They called Brian Warner Inspector Gadget. He specialized in fixing things for others — cars, televisions, plumbing, computers. He was the good Samaritan who always stopped to help a stranded motorist change a flat tire. If a neighbor's driveway needed plowing, Mr. Warner was there. He spent hours on the phone talking friends and colleagues through computer problems.
He was good at fixing human beings, too. At his memorial service, his friend Brian Potopowitz remembered how back in high school Mr. Warner had coaxed him out of his shell with Dr Pepper and "Star Trek" get- togethers at his house.
Mr. Warner, who was 32 and the senior computer technician at Cantor Fitzgerald's eSpeed division, loved to share his knowledge of how things worked. Lucky for him he had a son Allen, 3 1/2, Junior Inspector Gadget.
"On Saturday mornings the two of them would get dressed in jeans, work boots and T-shirts," said Mr. Warner's wife, Patricia, who also has a 5-month-old daughter, Kathryn. "They'd put their baseball hats on, and go out and work on a project — fixing the lawn tractor, the car, building a shed."
"If Brian had to go to Home Depot, Allen would be right there with him," Mrs. Warner said. "When Brian was installing a ceiling fan up in Allen's room, and he was doing the wiring, Allen crawled right up there with his plastic tools, pretending he's doing the same as Daddy."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 18, 2001.