Timothy C. Stout
Occupation:Cantor Fitzgerald | Quality Assurance SpecialistDedicated Memorial Sites:Reflections:The New York Times Portraits of Grief
Timothy C. Stout, 42, did the family's laundry, made fabulous garlicky corn on the grill, popped popcorn with the kids and grilled pork chops with a secret coating. It has been hard for Mrs. Stout to try to take over any of those activities.
A few months after Mr. Stout, a quality assurance specialist at Cantor Fitzgerald, died at the World Trade Center, his children — Timothy Jr., now 7; Matthew, 5; and Shannon, 4 — made a list of the 10 Best Things About Daddy:
1. He grilled well. 2. Hugs. 3. Funny. 4. Birthday party and cake. 5. He loved us. 6. Kisses. 7. "Thank you and good night!" (His favorite phrase to encourage the children to go to sleep already, Mrs. Stout explained.) 8. Snuggling. 9. Surprises — movies, treats, adventures. 10. We love Daddy.
"That's pretty much who he was," Mrs. Stout said. "He was Daddy. He had this job because it was a safe job, and he could be home for dinner every night."