New York Times Portraits of Grief

Scott Schertzer


Scott Schertzer was a master of many environments. He moved as easily within the dress-casual world of Cantor Fitzgerald's corporate office as he did on the basketball court. He was equally at home in the parking lot at a Phish concert as he was in the rowdy seats at a Dallas Cowboys game.

What's that? A New Jersey native rooting for the Cowboys?

"I have been racking my brains for years trying to figure that out," said his father, Paul Schertzer, who still keeps his son's bedroom in Edison exactly as he left it — swathed in Cowboys paraphernalia. "It was a love of his."

Mr. Schertzer, 28, followed Phish to Vermont, Las Vegas and Florida, and amassed hundreds of cassette tapes of concerts.

Mr. Schertzer worked in the human resources department at Cantor Fitzgerald, and had a part in the immediate layoffs of a group of workers on Sept. 10, said his sister, Lori Schertzer. Those employees did not return to work the next day.

At a memorial for victims of his company, Ms. Schertzer said one guest wrote a message above a picture of her brother on the wall: "My hero."