Tim Soulas, 35, was the director of Cantor Fitzgerald's foreign currency desk in New York, but his life revolved around his family. He was one of five children, each of whom were best friends with one another, and he and his wife, Katy, who met during a history class at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Pennsylvania, wanted their family to be the same way.
They had five children — a sixth was born in March 2002 — and Tim coached many of their sports teams. He coached tee ball in the spring, roller hockey during the summer and football in the fall. As a dad, he was a familiar presence at the Bridgewater Sports Arena, where he cheered on his sons as they played ice hockey for the Bears and the Rockets teams.
For his wife's 35th birthday in June 2001, Tim surprised her with a barbecue for 100 people in their backyard in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. To get her out of the house so he could prepare for the party, Tim gave her a day to shop for makeup at Elizabeth Arden. To "get back at him" on his 35th birthday in August, Katy surprised him with a puppy. She brought it to a football game and asked someone else to hold the leash. Tim looked longingly at the dog. "Isn't it beautiful?" he asked, unaware that it was his to keep. Katy told him to pick a name, because the puppy was his, but Tim thought she was joking. "I gave him a kiss and said, 'He really is yours,'" she said. "It was awesome."
Every night, Tim, who worked on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center's North Tower, said the same seven words to his wife before falling asleep: "I love you, I love the children." On Monday, September 10th, he said those words for the last time. Now, that simple phrase will remain etched in the memories of family members and friends for as long as they live.