William Gardner: Ultimate Family
18 years, William Gardner called his wife, Liz, every
morning when he got to work. Last Mother's Day, he bought
her a fig tree, in celebration of their Italian roots. It
produced one little fig last summer. She ate it a week or
so after Sept. 11. It was delicious.
She discovered last fall that Mr. Gardner, 45, a
systems analyst at eSpeed, part of Cantor Fitzgerald,
almost never appeared in a photograph alone. He loved to
surround himself, mostly with the family, their two
children, Gregory, 16, and Andrew, 12.
"That's the way he liked it: me and the boys and Bill,
that was it," she said. "He just made me feel like I was
it. He made me feel like Cindy Crawford, and believe me
I'm not. I always said this is too good to be true, this
can't last. Because he was just that devoted to the three
of us. He was extremely devoted to me. I had it good, I
really did. I think that's why I go on, because we had it
so good. I want my kids to have that, too."