Getting What He Aimed For
Steven Paterson was so sure he was going to succeed as a bond trader that he skipped college out of Raritan High School in New Jersey and headed straight for Wall Street. In April, that journey landed him a job on the bond trading desk with Cantor Fitzgerald, on the 105th floor of 1 World Trade Center. He was 40.
"He was such a straight-ahead guy, he always got what he aimed for," said his wife, Lisa, from their home in Ridgewood, N.J. "The first time he saw me he said, 'I want to marry you,'" she said. "I always thought, 'If anyone was going to get out of there, he was.'"
But for all Mr. Paterson's focus on career, the family agreed that the moment he walked in the door each night at 6 was the best time of the day. He would help cook dinner and give the twins, Lucy and Wyatt, their baths while his wife relaxed for a change. "He got laid off for five months last year and he really had a great time," Ms. Paterson said. "I think he secretly would have loved to be a stay-at-home dad."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 14, 2001.
PATERSON-Steven B., 40, in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, on the World Trade Center. Resident of Ridgewood, N.J., and devoted son of the late George and Kathryn Paterson of Hazlet, N.J. Cherished beyond measure by his family: his adored wife, Lisa, and four-year-old twins, Lucy and Wyatt; siblings George, Joseph, and Lois Paterson Gallo; parents-in-law, Vilma and Demetrios Caraley; sisters-in-law, Linda and Laura; brother-in-law, Frank Gallo; and six nephews and nieces. Also deeply loved by many others-aunts, uncles, cousins, and scores of very close friends for his buoyant, openhearted spirit as endearing as it will be everlasting. Memorial Mass of Resurrection on Saturday, October 6, 10:45AM, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (1 Passaic St, Ridgewood, NJ, 201-447-2043) followed by a reception for family and friends in The Parish House. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to The Steven B. Paterson Memorial Fund (for Wyatt and Lucy), Hudson City Savings Bank, 261 Godwin Ave, Wyckoff, NJ 07481-2094, Attn: Mr. Richard Belina.
Paid notice published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 26, 2001.