In a family of Wall Street types, traders and bond brokers, Christopher A. Racaniello found it hard not to chase tradition. Like father, like son was the plan: the 30-year-old was working his way through the ranks at Cantor Fitzgerald. "He was hoping to make his way to the trading desk," said his father, Frank Racaniello, a retired trader. "I was proud of him the way a parent always is. But it felt good watching him work his way up. He had a bright future ahead of him."
Nov. 24 was to be a particularly big day — his wedding day, the moment Mr. Racaniello, who was forever a best man or an usher in friends' weddings, planned to walk down the aisle with Lisa Greco, an old friend from the neighborhood. For his father, it is impossible not to wonder what might have been for the kid who grew up in Douglaston, Queens, but fancied himself a beach boy.
"My wife and I had finally got our Christopher to the point where we could see the things we taught him and the things he worked for coming to fruition," Frank Racaniello said. "Sometimes I second-guess myself. I think maybe it was my fault. He wouldn't have been there if he hadn't been trying to follow family tradition."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 18, 2001.