trader on U.S. Agency Desk
He would always walk into my house with a smile from ear to ear, and a big hello. He would always kiss me and give me a hug, and then immediately find my children, his nephews and his baby niece. He never came empty-handed.. remote-controlled cars or the newest Pokemon toys for the loves of his life.
Gary was an unbelievable uncle. He treated my children as if they were his children, until he could have his own to love. He would pop by on a Sunday to take them to Chelsea Piers or run around in the park, or call them to invite them to the newest kids movie as soon as it hit the theatres. He would come by around 8pm, just as they were going to bed, and happily read them stories before lights out. He had alot more time with the boys than he did with the baby, and I know my boys will remember him forever. Our kids call him ‘Uncle Gary with the tv games’. I have a brother Gary, too. And so they needed to differentiate between the two. Gary Lutnick had Nintendo and Sega, and the other Uncle Gary did not. Hence, ‘Uncle Gary with the tv games’ and ‘Uncle Gary without the tv games’. It worked for all of us!
I loved my brother-in-law so much. He was alot like Howard- devoted, loyal, loving, and he could always make me laugh. They had so many of the same mannerisms and facial expressions, and they were so close. Gary was always spending time with Howard to talk about business, or personal issues. He looked up to Howard, and Howard loved him like crazy- his baby brother. It breaks my heart that Gary is gone. I will talk about Gary until the day I am gone from this earth. I will tell my kids stories about him, and always show them his pictures so that they remember him and how much he loved them.
Last Saturday was Gary’s 37th birthday. I told my oldest son, who is 5 1/2, that it was Uncle Gary’s birthday and he asked if we were going to have a party for him. I told him no, but that we would think about him and tell him how much we love and miss him. He turned to me and said ‘You know, Mommy, if I were a ghost, I would have flown into the World Trade Center and put everyone in my tummy and then flown out, so I could have saved them all’. And I thought: Just like his Uncle Gary- a hero until the end.
I love you, Gary. Forever, Allison