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  Vincent D’Amadeo

Date of Birth: November 25, 1964
Position: First Vice President of Operations

When I hired Vinny, it was mostly for his softball abilites. What a bonus it was for me that he was also a dedicated worker and great friend. I was very proud of Vinny’s accomplishments in his life and will miss him and all of the other wonderful people who worked for me. My prayers and love go out to Raquel and the boys. It was an honor to know you Vinnie!
Ron and Nancy

Ron Wise, Friend

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  Michael DeRienzo

Department: Securities Lending

“Smitty” that was his name to The Securities Lending Family. I worked with Smit for 6 years and I do not know two colleagues who were as close as we were. We gave each other a great deal of respect, we accepted each other for who were, we laughed together, fought together, but most of all I know we were best friends. Smitty, you will never be forgotten for your personality, sense of humor, sarcasm, bright smile and most of all the special kind of person you were to all. Although you are gone, they cannot take away the most important thing you taught me about life “Stop worrying about tomorrow and live for today.” Smitty was a huge sports fan, athlete and traveler. He ran the N.Y. Marathon in 1996 skied out West and visited numerous places including his most recent trip to Nepal.
To your twin sister Lisa, I promise you I will be there for her for whatever she needs, while you and your Mom protect and watch over her from above. I know you, Steve, Joe, Louie, & Lorraine are our angels watching and protecting all of us who miss you so much.

Love, Karen

Karen Costagliola, Friend

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  Azucena De La Torre

Date of Birth: January 8, 1951
Position: Project Manager/VP

Can one find words that would accurately express what Azucena meant to us? Perhaps, we could start by symbolizing the effects of September 11th, 2001 on our family and say: The column that held this family has been demolished, but the column will rise again; the building will stand tall and strong and if for no other reason, but because Azucena taught us to be that way.

Azucena Maria de la Torre was born in the South American country of Ecuador. She moved to New York after finishing high school. Her life is definitely a story of heroism and inspiration for all that have known her. She achieved professional and financial success while attending City College as full time student and working a full time job. She received a master degree in Computer Science from NYU and held high positions at Chase Manhattan Bank and Cantor Fitzgerald/eSpeed.

There are so many memories that will live in our hearts, and although she is no longer with us, these memories will never die. Which memories should we begin sharing? Should we commence by highlighting her personality? Then, we need to say foremost that even though she attained professional accomplishments, she always remained well rounded, humble, and always maintained love for her family, her sense of humor, her compassion, and her caring ways. She was an exceptional woman with the rare gift of excelling at everything and possessed the ability to emotionally connect with every member in our family, from our mother to our youngest nephew. Azucena took special care of her mother and made sure that all her needs were met. When her sister passed away five years ago, Azucena embraced her two nieces as if they were her own. She provided them with everything in her power. She counseled and guided them through her own example, and kept them on track whenever they wanted to go astray.

We will never forget Saturday barbeques by the pool, her quick hand to help, the precision of her math skills, or how she unconditionally welcomed us into her heart every time we needed comfort. Her garden will miss her touch and love; it will never blossom like it did with her. She was tragically taken from us, and our only hope is that her suffering was minute to none. We can only imagine that during those horrific moments of September 11th she was calm and acted wisely and precisely because that was the way she was. Nothing can fill this emptiness; our family is now an apple without a core.

Afita, you will always be remember as the most kind, thoughtful, intelligent, giving, generous and warm hearted a person is capable of being. While you were on this earth, God guided you and your ways; without a doubt you were just to good for this world and belonged in a better place. As much as it hurts us to let you go, you now belong in heaven waiting patiently to embrace whomever’s destiny is next. Dearest daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend, we will not say farewell, but until we meet again.

The family of Azucena de la Torre,

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  Paul De Cola

Date of Birth: May 28, 1962
Department: Customer Service, Infrastructure

Paul was a hardworking perfectionist who gave his all at whatever he did. He was an avid electronic hobbyist who was always working on a new project. He was passionate about technology. A faithful spouse and a good father and non-compromising in his beliefs. He is sorely missed by his family.

Virginia M. Decola, Wife

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  Anna De Bin

Date of Birth: June 19, 1971
Department: Legal
Position: Administrative Assistant

Anna was born in Elk, Poland. In 1985, at the age of 14, she and her family immigrated to America. In July 1993, Anna became a citizen of the United States, and in September we married. On June 20, 1999 she gave birth to our son, Timothy Joseph.
Anna was incredibly devoted to family life and deeply absorbed in the joy of raising our son. She dedicated all of her time and efforts to creating a peaceful, warm family environment for us. She loved life. She was involved in a range of family activities, creating fun parties for our son and organizing summer pool parties for our friends.
Anna valued spending quiet weekends at home with her family. Often she prepared delicious meals or baked our favorite goodies. She also appreciated nature and loved animals. Occasionally we enjoyed hiking in the woods and frequently visited petting farms with Timmy.
Anna was a wholesome and vibrant woman. She was full of surprises, and her passion for nature was truly reflected in the nature of her loving character. She left this world far too early, but has brought eternal joy to everyone who knew her. She was a beautiful person with special gifts and unique qualities. She will be missed by all whose lives she has touched…she will never be forgotten.
Anna, you will always be in our hearts!

George J. DeBin, Husband

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  Michael Davidson

Date of Birth: June 7, 1974
Position: Equity Options Trader/Derivatives

It’s ironic that in tragic times or even worse – death – that those lost tend to take on a more mythical or legendary persona. We tend to forget the more difficult times and instead remember the good times that much clearer. I guess that is a way of preserving the memories of a loved one. Michael Davidson – a son, a brother, a fiance, a friend – will always be remembered and not only for his significance, but also for his naughtiness. You see Michael was one of those few people that when you were with him and had the pleasure to be around him, you instantly felt something good because he made sure of that. And, don’t get me wrong, it was never boring!!!

In the Broadway show “Rent”, there is a song that is entitled “Seasons of Love” and the question posed in the song is “How do you measure a year?” The response is “In Love”. When I looked out onto the hundreds of people that attended Michael’s memorial service, I truly understood what that phrase meant and what Michael represented. How could he – only 27 years old – touch so many people in such a short time? Is that possible? With Michael, anything was possible and he proved it.

Mike was everything that was good. Everything that is right in the world. He knew how to love and be loved. He knew how to smile and laugh as well as make others smile and laugh. He cared not only about himself but others around him. He symbolized family and epitomized what a friend should be. He was dependable. But most of all he stood up for himself and what he believed. In fact sometimes we wondered if the cliche “dancing to the beat of a different drum” wasn’t coined for Michael.

Whatever drummer he was listening to obviously had the right beat. For someone that barely graduated Rutgers University he didn’t do so bad. On the verge of becoming a partner at such a young age, about to marry his college love and finally closing on his first home…I would say not bad at all.

But quite honestly, as those who survived his teenage and college years know, that although his heart was usually in the right place, his actions were far from perfect. But then again, who is? Michael was not a god or some supernatural being (though at times he tried convincing us otherwise), he did become the man you could be very proud to call your son, brother, husband and friend.

We miss him so much and our lives will obviously never be the same. Michael lived each day to its fullest. He worked hard and played hard. Now we are left trying to mimic his attitude for life but, as we all know, it is difficult and at times sometimes a losing battle. As we try and redefine our lives and what “normal” means we never stop thinking of how things should really be. Now is the time those in our lives become that much more important. We need to be strong for each other and together we will redefine “normal” as the way Michael would expect it!!!
We’ll Always Remember You as You Mean So Very Much to Us!!
Mom, Grandma, your brother Jeff, your fiancee Dominique & special friend Allan

Ellen Davidson, Mother

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  Jeannine Damiani-Jones

Date of Birth: October 7, 1972
Position: Government Agency Bond Broker

A person’s life cannot be measured by the number of years on this planet. It must, however, be measured by the impact a person has on our lives. To that end, Jeannine, wife of Shawn, daughter of Bob and Cathy, and sister of Brian, had a gift. Jeannine always knew how to make you feel special and loved; when she loved you, she loved you unconditionally. She had an extraordinary way of putting others first. Her generosity had no boundaries, nor did her smile. She had a way of lighting up a room that was matched only in intensity by the way she lived her life.

Never in a bad mood, Jeannine lived every day to the fullest, leaving us all gasping for air, but never leaving us behind. As one of her best friends said, “Jeannine lived every day like it was her birthday.” (For those of us who knew her best, however, we know she didn’t just have a birthday, Jeannine had a birthday week). She traveled to places many people only dream of, and spent most summer weekends at the beach perfecting her, what seemed to be, year-round tan. She even persuaded her pale-skinned, Irish husband that he, too, can “get color”.

Jeannine’s life was also enriched by the passion she had for her work at Cantor Fitzgerald. She was recruited upon graduation from Villanova University and started in the training program in 1994. Upon completion of the program, she was assigned to the Agency desk where she was the only female bond broker at that time. Jeannine knew she would have to work very hard to prove herself in this male-dominated business. Always willing to accept a challenge, she used her talent, work ethic, aggressiveness and personality to excel as a broker and gain acceptance as “one of the boys.”

Intelligent, fun-loving, loyal, fearless and beautiful are all words used to describe Jeannine. Yet as beautiful as she was on the outside, she was even more beautiful on the inside, and that is what makes us most proud. We miss her every day and she will never be forgotten.

Shawn, Mom, Dad & Brian, Jeannine’s Family

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  Jack L. D’Ambrosi, Jr.

Date of Birth: May 25, 1956
Position: Vice President, Operations, eSpeed/Cantor Exchange

“A man is not loved for how tall he stands, but how often he bends to help, comfort and teach.”
– That one sentence describes what Jack was all about.

In December 1979, after a company Christmas party, Jack walked me to the train, through the World Trade Center concourse. There he asked me for my phone number and we shared our first kiss. For the next year, we would walk together, from our place of work at 90 West Street, to the World Trade Center. We would say our goodbyes there at the steps of the Path Train. He would go home to New Jersey and I would start my trip home to Long Island.
Our life together started at the World Trade Center and ended there on September 11, 2001.

Jack had many passions, he filled many roles, he took many challenges, he nurtured many friendships, he meant so much to many of us. Jack was first and foremost a family man. He was a devoted husband and father to our daughters, Jacqueline and Emily. Jack shared with them his interest in sports; coaching them in softball and basketball and following his favorite Mets and Jets teams. He took them camping, kayaking and fishing and for all of us Jack will certainly live on in Jacqueline and Emily’s shared love of his passions.
To his extended family Jack was a wonderful son, brother, son-in-law, uncle, nephew, cousin and grandson. He was caring, considerate, and generous and no holiday will ever be bearable without Jack in the kitchen cooking up the meal.
He managed to maintain close relationships with high school and college classmates and with work colleagues.
Jack’s easy-going nature, his accommodating style, his sociable personality, and his bright smile were easy to be around and incredibly difficult to be without.
To me, he was my best friend, my happiness and my life. He was a beautiful person, who filled our lives with many happy memories.
Until we meet again…………..

“They love each other, Lord you can see that it’s true”

Karen D’Ambrosi, Wife

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  Thomas Damaskinos

Date of Birth: April 17, 1968
Position: Vice-President of Operations

Thomas Damaskinos was born on April 17, 1968 in Staten Island, New York to Vivien and Ted Damaskinos. Being the last of five boys, Tom was known as “the baby” and learned quickly how to take advantage of the situation. His quick, often sarcastic humor, and his love of terrorizing his brothers and playing practical jokes made him the favorite.

He started Cantor Fitzgerald after the birth of his daughter Jessica in 1988. Starting in Office Services he quickly worked his way through the ranks in departments such as Accounting, Operations and the Swap desk. He was well known and liked throughout the firm. Everyone that knows him has at least one hilarious story to tell.

In 1998, he married former employee of Cantor Fitzgerald, Jennifer Hanna. They live in New Jersey and have a beautiful son Matthew, born in 1999, who looks exactly like his daddy. Tom loved to play golf on the weekends with the guys from work and spend time with his family.

To know him is to love him, and he is dearly missed by all of us.

Thomas’ Family and Friends,