DENNIS BUCKLEY: From Lacrosse to
Buckley of Chatham, N.J., was a big man, 6 feet, 210
pounds, with an athletic build. He had been a star
lacrosse player at Lynbrook High School and graduated
from the University of Maryland, which he attended on a
full lacrosse scholarship. "He still walks like he's
carrying a lacrosse stick," said his wife, Cathleen,
speaking of him in the present tense, although she had
just come from making funeral arrangements.
He was 38, a bond broker at Cantor Fitzgerald, the
father of three girls ranging in age from 22 months to 6
years. A memory his wife holds dear is the massive Mr.
Buckley taking his three girls, with their three pink
Barbie doll towels, to the swim club. His eldest
daughter, Mary Kate, had her sixth birthday 12 days after
the attack, and Mrs. Buckley decided to go on with the
party. "She's 6," Mrs. Buckley said. "Not having it would
be like almost taking it away from her."
She speaks of what has become a community of loss, the
World Trade Center people who did not come home, and
begins to weep. "As short as it was, I was really lucky
to know him. Part of me looks at these younger widows. I
at least have my family."