It is late Saturday morning at Kensington Stables, on the edge of Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Jonathan C. Randall sits patiently, smoking a cigar, waiting for his 11-year-old daughter, Katharine, to finish her weekly riding lesson.
It is a calming routine for both father and daughter, a treasured escape from times made hectic by divorce and a thousand other pressures. It is what Mr. Randall, 42, lived for.
'Jonathan had been bouncing around for a while until Katie was born, but then he got his life together,' said Gindy Bladen, his former wife. 'He was completely committed to her.'
He also got more involved with a local church, the Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Heights. He was assistant treasurer at the church council, and sometimes moderated discussions after prayer services.
'He was very definitely a peacemaker,' said the Rev. Dr. George R. Muenich, its pastor. 'He had that gift.'
Mr. Randall also led a Bible study group at Marsh & McLennan, where he was a manager. But he always reserved time for Katie. 'Whenever he was with her you could tell that he was totally enjoying the moment,' said Matthew Steffanie, a neighbor. 'He seemed to have an inner peace.'