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  Fred Gabler

DOB: 3-3-1971
Position: Equity Partner, OTC Trading Desk

Fred and I grew up like any brother and sister, teasing, antagonizing and fighting. And my mom would say “be good to each other because you will always have each other”. She used to make us hug and kiss each other good bye whenever we were going separate ways. For a long time, I thought this was so silly. As we grew up and our bond strengthened, I no longer needed my mother to tell me to hug or kiss him..I just wanted to on my own. I loved and respected my brother more than anyone I have ever known. I cannot believe that I will no longer be able to hug and kiss him because …he was always supposed to be there….

Many knew that Fred loved to gamble from Atlantic City to Vegas, football, basketball…if there was a game, he would bet on it. In life, he was so often a lucky winner, that in gambling, he figured that he would usually be a lucky winner as well. I was thinking about this and really comparing it to our lives. The sad irony here is that life itself is one large game of roulette. We just never know what variety of roulette we are going to play on a given day; whether we will come out even, win big or lose. On September 11, we lost bigger than we ever imagined possible. We lost a great man, I lost the greatest brother and my best friend.

Just 24 hours before this horror, I was on the phone with Fred. We were trying to pick a night to have dinner this week. While we were speaking, he told me that he was psyched for the fall—it was his favorite time of year. He could play golf one day on the weekend and he could enjoy the crisp air. But most importantly, he could sit on the couch and watch FOOTBALL! For him, this was the best thing about the fall—football season. A friend recently told me that he believed that once we left earth, we go to another place, and be whatever we want. This doesn’t mean wings, angels and harps.

So, I believe that Fred is at a different football stadium each day—in the front row of course, with the Jack Daniels flowing and Bruce Springsteen blaring!

Good bye my darling Fred…I miss you terribly, we all do.

You are now, as you always was guardian angel…

I love you, xox your sister Jolie

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  Matthew James Grzymalski

Date of Birth: February 21, 1967
Department: GSB Intermediates
Position: Bond Broker

Matthew James Grzymalski was born in February 21, 1967, in Brooklyn, New York, the fifth of six children. He grew up on Long Island in New Hyde Park. Matt attended Chaminade High School and graduated Herricks High School in 1985. Following graduation he joined Fundamental Brokers, where he matured quickly as a trainee on the Treasury Bills and 10-Year Intermediate Desks. In April 1996, Matt joined Cantor Fitzgerald as a broker for Intermediates. He really enjoyed the company of his work friends; he loved the family-like atmosphere on his desk. They spent many quality leisure hours away from work as well, playing in golf outings, weekend barbeques, even competing in the Montauk Triathlon together.

It was at Cantor that Matt met Kaleen Pezzuti – they started dating in December 2000, it was definitely meant to be. They found each other and knew the love they shared was forever. They were together at work on September 11, 2001, when they met their fate.

Matt has two sisters and three brothers, as kids the six of us were very close and as adults even still chose to spend out vacation time together. Matt was extremely generous “Uncle Matt” to five nephews and two nieces who absolutely adored him. We have special memories of family vacations, holiday celebrations, Dad’s Sunday dinners that could feed an army, golf at the Links, “mandatory” weeding in Dad’s vegetable garden, growing up we all had to make sure Matt finished his homework before we could do anything. We were always grateful for the close sense of family that Mom & Dad surrounded us with, and the ease with which we said, “I love you”, learned from either example. We looked so forward to Kaleen joining our family circle.

Matt lived life to the fullest, and still took time to smell each rose. Matt had a summer share out on the East End for the past several years with a great group of friends. He enjoyed hanging out at the house, playing backgammon, conversation over good food, a nice bottle of wine, a Corona (or two), and relaxing at the pool. He enjoyed the music of Van Morrison, the Allman Brothers & John Denver too! Matt was a great friend to many, someone you could always count on to be there for you. Matt was very sensitive, he was very considerate of others, he had a great sense of humor, and he loved to laugh. He had very traditional beliefs, a man of strong moral fiber. He always knew the right thing to say, and especially, when to say nothing at all. Matt treasured the years he shared an apartment in Bay Ridge with Furn (Tom O’Neill). They experienced many Giants’ tailgates and flew to many a Super Bowl (even though they usually didn’t make it to the game). The party would always end up at Griswald’s, their favorite Bay Ridge nightspot.

Many of Matt’s friends shared beautiful memories with us at his memorial service. It pleases us to know that his life positively affected so many and left an indelible mark on your hearts. We ask you to carry those special memories with you always.

Matty Wood, our hearts ache until we see you again … Sis

Jo Ann McManus, Sister

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  Ron Gilligan

Date of Birth: May 15, 1958
Position: Database Administrator

There are no words to express the loss of the best dad, husband, son, brother and friend. You touched everyone with your beautiful smile. You epitomized what a gentleman should be and there will always be a void in our lives not even time will fill. Our dad, Ronnie Sr. has now joined you; look after each other. You are in our thoughts every day.

All our love, God bless
Liz, Ashley, Ainsley, Dherran, Mom, Les, Loraine, Philip, Anita, Colin, Dee and family

Elizabeth Gilligan, Wife

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  Timothy G Grazioso

Date of Birth: October 4, 1958
Department: Over the Counter Trading
Position: COO

Timmy worked for Cantor Fitzgerald for 12 years. At the time of the attacks, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Over the Counter Trading and Head NASDAQ trader.

In losing Tim (and John), their parents lost two of their three children. Timmy is survived by Debbie, his beautiful wife of 15 years, and their two beautiful children, Lauren and Briana, 12-year-old identical twin girls. Timmy dedicated his life to making a better future for Debbie and the girls, a future free of worry and laden with the opportunity to fulfill their dreams. Anyone who knew Timmy knew how very proud he was of his daughters. He was a loving and dedicated father and a devoted husband to Debbie. Timmy loved making his daughters breakfast, loved making them laugh, and loved waking them up by tickling them in the morning. Even at the age of 12, Timmy carried them from their bedrooms, downstairs to the breakfast table. There is nothing that Tim wouldn’t do for his wife or children, nothing. Timmy was also a dedicated and loyal friend and brother. He was a loving son. He was sweet, kind, thoughtful, and sensitive. Tim was the most modest man you could ever meet and was thoughtful and generous beyond words. He always loved a good laugh. When Lauren, was just one year old, she was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes. Tim then devoted much of his time to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and was Vice President of Fund Raising.

For those of us who had the good fortune to know Tim, we will forever miss his warmth and sensitivity. We will also miss that smirk of his. We could never replace what has been lost for his children; the void is just too great. Because they are children, they are resilient. In time, their hearts will mend, but a piece will be forever missing. The only thing we could do now is to try to give these children the lives their father would have wanted them to have.

To help fulfill the dreams that Tim had for his beautiful daughters and to make their future just a little brighter and less uncertain, Tim’s sister, Carolee, has established a trust fund for Lauren and Briana (Tim Grazioso’s Children Trust Fund). Anyone wishing to help fulfill the dreams of Tim and make a better future for his children could do so by sending contributions to the educational trust at:

The Tim Grazioso Children’s Fund
PO Box 1193
Newark, New Jersey 070101-1193

Tim’s and John’s Family,

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  John Grazioso

Date of Birth: April 28, 1960
Department: eSpeed Sales

In losing John (and Tim) their parents, lost two of their three children. John is survived by his beautiful wife of ten years, Tina and their three gorgeous children: Kathryn (7), Kristen (4), and Michael (10 months). John had an affinity for many things, golf, fine food, cigars, and spending time with friends and family. He loved Bruce Springsteen, and knew every word to every song. None greater was the love John had for his wife and children. John was a devoted father and a great husband. He loved all aspects of fatherhood, bath time, bedtime stories, and singing Amazing Grace. John adored his wife, was very proud of his daughters, and beamed when Michael was born. He brought Michael everywhere (cleaners, carwash, gas station, and food shopping). Michael still looks at John’s picture and says “DaDa”, kissing the picture between “DaDa”s!

John was a great cook. He loved making his girls breakfast, their favorite, silver dollar pancakes. John was fun-loving, quick-witted, with a great sense of humor. Weekends, John managed to squeeze in 18 holes before lunch, spending the day with his wife and children. John was loyal, kind, sensitive, caring, and protective of those he loved. He wanted his children raised in a warm, loving environment with traditional values.

We could never replace what is lost for his children; the void is too great. All we could do is try to give these children the lives their father wanted them to have. To help fulfill John’s dreams, make their future a little less uncertain, John’s sister, Carolee, established a trust fund. Anyone wishing to help make a better future for his children could send contributions to the educational trust at:

John Grazioso Children’s Fund
Box 1193
Newark, NJ 07101

John’s and Tim’s Family,

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  Michael E Gould

Date of Birth: July 30, 1972
Position: NASDAQ Trader

On the outside, there was the tough guy, 5′ 11, 260 pounds of rock solid muscle. He challenged himself to exceed all expectations, never allowing himself to be deterred in any way. He faced adversity in his life with willpower and determination and became even stronger. He always gave his best and he expected the best. He dreamed of success and made his dreams come true. He was an inspiration to those who knew him well.

On the inside, there was the little boy with a heart of gold. He was devoted to his family and friends and shared a very special relationship with his mom. He loved animals: Simba, the exotic Bengal cat with whom he shared his life, and Marley, the beautiful black lab he had since childhood. He was passionate about guitars. In the words of a friend, he “never saw a LesPaul he didn’t like.” He was as comfortable in an Armani suit as he was in a West Coast Choppers T-shirt and sweats. He wanted to be loved, not for his success, but for the person he was. He could always make us laugh. He loved beautiful women; endlessly searching for the special one with whom he would spend the rest of his life. He adored little kids and dreamed of having a family of his own. Most of all, he loved his friends and family. He touched each of our lives in a special way and we will always miss him.

Mike, you were, and always will be, our hero. We will love you forever my son.

Kathryn Anderson, Mother

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  Jeffrey Goldflam

Date of Birth: May 26, 1953
Position: SVP, Chief Financial Officer

Jeff was both a dedicated and loyal individual to both Cantor, as well as his family. His honesty and integrity in his personal life and career, brought inspiration to others. As a husband and father, Jeff put the happiness of his family first. Unique, genuine and intelligent are only a few qualities which made Jeff the person he was. He enjoyed driving his sports car or just sitting on a beach reading a good book. Jeff is remaining alive in our hearts.

Josh and Ashley Goldflam, Son and Daughter

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  John Gnazzo

Date of Birth: May 24, 1969
Department: Operations
Position: Vice President of Operations

I remember having alot of laughs with john at work,he was a great person and very funny. he used to come up to my office when I worked at Cantor and visit Joann Tabeek and I and all we would do is laugh, he will be missed very much. I am very glad I was able to share some fun memories with him. god bless

donna, Co worker

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  Laura Gilly

Date of Birth: January 31, 1969
Department: Bond Trading

I don’t recall when you arrived
It was a cold winter day
I had just turned 2–at that time
There wasn’t much to say

I hear the stories from Mom & Dad
On how I bothered you
It was a brother/sister thing
I guess the normal thing to do

Early pictures of your face were few
But there were plenty of their Son
That’s why I always joked with you
That you were the adopted one

We had a fun time growing up
At 1948 (our address)
Our friends were cool, our family fine
But our parents, Grandma and Uncle Ed were great!

I do remember that snowy night
When your hip broke from the fall
You were in a cast for many weeks
Your friends would always call

The years went by and we did change
Us both the opposite
I never said it, but I admired you
The one thing I truly regret

I remember the time when we were young
Playing the drums on the pots and pans
I will always have your doll house at home
And think of your Coca-Cola cans

Your hairstyle was always different
And you asking if I noticed the change
Like all wedding gowns I’d joke with you
It really still looks the same

Ten years ago you applied for a job
It was to be flying in a plane
Then Tower Air went belly up
Looking back that was a shame

At least you got to travel the world
And brought back many gifts
Now Daddy can’t walk you down the aisle
Nor baby-sit your kids

You got a job in the Twin Towers
But still high in the air
I was even told your desk had a view
Which is pretty rare

Mom & Dad were so happy
On the day that you were hired
Why couldn’t you have been on Sept 10th’s list
Of those that were to be fired

When I first plane hit–I closed my eyes
And immediately thought of you
THOSE PIECES OF CRAP–they ended your life
Many DECADES way too soon

My son Kevin was born on Aug 20th
You wittnessed his first 2 weeks of life
And now you cannot watch him grow
Nor go shopping with his wife

There are some things we can change
And many that we can’t
My son Kevin will never greet you
You were his only Aunt

On September 5th you and Mommy waited
For Kevin’s eyes to show
I said you have plenty of years left to see him
And then you had to go

That same Wed night when you came to see him
I’m so sorry that he missed ya’
There’s one more thing Id like to say
You’ll ALWAYS be my sister

Paul Gilly, Brother