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September 10th, 2006 (10:48 pm)

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
The sun shine warm upon your face,
The rain fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand

- Traditional Irish Blessing

On September 11, 2001 Timothy Michael O'Brien was unfairly and unexpectedly taken away from his friends and family. Timothy worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 105th floor of the the North Tower of the World Trade Center. He left behind his wife, Lisa,their three children, John, Madeline and Jacie, his parents, and his 4 brothers and 2 sisters.

Timothy was one of more than 700 Cantor Fitzgerald employees whom are presumed to have perished in the September 11 attacks. His brother-in-law, Stephen worked with him and they shared a passion for sports together. Timothy hailed from Old Brookville and had a close relation ship with his father, they shared a love for the New York Giants and often called each other during the games with analysis and commentary.

His wife Lisa said that he loved to joke and play with his children and liked to think of them as a 'fun family'. She commented that he was her best friend and that "He taught me not to ever judge people or gossip. When I first saw him, he looked like a really kind, sweet person. And he was."

He earned his business degree from Hartwick College after receiving a basketball scholarship. He graduated in 1983 and went on to work at the Wall Street office of R and J Securities and Cantor Fitzgerald, among other places.

He enjoyed golfing and was said to have traveled as far as Arizona to try out a new course. He also enjoyed playing basketball and watching sports.

A couple of comments of Timothy I was able to track down were:

" The world is a better place because Tim O'Brien was in it. My memories of him at Hartwick are of an enthusiastic, smart, athletic, kind, friendly, thoughtful and genuine person. My heartfelt thoughts go out to his wife, his sister Kathy and the rest of his large family."
-Nicole Michaud

"Timmy was an extremely generous person who took care of his entire family. He was devoted to his wife, children, parents, brothers, sisters and God. He stayed focused on them all, without fail. He will be missed forever, but his very special family will look after each other as they have shown us the proper way to grieve."
-- Maureen

Timothy was a devout Catholic and active in his church, St. Mary's Church in Manhasset. He was known to never curse;

"He would spell it if he had to, and he would only spell the first two letters. If he was really mad, it would be, `Man alive!' We laughed about it," his wife said.

Timothy was only 40 years old when he died.

Timothy was a friend of football player Boomer Esiason and was one of the founding members of the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which works to heighten awareness for cystic fibrosis.

Above all, he was just a man who loved his family and did everything he could to provide for them. He had a great relationship with his family and was loyal to them. He will be greatly missed by many people.

If you have time today please consider visiting the website linked above and reading a few of the tributes to the people who lost their lives that day.

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