Moving for Shay
After 14 years in Manhattan, Thomas Mahon packed his bags and headed home. Though the big city still thrilled him, he was no longer the carefree, single guy who moved here to be a financial broker. The oldest of five children, he had married and had a young daughter of his own. He wanted his daughter, Shay, to grow up in Oyster Bay, on Long Island, the way that he had, with playgrounds, beaches and family sprinkled within a few blocks. On warm, summer evenings, Thomas, 37, who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald in 1 World Trade Center, always hurried home to take out his girl. He pulled out his mountain bike, strapped Shay into a child seat, and glided through the neighborhood. He stopped every so often for relatives and friends. ''Tom took it day by day,'' said his brother, Gerald Mahon. ''I think his grand plan was to create a good life for his daughter.''
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 21, 2001.