A short life lived to the fullest
July 8, 1965 – September 11, 2001
Thomas Joseph Collins was born on July 8, 1965 to Tom & Dottie Collins of Dix Hills New York.
Tommy, a managing director of Sandler O'Neill and Partners, was among those who died tragically in the terrorist attack on September 11th. His death is made especially ironic in that he was a survivor of the attack on the WTC that took place in 1993. Thomas was a graduate of Ithaca College, where he played on the varsity lacrosse team for four years and started as an attack man. After graduation in 1986, he worked with First Albany before joining Sandler O'Neill in 1988.
With an electric smile and always a quick joke, Thomas lived life to the fullest. He packed his 36 years full of activity, never wasting a single moment; he was an avid boater, golfer and sportsman. Tommy is survived by his wife, Julia; his father, Thomas, his mother, Dorothy, his sisters, Colleen and Jennifer, and his brother, Tim.
A Life Full of Humor, Sport and Family
May 5, 1965 – September11, 2001
Christopher Matthew Panatier was the youngest of seven children born to Jim & Irene Panatier. He grew up in Dix Hills, NY, and graduated from Half Hollow Hills High School East in 1983.
An avid hockey player, Chris’s hockey career began in high school where he was the captain of the Half Hollow Hills team. He later attended Stony Brook University. His love for the game of hockey continued throughout college, where for two years he was Stony Brook’s team captain.
Upon graduation from Stony Brook with a degree in economics, Chris embarked on a career in the Financial Markets. His first position was with Fulton Prebon, where he worked as a Trader on the forward yen desk. He later moved to Tullett & Tokyo where in 1992 he was given the opportunity to live in Japan and work in their Tokyo offices. Chris returned to New York in the spring of 1993 and started working for Cantor Fitzgerald in January of 1994.
Chris married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn, in 1990. They moved to Rockville Centre, NY and started their family. Their daughter Annie was born in 1995, and brother Christopher followed in 1997.
Chris was a devoted husband and a committed father to Annie and Christopher. He was known for his quick wit and contagious sense of humor. Chris lived his life to the fullest, embracing everyone and everything that came his way. The last few days of his life were spent doing what he liked best – a Jets football game, playing hockey with his Stonybrook alumni and spending time with his family. Chris was last heard from shortly after the airplane hit Tower Two of the World Trade Center.
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