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Daniel Patrick Trant
Age: 40
Occupation: Trader
Worked for: Cantor Fitzgerald
Originally from: Westfield, MA
Resided in: Northport, N.Y.
College: Clark University

Before beginning his Wall Street career in 1991, Trant worked for five years in the victim-witness program at the Hampden, Mass., district attorney's office. Before that, he played professional basketball in Ireland and for the United States Basketball League, helping lead the Springfield Fame to a national championship.
Submitted by: Jay Dooling ()

Other links: All-American Money: NY Times (Oct 29)
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Winter Haven Ledger, Sep 15, 2001

'Haven Couple's Son Dies In Attack'

WINTER HAVEN -- Daniel P. Trant called his wife, Kathy, shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday and told her that he loved her, he loved their children, and that something "very bad" had happened that she soon would see on TV.

Trant made his call from the 105th floor of Tower 1 of the World Trade Center where he worked as a bond trader.

Kathy Trant hasn't seen or heard from her husband of 14 years since.

Trant, a 40-year-old Northport, N.Y., resident, is one of hundreds of Cantor Fitzgerald employees thought to be dead after a hijacked plane crashed into the New York landmark.

Today, Trant's mother, Mary Trant of Winter Haven, will go to New York for her son's memorial service. A medical condition will prevent her husband, William, from attending.

Mary and William Trant have lived at Swiss Golf & Tennis Club in Winter Haven for a decade, since retiring here from Massachusetts.

Daniel Trant and his family came to visit every spring and they all went to the theme parks together.

Mary Trant said her son loved the sun and enjoyed going to the pool at the tennis club where his parents live. She said Daniel taught his children to swim there.

The several hours following the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington were tense for the Trants. One daughter is a flight attendant. Two other children live in Washington -- a daughter who works for the U.S. Postal Service and a son who works at the Naval Annex near the Pentagon.

"We were worrying about that many of them," said William Trant. "We didn't know where the flight attendant was flying."

Their worries were alleviated slightly each time one of their children called to check in and report they were safe.

Although they hadn't heard from Daniel, they had felt fairly certain he was going to be safe.

Kathy Trant told her mother-in-law that when Daniel called, he said he was trying to make it out of the building, but there was a lot of smoke and it was hard to breathe. The plane hit the building below his office and started a fire that eventually toppled the huge structure.

Trant's parents remember their son as a "very, very good athlete" who loved sports and working with kids.

Born and raised in Westfield, Mass., Dan Trant was a two-time All-American basketball player at Clark University near Boston.

The Boston Celtics drafted him in the 10th round in 1984, but at 6 feet, coaches didn't think he was tall enough to play in the NBA, his father said. So the Celtics arranged for him to play professionally in Ireland, where he obtained dual citizenship.

Daniel Trant coached basketball and soccer teams for his three children. "He was like a Pied Piper with children," Mary Trant said.

"He had a good heart and a good soul," she said. "It just showed all the time."

In addition to his wife and parents, Trant is survived by his children, Jessica, Daniel and Alex; three brothers; and four sisters.
-- Anon ()
15 Nov 2001

I would like to send my best to the family. I only met Danny once in 1986 before I was to go to Ireland to play basketball. I could tell he was a good man. Just found out about Danny after seeing a show his wife was on. Just wanted the family know my prayers go out to all of you.
-- Jeff Jones (Friend basketball)
27 Aug 2005

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