FATHER FOR ALL AGES
The future Michelle Gelinas was 23, enjoying the single life in Manhattan. It was 1993. A friend from a cubicle near hers at work invited her to a comedy club. It turned out to be a triple date, with one Peter Gelinas. He was a broker at Cantor Fitzgerald in the trade center. "We just hit it off," she said.
Fast-forward to 2001: Peter was still working at Cantor, enamored of his role as father to Jack Gerard, now 4, and Griffin Clark, 1. A few weeks before the terror attack, he took Jack camping in Pound Ridge, N.Y. "Most people thought he was crazy for taking Jack camping. Who takes a 3-year-old camping?" Even she had her doubts, telling them, "Forget it, I'll see you at 10 o'clock tonight." But the two braved the elements, followed deer and slept peacefully in a tent.
All Michelle can do now is make sure her boys understand that she is here to protect them, and how important they were to their father. "He really wanted to be part of their lives," she said. "He was so psyched for what was coming -- the bike rides, the Boy Scouts."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 8, 2001.
Peter Girard Gelinas, 34, of Bronxville, NY, died Tuesday, (September 11, 2001) at the World Trade Center in New York City, NY. Peter was a partner with Cantor Fitzgerald, working in the Mortgage-Backed Securities Department for ten years. Peter, raised in Madison, was a 1982 graduate of Our Lady Of Mercy Country Day School, a 1986 graduate of Xavier High School in Middletown and a 1990 graduate of Villanova University in Villanova, PA. He leaves behind his loving wife, Michelle (Vittoria) formerly of Scarsdale, NY; two sons, Jack Gerard 4, and Griffin Clark, 1 of Bronxville, NY; his parents, Susan B. Gelinas formerly of Madison, now of Branford; and the late Gerard Peter Gelinas; his sister, Mary Beth Gelinas Towery of San Francisco, CA; and his grandmother, Helen A. Brown of Harwich, MA. A memorial service will be held at the Church of Saint Joseph, 15 Cedar Street, Bronxville, NY, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in the name of the late Gerard Peter Gelinas, to the American Cancer Society or The American Red Cross, PO Box 97089, Washington, DC 20090-7089.
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This family photo includes Peter as a grown man on the beach with his wife Michelle, and their boys Jack and Griffin.Credit ContributedbyChrisCoppolaandMatthewL.Strekel
A memorial scholarship at Xavier High School is being established in honor of Peter Gelinas, who died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Here's how you can contribute ...
From Chris Coppola: "I wanted to share a picture of me and Peter from 1981!! In the photo are Rob Miller, my brother Damon, Peter, and me, at Our Lady of Mercy Country Day School in Medison Connecticut, hanging out before school on a late spring day." Credit Chris Coppola
From Chris Coppola: "Our 7th grade class! What awesome times. This was Ms. Bouvais' class, characterized by some amazing literature discussions and wild "Field Day" activities." Peter is in the second row, third from the left. Credit Chris Coppola
Hi, friends. I came across this tonight: it is a short message I recorded on 11 SEP five years ago. As I watched it I realized what a relief it is that our troops are home from Iraq, and how hopeful it is that they will be coming home from Afghanistan too. I also thought that it was a comfort that the communication on this site has given me a chance to share my memories of Peter and to hear from others who felt the same way about him. Take care, and thank you for spreading the news about our efforts for this scholarship! -CC
I want to share this photo: it is a plaque at Villanova, Peter's alma mater, where his classmates have dedicated a basketball and fitness center in his name. It is no surprise that Peter's memory has inspired this.
Thanks to Size for this great photo! It is the ray of light at the end of our tunnel. Thanks to a classmate's generous donation, we are now only $9000 from goal! Let's keep up the momentum, we are almost there! Take care, Chris
Peter Gelinas Memorial Scholarship
The Xavier High School community and Madison, CT suffered a painful and shocking loss in the death of Peter Gelinas during the attacks of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on 9/11. Peter's death was both sudden and senseless. In the wake of 9/11, Peter, like many who perished, left behind a loving spouse, and two young sons.
Peter represented all the best characteristics in a young man. He was an enthusiastic, proactive, and positive member of his community. He always included others in the fun, and he stuck up for the most vulnerable members of our community who needed help.
We remember him from our shared time at Xavier High School as a friend and teammate, an exemplary scholar-athlete who shined as the captain of the football team. Peter went on to higher education at Villanova and success in the Manhattan firm Cantor & Fitzgerald.
If anyone has questions about the scholarship, they can contact me, Chris Coppola, at (570)380-3686 or firstname.lastname@example.org , and Matt Strekel '99, Director of Advancement at Xavier High School at (860) 347-6079 or
We also ask for help spreading the word by 'liking' our Facebook cause page: https://www.facebook.com/GelinasScholarship .
Peter is an important facet of the Xavier community and he has even deeper roots in his hometown Madison where many friends remember him with fondness. Contributions are tax-deductible and we need all the help we can get to succeed!https://www.facebook.com/GelinasScholarship