Monday, September 11, 2006

I remember CHRISTOPHER LUNDER

Christopher Lunder
1967-2001

'He was 10 feet tall and weighed 900 pounds. And you should look for an especially big heart.'


That's how Christopher Lunder's brother Bobby answered a detectives request for a description after the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.

When he wasn't working as part of the Cantor Fitzgerald family - where he'd been for five years - Christopher could be found playing the role of "grillmaster" at what friends affectionately dubbed "Club Lunder." With a built in pool, a pond filled with large gold fish and a gathering of people from all aspects of his life, the name is certainly appropriate. Friends from Steston University in Florida, colleagues from Cantor Fitzgerald and old pals from high school would all come and gather with but one thing in common. Their buddy Chris.

When not entertaining there was never a dull moment with wine, cigars and a newly purchased 37 foot boat christened "KC" to enjoy. He'd followed in his father's footsteps and became captain of his very own pride and joy.

He adored his wife Karen, whom he met whilst at University. They enjoyed a 10 year courtship then married in 1997. She was as devoted to him as he was to her and after his 5th knee surgery would drive down the road after him while he was running to ensure he was ok. His mother, Maureen, described them as 'Perfect together'

On the morning of Sept 11, 2001 Christopher sent Karen an email after a plane hit his building 5 stories down and told her "I love you." She was watching from their apartment and saw the rest of the events unfold. She told Christopher's mother later, that they had wanted to grow old together, like her and Christopher's father. That wasn't going to happen now.

More than 500 paid their respects at Lunder's memorial service Nov. 13 at St. Martha's Church in Point Pleasant, N.J.

I'll finish this with the simple yet, heartbreakingly touching words words of Christopher's father....

"A wonderful son so full of life, so generous. Loved by his parents, sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and scores of friends. We all will miss you and know we will meet again after our lives on earth are finished."

*** Posted by Edmund Lunder on 2003-12-04 ***

I remember Christopher Lunder. I hope you do too.

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