Occupation:Carr Futures | International BalancerReflections:The New York Times Portraits of Grief
Daniel Lopez had about 15 best friends. He collected them from elementary, middle and high school and old jobs. He was close to all of them. "Even before he passed away, I was like, I've never seen a man with such good friends," said his wife, Elizabeth. "He was my best friend."
Mr. Lopez, 39, of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, loved a good joke. So what if it occasionally went too far?
For instance, he once pretended to fall from a ladder. A blood-curdling scream brought Mrs. Lopez to his side. She found him on the floor in the fetal position, holding his ear. She kneeled before him to comfort him, only to see what looked like a piece of his ear in his hand. She screamed and cried. He laughed. It was the melted butt of a pink candle. Finally, she laughed.
"I thought he was really hurt," Mrs. Lopez said. "I was so upset with him. But you couldn't stay angry at him."
He also pulled some good ones on his friends. When he was the best man at one of his best friend's wedding three years ago, he presented the bride with a ring box containing a Viagra pill. Mr. Lopez was a financial analyst at Carr Futures.