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Date of Birth: October 24, 1971
Department: Corporate Development
Position: Vice President
Love, laughter and light: words that describe Paul, my high school sweetheart, my husband and my best friend. Paul was a gift-to his friends, to his family and to me. Although it would be easy to remember him most for his list of accomplishments-achieving in 29 years what many take a lifetime to: a solid career, a loving home and adoring family, we must also include his shining smile, sharp wit and most of all, his devotion to his family.
You could write a book about his love for his 2 1/2 year old daughter, Sarah, who captured his heart at birth. To her he was “da”-her Daddy who cooled her hot French fries one by one, wore blue (her favorite color) almost every day and slid her down the staircase banister, relishing in her squeals of delight. He took her on carousels, flew her Elmo kite at twilight on the ocean beach and took her for “little” walks, hand in hand. On the morning of 9/11 as he said his daily good-byes, Sarah grabbed his face in her two small hands and gave him two big kisses: big enough to last a lifetime.
I will remember Paul and the small things: like Sunday mornings on the porch with a mug of coffee and the papers, matinee movie dates, arms entwined and fingers in popcorn and the sound of his steady breathing as he slept. I will remember Paul and the big things: like exchanging our wedding vows tearfully, him proudly holding Sarah for the first time and clasping hands as we learned our second child (due December 2001) was a boy. I will remember Paul’s last words to me from the 103rd floor of tower 1 at 9:05am on 9/11-“Court, I love you”-words I will not forget or let go of.
It would be easy to focus on the loss of his life, of our future and of our dreams together, but we will focus on the luck we had, my family and I, to have had Paul in our lives…he was a gift. We will focus on what his children will give us-little bits of himself every day, gifts he has left for us to cherish. Paul will always be loved and never forgotten. He lives through his children and through me. He is in our hearts and souls.
Love, laughter and light: “Paul-UAMFE-I will remember…always.”