Edward R. Pykon
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Fast Eddy From Lehigh
Life was proceeding more or less on schedule for Edward R. Pykon and his wife, Jackie.

They met 10 years ago on the Fourth of July, and last August they celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary. In 2000, again on the Fourth of July, they found out that they were going to be parents. By the time their daughter, Jordyn, was born eight months ago, they had already bought a house in Princeton Junction, N.J.

"We came here to raise a family," Jackie Pykon said. ''Our plan was to buy a beautiful home, fix it up and have a baby. Everything was going along just as planned."

Mr. Pykon, 33, worked at the World Trade Center offices of Fred Alger Management, where he was a senior vice president with a specialty in health care. "What was great about Ed was that he was brilliant, but not stuffy or boring," Mrs. Pykon said. He was very down to earth, modest, and a lot of fun to be around." As an undergraduate at Lehigh University, Mr. Pykon was known as Fast Eddy, a nickname he picked up as the D.J. at his fraternity. "We still have the turntables in the basement," Mrs. Pykon said. "He had a real adventure for life."


Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 24, 2001.


Edward Pykon, 33, comic-serious tack It astounded Edward Pykon's friends how a guy at the top strata of Wall Street could be so refreshingly comical.

A 33-year-old analyst and senior vice president at Fred Alger Management Inc., Mr. Pykon was a respected voice in the investment world.

But among his group of friends who grew up in West Orange, Mr. Pykon could diffuse a roomful of tension with a twist of his face.

"He had this funny lopsided grin, and as soon as you saw it, you cracked up," said friend Andrew Schildiner. "It was always amazing to us how someone could be so successful and be such a character."

Comic relief is one of the things best remembered about Mr. Pykon, a West Windsor resident who was among over three dozen Fred Alger workers lost on the 93rd floor of One World Trade Center. Some friends' final communication from him was a joke he e-mailed them days before the attack.

"You couldn't help but like him," Schildiner said.

There was another side of Mr. Pykon, however, that transcended the career and the joking -- his devotion to family.

After his mother died three years ago, Mr. Pykon wouldn't let his father, Francis, go more than a couple days without a visit or a call.

"He was very protective," Francis Pykon said.

Six months ago, Mr. Pykon and his wife, Jacqueline, had their first child, a daughter, Jordyn.

"He would just sit in front of the baby and watch her play," Francis Pykon said. "He could just sit there all day long and watch."

Born in West Orange, Mr. Pykon attended West Orange High School, where he played varsity basketball. He studied accounting and economics at Lehigh University, and earned an MBA from New York University. From school he went to Wall Street, bouncing around investment firms until landing at Fred Alger.

He ascended quickly there, becoming a oft-quoted analyst for the medical and pharmaceutical industry.

"At 33 years old, he embodied what many view as the American dream," Schildiner said.

Mr. Pykon's wife called him devoted, ambitious, honest and funny.

"As short as it was, he enjoyed it was a good life," Jacqueline Pykon said. "There were more good things coming, but, unfortunately, we don't always have control of that."

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Published in Newsday on Nov. 26, 2001.
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January 15, 2020
In memory of a 9/11 victim....
January 12, 2020
In Memory
With Honor & Respect.
S.J. Friscia III
September 11, 2011
Dear Mrs. Pykon,

I met you for the first and only time at Ed's memorial service. I was a fellow health care analyst at a different firm, and had the privilege of seeing and talking to Ed at many meetings and functions. I was always struck by the way his personality combined intelligence and drive with humor, decency and recognition of what was truly important (family). He talked often of how excited and nervous he was about Jordyn's upcoming birth, and afterward proudly showed me pictures of her.

I wanted you to know that in the 10 years since we met, I have continued to remember Ed as a very special person. Let me tell you once again how sorry I am for your loss.
Bridget Collins
September 11, 2011
In honor and memory of Edward Pykon. We were together at NYU Stern in 1994-95.
Scott Larson
September 8, 2011
Maree
December 7, 2010
goodnight and godbless edward
September 11, 2007
Dear Jackie, Jordyn and David,

I grew up right next to the Pykon's on Oak Ave. I have plenty of memories of Ed including the "fight" we had about whose parents were better based on their ages (Ed won!). I have thought often about the Pykon family and since hearing of Frank's passing, and the tragedy that is 9/11 I wanted express my deepest sympathy to you.

Jayne (Tockerman) Trout
Jayne Tockerman-Trout
April 23, 2007
As I cross-stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.
kristine
February 5, 2007
In memory....
P Tabbernor
September 11, 2003
Dear Jackie and Jordyn,
This is not an easy day, but I hope it finds you both well and remembering all the wonderful things about Ed. Jordyn, I was one of Ed's fraternity brothers in college, went to the same business school as well, and grew up in the same town as your mother. Your father was truly a one-in-a-kind individual who somehow managed to endear himself to all kinds of people. I share Bob Lister's memories of Ed -- I mean "Fast Eddie" -- being the master of our fraternity's party room. And hopefully, Jordyn, you have inherited your father's somewhat mischievous, yet infectious smile. Jackie, I hope you have received my letter to Jordan from last year (if not, please let me know). I wish you both the best of everything and many happy memories.

Jeff
Jeff Becker
September 11, 2003
he was a nice man
john gay
September 11, 2003
He was a nice man.
John Gay
December 21, 2002
To Ed's Family:

Although I had not seen him in many years, I grew up with Ed in the same neighborhood in West Orange. I remember him being an extremely funny, very down-to-earth guy, but very intelligent as well. I am sure he grew to be a wonderful father and husband.

My heart was very heavy when I heard the news. I hope you can take some small comfort in knowing that he will be remembered well by everyone he came into contact with.

I am so sad and sorry for your loss.
Mimi (Codey) Grossman
September 12, 2002
Dear Jackie and Jordyn: Hearing Ed's name read aloud yesterday at the memorial service made me want to express to you some brief thoughts about him. I was Ed's fraternity brother, in his pledge class, at Lehigh. We lived together for three years. I regret not staying in touch much with him after school, but my memories of him are still clear. He was a likeable, friendly, funny and always cheerful person. I honestly can't ever recall seeing Ed in a bad mood, or having a harsh word to say about anyone. His love of sports, music and of course his friends from home and his family, were constant. In November of last year, we had a small ceremony dedicating the party room back at the fraternity house in Ed's name. Some of the happiest times we shared were when he was spinning records -- the house deejay -- in that room, which now rightfully bears his name. I can't comprehend of the grief through which you two, and Ed's father and brother, continue to suffer. All I can do is express my deepest sorrow to you and tell you -- as, of course you already know -- how decent and wonderful a man Ed Pykon was.

With condolences,

Bob Lister
Bob Lister
September 11, 2002
I did not know Edward but I know his brother David. I am so sorry for your loss and the whole Pykon family are in my thoughts and prayers often.

May God Bless and Keep you.

Krissy
Krissy Wise
September 10, 2002
Jackie-

I knew neither you nor Ed until his death & yet you have had such an impact on my life. My thoughts are with you and Jordyn often.
Michelle Murphy
August 2, 2002
Jackie -
My thoughts are with you. Ed and I were acquaintances both at Lehigh, and then later at Stern. We didn't know each other well, but we always stopped to say hello, and appropriately from what I read, share a smile.

I was so sad to read his name last fall, and continue to think about you and your daughter. I'm sure she brings you lots of smiles and laughter ...

You will both continue to be in my thoughts.
Amanda (Stone) Greenblatt
June 12, 2002
Ms. Pykon:
Ed and I went to Hebrew School together. He was always wore a LA Dodgers baseball cap. (Its funny the things one remembers). He was bright and sharp and was well liked. After Hebrew School, the group of us that were in classes together enjoyed seeing each other year after year at the High Holiday Services.
My heart goes out to you and your daughter. I want you and her to know that Ed's life touched far, far more people than you could possibly know.
Adam Herbst
Adam Herbst
April 24, 2002
Jackie and Jordyn,

I am so sorry for your horrible loss. I think about you both all the time. I don't know what else to say except I'm so sorry.

Maryanne Morawski
March 26, 2002
DEAR GOD SHINE YOUR LIGHT ON THIS WONDERFUL MAN...EDWARD R.PYKON AND MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE WITH GOD AND HIS ANGELS..GOD BLESS HIS WIFE AND CHILD...LOVING FAMILY AND MANY FRIENDS..STAY CLOSE..PRAY..AND NEVER FORGET 9/11/01..GOD BLESS AMERICA AND NEW YORK FOREVER..MAY GOD AND HIS ANGELS GREET YOU AT THE GATES OF HEAVEN...AMEN
March 25, 2002
Jackie, I too received a mercy band with your husband's name a few days ago. I read the article that was published in the NY Times. It is helpful to have some insight about the life that Edward shared with some many individuals. I will continue to remember you and your precious child in my thoughts and prayers. I will continue to check this site for additional comments about Eddie's life. I pray that God's loving arms would comfort you and your family during this time
Rose Cape
March 21, 2002
Dear Jackie and Jordyn,
I received a mercy band recently with your precious Ed's name on it. I now wear his name around my wrist every day and I will wear it every day for the rest of my life. Every day I promise you both, I will be praying for the two of you. I hope in some small way you will be strengthened and comforted knowing that I care and that I am praying for you both. May God bless you Jackie and Jordyn.
Hugs and Prayers,
Hilary
Hilary Yeo
March 20, 2002
Jackie,

I was very saddened by the news and my thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family.

It was a pleasure working with you- you always had a positive outlook, and I hope that you are able to draw strength from it during these difficult times.

I wish you all the best.
Lee Howard
March 10, 2002
Jackie, I wanted you to know that my prayers will always be with you. Iam wearing a mercy band with your husbands name engraved on it. I am sure you are too young to remember these, but they are like the ones worn from the Vietnam war with the names of POW and MIAs. I will wear it the rest of my life. So you know, you have a connection across the country, I will always keep you and your daughter in my thoughts.
Paty Needleman
February 21, 2002
My thoughts and prayers continue to be with your family through these months. Being friends with David in high school, I didn’t get to see Eddie too often, since he was away at school, but I distinctly remember one afternoon walking into the Pykon house and seeing Eddie sprawled out on the sofa with a huge grin on his face….it was that face that popped into my head when I heard the news and it has reappeared many times in the last few months. As I read stories about Eddie and his sense of humor and laughter I know that his brother got a lot of that from him, since I see David’s grin right next to Ed’s.

I wish you all healing and happiness as you watch Eddie’s smile come through his daughter’s face.

Debra Weinfeld
February 8, 2002
Although I don't know you and didn't know Edward I did get to know Edward's brother David during two years of school together.

My thoughts are with you, David and the Pykon family.
Guy Blissett
January 30, 2002
Jackie...I never met you, but my husband and I were friends of Eddie's from Lehigh. He was a kind and wonderful man and we were so incredibly sorry to hear about his tragic passing. Please know that he made a great impression on everyone that he met and that your daughter will grow up hearing wonderful things about her father.
G-d bless you and your daughter.
Thinking of you, Missy
Missy
January 15, 2002
Sorry about the loss of Ed. He was well known and liked by all the operators, dispatchers and drivers. Our sympathy to the whole family
FONE-A-CAR, INC. Luxury Transportation
January 11, 2002
i am very sorry that he died. may god always let him live in your daughter.
cindy pittman
December 16, 2001
We are deeply sorry for your loss of Edward. May his life and love live on in Jordyn. Our hearts cry with you.
America Cries
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
Dixon, IL
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