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Glenn E. Thompson, 44, of Manhattan, who grew up in Valley Stream, was a bond broker at Cantor Fitzgerald. From the 104th floor office in the north tower, he told his wife that he and his colleagues were evacuating the building. Thompson's remains were never found.
Since he was a boy, Glenn Thompson had displayed signs of a restless soul. His father, Edward, remembered a time when he took Glenn and his two siblings on fishing trips to Captree State Park. While Glenn's younger brother, Scott, and his sister, Christine, patiently watched the bobber in the water to see if the fish had taken their bait, Glenn was unable to sit still.
"Glenn was not an individual to sit around and be idle," his father said. "He was always on the go. He was adventurous."
As an adult, Glenn explored the far corners of the earth. He trekked up Mont Blanc in the Swiss Alps, climbed almost 20,000 feet up Africa's Kilimanjaro and traveled the countryside of North and South Vietnam.
He hiked. He biked. He skied. He canoed. He sky-dived.
In his early 30s, Glenn took time off from work and moved to Aspen, Colo., where he lived for a year, and where he had planned to spend his retirement days, his father said.
Glenn had a remarkable ability to make friends quickly wherever he went, said his mother, Violet Thompson. In Aspen, she said people waved at Glenn as he drove through town as though he were the mayor.
"I don't think he had any enemy," she said.
A framed photo of Glenn Thompson sits on a table in the living room and Violet Thompson said she talks to him every day, telling him her routine activities.
"There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about him. He had a good life. Really, for the time he lived, he had a good life," she said.
June 4 would have been Glenn's 54th birthday. As they do every year, the family will gather at his parents' Valley Stream home, the one where he grew up, to celebrate. They will serve lobster - Glenn's favorite. The family uses the melancholy occasion to honor him.