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Margaret (Peggy) Conner
Age: 57
Occupation: Receptionist
Worked for: Cantor Fitzgerald
Originally from:
Resided in: Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY
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Margaret Mary Conner

A Fun-Loving Sister And a Close Friend

November 9, 2001

Margaret Mary Conner looked forward to her sister's annual Christmas tree-trimming party. It was one of many things both women enjoyed doing together, along with shopping, dining out and talking to each other several times a week.

On Sept. 11, Conner was on the 103rd floor of Tower One, where she worked as a receptionist for Cantor Fitzgerald. She is one of the approximately 700 employees of the firm believed to have died in the terrorist attacks.

"I miss talking to her, because I used to talk to her every other day," said her sister, Francine Burns, 54, of Bay Ridge. "She was right around the corner from me....We did everything pretty much the same, shopped in the same stores."

Conner, 57, the second of seven children, was raised in Park Slope and attended Holy Family grammar school and John Jay High School. She loved traveling and for 20 years lived in other parts of the country, including San Francisco and Las Vegas. She and her second husband, Michael Conner, were married in 1987 and moved back to New York about four years ago. Margaret started working at Cantor Fitzgerald a year later, Burns said.

She admired her sister for returning to New York's crowded subways and the dizzying pace of the financial district after being away for two decades. "She loved the job. Great people. It was like a family there," Burns said.

Conner and her husband enjoyed dining on Third Avenue in Bay Ridge at restaurants such as the Pearl Room and Ponte Vecchio. They would stroll along the promenade and watch the boats pass through the narrows. Weekends often were spent in Connecticut with Conner's daughter from her first marriage, Corrine Bounty, and her family.

"Margaret was a very upbeat and positive person," Burns said. "A party was not the same without her."

Michael Conner, U.S. operations manager for a company based in Britain, was in his office downtown when the Twin Towers were struck. "Like all of us, he went down there hoping to run into her, and that didn't happen," Burns said.

Conner is also survived by her son-in-law, Scott Bounty, and granddaughter, Nicole, 9, of Newton, Conn.; another sister, Pat Cuozzo of Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn; and three brothers, Kevin, Frank and Robert Burns, all of Lafayette, Calif. Another sister, Maryann Burns, died several years ago.

A memorial service will be held Nov. 17, noon, at the Church of St. Anselm, Bay Ridge.

-- Carl MacGowan (Newsday)
-- Jay Dooling ()
29 Nov 2001

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