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  Peter West

Date of Birth: November 5, 1946
Department: Municipal Bonds
Position: Vice President

Since September 11th, my mom, my brother and I have sifted through dozens of old photo albums and recalled countless memories of good times shared.
Having grown up in a large family with eight siblings, my father, Peter, was a true family man. In his 54 years, he lived life to the fullest. My mom and dad married in 1969 and built a wonderful life together, raising two children and traveling to various destinations. They were due to depart on a second excursion to Italy on September 22nd. According to dad, only “eight more wake-ups”.
As jokers and joke tellers go, my dad was one of the best. He was quite an adventure seeker as well. He tried just about everything and he loved to ride his Harley wherever the road would take him. My dad always saw to it that everyone in his life was happy and he was most generous in lending his helping hand.
My wedding video reminds me that Peter West was quite a gentleman and a man who wasn’t afraid to show his emotions. And, he loved to dance with my mom.
My dad took great pride in his work. Municipal bonds were his passion and he’d made quite a name for himself. Everyone in the business seems to have a story about Peter West…Go figure!
Dad – the memories of our laughter and our tears will remain in my heart forever. I miss you. I love you. “Your Daughter”

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Meredith Nelson, Daughter

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  Vincent Wells

Date of Birth: September 17, 1978
Department: FX Options
Position: Options Broker

Vincent was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, and boyfriend. He had been in New York for nine months to make himself a better future. He was cherished by everyone who knew him as a kind, caring, loving person, always ready to make you laugh and comfort you when you cry. He was devoted to his family friends and football team. Vincent will be sorely missed by all those who were lucky enough to have had him in their lives.

Mrs. Julia Wells, Mother

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  Scott “Scotty” J. Weingard

Date of Birth: September 23, 1971
Position: Assistant Trader

Scotty had it all figured out. He cherished nothing more than his family and innumerable friends, and never needed to be reminded not to sweat the small stuff. Living a good, fulfilling life came naturally to Scotty. He lived and loved the only way he knew how to – unconditionally and with all of him. From his father, Stevie, Scotty inherited a profound love for sports and athletic competition. He brought both intensity and levity to his work and play. Scotty’s smile could light up a room. His “rock” shrugs, high-fives, and distinctive gait were familiar to all who knew him. He possessed an enormous heart and clever wit. Scotty made each day a holiday. His life was guided by the tenet: “You only live once.” Scotty’s tragic death was far too premature, and yet his life was complete. He will forever live on in the memory of all who knew and loved him, a truly lucky group!

Bonnie Weingard, Mother

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  Charles Waters

Date of Birth: August 26, 1957
Position: Vice President, Facilities

What can I say about Charlie Waters? Charlie was my first boss. I worked for Charlie for 2 years. He reminded me alot of my older brother Frank. His mannerisims, the way he talked, his love of the Mets! I remember on the interview, he asked me where I lived and when I told him Queens, he asked if I like the Mets, almost as if his decision to hire me depending on that answer. (Of course, I said YES!) He really cared for his staff. He always looked out for each and every single person in facilities, including myself, and I will be forever grateful to him.
I left Cantor on a pretty bad note, and I would just like to thank Charlie for everything that he did for me, and for the opportunity to meet and work for such a great guy, and if I could’ve done things differently, I would. My thoughts and prayers go out to his beautiful wife and children.

Cathy O’Connell, Former Cantor Employee

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  Brian Warner

Date of Birth: November 9, 1968
Department: eSpeed Inc.
Position: Senior Systems Engineer

A loving husband, wonderful father, best friend.  While these words are accurate, they cannot begin to describe the man that Brian Warner was.  He was a genuinely nice person, and he cared about everyone.  He’s one of the few people I know who still stopped to help strangers on the side of the road. He got along with almost everyone, and once he called you “friend” it was for life and he would do anything for you.  As a husband and father, a friend of mine called him a “role model for all men”.   To me, he was truly my life partner.   We did everything together – working on his classic 1969 Firebird convertible, planting a vegetable garden, tickling our 3-year old son (and each other!), and planning for our future. After almost 13 years together, he still left me love notes, always bought me more than one card for special occasions (because he liked seeing me find them), and would call me just to say hello.  He worked for eSpeed for exactly one year (start date: 9-11-2000).

My last memories of Brian are seeing him give our infant daughter a bottle after dinner on Monday, September 10th.  She stared up at him and his eyes sparkled with joy as he looked at her – it was wonderful to watch.  The next morning, as I drifted back to sleep after a 5am feeding, Brian kissed me goodbye as he left for work.  That was the last time I saw him.

We love you and miss you Brian.

Pat Warner, Wife

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  James (Jim) Walsh

Date of Birth: February 19, 1964
Department: ESpeed
Position: Programmer/Analyst

When Kathleen Walsh Karlen adopted her son Connor from Korea — a 2-year-old who found the transition from East to West sometimes unbearable — it was his Uncle Jim who could calm Connor’s emotional storms.

No one in the family was surprised. Jim Walsh was the fun uncle, the friend everyone wanted to hang with, the nice guy with the big heart who was never afraid to show it, said another sister, Carol Walsh Murphy.

“I’m sure everyone who was lost at the World Trade Center has somebody who says they are a great guy, but to call Jimmy great sells him short,” Murphy said. “He was fun and funny, and at the same time, he taught us all how to be a little more loving.”

James Walsh, 37, didn’t make one last call to his family from the 104th floor of One World Trade Center, where he worked as a computer programmer for Cantor Fitzgerald, but his family said it didn’t matter, “because he said ‘I love you’ every way possible, every day of the year.”

He said it in the way he read books every night to his daughter, Caroline, who turned 2 the day the Twin Towers crashed to earth.

When news came that the Scotch Plains resident was missing, boys he knew in high school in Westfield and people who remembered him from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., called to help.

Sean McDonough, from Montgomery, Pa., recalled him in an e-mail: “. . . His friends in Pennsylvania and around the country have been warmed by his presence and will miss him terribly . . . He loved being a dad and through his relationship with Caroline, he showed me a way to be a better parent with my kids.

“We are left with the void of the thousands of people like Jim Walsh who died last week,” McDonough added. “but I will tell everyone who listens about my friend Jim and how much he meant to me and my life.”

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Walsh is survived by his wife, Kate; his parents, Frank and Mary Lou of Spring Lake; two brothers, Thomas of Westfield and Peter of Spring Lake; and two sisters, Kathleen Walsh Karlen of Woodbridge, Va., and Carol Walsh Murphy of Tampa, Fla.

Kate Walsh, Wife

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  Matthew Blake Wallens

Date of Birth: April 16, 1970
Position: SVP, Portfolio Trading

Blake was my best friend and the best person I knew. He was a beautiful person – his smile and gentle spirit radiated warmth, kindness, intelligence and integrity.

Blake loved life, and for the past five years that we were together, his contagious enthusiasm and unfaltering devotion elevated the quality of my life immeasurably. He was always a joy to be around. When I look back at our time together, there are no regrets or what-ifs. Just many, many happy memories, and lots and lots of love.

Blake knew how to have fun. He had no trouble accessing his inner child, and so our friends’ kids all loved him and his silly ways. He appreciated the small gifts of everyday life; a bike ride through Riverside Park, a hike in the woods, a delicious meal, going to the movies, reading a really good book, spending time with friends or family – any of these activities would bring a big smile to Blake’s face, and, as a result, to mine.

But Blake was also serious about the important things. He was the most loyal and sensitive friend a person could have and he was always there if someone needed him. He made a point of trying to understand and connect with others.

I will always miss Blake more than I can express, but I know that his spirit will live through the many people who loved him.

Raina Wallens, Wife

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  Joshua Vitale

Date of Birth: January 30, 1973
Position: Trading Sales Assistant

To My Darling Joshua,

You will always be the love of my life and your memory will live on inside my heart forever. I truly believe that you were a “precious gift” given to me. I thank God that I was blessed to have the opportunity to love you, and even more blessed to have been loved by you. I promise baby that I will live for the two of us because I know your spirit, soul, and love will carry me through. Thank you Josh, from the bottom of my heart.

Loving you forever,

Ina Weintraub, Fiancee

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  Frank J Vignola Jr

Frank J. Vignola, Jr. was a loving person. Whatever riches he had, empotional and tangible, he shared with all he knew. He was a very hard working and responsible person you could always depend upon. Whatever he was doing, whether at work or at play, he gave it his all.

What we miss most about him:

-getting up at the crack of dawn to be the first on line with his kids to see the newest Star Wars movie

-watching him play Monopoly with our daughter, Sarah, and Battleship, with our son, Anthony

-seeing him enjoy a cigar with gusto and stinking out the neighborhood

-listening to him argue with his brother, James, and brother-in-law Jerry, over how to fix something for longer than it takes to actually do it

-his great imagination and sense of fun like when he dressed up as a Rubicks cube for our family New Year’s Eve party

-hearing him scream at the TV when he watched the Jets play well or not so well

-going out to dinner and watching his enjoyment as he tasted a new wine

-hearing the door slam and Anthony getting up from bed yelling “Daddy’s home from work and I just have to tell him one thing”

Our memories of Frank will live in our hearts each and every forever. Many people have said Frank was a hero because of the way he died, but we feel he is our hero because of the way he lived.

Ellen Vignola, Wife

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  Santos Vazquez

Date of Birth: May 11, 1946
Department: Facilities
Position: Assistant Supervisor

Two Hearts In One

Time has been hard. Time has been easy knowing that while part of my heart has been taken away from me, but part of me has been taken to a better place with you. That allows me to be with you in that better place. I know your heart is inside of me, where no one can take that away from me. That allows me to let you live with me. It’s hard to wake up each day without you. I know you would say life is not an easy thing to deal with, but I must go on with my life, so I can keep you alive.

My heart beats for you. There are times that my heart skips a beat for you. There are times when my heart skips a beat with pain. I feel you take me inside of you, hugging me with your heart, holding me with your love, so my heart to your heart. We are two hearts in one. I love you.

Love you always,
Your son Richie

Richie Vazquez, Son