An Adventurous Spirit
Christopher Panatier embraced his spirit of adventure and determination at an early age. At 3, he clambered behind the wheel of his father's 1959 Cadillac and managed to put the car in neutral, said an older sister, Patricia. The car rolled down the family's sloping driveway and into the cul-de-sac, and crashed into the neighbor's bushes.
"I ran to the car, thinking the worst," Ms. Panatier said, "but there he was with a big smile on his face. He was ready to go. He was ready to do it again."
On the eve of a benefit triathlon in Sag Harbor, N.Y., he realized that he had forgotten his bicycle helmet. Instead of skipping the race, he wore his hockey helmet. "It was ridiculously funny," Ms. Panatier said.
Mr. Panatier, 36, of Rockville Centre, N.Y., was a foreign-currency trader for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of 1 World Trade. He married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn, and they had two children, Annie, 6, and Christopher, 4. His ample esprit drew many lifelong friends. "People just gravitated to him," Ms. Panatier said. "He was a great husband and father, which was paramount to him."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 18, 2001.