A 'Tip Top' Life
His license plate was "Tip Top," which was also one of his nicknames and his reflexive response to "How ya doing?" His other nickname ‹ having at least one is practically a prerequisite on Wall Street ‹ was "J.C.," short for Jonathan Connors, a 55-year-old senior vice president of Cantor Fitzgerald who loved to make money, wear Armani, dance the Lindy, dine at Nobu and, whenever possible, be surrounded by strong, independent, beautiful women.
His wife, Susan Connors, said he greeted her not with a peck but with a full-blown kiss. He liked to hold her hand tightly. When she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, the two dug in together to fight off the effects. "Whatever he did," she said, "it turned to gold, never silver."
Soon after the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, Mr. Connors constructed a diorama of his brush with terrorism. In a red- framed box, he displayed mementos of that day ‹ the soot-covered shirt and tie he wore, the cashmere scarf he used as a mask, his train ticket, the next day's front page. He mounted the box on a wall in his house. It was, his wife said, an act of catharsis, remembrance and defiance all at once.
Mrs. Connors recently took it down. "I couldn't stand to look at it," she said.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 19, 2001.
CONNORS-Jonathan M. Senior Vice President of Cantor Fitzgerald, died September 11, 2001, in the World Trade Center disaster. He was 55 years old. He is survived by his beloved wife Susan and two sons, Jonathan and James; also by his mother Frances, his brothers Neil and James, and his sister Judy. A memorial service in the thanksgiving and celebration for the life of JC will take place at the St. Johns Church in Cold Spring Harbor, NY, on Route 25A, behind the fish hatchery, at 9 AM, Saturday, September 22, 2001; 516692-6368. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Disease. To donate, call 1-800708-7644 or send to Michael J. Fox Foundation, Grand Central Station, PO Box 4777, New York, NY 10163.
Paid Notice published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 16, 2001.