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James Sands, Jr

May 24, 1963 – September 11, 2001

Anyone who knew Jim will remember him for being a super nice guy who always had a smile on his face and made others smile. He was a brilliant, handsome, caring person with a great sense of humor.

Jim’s office was in the World Trade Center, on the 103rd floor of the North Tower. He worked for eSpeed, a division of Cantor Fitzgerald, where he designed and implemented second-generation architecture for trading engines. He was a leading developer of trading system technology. Jim’s true passion, however, was scuba diving and underwater photography. He was an advanced level diver who never missed an opportunity to explore Caribbean marine life and capture its beauty on film. Jim always cherished the time he spent with his family. He also enjoyed boating, water-skiing, golfing, biking, music, restaurants, Broadway shows, and the New York Giants.

Jim is missed beyond words… he left his mark in this world, and he will live in our hearts forever.

It’s 2 a.m. and we’re both sound asleep. Jim rolls over – too close to the edge of the mattress. He tumbles off the bed and lands on the floor with a big thud.

I bolt up, startled awake by the noise. “What happened? Are you okay?” I can barely see him in the dark.

“Bad dismount,” Jim mumbles. “That’s why you gotta stick the landing. It’s the last thing the judges see.”