Home and Family
Some of James A. Haran's happiest moments were spent in the backyard of his home in Malverne, on Long Island. It was there that he held countless barbecues with his family and friends, sometimes with as many as 100 people playing volleyball and table tennis and eating hot dogs and hamburgers. It was there that he splashed in the pool with his four children. And it was there, two years ago, that he spent a weekend planting 30 evergreen trees around the yard to make it into the haven he dreamed of.
Mr. Haran, 41, was a broker at Cantor Fitzgerald, but his life was centered on his home and family. He was tall and broad and gentle, the kind of man who loves dressing up as Santa to entertain the kids, as he did at a party last Christmas. He took his mother to church every Sunday, and he and his wife, Carol, would have celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in March 2002. "Jim's biggest accomplishment, in his eyes, was marrying his best friend Carol and raising their four children," said his sister, Mary Haran.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 21, 2001.