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Michael O'Brien
Age: 42
Occupation: Municipal Bond Desk Senior Vice President
Worked for: Cantor Fitzgerald
Originally from: New Hartford, NY
Resided in: Cedar Knolls, NJ
School: New Hartford High
College: SUNY Oswego

MICHAEL O'BRIEN, 42, of Cedar Knolls, N.J., called his wife, Rachel, to tell her the World Trade Center had been attacked. O'Brien, a senior vice president on the municipal bond desk at Cantor Fitzgerald, told his wife they were trying to evacuate. "He was a great father and a great friend," his wife said. "He always made people laugh." The couple has three children.
Copyright B) 2001 The Associated Press
Submitted by: Jay Dooling ()

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From Newark Star Ledger

'Michael O'Brien, 42, trader, family man'

The 104th floor of the North Tower was filling with smoke, but Michael O'Brien of Cedar Knolls stopped to call his wife, Rachel, to tell her the news of the attack on the World Trade Center.

He told her he was wearing a gas mask and that they were evacuating. That was the last time Rachel O'Brien spoke to her husband, a senior vice president of the municipal bond desk for Cantor Fitzgerald Securities.

"Maybe he defied the odds and got downstairs; we don't know," Rachel O'Brien said yesterday.

Mr. O'Brien, 42, was born in Utica, N.Y. He loved the outdoors, and spent many weekends and summers on camping trips. At other times he coached soccer and baseball in Hanover Township.

"He was a great father and a great friend," said his wife of 18 years. "He always made people laugh."

Mr. O'Brien graduated from New Hartford (N.Y.) High School in 1977. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Oswego in 1981 and a master's in business administration from Buffalo University in 1983.

Before joining Cantor Fitzgerald, Mr. O'Brien was a bond trader for Clifford and Drake and later a partner in Municipal Partners Inc. from 1991 to 2000.

In addition to his wife, Mr. O'Brien is survived by two sons, Derek and Kevin; a daughter, Sarah; his parents, Robert and Mary Lou O'Brien of New Hartford, N.Y.; two brothers, Dennis of Buffalo, N.Y., and Andrew of North Kingstown, R.I.; and two sisters, Katie of Shrub Oak, N.Y., and Bridget of Nashua, N.H.

A celebration of his life will be held at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Church, Ridgedale Avenue, Cedar Knolls. Arrangements were made by Bradley-Braviak Funeral Home in Whippany.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Mike O'Brien Memorial Fund, c/o Calafiore, 8 Old Farm Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927.
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04 Feb 2002

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