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Timothy J. Finnerty
Age: 33
Worked for: Cantor Fitzgerald
Originally from:
Resided in: Glen Rock, NJ
College: University of Scranton
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-- anonymous ()
08 Nov 2001

From NY Times, Nov 5, 2001

'Basketball and Hijinks'

On Sept. 8, Timothy J. Finnerty's cousin was getting married. Some family was up from Atlanta. He was tired. It had been a long week. But he knew a cousin's daughter had never seen Manhattan. So at 8:30 p.m., he and his wife, Theresa Finnerty, did a tour of the entire city with her.

"He wanted her to be able to go back to her friends and say she saw it," Ms. Finnerty said. "We walked around the World Trade Center, and he even tried to get us into the office; at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 105th floor. But the office was locked."

A bond trader -- and impromptu tour guide -- Mr. Finney had one great obsession: "He lived and breathed basketball," Ms. Finnerty said. He was a guard at the University of Scranton in the late 1980's, and played in the N.C.A.A. championships, Division III.

Mr. Finnerty, who was 33, loved to coach, too. At Wagner College in Staten Island, he was an assistant coach.

"When we moved to Glen Rock, N.J., he wanted to coach seventh and eighth graders," Ms. Finnerty said. Last year, he got the chance. "St. Catherine's, my church, had a team. And those kids loved him," she said.

"He was just silly and goofy. If a kid was quiet, within minutes he would have the kid laughing," Ms. Finnerty said. At the wedding of his cousin, on Sept. 8, he did goofy dances -- the lawn mower dance and the sprinkler dance.

"I don't know where they came from," Ms. Finnerty said. "But I was laughing so hard I had tears coming down my face."
-- Anon ()
21 Nov 2001

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