A Devil Boy, With Glee
"He was an airplane-rides-around-the-living-room-until-you-want-to-throw-up kind of an uncle," said Susan Moore of her younger brother, Stephen Ward, who had just moved to Manhattan. "I call him a devil boy, one of those little devilish, impish-looking people, blond-haired, blue-eyed. He looked like an angel, but then he'd give you that grin and uh-oh!
"How do you put someone's humanity into words? He was wonderful, smart, funny and vivacious, and infuriating," she said. "He followed me on my first date."
Ms. Moore found it strange that her brother, 33, an accountant at Cantor Fitzgerald, was really an adult. "He would talk to me about grown-up stuff, 401k's, and `Do you have a Roth I.R.A. or a regular I.R.A.? and I was like, `Are you for real?' " she said. "But to my younger sister ‹ she's the youngest ‹ he was her big brother, he was a god. It's interesting for the two of us, we have the two perspectives. For me, he's a little kid, how could he be gone? For her, he's the great big strong big brother, how could he be gone?"
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 16, 2001.