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Den Garber (not verified)

September 11, 2021

Every year the Class of 1999 at Cornell’s Johnson School remembers Chris. His drive, his quiet humor, his ability to how you with his understanding and passion for finance. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers Chris. We miss you and morn the loss the world suffered when we lost you.

Posted by Den Garber

Thank you for sharing this in memory of Chris. He was a gift to his family ..cousins

Posted by Dave and Di St.Amour

David and Dian… (not verified)

September 11, 2023

It still seems like yesterday still. Such a tragic loss. Chris was so successful and gave so much with his young life. We still envision him playing at the family Christmas parties as an awesome young boy.

Always in our hearts, in peace,
David and Diane St.Amour and family.

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Place of Residence:
New York, NY
Location on 9/11:
Fred Alger & Company | Vice President

From his older brother Dominic's vantage point, Christopher Ciafardini was "the ultimate stimulus junkie." At the age of 9, his fascination with bicycling inspired him to complete a 100-mile race. Then he quit biking and fixated on comics and becoming a cartoonist. During his weight-lifter phase, he presented his mother with a subscription to Muscle & Fitness magazine one Mother's Day as a way of sharing his hobby du jour; she was thrilled when he outgrew it.

Studying was never a forte until college, when his attention turned to finance. To the family's surprise, Mr. Ciafardini found a passion that stuck and carried him through graduate school at Cornell University into a real-life version of his favorite film, "Wall Street." He and his friends began living out a game called "Who Retires First?"

Last spring, Mr. Ciafardini, 30, joined Fred Alger Management as a financial analyst, and in August was promoted to vice president. He had a closet full of Brooks Brothers suits he could not wait to jump into each weekday morning and had just gotten his first passport, a hint that international finance was his next niche.

"He was one of those typical Wall Street guys who worked 18-hour days and loved it," said Dominic Ciafardini. "It wasn't just a job to him; it was his identity."