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|Alfred Russell Maler
Date of Birth: January 21, 1962
Department: Governments Zero Desk
Position: Bond Broker
I met Al in 1990 when I worked for Cantor and he and the other “Zeros” had just joined the Firm. I had never met a nicer group of guys in my life and knew early on that Al was the one. He was funny and fun loving. He always had a pleasant look on his face and people were drawn to his easy-going manner. When you conversed with him, you knew you had his complete attention and that what you said would travel no further.
Alfred was born in Patchogue, NY. He was educated in the local schools and went on to SUNY Cortlandt, receiving a BS in biology. He went into sales at the DZUS Fastener Company on Long Island. While there he got to travel extensively throughout the US. He went to Australia several times and golfed in Ireland. Later on we shared that love of travel together, visiting many awesome places within the US, Europe and the islands.
Al had his Captain’s license and drove the Davis Park ferries for 13 summers. He loved the ocean and it was very fitting that we chose to be married in a beach church on Fire Island in 1993. We have two beautiful boys, Alfred Royce, age 4 and Jack Walker, 9 months. They both have Al’s warm, sunny disposition. Alfred is more soulful, while Jack (so far at least) seems more mischievous. I have every confidence that both will grow up to be fine gentlemen just like their dad.
He was an incredible dad. His eyes would well up with tears as he looked at these amazing little people that we had created and he would tell me how much he loved them and me and what a great life we would have. If every child could have a father of this calibre, the world would be a better place.
Al was a humanitarian. He bought food for the homeless and often sat on the curbs of Manhattan in his suit, eating with them and listening to their stories. He did “Swim Across America” this summer with Tom Palazzo and raised money for cancer. He gave blood every chance he got. He always helped people, whether it was coming to the aid of someone who fell in the subway and, more recently someone who had a seizure on the LIE. He even put out a couple of fires on Fire Island over the years!
Al was a superb natural athlete. He excelled in all sports – golf, skiing, soccer, basketball and volleyball. Our son Alfred has that same knack for athletics. Al so enjoyed hitting golf balls with him, kicking the soccer ball around, swimming and just laughing like crazy. He never pushed, but rather, began instilling his love of these things in his boys. I will do everything in my power to continue this.
Al loved the beach and I will never forget the images of he and Alfred running through the surf with those matching muscular legs sticking out of their trunks, digging deep holes and looking for beach glass. I’m so thankful that Jack was with us this summer and the four of us had the chance to walk along the ocean together. We had a fun, busy summer and saw so many people that we might not normally have seen- family, friends and especially Al’s Cantor buddies who are with him now. I take comfort that they are together, even though it is so terribly wrong that they are not with us.
Al – there is not a moment that goes by that I don’t think about you and miss you. There is a hole in my heart that can never be mended. But I thank God I had you in my life, if even for so short a time. You have made me a better person and I will continue to honor your memory by raising our boys with the values and dreams that we started together. I find my strength and courage each day because of the special relationship that we shared and in the knowledge that we will all be together again one day.