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Age:
38
Place of Residence:
Basking Ridge, NJ
Location on 9/11:
One WTC | 104th Floor
In Remembrance
Occupation:
Cantor Fitzgerald | Managing Director
Reflections:
The New York Times Portraits of Grief
Stacey Sennas McGowan Memorial Fund

Rockland County Remembers

Biography:

August 26, 1963 – September 11, 2001 Stacey Sennas McGowan, age 38, was a Managing Director for the firm of Sandler O’Neill & Partners located on the 104th floor WTC Tower 2. She resided in Basking Ridge, New Jersey with her beloved husband Tom, and her two cherished daughters, Ryan and Casey. Stacey grew up in Upper Grandview, NY with her parents Fran and Semo Sennas and her younger brother, Christopher.

She graduated in 1981 from Nyack High School where she was President of her senior class. Being voted Most Popular and Best All Round by her classmates was a true testament to her winning personality. She went on to graduate from Boston College in 1985 with a BA in economics. She loved to play lacrosse and was a captain of the BC Division 1 team in her senior year. Boston College is where she met her husband to be and where she met so many wonderful friends. We call them her “BC Buddies.” Stacey was first employed by the securities firm of Legg Mason Wood Walker in Washington, DC.

After her marriage to Tom, they spent two years in London where she worked for the French bank Societe Generale. Returning to the United States Stacey was employed by Furman Selz as an equities trader in New York. Finally, Sandler O’Neill, first as Vice President then as Managing Director where she headed the equities trading desk. Stacey’s life describes the highest standard of happiness, the greatest feelings of joy, the most exuberant expressions of fun and the deepest understanding of acceptance. A liturgy of thanksgiving for the life and witness of Stacey Sennas McGowan was held on September 28, 2001. Over 1,000 people attended to pay tribute to a dear wife, mother, daughter, sister, colleague and friend. She will live on in our hearts forever…

Dear Stacey: I still hear your cheerful upbeat voice from our many joking telephone exchanges! You are missed and will never be forgotten.

Posted by Sandra Pascale

Stacey was one of the first people I met when I started at Legg Mason in June of 1990. I was in awe of her and to this day, she continues to be the epitome of how women on Wall Street should be. I think of her often and have so many wonderful memories of times with her and how kind she was to a naive young girl from Boston, fresh on the scene in New York. Before she got married, I gave her the Dr. Seuss book Oh The Places You'll Go because she was about to embark on a wonderful adventure. I am so sorry her journey ended far too soon for such an amazing person.

Posted by Blythe Berents

I know that it seems like I am only doing this on the 10th anniversary, but there truly isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you.

I'm sure you are with the Angels.

Posted by Dave Hesselgrave

I have your picture on my refrigerator and I say hi to you every morning. I had such such an awesome time living with you in Hoboken. You always had a smile on your face. You were truly an awesome person. You are missed.

Posted by Elynn Spielman Weisberg

Thinking of Stacey and her family this week. Praying she is resting in peace. She and I shared a few classes together in HS. She was always smiling and was really a sweet person. God Bless her family.

Published by adele lazzarino

Dear Stacey: How someone as wonderful, cheerful, and smart as you could be lost due to such cowardice and hate is beyond my understanding.

Posted by Sandra Pascale

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