From NY Times Dec 26, 2001
'Envelope of Jokes'
There it was, filed under I-J, when Danielle McGuire was looking for the insurance papers of her husband, Patrick. A big manila envelope of jokes. The Wall Street kind, from 1988. And even though her home in Madison, N.J., had been like a funeral parlor for days, "everyone just had a laugh," she said. "It was true Pat. It was almost like they were planted there on purpose."
Mr. McGuire, 40, was a money broker at Euro Brokers but had wanted to be remembered for a more important role: father to Sean, 10, Ryan, 8, Mara, 4, and Shea, 3.
"He had told the boys years ago, when they would bust his chops, 'On my tombstone I want Best Dad Ever because I spend so much time with you,'" Mrs. McGuire said. He would paint his girls' nails when they were in a giddy mood to help calm them down, his wife recalled.
"He was known by everyone for his sense of humor, his great Irish sense of humor. He could make any bad situation better by telling a joke," she said. "He was very, very devoted. He was my best friend."