Teeing Off at 6 a.m.
Although Frederick Varacchi was best known in the finance world as chief operating officer of Cantor Fitzgerald and president of its electronic trading platform, eSpeed Inc., he might better be remembered as a dedicated family man who would play a round of golf at 6 a.m. on a Saturday so he could be home before his three children got up.
"Our families would go on vacation together, and he and my husband would be the first ones running to the rides," said Jayne O'Toole of Melville, N.Y., who has been friends with Mr. Varacchi since they went to kindergarten together in Syosset. In high school, he told Ms. O'Toole how he had met his future wife, Eileen, in biology class. "He knew she was it from the minute he saw her," she said.
Mr. Varacchi, who was 35 and lived in Greenwich, Conn., brought that same enthusiasm and determination to fatherhood. "I can remember just a couple months ago, he was looking at the kids, saying, `Gosh, I can't wait till the kids grow up and we can go to their wedding. Gosh, it's going to be such a blast.' " Ms. O'Toole said. "He said, 'Can you imagine?'"
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 30, 2001.