Sunday, September 10, 2006

2,996 Tribute - Thomas Daniel Burke - Victims Search: "Intelligent and charismatic, Burke was a good-looking man with a talent for number-crunching. He started out on Wall Street as a trainee with no job guarantee and ended up as a managing director and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald, rising to the top of his profession through a combination of charm, persistence, luck and hard work, his family said. 'He had the kind of personality that would connect with people and make them loyal to him,' said Salter."

"His career was important to him, but so was his family. A natural athlete, he loved coaching his sons at sports. When his oldest, John, became enamored with chess, Burke learned how to play, too. "If he could have, he would have stayed home and been a Mr. Mom," said his wife. "His idea of the perfect weekend was staying home and flipping pancakes and changing diapers."

The New York Times on the Web: "'He was successful, but that's not what made him happiest,' said his sister, Nancy Salter. 'It was his family.' That was the part the young guns did not see, the part not learned in college. Tom Burke's mother always had a happy birthday. Tom Burke's family never wondered where Daddy was. Tom Burke's friends never lay sick, alone."

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