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|Kenneth W Van Auken
Date of Birth: August 30, 1954
Department: Mortgage Backed Securities
Position: Vice President
On September 11, 2001, the light went out in Ken Van Auken’s beautiful blue eyes. We lost his warm and wonderful smile forever, my children lost their Dad, and I lost my husband and closest friend.
Ken was known for his wry wit, his integrity and his intelligence. He could build anything and fix everything.
He was an involved, affectionate and amazing father to our children,Matthew, 14 and Sarah, 12. They miss him dearly.
On November 1, 2001 Ken and I would have shared our 16th anniversary. We met when we were in college at SUNY Cortland, in 1974, a whole lifetime ago. On the morning of September 11, Ken left a message that said “I love you” twice and “bye” softly, once.
There are only three of us now, and each day that passes we miss you more. We feel your presence everywhere and wonder how on earth this could have happened.
Life continues somehow, and I am trying to make the decisions for our children in a way that would make you proud.
I love you always honey, and I miss you so much.