Valerie Silver Ellis: Fixing Shoes,
of the best Valerie Silver Ellis stories takes place in
the early '80's when she was starting out at Cantor
Fitzgerald. A senior trader asked her to take his shoes
to be repaired, so Ms. Ellis had taps put on the toes and
the heels extended to four inches. When the senior trader
ordered the upstart young trader to redo the job, Ms.
Ellis had the shoes bronzed.
"They ended up being friends," said Brian Hull, a
friend and former client of Ms. Ellis. "She refused to be
insulted, she refused to be intimidated. She just worked
as hard as she could and she won."
Ms. Ellis, a 46-year-old equities trader, worked at
Cantor Fitzergerald for 20 years, 18 of those at the
World Trade Center.
"Someone said at her memorial that Val collected
people," her husband, Sam Ellis, said. "She also loved to
collect art. We had a place in the Hamptons and she liked
the artists in the area. She loved the beach; she loved
her dog Spudley. She also loved the theater and we'd
often entertain clients by taking them to theater and
Mr. Hull said, "You never had to see her to know that
she was in a room. You just knew her laugh. She always
found a reason to laugh."