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In Remembrance
Place of Residence:
Wall, NJ
Location on 9/11:
Cantor Fitzgerald | Broker

"He had beautiful ocean, blue eyes, a huge heart and unending generosity. He made others laugh with his unique, quick wit and he had an unforgettable smile, a cute grin and a precious laugh. He left a lasting impression with everyone he met and he lived a life full of love and friendship. Christopher will forever be in our thoughts and hearts". - Memorial plaque for Christopher Lunder

Christopher Lunder found cause for celebration in life itself, so much so that with the strong encouragement of his wife, Karen, he converted their home in Manasquan, N.J., into Backyard-Barbecue Central. He babied the propane-gas grill. He built the pond and stocked it with large goldfish. He even designed the built-in pool.

Friends would come to join in the celebration, so many friends: from high school on Long Island, from college in Florida, from Cantor Fitzgerald, where he worked as a bond broker -- all mingling together at the home dubbed "Club Lunder."

"Now they're all friends," Karen Lunder said. "He just loved to entertain."

One summer he renewed his commitment to fun by buying a 37-foot boat. It was christened "KC," an appropriate name given that Karen and Christopher had been together for so long, with a decade-long courtship and the wedding in 1997. The boat's potential for entertainment -- treating clients to rides, commuting on summer weekends with Karen -- was only just beginning to be explored. "He worked hard, he played hard, he liked the best of the best -- and he was so cute." Karen Lunder said. Between sobs she added: "And he left me with a beautiful place."