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  James Murphy

Date of Birth: December 8, 1965
Position: Vice President/Government Bonds

Jimmy was the seventh of ten children born into a tightly knit Irish Catholic family. He excelled as an athlete at a very young age spurred on no doubt by the competition in his own house. He earned the “Athlete of the Year” award in his senior year of high school and went on to college with a basketball scholarship. In 1990 he joined Cantor Fitzgerald and began his career on Wall Street. In the following twelve years he amassed an enormous amount of friends at work. It was impossible not to know your neighbors when you practically sat on their lap ten hours a day.

I worked for Cantor as well but met Jimmy at the beach in his hometown in 1992. I told my parents that I met the man I was going to marry one whole week after meeting him. He really was that special. The kindest person I have ever known. Honest, true and so much fun to be with. He had a natural talent for making people feel good, feel important, and feel loved. People were drawn to Jimmy. He was always organizing impromptu gatherings whether it be for a quick beer (yeah, right) at a neighborhood bar, a concert, or a barbeque on his parents back deck. Everyone always came. He had a special connection with children. They adored him-most likely because he was a big kid himself. There was no pretense about Jimmy. He was the same person to everyone.
I cannot describe the depth of my sorrow and the pain my family and Jimmy’s family is living with. His parents and mine, his seven brothers, two sisters, aunts, uncles, in-laws, nieces, nephews and countless friends are finding it difficult to bear.

What a senseless shame that our daughter Morgan had only four years with her Dad. He taught her to swim this past summer and forced her off the diving board as well. Last winter she learned how to make snow angels and build the perfect snowman. He used to take her with him everywhere just to hear the comments of complete strangers about how beautiful she was or how smart.

Our son Jimmy Jr. had less than three years with his Daddy. In that short time Jimmy managed to pass down his love of the ocean, the outdoors and Sunday’s spent together on the couch watching football. He also passed on his kindness and beautiful disposition. He is his father’s son.

Our unborn child will never know his father’s touch or his immense pride and adoration.

It is unbearable for me to think about our children growing up without their father. I want to scream for all the suffering he may have endured and for all the days and nights we won’t have with him. I want to scream for all the plans we had made that I will have to carry out alone. I want to scream for his family and mine who know how special he was and can’t begin to understand how something like this could have happened.

Jimmy was a beautiful person. I am so thankful to have had him in my life for the ten years that I did. And for the gifts he gave me-Morgan, Jimmy and the new baby. I will forever keep him alive in their hearts and in mine.

Mary, Wife
  • I worked with Murph at Cantor for a few years, and I can honestly say he was one of the nicest, most pleasant people in the whole firm. He was confident in a quiet and unassuming way; always going out of his way to make eye contact and to say hello.
    Whether on the trading desk, in the halls, out after work, playing hoops; he was always the same great guy! And a great athlete, too! But he was never cocky, or full of himself in any way. You could tell he had always been that way. Most of the truly great ones usually are. And he certainly was.
    I feel so sorry for his lovely wife, and children. He was a one of a kind great guy. It’s just a mind boggling shame to lose a man like him. May he rest in peace.

    Former co worker, Friend
  • Mary, I’m so sorry for the loss of your husband. I didn’t spend a whole lot of time with Jim, but I can always remember him popping into the Mortgage Room to say hi to you and chat with the guys on our desk. He was such a “good man”. I really enjoyed having the opportunity getting to know you both, & I am just so sad for you & your children.

    Jerry Byrne, Former Co-Worker

    Steve Papini, Friend/Co-worker
  • Dear Mary,

    May God bless you and your family in this time of sadness, you and your family will always be remembered in my thoughts and prayers. Your husband Murp. was one of the nicest guys I have had the pleasure to work with.

    Marty Hogan, former Tel Tech at Cantor
  • Murph was always there with his easy going manner and his laughs. Always one of the guys Murph will be truly missed. My prayers go out to his family.

    Erik Sulzbach, Friend/Co-Worker
  • Murph you were one of the many great guys at cantor, I could always count on you to take my chance books and I use to kid you about spliting the money with Mary if you won. You will always be in my prayers and thoughts.

    Marty Hogan
    former tel tech. at cantor

    Marty Hogan, former tel. tech at cantor
  • Growing up one of eight children in the same community at the “Murphs”, I suppose it was inevitable that our lives would become entwined. They are the kind of family that makes you feel like if you know one you know them all, but you cannot decide who you like the best. This was evident the night that Mary and Jimmy opened up their house to host Sean’s 30th Birthday Bash. I was fortunate enough to have been invited, and the feeling of being with their close-knit family was something I will never forget. (I will also never forget Jimmy’s frozen “champagne” shots, which tasted an awful lot like tequila.) My heart aches now to know the pain this wonderful family must live with everyday – and to know that Mary must go on without her husband. I will continue to pray that God will grant them the strength to endure this horrible tragedy that took their son and brother, their husband and father away.

    Sharon Keane McAloon, Family Friend
  • What a great guy. A true gentleman. It was an honor to have known you. All my thoughts and prayers go out to Mary and your children, who you were so proud of. Bless all of Jimmy’s family and give them the stength to heal.

    Anne Giambrone, friend/co-worker
  • I didn’t know James that well. I know Mary his wife because she used to work at Cantor as a mortgage back broker. He was very well known and respected by all his peers. I could tell that he was a very well-mannered man. A family man. A person who loved his wife and children. I would often see him in the hallways at Cantor. He would always take the time to say hello. And when I would ask him how his family was, he would always be glad that I asked and tell that they were doing great. Mary, I hope as time goes by God will ease your burden. My sympathies go out to you Mary and to your children who your husband loved so very much.

    Vinzi, Co-worker
  • My Best Friend!

    Norman, Friend/Brother
  • Peace

    Rich Bolton, friend
  • just a little note to let you know you will not be forgotten. you are in my prayers daily.
    God Bless

    Marty Hogan

    Marty Hogan, tel. tech, at cantor
  • Murph;
    I’m writing this a bit belatedly — it’s 2005 and I had the luck of running into Mary in Vail (one of your favorite places). We had a great time speaking of you, Eddie D, “FT”, etc. What never ceases to amaze me is how people like you can continue to bring people together, even after all of this time. None of us will ever forget you or your colleagues, nor will you ever stop influencing our lives. Peace.

    Matt Frymier, customer/friend
  • Murph, I miss you bro.. Ryno

    andy ryan, friend/co worker
  • Mary,
    We hope this finds you and the children doing well in your new home. We think of you often and hope that you have found peace and continue to remain strong. Murphs’ smile still lives on . We miss you all!
    Nancy and TK

    nanc and tom kennedy, friend
  • Dear Mary,

    I don’t know you, but knew Jim well. We lived in Spring Lake together and like Jim, I’m from one of those large Irish Catholic St. Catherine’s families. I remember Jim at the beach and at school as one of the most open hearted and nice guys. No pretense about him and always with a great hello. He is missed. I pass by his bench on the North End boards when I am home running. All good thoughts for a great life that was entirely too short.

    Maureen Higgins Williams, former fellow Spring Laker

    Maureen Higgins Williams, Childhood Friend

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