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In Memory of Peter Gelinas ~ August 6, 1967 - September 11, 2001 ~ Memorial Scholarship

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



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.