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Richie, I continue to miss your early morning phone calls, your humor, your laughter, your hugs and even your cigars. Family gatherings are not the same without you. I pray everyday for you and all who were killed on 9/11. I will never forget... Anita (your sister)

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Age:
46
Place of Residence:
Lebanon, NJ
Location on 9/11:
One WTC
Occupation:
Cantor Fitzgerald | Bond Broker/Emerging Market Development
Reflections:
The New York Times Portraits of Grief
Richard Cudina Foundation

Rockland County Remembers

Biography:

Richard Cudina, 46, was a broker at Cantor Fitzgerald, but his heart was far from the buttoned-down world of Wall Street.

As a young man, he was a daredevil on the ski slopes of northern New Jersey, barreling off the trail to glide between trees and seeking out boulders from which to launch himself skyward. When he graduated from college, he became a cruise ship director and bummed around ski resorts in Colorado and Switzerland. His idea of fun as a grownup was to pilot helicopters around Manhattan.

A month before he died, Cudina, a Jimmy Buffett disciple, told his friends and family how he wanted to be remembered.

"He wanted us to smoke cigars, drink margaritas and pina coladas, and he'd pick up the tab," said his brother, Chris. "He wanted his remains scattered over the ocean someplace beautiful."

The family planned to gather in New Jersey this weekend to remember Cudina. It may not be the tropics, but his brother is planning his own small tribute. He'll be wearing a Hawaiian shirt.