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  Timothy Michael O’Brien

Date of Birth: July 5, 1961
Department: Mortgage Back Securities
Position: Partner/Managing Director

I loved Timmy from the moment I saw him from across the room (I knew that day I met my husband). He was the most amazing man I have ever known. I loved everything about him! He was so devoted to me and our three beautiful children; we always came first to him no matter what.

Timmy had a passion for golf and loved his early morning tee times on
weekends at the Garden City Golf Club. He also enjoyed playing at Desert Mountain in Arizona. I will miss looking forward to our days there together. Timmy was a basketball star at Hartwick College and still enjoyed playing the game at his buddy’s gym – that was very special to him! But more than anything, Timmy would prefer to host tennis matches and bar-b-ques in our backyard for all of our family and friends. He enjoyed playing with the children in the pool and warming up by the outdoor fireplace over a bottle of red wine. He loved to relax and enjoy watching everyone having fun and sharing his home with the people he loved.

Timmy was extremely generous and kind to all around him. He cherished his friends that he left behind, but I know he also cherished the friends he had with him on September 11th and I am so grateful he was not alone.

I am so sad for our children, John, Maddie and Jacie, who may only know
from stories how wonderful their Daddy was. I hope and pray they will remember all of the fun things Timmy did with them as the “fun family” and all he tried to teach them in such a short time together.

Timmy, I loved your eyes that always seemed to smile, your smile that
always seemed to sparkle and your heart that always seemed to glow right through you. But most of all, I love the way you loved me. You are my heart and you are in my soul. I will see you everyday through our children. I will miss you every minute of every day. I have been so blessed to have had you in my life and I am a better person from the love we have shared. You will always be the love of my life!



Lisa, Wife

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  Amy O’Doherty

Date of Birth: December 21, 1977
Department: Agencies
Position: Broker’s Assistant

Amy was as bright and cheery as the sunflowers she loved. At 23, she was experiencing her new life at Cantor and Soho with all the gusto of a young adult her age. She loved her job and the people she worked with at Cantor. She loved buying new clothes and things for herself and me (her mother). I believe she wanted me to be as happy as she was. She was generous at heart, so much so that if I said I wanted something, anything, she would immediately indulge me. I can still see the pleased look on her face when I happily accepted the things she gave me.

Her attitude about life was that it should be savored, not just lived and she was teaching me how to do just that. With children, she was a master disciplinarian, gentle, yet firm. She once told me she saw herself having at least 5 or 6 children. I loved being her mother.

Recently she had a new “take charge” attitude at home. She communicated to me that she didn’t need a mother in quite the same way anymore. She was taking charge of her own life, making her own decisions, and developing her own independent style. It was a rich and rewarding experience for me to watch. I miss her each and every day.

Amy was my only sister and my best friend. She was living the life that was destined for her at Cantor and in the city. It is heartbreaking that I will have to grow old without her love, friendship, and guidance.

Geraldine Davie and Maura O’Doherty, Mother and Sister

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  Seamus Oneal

Date of Birth: May 5, 1949
Position: Manager of Customer Integration, eSpeed

We lost a wonderful father when the World Trade Center collapsed on that horrible day in September. He was 52 years old, and Manager of Customer Integration at eSpeed.

Dad was so vibrant and full of life; he always talked as if he would live forever. Working for Cantor Fitzgerald was like a dream come true for him. He was so proud of his office, and loved introducing us to all his co-workers and showing us the fantastic view. He had as many careers as such a multi-talented person could expect to have; he was an actor, social worker, an officer in the military, and a composer of beautiful choral and symphonic music.

But most important to him was his relationship with us, his children, and to us, he was a great dad. We always knew how much he loved us. He didn’t like ending phone conversations without saying so. We could tell him anything, and he would not judge us. He believed in each of us as separate, unique individuals and was constantly encouraging us to be the best we could. He wanted us to be happy, and was content to let us choose our own paths. We knew he worried a lot about us. We tried to let him know that everything would be okay, that we would be okay. He would always promise us that he would live until he was 106, and we believed him. We never imagined that we would lose him so soon. And as much as he loved his children, Dad also loved his partner, Tom. Tom was one of the most wonderful things ever to happen to Dad. Tom has always been a loyal, caring friend and ally. We are so grateful to him for everything he has done for Dad and for us.

We were so unprepared to lose you, Dad. We feel your absence in everything. At family gatherings sometimes there is a pause as we look around, waiting for the missing person to arrive. A moment passes, and we realize we have been waiting for you. We loved the way you laughed, the way your eyes crinkled up when you smiled. Some of our memories are so simple: tickle fights when we were younger, visiting Civil War battlefields, walking around New York together, going out for dinner. Without your voice, our world is so much quieter. When you died, the world became a little flatter, less joyful. Without your presence, we feel a missing link.

We miss you, Daddy. We love you always.

Elen, Isaac, & Anna Oneal, Children

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  Ronald Orsini

Date of Birth: August 17, 1942
Position: Bond Broker

My son is almost 6 months old now. He has an innocent face and a beautiful smile that knows no sadness. Although he will have a happy life, he will never meet his Grandpa Ronnie. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of my father. He was my hero. He loved my Mom, his family and friends. He had such a love for life and enjoyed every day to the fullest. I think of all the moments we spent together and the joy that was my life.

It pains me that my son will never get to meet this man. He will never know this wonderful guy that made a trip to the mall a special event. He will never see the funny faces he made just because he wanted to. He will never play catch with him or go out for ice cream with him. He would have been the greatest grandfather on earth. This picture was taken so that my son could see his grandfather that day he was born. It was taken a few days before September 11. I show it to him every day and when he looks at it, somehow maybe he knows that he has an angel looking out for him from Heaven as he would have on Earth.

Dad, I miss you more than words can say. I wish you were not gone. I love you forever.

Your only child,

Danielle, Daughter

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  James Ostrowski

Department: Irs/Cm-Short/Med Swaps

Jim was a true gift from God who was taken from us much too soon. His wife, Joanna, and his three young children, Annie, James and Olivia, adored him. The highlight of their day was when he walked in the door after work. And it was no wonder they all looked forward to his arrival-Jim was completely devoted to his family. He loved to play ball with the children or read stories to them. When Joanna had a hard day, Jim was always there too-to help with the housework, to bathe the children, to cook, or to just be a listening ear.

Jim had tremendous energy. He couldn’t wait for his children to be old enough to play sports. He wanted to be a coach for all three of them. Jim would get so excited when one of his children hit a ball or kicked a goal, even if he had to fall out of the way for the goal to go in. His enthusiasm was infectious-he would have made a great coach.

Jim only saw the good in people. You could see it in his eyes and hear it in his voice when you spoke to him. This is why so many people loved him so much. When his memorial took place at his church, more than 1,500 people were there for him and his family. They came from all over the country.

Joanna has received so many letters from people whose lives Jim has touched. She had never heard of some of them and yet they felt compelled to write to her and tell her how much he meant to them.

Jim was an extraordinary, kind and loving man-we will never forget him and will always miss him.

Jim’s Family,

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  Jason Oswald

Date of Birth: December 18, 1972
Department: Accounting
Position: Accountant

John Douglas Oswald, 28, was born December 18, 1972 in Chicago, IL. Jason was the son of Ken and Jane Oswald of Merrill, WI and the brother of Jennifer Oswald of Houston, TX.
Jason graduated from McCullough High School, Spring, TX in 1991. He went on to complete his undergraduate degree at Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL in 1995. At Wheaton, Jason played for the school volleyball team. He then finished his Master’s in Accounting at The University of Texas at Austin in 1997. Following graduation, Jason began his career at Price Waterhouse LLP in Chicago, IL. In June 2001, Jason moved to New York City and in August 2001 Jason went to work for Cantor Fitzgerald.
An avid outdoorsman, Jason enjoyed running, skiing, fishing, and playing golf and volleyball. He also enjoyed reading and eating mom’s homemade apple pie. He had a witty sense of humor that drew many to him, and his kindness was evident to all.
Jason and his girlfriend, Nancy Prentis attended Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. Jason trusted Christ as his personal Savior at a young age, and made his relationship with the Lord a priority in his life.
We as a family will greatly miss him, but rejoice that he is now with the Lord.
Mom, Dad and Jennifer

Ken and Jane Oswald, Mom and Dad

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  Todd Joseph Ouida

Date of Birth: May 18, 1976
Department: Foreign Exchange Options
Position: Broker

You are with us in our hearts forever.
Aunt Elenore

Elen Reynolds, Aunt

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  Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Date of Birth: December 2, 1958
Position: Government Agencies

My husband Pete was a pretty simple guy. He went to work every day. He was never late or sick. He loved to take care of me and the kids and the garden. He loved sports and fishing. Pete coached our sons in basketball and baseball. He was a fair coach and a good sport. Pete folded the wash and did the dishes every night. He took our daughter Maryellen to all the newest silly movies, for bike rides and shopping. Our kids are Joe, 21, Tom, 14, and Maryellen, 12. We used to like to watch “Friends” and “Raymond” and the Yankees together. He had to watch “Cops” and The Discovery Channel and Saturday morning fishing shows by himself. He was really funny and we all laughed a lot. Pete’s parents are Dolores and Pete, his brothers are Terry-married to Joanie, their kids are Robert and AnneMarie; Kevin-married to Lorraine; Tom, who is married to Kate and has a new baby, Clare; and John. His sister is Kathy, who shared a birthday with him-December 2. On this birthday, his 43rd, he was supposed to be going on his annual fishing trip to the Salmon River. Instead, his friends took with them a bronze plaque with his picture on it that they had made to hang at their fishing spot in his memory.

Kathy Owens, Wife