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  Paul Acquaviva

Date of Birth: October 24, 1971
Department: Corporate Development
Position: Vice President

Love, laughter and light: words that describe Paul, my high school sweetheart, my husband and my best friend. Paul was a gift-to his friends, to his family and to me. Although it would be easy to remember him most for his list of accomplishments-achieving in 29 years what many take a lifetime to: a solid career, a loving home and adoring family, we must also include his shining smile, sharp wit and most of all, his devotion to his family.
You could write a book about his love for his 2 1/2 year old daughter, Sarah, who captured his heart at birth. To her he was “da”-her Daddy who cooled her hot French fries one by one, wore blue (her favorite color) almost every day and slid her down the staircase banister, relishing in her squeals of delight. He took her on carousels, flew her Elmo kite at twilight on the ocean beach and took her for “little” walks, hand in hand. On the morning of 9/11 as he said his daily good-byes, Sarah grabbed his face in her two small hands and gave him two big kisses: big enough to last a lifetime.
I will remember Paul and the small things: like Sunday mornings on the porch with a mug of coffee and the papers, matinee movie dates, arms entwined and fingers in popcorn and the sound of his steady breathing as he slept. I will remember Paul and the big things: like exchanging our wedding vows tearfully, him proudly holding Sarah for the first time and clasping hands as we learned our second child (due December 2001) was a boy. I will remember Paul’s last words to me from the 103rd floor of tower 1 at 9:05am on 9/11-“Court, I love you”-words I will not forget or let go of.
It would be easy to focus on the loss of his life, of our future and of our dreams together, but we will focus on the luck we had, my family and I, to have had Paul in our lives…he was a gift. We will focus on what his children will give us-little bits of himself every day, gifts he has left for us to cherish. Paul will always be loved and never forgotten. He lives through his children and through me. He is in our hearts and souls.

Love, laughter and light: “Paul-UAMFE-I will remember…always.”

Courtney, Sarah and Paul Acquaviva, Wife and children

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  Donald L. Adams

Date of Birth: January 27, 1973
Position: Vice President, eSpeed Sales

Donald Adams, standing 6’5″, was an impressive sight, but his personality was even more impressive. He had a tremendous love for life. As soon as you met him you could feel it. He greeted you with a hello that could be heard from miles and a handshake that meant business. Before long you were hugging and sharing stories and meeting at a bar for drinks. His friends became his family and once you were family you were connected. That meant going out to dinner, coming to the house for gatherings and, of course, golfing. For those who played golf with Don knew you played until you dropped. Golf to Don was like water to fish.

The most important part of his life was his family, his daughter Rebecca and myself, his wife.
He was a devoted husband and father. Our wedding 3 1/2 years ago was a magical day which brought our spirits together as one. The birth of our daughter was a miracle that brought our physical beings together as one. Our lives became complete with Rebecca. In the 5 months that he knew Rebecca, Don gave her more love than some people receive in a lifetime. At the end of the day, a kiss went to Rebecca and a kiss went to me. He world was complete.

Now as we move on and pick up the pieces, we draw on Don’s strength and love for life to get us out of the dark.

D, I love you and miss you. H

Heda Adams, Wife

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  Shannon Adams

Position: Fixed Income Accountant

It is hard to imagine someone coming from the smallest of towns, and achieving success in the financial capital of the world. But that was Shannon. His hometown of Star Lake, NY likely has fewer residents than his floor had employees, but that didn’t stop Shannon from shining. He was one of the most loved people I ever had the privilege to meet.

Jay, Friend