David Silver

David  Silver
World Trade Center

Flowers on Friday

David Silver had a 2-year-old daughter, Rachel. The shape of her eyes and nose are his. She is going to be tall just like her father, said her mother, who is nine months pregnant. "She is asking about him constantly. 'Where is Daddy? I miss Daddy. How come Daddy is not coming home?' " Holli Silver said. "When the garage door opens, she thinks he's home."

Mr. Silver, 35, was a quiet, private man. And the family's split-level home in New Rochelle was the place he most preferred to be. He doted on his daughter, eager to brag about her exploits in nursery school or camp. He and his wife already had a name chosen for their unborn daughter. Now, Mrs. Silver says she will name the newborn after her husband.

While devoted to his family, Mr. Silver also was committed to his job as vice president of eSpeed, the technology arm of Cantor Fitzgerald in 1 World Trade Center. Every workday, he boarded the 5:09 a.m. train and did not return home until 7:30 p.m. On Friday nights, he often surprised his wife with a luscious bouquet of fresh flowers that he had bought at Grand Central Terminal. "It's like Friday night and I expect him to come with a bunch of flowers. It's hard."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 22, 2001.

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