Robert J. Coll: Always the
was perhaps inevitable that when pressures rose at work,
colleagues would turn to Robert J. Coll to calm things
down. Mr. Coll was born eighth out of nine children, a
peacemaker amid the chaos of a big family.
"Maybe being in that position in the family made him
compassionate and good with people," said Mr. Coll's
older brother, Edward. "He made people feel very at ease
Mr. Coll, 35, and his wife, Jennifer, led an active
social life and didn't slow down even when their two
children were born. They simply took the children with
them, to restaurants, skiing in Stratton, Vt., and on
summer trips to the beach.
Known as Woody to friends and clients because of a
stubborn cowlick, Mr. Coll was a senior vice president
for capital markets at Euro Brokers.
"Even though he had been successful for a while, there
was really a sense that my brother was just really
starting to spread his wings," Edward Coll said. "There
was a transformation from being a baby brother to being
one we relied on. He was starting to be a pillar in the