Remembering Bill Meehan: Tony Dwyer
Tony Dwyer's Tribute
Among those in 1 World Trade Center that morning was my friend Bill Meehan.
I remember sitting in my cubicle at Prudential Securities' New York offices one fine day a decade ago when I was told that a broker from the Lexington, Ky., branch was coming in to interview for a slot in the newly created Equity Focus Group. Our job was to decipher what the research analysts were actually saying and to convey the best ideas and information to the retail network.
We took to Bill right away because of his unique personality, level of honesty and desire to serve others. Bill never lost that flair. He had a way of saying, "This is what it is, and this is what we should do."Bill and I shared many laughs, along with failures and successes over the years, and when I began writing for TheStreet.com, I could think of only one person to join me in the Trading Track -- and that was Bill. Like many of us who share the Wall Street spotlight, Bill was much more than an analyst. One of our great friends once said to me, "When you die, no one will care whether you were right or wrong about the market. They will care what kind of person you were." No truer words could ever be spoken. Like all of us, Bill wasn't perfect, but he was one of the warmest hearts that I have ever encountered. As faithful readers know, Bill never wavered in his beliefs and was always looking out for the average investor and person. We would sit, have a cocktail and lament not what was wrong with the world, but how we could help fix it. Bill never forgot about a friend and he never shied away from making new ones -- and for that we are all very fortunate. I learned a great deal from Bill about the markets, but, more importantly, about life. When anyone was in need, he was there without question. My heart goes out to the family he loved so much, his co-workers and friends. Every day when I walked into my office and turned on my computer, I'd greet Bill with a simple note on Instant Messenger: "morning pal." When the first plane hit the World Trade Center Tuesday morning, I sent two frantic messages: "Billy, you there?" and "answer me dammit." The only reply came from the Instant Messenger system itself: "Wmeehan100 signed off at 8:52:35 AM." Now when I walk into my office and turn on my computer, even though his Instant Message buddy name isn't logged on, I'll be saying, "morning pal," to myself, and I'll start a great day knowing he is with us. He loved this site and loved communicating with readers. He would want us to focus on those we love and those whom we can help now. I can hear him saying, "All right, ya' ridiculous Irishman, stop your cryin' -- it's over. Move on. Next." That's the way he was. I hear ya, buddy. Aye carumba, Billy! This Bud's for you!
Donations to the Cantor Fitzgerald Foundation can be made by sending checks to: The Cantor Fitzgerald Foundation, 101 Park Ave., 45th Floor, New York, NY, 10178-0060, Attn: Phil Ginsberg.
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