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Matthew O'Mahony
Age: 39
Occupation: Trader
Worked for: Cantor Fitzgerald
Originally from:
Resided in: New York, NY
College: Johns Hopkins University '84
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Unfortunately, I never got the opportunity to meet Matt, but have heard so much from my family back here in Ireland. We are all thinking about the O'Mahonays in the States from all the Twomeys, Mackeys and O'Mahonys here in Ireland.
-- Daniel Mackey (Cousin {})
10 Dec 2001

-- anonymous (Friend {})
08 Jan 2002

No Waster of Sleep

Matthew O'Mahony, 39, refused to let sleep usurp time that could be put to better use. The hours he could allot to pleasure were limited enough, without sleep cutting into them. On his annual Paris vacation, for instance, he was ready to start the day at 4 in the morning. "Let's go for a walk in the Tuileries," he would say, nudging Lauren, his wife, awake. "Let's go see it when no one else is there, so we can appreciate it."

They lived downtown, near his work as a Cantor Fitzgerald trader, but spent weekends at their farmhouse in Columbia County. They would squeeze every last hour of their time in the country by driving back very early Monday morning.

Mrs. O'Mahony remembers awakening at 4:30 one Monday, looking out the window and seeing her husband, out on the lake in the boat, fishing for bass. "He had an extra 15 minutes," she said. "So he was going to enjoy them."

He had a flair for drama, and used it to heighten the spectacle of gift giving. They locked horns on the question of buying a horse. He loudly, adamantly opposed it. That made his choreographed anniversary scene all the more satisfying. He led an Arabian chestnut out; she stared incredulously until he finally said: "Are you dense? Look at the ribbon around its neck!"
His real success was keeping it a surprise. Only close friends knew B which, for Mr. O'Mahony, meant at least 50 people.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 22, 2001.
-- Jay Dooling (Friend {})
13 Jan 2002

From Johns Hopkins University Web Site

Friends and family of Glen J. Wall '84 and Matthew O'Mahony '84 may derive some solace from knowing that the two men perished together. For in life they were inseparable friends who played basketball together at Hopkins, worked together in Manhattan, traveled together, and lived intermingled lives. They had done well in the bond business, which permitted annual fishing trips to Alaska and excursions to Paris with other friends from Hopkins. Both bond traders were among the hundreds of Cantor Fitzgerald employees who were lost on September 11 in the attacks on the World Trade Center. O'Mahony was 39 years old; Wall was 38.
Both had majored in political economy at Hopkins and played guard on the varsity basketball team. Friends describe O'Mahony as a garrulous storyteller who made friends with seemingly everybody. His wife, Lauren Murphy O'Mahony, recalls, "He was a huge lover of life, a huge bon vivant. He'd talk to anybody, and he really got to know a lot of people. In New York, everybody who knew him called him the most famous non-celebrity in Manhattan."

Andy Schoenfeld '84 roomed with Wall and O'Mahony for two years at Hopkins, and was in daily touch with them after all three began working in bond trading in Manhattan: "Matt was equally comfortable sharing a drink with the bum who begs in front of Elaine's as he was singing songs at the piano with [former U.S. Senator] Al D'Amato, both of which he did many times. Strangely enough, in conversations recently Matt had told us that if he died young we shouldn't be sad, because he lived a happier, better, and fuller life than he could ever have imagined."
-- Anon (Friend { })
28 Jan 2002

From JHU web site (contd)

Lauren had celebrated her first wedding anniversary with Matt two days before the attack. She recalls, "He packed more in one day, to make sure he saw everything and met as many people as he could. He was just a really good person. He brought a lot of life to a lot of people."
In the early 1990s, Wall and O'Mahony were partners in an Upper East Side sports bar named The Polo Grounds, at 83rd Street and Third Avenue. Wall was the quieter of the two. "Well, almost anyone was quieter than Matt," says Adam Levy, who was the third partner in the bar. Wall's friends describe him as a magnet for people, and extraordinarily loyal. Recalls Levy, "We remained close, talk-every-day friends for the rest of our lives."

"Glen was always a guy people wanted on their team," Schoenfeld recalls. "If you were going to a function or a party with Glen, you had to prepare to leave the second you arrived, because it would take hours. He had to say goodbye to every single person. You'd plan to leave at 10:30 and you wouldn't leave until midnight. Whenever I went out with Glen I would wake up the next morning wondering why I had a hangover when I'd only had two glasses of wine. I finally realized that it was because he never let my glass get even half empty."

Says Adam Levy, "It's just a devastating loss, because these were two of the brightest lights I'd ever met."

Glen Wall is survived by his wife, Diane, and their two daughters, Payton, 4, and Avery, 3. He also leaves behind siblings Diane, Lynn, Gary, Kevin, and Brian. Donations in his memory may be made to the Payton & Avery Fund, care of Christopher Kearon, Prudential Suites, 940 Haverford Road, 2nd Floor, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.

Matt O'Mahony is survived by his wife, Lauren, siblings Karen, John, Robert, and Steven, and his mother Helen O'Mahony Bradley. Donations in his memory may be made to the Matthew O'Mahony Memorial Garden Fund, care of Sue Medoff, Sunnyview, 140 Archbridge Road, Ghent, NY 12075.

Former Hopkins basketball coach Jim Amen recruited the two to Hopkins. "If I were to tell their families anything," he says, "I'd tell them that they were very good boys. They got the best out of their lives. I know they're in a better place." --Dale Keiger
-- Anon (Friend { })
28 Jan 2002

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