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  Charles Heeran

Date of Birth: November 26, 1977
Department: Institutional Equities
Position: Sales Trader

A graduate of the University of Scranton in 2000, Charlie started working for Cantor Fitzgerald on the Institutional Equities desk in June of that year. His amazing personality and passion to be a hard worker made him an instant success. He had a unique charisma that made others want to be around him… Charlie could always make you laugh. These qualities allowed him to accomplish many things at the young age of 23 that most guys don’t get to until about 30 in their Wall Street careers. The kid “had it.”
He was a loving brother, a loving son, and everyone’s best friend. His determination to succeed was like no other and all he ever wanted was to make his parents, brothers, sisters, and friends proud. He brought the word “confidence” to a new level… if there was a job to be done and Charlie was at the helm, the job would get done and be done well. He was one of a kind and he’ll be missed every second of the day. However he will never be forgotten because “nobody ever forgets meeting Charlie.”
Sean Heeran, brother

What could I say about my twin brother Charlie? I could probably write a book on his 23 years with us. He lived each day to the fullest treating it like it was his last and it showed in his work with Cantor Fitzgerald. Tragically on September 11th he made his peace with God, along with the greatest group of guys I have ever met. I picture it now where everybody sat on the trading desk and it brings a smile to my face because that is all they did up there was SMILE. One unique quality about Charlie was that he always tried to make people better at what they did, even if he didn’t know how to do it, he would somehow bring that person into contact with someone who did know how to do it. He was the most giving, unselfish person that I have ever known. You always knew when Charlie was out, that there was a round of beers heading your way. His main goal when he went out was to make people laugh. He never let people feel uncomfortable when he was in the room, always introducing people to one another. His $150 beach chair and his long stretched out stories on the beach will surely be missed by our friends in Rockaway. Charlie adored his little cousins, always showering them with gifts, and playing with them on the beach in Rockaway. The one day that I have kids of my own, they will always know who Uncle Charlie was-A Hero.
I will always remember him as a young eager man setting the highest goals for himself and always reminding us that he would be a millionaire by our 30th birthday. Charlie I love and I will never forget the unbelievable memories you and I shared together. I know you will always look out for Mom, Dad, Sean, Annemarie, Bernadette, and myself. Take care and may you rest in peace with your coworkers.
Your Brother,
Billy



Sean Heeran, Brother
  • Charlie was one of the nicest guys in Equities. He always called to say “thank you” to us when we did a job for his desk and I know everyone in communications always appreciated that, especially the techs because thank yous didnt happen that often.
    We always looked for Charlie in the Cafe on 101, because he was so quiet and we were so loud, it was always fun to see the shock on his face when we yelled “Hi Charlie!”. We all really liked him alot and I think of him often. I also think of his brother Sean alot, I know he left the firm a few months before the attack, but I hope that he is holding up ok. Your family is in my thoughts and I know Charlie is looking down on you from above.

    Kate, Co-Worker
  • I don’t really know how to explain just how special Charlie was but when God plced him on this Earth, we were blessed with an absolute one-of-a-kind person. His abilities were endless and his admirable qualities were immeasurable. You always knew when Charlie entered a room because his charisma immediately filled that room and people took notice. It was no coincidence that laughs and good times always followed when Charlie burst on the scene. Sean said that Charlie lived to make his friends proud. Well, I will tell you that nothing makes me more proud than to be able to have called Charlie Heeran one of my best friends. I miss you every day pal.

    Chris Lawler, Friend
  • Sean was right when he said you never forget how you met Charlie- it was on the beach one night, sitting next to the bonfire, and across from me was Charlie. Not surprisingly, he told stories all night, and I laughed at all of them. Fortunately for me, Charlie made me laugh a million times more, harder each time. Charlie was someone who really had it all- a charming personality, intelligence, ambition, and those Matt-Damon-good looks, but most of all- a good heart and undying love for his family and friends! He was a leader, someone you wanted to be around and someone who could NEVER be forgotten! May you rest in peace Charlie! Thank you so much for everything! May God bless the Heeran family!

    Kristin, Friend
  • “Plan your life as if you were going to live forever, but live your life as if you were going to die tomorrow”. That was a motto that my cousin lived by everyday. He was a dedicated worker, loving son, friend and boyfriend. He was named after our grandfather Charles Francis Xavier Heeran who fought in World War II. I am pround and honored to say that in my family we have two war heroes. He was the true definition of a leader and took everything in his life as challenge. Charlie touched the lives of so many and will continue to through the impact that he had on everyone he met. It will be the stories told about him that will touch so many other people in the future. We love you Charlie, your cousin, Gregory

    Greg Roberts, Cousin
  • Words simply can’t do justice to what a great person Charlie was. I only wish that I was able to spend more time with him. Charlie was the kind of guy that would do anything for a friend, he used to love to hook you up whenever he could. I have such a hard time accepting the fact that we will never hang out again, never get a message in the morning about what kind of crazy stuff went on down in NYC the night before. The kind of stories that would make me want to get on a plane that second and be out with the whole crew the next night. We lost so many great people in those offices and Charlie was one of the best of the best. I will never forget about you, and I’m praying for you and your family every day. God Bless you Charlie.

    Ryan Quinn, friend and co-worker
  • If you ever met Charlie you knew right away what a great guy he was! He was always smiling and looking for a good time! Working with Charlie was always alot of fun. I’ll always remember him yelling and screaming about the “sick” weekends that he had down in Rockaway. At work Charlie would always be the first guy to lend a hand and to invite you out on a Thursday night. Charlie, I’ll never forget you!! Your the best! My thoughts and prayers are always with you and your family.

    Jay Ludovico, Friend / Co-worker
  • Charlie knew what it took to be a friend. not just someone who told stories or made people laugh which was his trademark, but was the one that dropped everything when you needed him. and he did it everytime that I needed him even just to make me smile. He loved life, his family, his girlfriend and his friends with everything that he had. He loved his job and gave it everything that he had. He lived and loved to the absolute fullest. I have never known someone like him, nor will I ever again. I pray everyday that he knows now that he was loved back even more then he could have possibly have known while alive. I miss you charlie. Your friends will love you forever.
    Kate Hayden

    Kate Hayden, friend
  • I am not even sure which words to use to describe the type of person Charlie was, cause there are just to many! Some of my greatest memories of him come from lifeguarding,he always took control of any situation, saving many lives in the process, he was always the HERO. He was truly a great friend who always put a smile on my face. He loved his life, his family, friends and girlfriend with all his heart, and was one of the few people who really did love his job. I miss you Charlie, and we all love you! God Bless The Heeran Family.

    Meghan Donohue, Friend
  • After growing up with Charlie until about the age of 10, my family moved out of Rockaway. When anyone moves at that age, you tend to lose touch with people more than you would like to. No matter how much time passed or whatever the occasion, Charlie had a huge “Timmmmay” for me like we never missed a beat. I can’t explain how that felt, but for that feeling I love him and think about him all the time. Billy, the same goes for you.
    As I shed a tear, the last time I saw him was the Wednesday before at Martells, by chance. He bought my whole table a round.
    Charlie, I am positive you are the man you always wanted to be up there. When I get there, the first round is on me.
    Tim

    Tim Delaney, Friend and Fan
  • There are so many words that can be used to describe the type of person that Charlie was that one would not know where to start. He was so devoted to his friends and family. I think that everyone who was a friend of Charlie’s, or who just even knew him would be honored. He is one of the few people that I know that could ALWAYS manage to put a smile on someone’s face. He always went out of his way to make people have fun. I do not think that I wil ever meet someone like him again, he knew what it took to be a real friend and I am honored that I knew him. My prayers will be with the Heeran family forever.

    Toni McKnight, Friend
  • Charlie was the closest a person can get to perfect-That word describes him. I loved his stories,his smile,the way he loved his friends and his life. I admired the dedication he had to his work and his family. I was inspired by the way he loved his girlfriend, Melissa. Charlie,you made everything better for me- lifeguarding,hanging out at the Harbor Light,teaching me how to dance, college,everything. I hope the other Cantor families take comfort in knowing their loved ones were with you on that day-I know you took charge like you always did and made it better for them. Thank you for all of the laughs,lectures,and perfect memories. You will be in my heart forever! You are my hero.

    Casey Fraser, Friend
  • Charlie had a personality as big as his smile. He always made you feel welcome under any circumstances. I never met anyone like him, a guy with a purpose in life to live it to the fullest, and this purpose was worn on his sleeve. There was nothing more enjoyable then catching up with the kid in NYC, because the laughs would be loud, and he was always buying the rounds. You will be missed dearly, but remembered more passionately. My prayers are with you, family, and friends.

    Brian Conroy, Friend
  • There is only so much one can go through and honestly this has been something that has taught me to live each day to the fullest. Charlie was someone that was always there no matter what! He taught me to be the young woman I am today, along with Sean,Billy,Annemarie and my parents. Words can’t express how thankful I am that I was able to share 18 years with a person that I respected and looked up to so much. His smile, sense of humor, genorosity, and good personality will never be forgotten. Charlie truly helped me to get where I am today. Everyone knows Chalrie at Scranton and I am trying my best to live up to what he brought out in this school. He’s my hero and I will always be his #1 fan no matter what. I love you buddy- see you soon.

    Bernadette, Sister
  • When I think about the times I spent with Charlie at the University of Scranton I can do nothing but smile. Where ever Charlie was, the room was his. There is no doubt he had a gift for putting smiles on peoples faces, and I will carry these memories with me for the rest of my life. On September 11th, the world lost a very talented young man who was loved by so many people. I will use these memories as inspiration and will strive to live life like Charlie did, if I can meet each day with the determination and energy that Charlie did, then I will truly be living life. My prayers are with the Heeran family and the community of Rockaway, please take comfort in the fact that Charlie Heeran will never be forgotten. God Bless America.

    Dan Carroll, friend
  • I want to express my sympathy to the Heeran family. I am going through something similiar. I lost my kid brother Jimmy Quinn who also worked for Cantor.I know Jimmy knew Charlie from way back in High School when he hung out in Rockaway and spoke highly of him.They were both the same age had similiar personalities and came from similiar Irish Cathlolic backgrounds.Jimmy’s 24th birthday passed on November 6th so I can somewhat relate to what you are going through.Although we will never get over this maybe we can find some comfort in each other.With Love,The Quinn family

    Michael Quinn, well wisher
  • I have so many memories of you that make me smile. Whether it is taking you and your brothers and sisters on an adventure with Aunt Donna or my 40th birthday in florida. Somewhere along the line you grew up and made us all proud of you. You always made everyone feel included and always watched out for your family. I know how much everyone loved you and feel so lucky to have had you as part of my life. I will miss you always.

    Therese Burch, friend
  • What can I say Charlie, you are the best! The most unselfish, fun-loving person I’ve ever met. I think about you, and now Chris everyday. The only thing that keeps me from crying is believing that there is a heaven and that the two of you are together again watching over all of us down here. I miss you so much, especially since I only saw you every once in a while. I think about your family everyday, and every night I pray for them, they have one hell of a town doing their best to be there for them at all times.
    Til we meet again, take care and I love you!

    Danielle, Friend
  • Charlie and I began playing ball together when we were twelve. He comes from one of the most amazing families I know. He was such a tough kid! Those with him on the 11th realize that more than anyone because he was definitely the one who took control, yet he was the youngest there.
    Rest well Charlie. You have CL with you now to try and keep Quinny in line. You are definitly missed!

    Duke, Friend
  • I met Charlie while I was at Iona through his brother Billy on one of our weekend trips to Scranton. It was a great weekend just like all the other times I hung out with Charlie. Weather I was visiting at Scranton, spending St. Paddy’s Day at the Heeran house, or seeing him in NYC Charlie was always the same. He was always the first person that I would talk to mainly because he always had a great story and he always made you feel comfortable. Charlie was one of a kind and anyone who has ever met him knows that they will never be able to forget him. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Heeran family.

    Rob, friend
  • Where can I begin, I knew Charlie since I was born. Every time I saw Charlie he was ALWAYS smiling. I remember when my mom had lunch duty in St. Francis she always took 8-1 & 8-2 and Charlie and Tommy Murphy took her bag (purse) and passed it around the room. It was hilarious! Every time Charlie was near was always a good time! I am very thankful that our families are so close and thankful that I met Charlie! I miss him deeply but I know he is in good hands and watching over us 24/7. Charlie, being that you and Michael were such close friends made me feel close to you. I love you like a brother and miss you deeply. Charlie Heeran is a natural born HERO!

    Susan Brennan, Friend
  • Charlie was the most genuine person I have ever met. He believed so strongly in everthing he did and that’s why he did everything so well. He made all of us better people just by knowing him. Every memory I have with Charlie puts a smile on my face. He always managed to make sure everyone was taken care of and he’d be the first one to say thanks if anyone did anything for him. He was a wonderful friend, and a remarkable person. I’ll miss and remember him always.

    Danielle Valk, friend
  • Charlie brought happiness to his friends and family at all times. His smile was genuine, along with his heart. Charlie always made going out with friends the best time ever, whether it was “Tony & Tina’s Wedding”, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Rockaway, late nights at the Harbor Light, or hanging out in our circle on the beach telling his stories. Charlie, I know you will have so many stories to tell when it is time for your friends to join you. Rest in Peace friend, and know that we all love you and miss you deeply!

    Heather Lundon, Friend
  • WHAT CAN I SAY…I AM ALWAYS THINKING OF YOU AND YOU’RE MISSED BY EVERYONE. THANKS FOR BEING A GREAT BROTHER. YOU WERE ALWAYS LOOKING OUT FOR ME, ASKING ME IF I NEEDED MONEY AND MAKING SURE I WAS HAVING A GOOD TIME. YOUR FRIENDS ARE TAKING THE BEST CARE OF BERNADETTE AND I AND WE’RE ALWAYS TELLING YOUR “SICK” STORIES. YOU’RE THE BEST AND I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH!!! YOU’RE IN MY HEART EVERYDAY. THE FOUR OF US ARE SO PROUD TO CALL YOU “OUR BROTHER CHARLIE”. MISS YOU!!
    LOVE ALWAYS,
    Annemarie

    Annemarie Heeran, Sister
  • Monday,November 26th- Charlie, today is our birthday, and i know you and Lawler must be “raising the roof” up there in your classic Hawaiian shirts. You guys are missed every second of the day by our friends. May you always look out for our best interests. Happy Birthday Charlie! I love you guys. Cheers!!!

    Billy

    Billy Heeran, Brother
  • Happy Birthday Charlie and Billy!!! Charlie you are a inspiration to us all. Your joy of life and the life of others is something I can only hope to acquire some day. You are a true HERO in every sense of the word. When you left us Chris told me that we had the greatest guardian angel watching over us. I know you have been joined with Chris and Aunt Kathie, and now we have three guardian angels watching over us. I miss you all more than you know, and I can’t wait until the day we will meet again. God Bless the Heerans, The Lawlers, and Rockaway!!!

    Kathy, Friend
  • Charlie was definitely a one of a kind person. He was always making sure everyone around him was happy and having a good time. He could always put a smile on your face. He will be missed dearly. I am sure you and Chris will look out for all of us now down here. We love ya Chuck.

    Kelley Edwards, Friend
  • Charlie made my years at Scranton the best four years of my life. Knowing him has made me a better person. His endless stories, rounds of drinks, smiles, trips to Rockaway, etc. have given me memories that I will cherish forever. Charlie’s dedication to his work, friends, family and girlfriend were an unbelievable example for all who met him. I consider myself the luckiest person in the world for knowing him. You are a beautiful person in so many ways Charlie and not a minute goes by that I don’t smile thinking about you. God bless the Heeran Family and all who have lost loved ones in the past tragedies. Best of luck Rockaway! You are all Heroes!!!

    Megan Kane, Friend
  • I can’t believe that we lost 2 best friends when we lost Chris and Charlie. I didn’t know either of them, but I do know a survior from Cantor Fitzgerald, and she has told us some stories. I wish your families the best and I know you will make it because you are all New Yorkers and we never give up!!!!

    Christine, Fellow New Yorker
  • Charlie- Happy Birthday in Heaven! We all miss you so much. Chris missed you so much while he was here- now you are together again. I cannot explain how much comfort that gives me at such a tough time. You both left us way too soon. But,I know you guys will prepare the party for when we can all be together again! I dream about that day every second. I can’t wait to see those smiling, beautiful faces. I know you both will take care of us so that we can see a happy day again- even though it will never be as happy as when you both were with us. I know you’ll take care of each other! Try not to drive Mrs. Lawler crazy up there! I miss and love you both so much! I’ll always remember how good we had it! You guys are truly the BEST friends we will ever know! I love you both!

    Kristin Fraser, Friend
  • There isn’t a moment that goes by in my day that I don’t think about Charlie, and during those first initial moments, it seems like it is not real. We have been told all of our lives that only the good die young and God only takes the best, and that is certainly true in Charlie’s case. He was the most generous, fun person I have ever met at his age. I used to get such a kick out of him, because I was fortunate enough to know Charlie from the time he was born until the day he was taken away from us. I cannot even express with words how much I miss my “Charlie Devane” and how much of a part of my life he was and always will be. I love you Charlie and I wish I got to tell you more. Now we need you to take care of us. Love Suzanne

    Suzanne, Cousin (very close family friend)
  • “I have read of heroes and wanted the same, to play my own part in the Patriot Game” We miss you Charlie and CL.
    Tubba

    terence, friend
  • God has a strange way of working, huh Charlie? But if tributes, masses and prayers are anything, you are probably a consultant to St. Peter by now.

    “Clos Adag Siochaint, Brathair”

    You will be missed.

    Brendan, family friend
  • We lost many heroes on September 11th. One of the biggest was Charlie. He was just starting to live his life, and had not yet reached his full potential. He was, and always will be, a hero to us all. Now he is an American hero. Rest in peace with Chris, Charlie. You will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with the Heeran family.

    Lisa

    Lisa, Friend
  • Charlie, you were an angel to us all while you were here and you continue to be angel as you look down smiling upon us! We all miss you deeply. Keep an eye on us, you know how things can get a little rowdy down here, although that seems impossible without you and Christopher to boost our morales. I know the both of you would want us to be strong and so we’re trying! Charlie, the last time I saw you, you made everybody stop what they were doing and give me a round of applause. Well Charlie, this round of applause is for you and the 23 wonderful years you gave to everybody you knew. I Love You and Christopher more than words can ever express – you are my friends and angels. God Bless the Lawler and Heeran Families-you remain in my heart forever.

    Kerry, Friend
  • CHARLIE HEERAN MY FRIEND AND BROTHER..I ALWAYS CONSIDER MY BEST FRIENDS TO BE BROTHERS AND THAT HE WAS.THE 20 PLUS YEARS I KNEW CHARLIE WERE GREAT.HE WAS THE MOST GENEROUS PERSON I HAVE EVER MET. HE DID’T CARE I THREW BAGS ON PLANES FOR 8 BUCKS AN HOUR. WHEN I WAS WITH HIM I WAS LIVING LARGE. HE NEVER LET ME LIVE LIKE A 8 DOLLAR MAN AROUND HIM. I WAS BIG TIME HANGING WITH HIM. THE DAY YOU WERE LEFT BACK IN THE THIRD GRADE WAS THE BEST THING EVER TO HAPPEN TO ME. IT MADE US THE CLOSEST OF FRIENDS. EITHER ME STAYING AT YOUR HOUSE WITH YOU AND BILLY GIVING ME SPELLING TEST OR YOU AND BILLY STAYING AT MINE PLAYING PLATOON IN OUR BAYWONERS. (I REMEMBER BILLY HAD A G-STRING) I WILL NEVER FORGET HOW GREAT YOU WERE TO ME WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST DURING HIGH SCHOOL YOU WERE A GREAT LISTENER AND, GREAT AT CHEERING ME UP…I WILL NEVER FORGET THE TIMES I CAME TO SEE YOU AT SCRANTON AND ALL THE PARTIES YOU THREW..THEY WERE THE BEST TIMES OF MY LIFE HANGING WITH YOU UP THERE IT REALLY FELT LIKE I WENT THERE.YOU ALWAYS HAD YOUR ARMS OPEN TO WELCOME ME UP THERE. THERE ARE MANY THINGS I COULD WRITE ABOUT MY BROTHER AND FRIEND CHARLIE BUT THERE ISN’T ENOUGH ROOM TO WRITE ABOUT A KIDS HEART AS BIG AS CHARLIE…I LOVE YOU FOREVER..KEEP THE BEERS ON ICE UP THERE FOR I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN ….LOVE YOU KID..

    Tommy Murphy, friend and brother
  • Charlie was not only my nephew, he was my friend too. We had so much fun and laughs living next door to each other when I was growing up. I will treasure those priceless memories forever. He was a wonderful cousin to my two baby boys- always visiting and playing with them. I will always tell them about him and how he died as a symbol of freedom in the WTC. I will make sure they never forget. I miss you more everyday and you are forever our Guardian Angel. Have a great time in Heaven with Chris. Until then…
    Love, Aunt Donna, Uncle Pat
    Patrick and Kevin

    Donna, Aunt
  • Hey Charlie,
    Just wanted to tell you that not a day goes by that I don’t think about you. A piece of my heart was taken away from me when you left us and no 1 can replace it. I love you and miss you more than words can say. It’s been a tough 3 months but knowing that you watch over me makes it a whole lot better. One semester went by at Scranton and I have you to thank beacuse I am having the time of my life. Sometimes I feel like this is one big nightmare b/c I need you here so I could tell you all the funny stories- just wait because I have some “SICK” stories for you buddy! I’ll see you when I get there- if I ever get there!!!
    Love always Bern ๐Ÿ™‚ – your #1 fan no matter what.

    Bernadette, sister
  • Charlie I miss you a lot. You were always a close family friend that I could always count on looking out for me. I remember that trip to Scranton, and all the times we were out. You truly knew how to RAGE. You are always with us because you are never forgotten and never will be. We all love you and you truly showed everyone what it means to enjoy life. I will never forget you buddy.

    Keith, Friend
  • CHRISTMAS 2001- JUST TO LET YOU KNOW I AM THINKING ABOUT YOU ALWAYS. IT’S NOT THE SAME WITH YOU NOT HERE BUT I KNOW YOU’RE IN HEAVEN LOOKING DOWN ON ALL OF US. I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY AND I KNOW YOU’RE WELL LIKED UP THERE..CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU AND JUST BE ABLE SIT WITH YOU, YOU’RE ALWAYS IN MY DREAMS AND THEY SEEM SO REAL..THANKS FOR EVERYTHING AND YOU MEAN THE WORLD TO ME- MERRY CHRISTAMS IN HEAVEN-I’M GLAD YOU LIKED THE GIFT I BOUGHT YOU LAST YEAR- I WAS SO HAPPY YOU GOT TO USE IT, I WISH YOU WERE HERE WITH US…I LOVE YOU BROTHER AND I KNOW YOU’RE WITH ME EVERY DAY WATCHING OVER ME…MERRY CHRISTMAS CHARLIE!!
    LOVE ALWAYS,
    ANNEMARIE

    ANNEMARIE HEERAN, SISTER
  • Merry Chistmas Charlie!!! You watched over us in Scranton and you made us feel at home. It is now our turn to return the favor to your sister. We appreciate everything you did for us at school. You are still the “Mayor” of Scranton. We love you and will miss you. See ya soon buddy!!!
    P.S.: 405 Taylor is still the best house on campus. Thank you Charlie!

    405 Taylor, Scranton, Pa - 2001, Friends
  • Merry Christmas Charlie- I miss you more than anything! I definitely am getting taken care of at Scranton all because of you- I love you and Christams dosen’t feel the same without you being here. You’re in my heart every day and it is you that keeps me going!
    Be good and don’t Rage too much without me!
    See you soon buddy!!!

    Bernadette, Sister
  • MERRY CHRISTMAS CHARLIE…JACK AND I BOTH LOVE AND MISS YOU VERY MUCH…HOPE YOUR HAVING A GREAT FIRST CHRISTMAS IN HEAVEN WITH GRANDMA, GRANDPA, CHRIS, KATHY, AND OUR DOG KELLY….WE THINK OF YOU EVERYDAY AND WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU..WE ALWAYS REMEMBER OUR LAST DAY WITH YOU..YOU’RE OUR #1 COUSIN
    LOVE ALWAYS,
    RYAN AND JACK

    RYAN HURLEY, FIRST COUSIN
  • Charlie, just wanted to let you know how much I miss you and Chris. I’m sure you guys are having a great time upstairs. The day you left us, I was talking to Chris and we were telling each other how we lost probably the best wingman ever. And now I am proud to say that I was able to hang out with the two greatest wingmen I ever knew. I think about you guys everyday and I love you both. Your friend, Eugene

    Eugene, Friend
  • HEY CHUCK, JUST WANTED TO SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR ….IT WAS NOT THE SAME WITHOUT YOU AND CHRIS, AND IT WILL NEVER WILL BE UNTIL WE ARE BACK TOGETHER…I MISS YOU, AND I LOVE YOU GUYS. TAKE CARE AND HAVE FUN UP THERE.

    T Murph, Friend
  • Living in Rockaway you tend to know everyone and form some sort of relationship. The Heeran family is one that everyone knows, and regardless of which family member, you have some sort of good story to tell. The events of 9/11 have deeply touched so many, more so all of us here in Rockaway. I cannot express how deeply sorry I am to the those that have lost someone so close, as the Heeran family in such a tragic event. I will say this thought; the amount of courage, faith, and bonds that Charlie’s family and friends in Rockaway have, will keep Charlie everlasting. The incredible friendships that are in Rockaway are beyond unconditional and a true definition of what it is to be a friend. I value this every way possible and have learned so much from this atrocity. To the Heeran family, you will always be thought of.

    Heather Killian, friend
  • Although I was a year older than Charlie and ran with a different crowd, I have many fond memories of him. Playing rugby w/ Charlie at Xavier as teenagers, Sundays at the Sugar Bowl, and hanging out in Martell’s on nights when he tended bar. It was always a good time. The thing I admired the most about him was that no matter who he was with he would always come over and say hello and have a few laughs with you. A quality that my brother Matt posessed as well. Matt always spoke highly of Charlie and enjoyed working with him at Cantor. The two of them were all-stars for sure, and they will never be forgotten. Keep the party going fellas, we’ll see you again someday!

    My prayers and heartfelt sympathies go out to Seanie, Billy and the rest of the Heeran family.
    May you find peace in the new year.

    All the best,

    Kevin

    Kevin Burke, Xavier alum, Friend
  • Happy New Year in heaven Charlie! Well, I can definitely tell you that Christmas and New Year’s Day were definitely not the same without you and Christopher here!!! But, we’re trying- I think we’re just not as good at having a good time as you two were. I really miss you guys both so much! Give each other a hug from me and I look forward to the day when I can give you both one myself!!! I know you guys will be taking care of all of us and each other in 2002! I love you both!

    Kristin, Friend
  • SIZE..My man. We used to kid eachother about how well we were doing in life. It was easy to joke with Charlie about it because the kid literally did EVERY thing well. It’s seldom that you meet a person that just has everything going perfectly for them. If you do come across such a person you’re likely to find that they have a silver spoon in their mouth, that they’ve had it all handed to them on a platter. Charlie was the opposite. He did it right. He worked hard; he took his talents, his unbelievable unselfishness and a charisma that have never seen in a person before and molded into a life that anyone would envy. All that he had, he earned: A successful career that had no ceiling, loving realtionships with his parents, his brothers and sisters, and countless, almost literally COUNTLESS group of friends that would do anything for him; because it was known to everyone that if they ever needed something, all they needed to do was throw Charlie in the mix, and it was DONE…5 minutes ago.

    I still pick up the phone to dial him when I get absent minded at work, and on weekends to see where we’re going to go that night. I will never forget the times we had, the ultra competitive yet super supportive relationship that we had, and that connection we had, that we always knew what the deal was despite the time, place, people or setting.

    Its an honor to have you as a friend..
    Cheers Chuck, and rest easy, cause you did it RIGHT.

    Danny Rafferty, Friend
  • I don’t think I can put into words an appropriate tribute to a life of such an extraordinary person. Maybe a short story will do justice.
    Charlie had said to me, “Let’s go to dinner” because, I hadn’t been in town for a while, and he wanted catch up. Sitting in The Harbor Light we were waiting the arrival of a late friend. Naturally, Charlie stepped up and ordered for him “onion soup, chicken parm, fries and a side of gravy.” Turning to me he said, “I know that kid better than he knows himself” (and he was exactly right). During dinner, Charlie told some “sick” stories and we spoke of the plans for “tomorrow”, because that’s the way Charlie lived his life, like he would be around forever. We all went home after dinner, the last thing he said to me was, “Hey Gil, shoot me an email”…so Chuck here goes nothing…

    It’s been a couple months now, and I know your listening, like you always do, but it’s tough not hearing your voice. I know you were a hero that horrible morning, I just wish you were here so I could tell you myself. If I’d had any hint, that seemingly ordinary Monday night was going to be the last time I would see you, I would have said so much more. You were the most dedicated person I have ever met. You were exceptionally loving and loyal to your family, and always there for friends, no matter what. I hope you know how special you are to me and to so many people. I know you’re in a better place now, but it’s just not the same without you. I miss you buddy…you and CL keep ’em cold for the boys…Gil

    Neil Gilroy, friend
  • Charlie, My everlasting thanks to you for the very special way you treated everyone. Your Goodness will never be forgotten. I miss you dearly, but I know that God is holding you in the palm of his Hand. Your life has not ended, but merely changed. You have made me so proud to call you one of my Children. This is something that will never change, because you will always be with us Forever. I Love you. -DAD

    DAD, DAD
  • Hey Charlie,
    Just wanted to say hello and tell you I miss you more and more each day. I just finished intersesion and you were right by saying “you’ll have the time of your life”, I just wished you told me how bad my teacher would be, but that’s ok I had you to pray to before exams. I really wish I could have you right here to tell you what a great time I am having beacuse this is all beacuse of you! I got to see Gump and Sue during intersession- they came to visit- I had such a great time. Everyone takes care of me like you said it would be. I love hearing from people about how much they valued the friendship they had with you. I get people I’ve never even seen before coming up to me saying that they just want to add in a few words about how much they valued the time they had with you!! These words make me so happy knowing that I had such a great brother, as well as Sean and Billy, also Annemarie who I know would say the same. Love you pal and I’ll always keep my head up until we meet up again. We all need you and Chris to keep ther party going on up there- I know Mrs. Lawler will keep you two in line. All my love )3
    Your little sister forever,
    Bern ๐Ÿ™‚

    Bernadette, Sister
  • FEB. 11, 2001
    DEAR CHARLIE,
    JUST WANTED TO SAY HELLO….I’M ALWAYS THINKING OF YOU!!! IT NOT THE SAME WITHOUT YOU. IT’S BEEN A TOUGH FIVE MONTHS BUT I KNOW YOU ARE TAKING GREAT CARE OF ALL OF US…..JUST REMEMBER THAT SEAN, BILLY , BERNADETTE, AND I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH AND WE’RE TRYING OUR BEST….WE WANT THE FIVE OF US BACK BUT WE KNOW THAT GOD HAS YOU IN HIS HANDS…THANKS FOR EVERYTHING AND I JUST WANT TO SAY YOU’RE A SPECIAL BROTHER FOR ALWAYS LOOKING OUT FOR ME…I KNOW WE DID NOT TALK A LOT…BUT THE TALKS WE HAD, I’LL HOLD IN MY HEART FOREVER!!! I WOULD ALWAYS TRY TO DISAGREE WITH YOU…HA HA!!!! …SORRY…TAKE CARE…CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU
    LOVE,
    ANNEMARIE

    ANNEMARIE HEERAN, Younger Sister
  • Charlie,
    The boys made it up to Windham again this year. We didn’t get to sic Mikey on Jimmy O. again, but there was some whistling going on. We had some good laughs, as would be expected. You must be proud to see how everyone has handled losing you. Your whole family and all your friends are easily the strongest people I have ever met. It amazes me how much your life continues as we tell the stories you loved. At any mention of you, faces light up, and with every smile I know you are stopping in to say hello.
    Just wanted you to know I’m thinking about you, pal.
    Tim
    2/20/02

    Tim Delaney, Friend
  • What can I say about Charlie, except that he was one of the best people I have ever met. He was a wonderful friend, who loved his family and friends with all of his heart. Even though Charlie was the “MAYOR” and could get a whole room to stop and listen to his stories, if you were talking to him he was always there to listen. I remember when my friends from school would come to Rockaway, Charlie would be the first person to come over to meet the ND girls and, of course, he would go straight to the bar to buy them a drink. Charlie was always thinking about everybody else before himself and I am sure that on 9/11 he was doing that exact thing. He was thinking about his family, friends, girlfriend, and co-workers at Cantor, who I am sure that he was trying to save. Charlie was a HERO and he always will be.

    This weekend is the Rockaway St. Pat’s Parade – it won’t be the same without you and Chris there, but we will try to make you both proud. We miss you guys every day, but we know that we have two angels watching over us and that has helped us to get through this.
    We Love You Always.

    Kelli Donohue, Friend
  • Charlie, there is not a day that goes by when I don’t think of you and Chris. It is pretty hard not to remember you b/c, as you know, you made up the name Foakley. I will always remember that day on the beach when Foakley was originated. In the beginning I did not think the name would stick, but b/c of the person you are, you were able to make it stick and turn it into a good nickname. I am very pround to be called Foakley and will always tell everyone about how I got the name from one of the best people I ever knew. I miss you and Chris every day and can’t wait to see you guys down the road.

    Sean Hayden, Friend
  • Thank you for showing everyone your tributes to your loved one. From all of your letters to your brother, I feel as if I knew who he was and what kind of a person he was. You have a special person watching out for you now and no one can take that away from you. As someone who lives so far away from New York City, I don’t know what you are going through during this tragic time but my community was directly affected on September 11th when a native of our town was killed in the attack. She, too, worked for Cantor Fitzgerald. The community is grieving with her parents, brother, sister-in-law, nieces, and nephews. But nobody who is not one of those people truly knows what they are going through. I am thankful that your family got to spend the time you did with Charlie and please hold all of your memories very dear to you because they are what is going to help you through this difficult time in your lives. May God bless each one of you and the memories you have of Charlie, I know he is with the Lord. Keep the faith!
    Love always!

    Amy, Stranger
  • I remember reading my brother’s yearbook from Xavier the year Charlie was graduating. In his senior quotes he put, “For I read of heroes and wanted the same, to play my own part in the Patriot Game”. I have not seen the yearbook since I first read the quote but every time I saw Charlie out, I thought about that. Charlie, you are my hero, because you played a part in our Patriot Game. I never talked to Charlie, but I know the type of guy he was. On my graduation night from high school, I was working at a local bar in Rockaway. When he found out it was my graduation night, he said, “You should be on the other side of this bar with me”. He bought me a shot and wished me good luck. Thank you Charlie.

    Sean Tubridy, Neighbor
  • Hey Charlie,
    I miss you more now then I ever have. It’s hard. I talk to you every day. I hope that you are listening.
    I love you.
    Kate

    Kate Hayden, Friend
  • 3/11/02
    It has taken me a really long time to write to you Charlie, because I don’t really know what to say. You were such a wonderful person and friend, and you are missed everyday by so many people. It is hard to explain exactly how great you were. I can honestly say that I have never met anyone else like you before. I loved hanging out with you, being your friend, I love having you be a part of my life and memories, and I did love listening to your stories!!
    Charlie, I will miss you always and forget you never.

    Corinne, Friend
  • Hey Charlie, its me again. I have wanted write to you again for a while now, but it is never easy. As you know we finally got married and it was a great day. I was really happy that all of our friends and family got together to celebrate and it seemed like everyone had a real good time.. Thanks for the beautiful weather we had that day, I know you wouldn’t have let any clouds come or have any rain fall. You truly were there in my heart thoughout that whole day, as you are everyday, and I know you were partying right up there with us. I know it isn’t typical for brides to wear napkins on their heads,(which is your trademark at every wedding) but once I put it on it was like I was dancing with you. It was a very special dance, that I will never forget and also one of the best I had all night. I wished you could have been there, but in every other way you could have been, you were, thanks for the dance Charlie …..I love you.

    Suzanne, very close family friend
  • 3/12
    Hey buddy it’s Bern again- yesterday was 6 months but it seems like yesterday that I lost a piece of my heart- you are on my mind all the time and I miss you so much. I really wish you were here and this pain just won’t go away. Nothing is the same without you, but I know you’re with me all the time. They had all things on the TV for the 6 months since we lost so many people, but every day is the same- it just gets harder and harder. Thank God we have such a good family and a group of friends or I don’t think I would be able to do this. This past weekend was Rita and John’s wedding- it was such a great time. All I kept thinking of was when you carried me into the reception room on your shoulders at Aunt Donna and Uncle Pat’s wedding and how hilarious it was. You always knew how to show me a good time and I hope it’s the same when I come upstairs. I miss you with all my heart and I am staying strong.
    Love always,
    Bern
    P.S. Remember to keep them on ice for all of us and tell Chris and Mrs. Lawler they are on my mind as well! Be good- I Love you )3

    Bernadette, Younger sister
  • I knew Charlie by name and sight, although we weren’t friends. He was a year younger, and I knew people who knew him. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Heeran Family. I knew Chris L. and he talked highly of Charlie. I lost my uncle in the WTC, who also worked for Cantor, so I know how your family hurts. Keep your heads up and always remember that you will always have memories in your heart and in your head. They can take away his body-but not his spirit and memory! God bless and stay strong!

    Fellow Rockaway Native, Friend
  • March 17th, 2002
    Charlie, Happy St. Patty’s day. This was always your day to shine on 5th Avenue and 51st. Now you are sharing some beers with St. Patrick himself. I am positive you are the man you always wanted to be up there. Happy Patty’s Day!!

    Very Good Friend, Friend
  • Hi Charlie,
    It is Easter Sunday and I just wanted to check in. I hope you are having a good first Easter in Heaven. We all miss you…I know you are look down upon everyone and smiling. You’d be so proud. Anyway, Happy Easter. We miss you…Sorry I did not write on March 11th, I just did not know what to say…

    Lisa, Friend
  • 3/29
    Hi, it has taken sometime for me to write. I only knew you from family get togethers, however you were like a brother to my brother Pat. I know he misses you. My brother is not one to show his feeling but we all know what you mean to him. Donna and Pat closed on their house this week and I would like to thank you for that, I know you put a good word in for them with the Man upstairs. I’m sure Donna and Pat would have loved to have you here to share in their happiness. But I know you are happy for them. I’m sure they will have many pictures of you hanging around to make sure Baby Pat and Kevin always remember you. I have a small favor; we lost our niece in February. Please take care of her for us. I’m sure she has found you and you are holding her right now. Take care, I think of you often and your family. You may not be here in person but you are always in everyone’s thought and prayers. Take care.

    Colleen Connelly-Mackay, Friend
  • HEY CHARLIE….HAPPY EASTER, 2002!!! I LOVE WRITING TO YOU!!! JUST WANTED TO SAY HELLO AND TELL YOU HOW MY SPRING BREAK WENT…I THOUGHT OF YOU EVERY SECOND OF THE DAY..PUERTO VALLARTA WAS SO MUCH FUN AND IT WAS GREAT TO GO WHERE YOU WENT ON YOUR SPRING BREAK…YOU ALWAYS KNEW HOW TO PICK THE FUN PLACES….DON’T WORRY I TOOK CARE OF MY WHITE IRISH SKIN …YOU AND I NEVER GOT TAN!!! WE ALWAYS GOT RED…I MISS YOU SO MUCH AND I HOPE YOU’RE DOING OK…THINGS ARE SO DIFFERENT BUT I KNOW THAT YOU HAD TO LEAVE US FOR A REASON…EVERYDAY I LOOK FOR YOU AND WISH YOU WERE SITTING RIGHT NEXT TO ME..YOU HAVE TO GET ME THROUGH THIS…THE FOUR OF US WILL DO IT!! MISS YOU!! LOVE YOU!!
    ANNEMARIE

    Annemarie, Sister
  • HEY RUGBY CHUCK,
    I WAS GOING THROUGH SOME PICTURES AND SAW SOME FROM FRANCE, THOSE WERE SOME GOOD TIMES, I JUST WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH A GREAT POSITIVE GUY. YOUR WELCOMING ATTITUDE MADE IT VERY EASY TO FEEL AT HOME. EVERY TIME WE HUNG OUT WAS FUN. YOU ARE A TRUE LEADER. MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. KEEP ON SMILING BROTHER!!!

    MARTIN TUBRIDY, FRIEND
  • Hey Charlie- Happy Easter in heaven! Well, I finally made it out to Vegas! Unfortunately, I didn’t get to make it there with Christopher, but I know you both were there with me! I remember all of our conversations when you were helping me plan out our trip for Chris’ birthday. I did all of the great things you told me about out there and of course, you gave some great advice- it was an awesome time (and the dueling pianos were definitely SICK!)! I wish you guys could have given me some help at the tables, but you were probably busy keeping all the guys out of trouble- ha, ha. But, I really did feel you guys with me out there more than words can say! I really miss you both so much! Take care of each other and all of us- I know you guys will! Give Chris a hug and we will see you guys soon! Happy Easter! I love you both!

    Kristin, Friend
  • Hey Charlie!!! How are you? I am hold up down here. Charlie we miss you soooo much since you are not here anymore but we know that you are in good hands. I wish that I could have at least said goodbye but know that I love you and ALL your family and I miss you very much. I had my prom 2 weeks ago and your mom gave me something to wear on my chain it was sooo pretty. Keep a good eye on all of us please! I Love you always )3

    Sue, Friend/Friend of Family
  • HEY CHUCK ,I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT I GOT MY LETTER FOR THE FIRE DEPT. AND THAT YOU YOURSELF WOULD HAVE GOTTEN ONE ALSO…YOU ALWAYS KNEW I WANTED THIS AND FOR SOME REASON I GOT THE LETTER ON MY 24TH BIRTHDAY. I TRULY BELIEVE THAT IT WAS A GIFT FROM YOU; THAT GAVE ME THIS BECUASE YOU ALWAYS KNEW HOW MUCH I WANTED IT…SO JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR GIFT AND I LOVE U KID. YOU’RE THE BEST…P.S. GIL IS FINALLY MOVING BACK FROM BOSTON…OH YEAH, WE WENT TO SCRANTON AND I HAD TO TURN THE POWER OFF JUST ONE MORE TIME…LATER BROTHER.

    Tommy, Friend
  • Hey Chuck, I was going through some old pictures the other day and I came across some that would definitely put a smile on your face. Action Park, some high school girls junior prom we both went to, and of course Challenge basketball Camp with the boys. I apologize for writing to you 6 months after you were taken from us but hey, “better late than never.” right? Just want to let you know that not a day passes by without thinking about you and Chris and all the good times we’ve had together. God couldn’t have given better friends than you two. Hey, Save a dozen for me when I get up there. Love you Guys. Later.

    Jimbo

    Jimbo, Friend
  • Hey buddy,
    I am just writing because I thought about you a lot today, just like every day though. Today I finished my last final…had you with me the whole time! I needed you to seriously give me the answers on some though, not just be there – ha ha! I think they went okay though. Charlie, I wanna thank you again from the botto m of my heart for getting me where I am today. I could not imagine myself anywhere but here and you were the one that told Krista and I to be roommates – thank God we did. It worked out perfect. I have become close with some of the most amazing poeple at Scranton, some are already graduating, but they took such good care of me – I don’t want them to leave. When everyone came up for the weekend, I seriously had a hangover for a good 2 days…All I remember is me and Petie going nuts and he had a shirt that said SCRANTASTIC on it then gave it to me to wear…sooo funny!! I know you were upstairs laughing at us and at what a good time we all had. Melissa’s in good hands, we had a great time with all the girls. One more thing don’t forget to tell Chris that I am going to take care of Caitlin next year!! She’ll enjoy her first year just as much as I did — trust me!
    Well I love you pal… Be good!
    Love,
    Bern – your #1 fan always

    Bernadette, Younger Sister
  • DEAR CHARLIE, I AM HOME NOW FOR THE SUMMER AND MOM, BERNADETTE AND I LEAVE FOR IRELAND TOMORROW. WE ALL KNOW YOU’LL BE THERE IN SPIRIT WITH US. I KNOW IF YOU WERE COMING WITH US, IT WOULD BE NON-STOP FUN AND LAUGHTER. IT’S SO DIFFERENT WITH YOU NOT HERE AND I KNOW THIS SUMMER IS GOING TO BE REALLY TOUGH NOT SEEING YOU ON THE BEACH. YOU LOVED THE WEEKENDS ON YOUR BEACH CHAIR. YOU ALWAYS HAD A HUGE SMILE READY TO START THE SUMMER WEEKEND…I MISS YOU EVERY DAY AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THERE IS NEVER A SECOND THAT GOES BY THAT I’M NOT THINKING ABOUT YOU. TAKE CARE OF ALL OF US, ENJOY YOURSELF UP THERE AND DON’T WORK TO HARD!!!! YOU WERE A GREAT BROTHER WHO ALWAYS ASKED QUESTONS ABOUT WHO I WAS TALKING TO AND WHERE I WAS GOING…NOW I UNDERSTAND WHY YOU DID THAT, YOU WERE LOOKING OUT FOR ME!!! THANKS CHARLIE…LOVE YOU!!! THE FOUR OF US MISS YOU DEARLY!!…SEE YOU SOON
    ANNEMARIE

    Annemarie, Sister
  • I had never heard of Charlie Heeran before Sept. 11th. However, as someone who was born in Rockaway and graduated from Scranton, I feel a great empathy towards the Heeran family. I have only heard good things about Charlie – you should all be proud to have rasied him to be a fine young man, and to have known and loved him. I will be playing rugby tomorrow in the Rockaway 7s, and I will play in his honor. Bernadette, I’m not sure if you’ve graduated from Scranton yet, but you are in good hands up there. God bless all of you.

    Fellow Scranton Grad, A Stranger
  • DEAREST CHARLIE,WELL THE DAY HAS FINALLY COME TO SIT DOWN AND WRITE YOU A LETTER. I ALWAYS CONSIDERED MYSELF SUCH A STRONG WOMAN, BUT I AM HAVING SUCH A HARD TIME WITHOUT YOU. I KEEP SAYING HOW FORUTNATE I AM NOT LOSING ALL THREE OF YOU BUT IT DOES’NT MAKE IT BETTER. SEPT.11 WILL BE ON MY MIND TILL I MEET YOU AT THE GATE AND OH HOW HAPPY I WILL BE. I AM TRYING TO COPE EVERYDAY WITHOUT YOU AND IT IS SUCH PAIN. SEAN AND BILLY AND THE GIRLS ARE TAKING GOOD CARE OF ME SO DON’T WORRY. YOU GAVE 23 YEARS OF SUCH JOY AND WATCHING YOU GROW UP,BEING SO KIND AND JUST A COMPLETE JOY IT DOES GIVE ME PEACE AND MAKES ME SO PROUD OF YOU. CHARLIE I KNOW YOU ARE HAPPY AND WITH GOD,PLEASE TELL HIM I NEED HIM TO MAKE ME STRONG. I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU EVERYDAY. LOVE ALWAYS- MOMMY

    BARBARA HEERAN, MOTHER
  • Hi Charlie, its RERE, I’m sorry it took so long, but you & I know that I talk to you everyday from my heart.I just wanted to let you no how much I miss you & that there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about you. Today is a special day for Rere & Dave. Today is our 4th wedding anniversary & all that comes to mind is remembering the great time our families had at our wedding. All you guys were there & it will always be a great memory for me, especially you with the napkin on you head. I will always remember the dance we had & all the good times we had together especially on Christmas Eve. You will always be my Charlie Divane & you will always be in my thoughts & heart forever. I love you Charlie, RERE

    RERE, Close familly friend
  • Although I didn’t know Charlie very well, he definately made a lasting impression on me. I remember the first time I met him, it was at a highschool graduation party in Rockaway, and just like everyone else has mentioned in their tributes, he was the life of the party. He was someone, that when you saw out, you wanted to talk to, because he was so full of life. Which is why it is so heartbreaking for someone like him to be gone. It makes all of us realize how fragile and precious life is, and not to waste a single second of it. Charlie never did. I think for the people who knew him best you must be so proud of that. We should all take a page from his book. God Bless.

    Jen, Friend
  • Dear Charlie,
    I want you to know that though you are no longer here…you are everywhere…We see you around every corner, we hear you everytime a wave breaks, we feel you in the wind. You made the most remarkable impact on so many people in your short 23 year stay, and that is why you are so missed. We know that you watch out and protect us. You are our “Rockaway Angel”. Your parents did a great job raising you and your sisters and brothers to be strong and independent…please, keep them strong now.
    Until we see each other again,
    Love, Norma

    Norma, Family Friend
  • I didn’t know Charlie personally but the connection that we have is strong. I lost my son Tim on 9/11. He too was a Cantor employee and he too was a Scranton graduate. I met Bernie(Charlie’s Dad) about 45 years ago where we both were growing up at Rockaway Beach. He was playing Little League baseball and I was coaching. I’m older than Bernie,of course. It wasn’t until the Scranton Memorial Mass that we crossed paths again after all those years, but I recognized him at once. We shared memories and I met Charlie’s brothers and sister. Reading all the messages and tributes to Charlie, I see that Bernie and I also shared wonderful children in our lives. We had a fund raiser for Tim, my son, and in the program we listed memories and things that reminded us of Tim and the first one mentioned was Rockaway since he spent his summers growing up there even though we lived in New Jersey. Charlie, look up Tim when you can. Just break the ice by mentioning Rockaway. You two will hit it off right away. His birthday is next Monday. Let him know how much I miss him. May God bless both of you and both of our families. We are carrying on but believe me it is not the same without you guys.

    Peter Finnerty, Friend of your Dad
  • Hey pal, I know I haven’t written in a while but I just wanted to tell you that I love you! Missing you has been so hard b/c everything reminds me of you. I am going back up to Scranton pretty soon and I know you’ll be with me the whole time. I can’t even begin to think that it has almost been a year without you, it feels like yesterday that my heart was taken away! I miss you more and more and it is not getting one bit easier. It’s one day to the next just waiting to see your smile or just to hear you say one more time ” Bern don’t worry you’re gonna get taken care of at school”! Charlie I was truly blessed to have you with me for 18 years and I am just waiting for my time to be with you and when that day comes, it will be the best day of my life. Keep shining up there b/c I know for sure you did here!
    Be good buddy! Miss you sooo much!
    Love always your lil sister forever,
    Bern

    P.S. Annemarie and I went to see Melissa in the Jersey Shore… Ohhhh we had such a great time! Charlie I have never seen anything like her, she is amazing and so strong. I know your watching over us and I promise we are doing our best to stay strong. Your in my heart and never forgotten!

    Bernadette, Sister
  • There are heart aches in life that can be described in a word how you feel, but I have an emotion when I think of you Charlie and all my other friends I lost on 9/11 that I don’t think has been defined yet and it won’t go away. I go numb thinking that in a few weeks it will be one year since the worst day in my life occurred that it still feels like the worst nightmare I ever experienced. I look back on the past year trying to focus on what has gone on and you would be very proud of how everyone has handled losing you. As hard as it is for your family and friends , your life is celebrated in ways that I am proud to be a part of. Whether it is sitting around the table talking of good times we had with you or group trips into Manhattan to see your favorite play and partying your way, surrounded by family and friends.
    We are having a baby soon, and I pray to you all the time to keep our baby healthy and look over him or her as it grows so one day it will become and healthy, smart, and strong independant person like you that we will be extremely proud of and be blessed with. I think about you every day and I assure you our baby will recognize your face and who you were and what a hero you are.
    I miss you more every day
    Love you.

    Suzanne, Close family friend
  • We were waiting for sandwhiches at 101. It was hot and you insisted on analyzing every aspect of our upcoming Xavier rugby season. After what seemed to be about four hours, our orders came and we made our way toward the beach. You asked me if I needed a ride and when I explained to you that I had my bike, I remember this response vividly: “Nych, we’ll through it in the back. I got the Micelli!”
    I miss you, Charlie. People are right when they say that you don’t realize what you have until it’s gone. Your friendship meant so much to me. I regret never getting the chance to let you know what you instilled within me. Charlie, you showed me that it was okay to be smart, no, it was cool to be smart. When kids weren’t doing their homework, you were. When kids didn’t go to class, you did. I saw this. You paved the way for me to be successful. Because of you, I want to show people how smart I am. Because of you, I want people to see how hard I work. None of this would have occurred, had you not been a part of my life. I will be forever greatful to both you and to your family, for without them, you would not have been the man you were.

    Ryan Quinn, friend from Rockaway
  • CHARLIE…JUST TO LET YOU KNOW, YOU WERE MISSED AT HAT NIGHT OF 2002. SEAN DID A GREAT JOB AND THE RAIN GOT EVERYONE GOING NUTS!! IT WAS NOT THE SAME WITH YOU NOT THERE. I MISSED YOU SO MUCH AND I JUST WISHED YOU WOULD OF WALK IN THE BAR WITH YOUR IRISH CAP. I AM BACK AT SCHOOL NOW TRYING TO GET THROUGH EACH DAY, YOU HAVE TO HELP ME!!! THERE IS SO MUCH I WANT TO SAY TO YOU. LOVE ALWAYS, ANNEMARIE

    ANNEMARIE HEERAN, SISTER
  • To the Heeran family,
    I never knew your son, but when the plane crashed and killed Chris Lawler and his mom after 9/11, there was an article that was run here in the press about Charlie that made me stop and ask “why?”.
    I live in Australia, but lived in NY for many years and was devastated at 10.49pm Sydney time as I watched the city and the world change forever. I really just wanted to tell you that your son/brother was obviously much loved and is much missed and that people as far away as Australia will be thinking of you all on 9/11/02.
    Keep your faith.

    Merry, Stanger from Australia
  • Yo Chuck,

    You’ve been on my mind non-stop with the anniversary of your death, that horrible day one year ago. Just wanted to say I miss you Charlie and all the great qualities you possessed. I “raged” in your honor all summer down the shore. I’ll be up to Queens to visit you soon.

    Gump, Friend
  • Dear Charlie- I don’t even know where to begin. I can’t believe that it has been a year since you were taken away from us. It still makes me so angry and so sad- it’s all just way too unfair. I remember that awful day like it was yesterday. I remember sitting for hours with Chris talking about how much we missed you. I didn’t know then that only hours later he would be with you once again! This past year has been so awful! But, somehow we are making it through this, and I know that you have something to do with that- that you are still very much here with us, seeing us through each day in our minds and in our hearts, and for that I am so grateful. Being there for others was such a big part of you while you were here, I know that you couldn’t just let that go away when you got to heaven! Charl- I know that you would be so proud of how your family, Melissa, and all of your friends have rallied behind each other in order to try to deal with losing you. We have banded together and even had a few laughs along the way- just how I’m sure you would want it. I am so thankful for the time that we did have with you. I love listening to all of the stories about you- there are so many happy memories, which is just another testament to what a love of laughter, friendship and good times that was you. I am so very proud to have been able to call you my friend and I still am and always will be. And, your friends will never stop telling those stories Charl- NOBODY will EVER forget! You died an American patriot- a hero of war. But, you will always be my hero for so many other reasons- your dignity, loyalty, compassion, generosity, ambition, selflessness and kindness with which you LIVED- to just name a few! May you continue to watch over and protect us! You will be forever loved and missed! Thank you for showing us all what it truly means to live life! I can’t wait to see that smiling face up in heaven! Until we meet again Charlie…you and Christopher take care of each other and all of us! May you rest in peace! I love you! Happy Anniversary in Heaven! My thoughts and prayers will always remain with the Heeran Family!!!

    Kristin Fraser, Friend
  • 9/11/02

    Charlie,

    There is not a minute of the day that I don’t think of you guys and miss you with my entire heart. I’m thinking and praying for all of you that perished on that fateful day, especially on this 1st anniversary. When your name is mentioned in conversation I sometimes go numb because reality is playing itโ€™s course, but I always snap back and smile about the accomplishments you achieved in your short 23 years here.
    Charlie, the thoughts of what could have been, should have been are never far from my heart pal. I will never forget the times we shared together, the super supportive relationship that we had as brothers, but more importantly that special connection we had that no one will ever know. I truly believe that you are in a better place now .You are with a great crowd up there! Keep on smilingโ€ฆI am so proud of you!

    Billy, Brother
  • 9/10/02
    Hey buddy, just wanted to say hello and let you know that I’ve been thinking of you. Its been a tough year and I thank you and Chris for being my two Irish angels on both my shoulders. You have left an unbelievable mark on me, and our community. I just hope some day I can be half the man you were.
    I graduate this December, I’m sure your laughing about that one. Might try to work with your brother Sean in the City. I’m sure you will lead me in the right direction.
    I miss ya kid. I’m gonna have a few Guiness’ for ya tommorrow.
    “WE’RE JUST GETTIN’ WARMED UP”
    Cheers buddy

    Eugene Brennan, Friend
  • 9/11/02
    Charlie,
    Happy 1st anniversary in Heavan, I cannot believe it has been a year already. Continue to look out for the Rock and keep the Guiness on ice. “Now you can enjoy one anywhere”. God Bless Brother

    Sean, neighbor
  • Charlie, I apologize for not writing sooner, but don’t think for a second that I wasn’t thinking about you. The fact that people really admired you and adored you was shown at your memorial sevice, the turn-out was tremendous. You really touched everyone you met in a different, but positive way. I can’t remember a time you were not smiling, and it made everyone around you smile. You were the most generous person I have ever come across, even though I was two years older and had a job, you would insist on buying the drinks when we met up in the city. You truly are an amazing person and I know you are upstairs having a “sick” time waiting for us to join you. God Bless you and your family, you will never be forgotten, until we meet again…….

    Joseph Gentile, Friend from Scranton
  • Charlie,
    Its obvious how much you are missed and remain everyone’s thoughts. That will never change. However, in the past year there is something you have managed to change… me. In all my thinking back about you, your family, your friends, your motivation in work and play, and your general caring demeanor, I realize you were a rarity in your ability to see the right thing to do, and get it done. As I reflect on my own relationships and goals I can honestly say that the past year I have grown in a positive way almost more than any year of my life. The inspiration of your friendship and legacy have shown me that life is all about the people around us. You have brought about a conscious effort in me to make sure the people I love know it, and that its not what we do that defines us, its what we do for others. Thank you for setting such high standards for all us to follow.
    Tim
    9/11/02

    PS. Foak sang “Girls just wanna have fun” at a japanese kareoke bar. Was hysterical. I fully believe you had something to do with that.

    Tim Delaney, Friend
  • I’m sorry it took me so long to write you a tribute Charlie. I think I just needed time to try to figure out why something like this would happen to someone as good as you. I still haven’t figured that out and probably never will. You have been in my thoughts for the past year and you will continue to be there in the years ahead.

    To the Heeran family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Charlie was a credit to you all.

    Terence Moriarty, Friend
  • 9/11/02

    Charlie, Sorry it took such a long time to write. We did not hang out that much, but when we did it always was a great time filled with lots of laughs. I don’t need to tell you, but you and the rest of the RIBS are the best groups of friends I have ever met. You’d be very proud of how they carried themselves this past year.
    SIIIICK!!!!

    God bless!!

    Brandon, Friend
  • Having been a few years older than Charlie, in most neighborhoods our paths would have never crossed. However, in Belle Harbor your paths begin crossing at St. Francis and continue to cross over the years of high school and college. The way I knew the Heeran family was through the neighborhood, but also through my group of friends- many of their younger brothers friend’s happened to be a Heeran. What I remember first noticing about all of them were their smiles. Mega-watt smiles exploding across a face of freckles. That is the Heeran trademark for me.

    About 7 years ago I was out, I went to order a drink up at the bar in Jameson’s, it might still have been the Magnet at that point (Yes, I was just legal and no, Charlie was not and yes, legal age doesn’t matter much in Rockaway)- but I wound up next to Charlie at the bar. I actually turned and introduced myself, assuming for the moment that being 5 years older than him, he wouldn’t know me. Well- his face broke into that smile, he threw his arm around me and said “C’mon, are you kidding? I know you!” and we shared a laugh. From that point on, every Hat night, Thanksgiving Eve or summer night out, Charlie would always go out of his way to talk with me.
    Since last September when I see his siblings, I seek them out for a quick moment of conversation and a glimpse of that smile. Everything written and spoken about the family is true- wonderful senses of humor, gracious & kind, generous and in short- just good people.

    Today was no different than any other day- I think about you all everyday and send you my prayers. God Bless.

    Kim, Rockaway neighbor
  • I was once told that things happen in life for a reason. It is only now that I realize that things happen and we may not be able to understand in fact why they do happen. Throuhgout our lives we have worked very hard to create and form this great family chain which is comprised of not only family but the best of friends. Within this chain we have lost very important links. As time goes on and later on, as God will take us one by one that is the day that I know that link will be reconnected and we will be together again.

    Chris, Mrs. Lawler, Charlie and everyone else, forever in our hearts.
    love,
    Anonymous

    Anonymous, friend
  • Charlie it’s already been a year without you and I miss you even more now. I look at pictures and remember all the good times. Still I am so angry that they took you from us. Charlie, thanks for all the good memeories you gave me and for all the advice (you never judged me you always just told it like it was and that meant more than anything). I think of them every day and it’s helped me get through all this year. You and Chris take care of each other. I miss you both so much it hurts especially when I hear the songs we used to dance to. I’ll keep practicing down here until we’re all together again.

    Casey, Friend
  • Hi, my love. I know this took me so long, I just couldn’t do it. Charlie, its been over a year and each day is still so difficult for me. There is not a second that goes by when I do not think of you and how much I would give to be in your arms again. What we had together was extraordinary. You were the BEST. I pray to you everyday.I think about the great memories we shared together. Although I wish they were only the beginning, I will cherish the memories we had forever in my heart. Please give us all the strength to live life as you did. I love you, honey, with all my heart. With love always, Melissa

    Melissa, girlfriend
  • Hey buddy, it’s just Bern. Just writing to say hi and that I love you. I know it’s been a while but I talk to you everyday and I know you are listening. This is still so unreal and I still want someone or something to wake me up out of this bad dream!
    School is still going well,but microeconomics is horrible. I am trying my best though. I hope you saw me fall and sprain my ankle last week because I definately gave you a good laugh!!! Actually, seeing me try to walk with the crutches was probably funnier ha ha!…. Mommy was up that weekend, we had such a great time…. Charlie she’s so strong and I hope you know we are all still going because the thought of you could bring a smile to anyone’s face ๐Ÿ™‚
    Well again I LOVE YOU and I hope you hear me everyday beacuse its very important to me knowing you are there at all times.
    Love, with all my heart
    Bernadette

    Bernadette, Sister
  • WOW….that’s all I can say after reading these tributes about your friend and family member, Charlie. What an amazing person he must have been. If I can have half as many tributes as him when I go, I know I will have done something right. Thanks for sharing your stories with us and stay strong.

    Anonymous, Fellow NYer
  • 11/26/02
    DEAR CHARLIE,
    HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY!!! I MISS YOU MORE EACH DAY. I STILL DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY THIS HAPPENED TO YOU. YOU WERE A PERSON WHO ENJOYED LIFE AND MADE THE BEST OF EVERYTHING. MY GRADUATION DAY IS ON MAY 17TH..IT’S GOING TO BE HARD WITH YOU NOT THERE TO CELEBRATE. I DREAM OF YOU EVERY NIGHT…ALL I SEE IS YOUR BIG SMILE. YOU DON’T TALK TO ME, YOU JUST WAVE AND SMILE..PLEASE TAKE CARE OF ALL OF US..WE LOVE YOU…HAVE A GREAT BIRTHDAY AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING..YOU WILL BE MISSED AT THE HARBOR LIGHT ON THANKSGIVING EVE!! I’LL BE THINKING OF YOU EVERY MINUTE.
    LOVE ALWAYS,
    ANNEMARIE

    Annemarie Heeran, Sister
  • Happy Birthday Charlie!! Thinking of you today and everyday….

    Kate

    Kate Hayden, friend
  • 11/26/2002
    HAPPY 25th B-DAY buddy. Just wishing you the best and remembering how great a person you are on your birthday. The boys celebrated in style last night with your brother Billy, but I am sure you already knew that because I know you were right there with us. Give Chris my best and take care.

    Jimbo, Friend
  • Happy 25th Bithday. I miss you more now than ever. I am trying to be strong- I know you want me to be. I love you so much and I always will.
    Love always, Meliss

    Melissa, girlfriend
  • Hey buddy, I wrote on your birthday but it never went through…I thought of you like always and knew you and Chris must have had a sick day raging upstairs! Billy did his part here, but you were very missed like always.
    I miss you more than ever and at times I find myself speechless. You always had a smile on and I am trying my best to do the same. Everyone is being strong but its very difficult for me at times. Mommy and Daddy did a great job with all of us and I would not have been able to do this without the help of Sean, Billy and Annemarie as well. I can’t even believe you and Billy are 25! Wow you 2 are getting old! haha sorry I had to add that in. I just really wish I could get everything I want to say out. If I could just see you once more and tell you how thankful I am for what you have done for me and the path you paved for me at Scranton… I would only ask for a minute… its all I need! I know you hear me when I talk to you, but I need you here.
    Sean, Billy and Annemarie have been such a help- being able to talk about you so openly has taught me a lot about what has gone on and that it isn’t fair, but I know I will see you again and that you will be waiting with open arms for all of us. Thank you Sean Billy and Annemarie for always keeping me on my toes and metting me know that you will always be there.

    Well I miss you Charlie and I know you know that. Be good and take care of us. Suzanne and Bobby’s baby is almost here- I know you will be here in spirit. I can’t even wait!!
    Oh yea and one more thing… I think I just may be a teacher.. I switched my major but who knows when I will get out of here, but I know you will be helping me the whole time. I had Melissa on the phone and she was telling me that I can do it. I know I will have help the whole time!
    Well I love you and always will!

    These things I warmly wish for you-
    Someone to love,
    Some work to do,
    A bit o’sun
    A bit o’ cheer
    And a guardian angel
    Always near
    An old Irish Greeting

    P.S.— I just want to thank everyone for the beautiful tributes. These keep me going everyday!
    Happy Holidays to everyone.

    Love always,
    Bernadette

    Bernadette, Sister
  • Christmas Eve 2002:
    Dear Charlie: As I prepare for my annual Christmas Eve gathering I think about the great memories that I have of all of us growing up. When I arrived home to see the Christmas tree, this years theme was “Ireland”. But most importantly it is now called the “Charlie Tree”. The holidays was your favorite time of the year,not to mention Chris’ also. The memories of the two of you will forever stay within me. I ask the two of you to make sure that the road will always rise to meet all of us, that the wind will forever blow forcefully upon our backs, pushing us forward. And until we meet again, to assure us that you will forever hold all of us in the palm of your hands.
    To Charlie & Chris, Merry Christmas, and please keep the spirit alive amongst all of us!
    Love Always,
    Greg

    Greg Roberts, Cousin
  • Merry Christmas in Heaven Charlie!!! As always, you will be missed immensely here. But, I know that you are always standing by us and will be celebrating up there with Chris! I would say that this time of year has always made me think of you guys, but it seems like whenever there was a cause for celebration it reminds of you both- not just at Christmas, but all year round! You guys always made Christmas a lot merrier though! Continue smiling down on us Charl! Thank you for all of the wonderful gifts you have given all of us- a lifetime of beautiful and happy memories and for watching over and protecting us and being our guardian angel! I miss you! Please give Chris a hug for me and tell him how much I miss him!!! Thanks Charl! I love you guys! Merry Christmas!!! And, may God Bless the Heeran Family!!!

    Kristin Fraser, Friend
  • Charlie,
    I am still here in Boston, even though it’s coming close to Christmas. Work demands my time, even through the holidays, but I can honestly say that I’m okay with it. If you taught me anything, it was that all this hard work and dedication will eventually pay off. I continue to use your lifestyle as a model for my own. It’s quite astonishing how you still continue to teach and guide, not just myself, but all of us, even when you’re gone.
    Anyway, just wanted to drop you a little note and let you know that I was thinking of you. I hope both you and your family know what an inspiration you are to me. I think of you guys all the time and I wish nothing but the best.
    So, to Charlie, and to the Heeran family….
    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ryan Quinn, friend from Rockaway
  • 1/7/03

    Dear Charlie,

    It’s another New Year and words cannot express how much we miss you more each day. I watched you on our wedding video last week, and it is bittersweet to see you so alive and happy. I’ve been compiling all of your pictures and all the tributes to you, so I can show Patrick and Kevin how special you were when they are old enough to understand what has happened. I will explain to them that you died because you lived your life as a free American. They will know their cousin Charlie died a hero to us all. We visited your gravesite on your 25th Birthday, I left a picture of the babies there so they are with you always in your heart and spirit. Charlie, please watch over us because we need you more than ever. We love and miss you always.

    Until we meet again,
    Love
    Aunt Donna,Uncle Pat,Patrick and Kevin
    XOXO

    Donna, Aunt
  • Hey Charlie, I am writing to thank you for making my prayers come true. On December 13th I gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Reilly Susan. She is everything I prayed to you for, happy and healthy. I always knew you were listening every Sunday when we have our weekly talks, and I confidently know now you are in Heaven, because she is so unbelievable that I cannot even believe she is mine. I wish so much that you were here to see her and hold her. As I think of the new life we created I can only hope for her that she is a happy person and lives life to the fullest like you did, and is thought about by others the way that you are. Thank you for hearing me and answering my prayers. I miss you very much.
    Love Suzanne

    Suzanne, family friend
  • 3/17/03

    Charlie,

    It’s St. Patrick’s Day and I thought about you today like always, but today thinking about how much fun you are having upstairs today. It’s so hard without you. I still wake up thinking it’s just a bad dream. I never knew I would make it this far, but this is something we are all doing together. I could write a book with how much I want to say to you. Most of all I love you and miss you. Your smile brightens my day when I wake up to your picture on my desk every morning. This isn’t fair but I know we will be togther one day. Until then, please give me whatever it is I need to keep going.
    I love you.

    Your sister,
    Bernadette

    “May the luck of the Irish be always at hand
    And good friends near you-
    May each and every coming day
    Bring some special joy to cheer you.”

    Bernadette, Sister
  • 3-30-03
    I THOUGHT SO MUCH ABOUT YOU ON ST. PAT’S DAY IN THE CITY..IT’S GETTING HARDER BUT I’M TRYING REALLY HARD TO BE STRONG FOR YOU..CHARLIE I THINK OF YOU ALL THE TIME AND I HOPE YOU KNOW HOW MUCH YOU MEAN TO ME….I WISH WE HAD MORE TIME TOGEHTER, BUT THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON…I HATE THE FACT THAT THIS HAPPENED TO US…I WAS UP IN SCRANTON THIS WEEKEND WITH BERNADETTE..IONA RUGBY PLAYED YOUR SCHOOL…YOU ONE!!! BERNADETTE LOVES COLLEGE. WE HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME..WE WENT TO A PARTY AT YOUR OLD HOUSE…IT’S NOT THE SAME WITHOUT YOU…MISS YOU!!
    ANNEMARIE

    Annemarie Heeran, sister
  • Hey buddy,
    I am actually in the library…don’t laugh because I am actually being serious. I was just thinking how time really flies. Next year I will be living in Jean Murphy’s house- I just wish you were here! I am trying my best, but it’s a lot of work and I am actually trying to be a teacher… you told me I can do it and said how much Meliss loved it! You said how hard she works and I remember laughing because you were like “Bern what do you want to do with a Communications major?” and I had no answer for you! So now I have you to help me and give you a few laughs when I am going crazy trying to get my work done!
    Knowing that I can talk to you whenever I want helps me all the time.
    Last week I saw little Patrick and Kevin! They are running around keeping Aunt Donna and Uncle Pat busy!!! They are getting so big and they know who you are…. they see your picture on the wall (with your huge bright smile) and they get all red and smile too!
    Be good- and keep me going like always!
    I LOVE YOU,
    Bernadette

    Bernadette, Sister
  • DEAR CHARLIE,
    TODAY WAS MOTHER’S DAY. MOMMY WAS VERY HAPPY..SHE LOVED ALL OUR GIFTS. I WAS WAITING FOR YOU TO WALK IN THE DOOR WITH A BIG SMILE FOR HER. THE HOUSE SEEMS SO DIFFERENT WITHOUT YOU. MOM HAS SUCH NICE PICTURES OF YOU. SHE IS SO STRONG AND WE’RE TAKING GREAT CARE OF HER FOR YOU.
    MY GRADUATION DAY IS ON MAY 17TH. I’M SCARED FOR THE FUTURE AND LEAVING MY FRIENDS AT IONA!!! I KNOW YOU’LL HELP ME THROUGH THIS. I’LL BE THINKING OF YOU ON MY GRADUATION. I WISH YOU COULD SHARE THIS DAY WITH ME. I REMEMBER YOUR GRADUATION DAY, YOU WERE SO HAPPY. NOW IT’S MY TURN TO FACE THE REAL WORLD. I KNOW IT TOOK ME 5 YEARS. HOWEVER, NOW I CAN HANG MY DIPLOMA NEXT TO YOURS. THEN SOON, BERNADETTE’S WILL BE ON THE WALL. I MISS YOU MORE AND MORE. I WILL TRY MY BEST TO BE STRONG FOR YOU. SEE YOU SOON IN THE HAPPY PLACE!!!
    WITH LOVE, ANNEMARIE

    Annemarie Heeran, Sister
  • 6/27/03
    Dear Charlie,
    Yes,I am writing to you again. This page is a book you can read when you’re not busy up there. I miss your voice. I miss your laughter. Even though I can’t see you, I know you’re next to me when I need you. I’m working in the city now and it’s so hard to be here without you. There are days I think I’m going to see you on the busy streets. I miss you more each day Charlie. I know the summer will be tough without you. You always got the party going. I’ll be thinking of you at my graduation party. Take care
    Love you!!!

    Annemarie Heeran, sister
  • Charlie,
    Went back to Rockaway this past weekend and couldn’t help but think of you, seeing as how I know you loved the summers and your time with the “weekend warriors.” I’m also, certain, however, both you and Chris are enjoying your summers together in a much better place.
    The main reason I am writing to you, Charlie, is to inform you of how wonderful your sister Bernadette is doing. I spoke with Bern a few times during my visit and, although it is obvious the pangs from your passing are deep within her, she is doing amazing. Everytime I look at her, I can’t help but see a part of you in her eyes. Bern is trying so hard to make you happy and trying so hard to make you proud. I’m sure Bern knows how much you love and care for her, but it’s still very hard. I wanted to let you know that Bern continues to strive for success and is doing a marvelous job at maintaining your family’s overwhelming strength and fortitude. And, of course, she is still beautiful.
    Again, we all miss you severely, Charlie. But I thought it would be encouraging for you to hear what a courageous, dedicated and loving family you have. You are, and will continue to be, a very special young man in everyone’s eyes. But, then again, I’m sure you all ready knew that, didn’t ya?
    ’til we meet again….

    Ryan Quinn, friend from Rockaway
  • Setember 2, 2003
    Dear Charlie,
    HAT NIGHT in Rockaway was a success. We all missed you. It was a celebration!! Everyone smiled and laughed. Hope you’re doing well. Please help me one day to find the sense of peace. I must trust the process of grief and know that, even though I may not think or feel that I am making progress, healing is taking place within me. I have changed and I know you’ll help me when I ask. MISS YOU!!

    Annemarie Heeran, sister
  • To the Heeran family,

    I was recenly visiting NYC and went to the WTC site and placed a flower for Charlie. Even though I never knew him, he has alays been near to my thoughts as I check back here to make sure you are all doing ok. We will be thinking of you this Thursday, together with all the families who so wrongly lost their loved ones. May peace find you on 9/11/03.

    Merry, Sydney, Australia
  • MY DEAR CHARLIE,
    I FINALLY AM WRITTING IT TOOK ME A LONG TIME.YOU ARE ALWAYS IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.WE ALL MISS YOU VERY MUCH MARTY AND I SPEAK ABOUT YOU OFTEN
    WE ALWAYS LOOK AT THE CYO CHAMP.TAPE AND LAUGH AT ALL YOU GUYS.THOSE WHERE THE DAYS !I KNOW YOUR WATCHING OVER ALL OF US.THANKS CHARLIE FOR LETTING
    US HAVE YOU IN OUR LIVES,WE ARE BETTER PEOPLE
    BECAUSE OF YOU.
    LOVE YOU FOREVER
    SUSAN BRENNAN
    ANDRESEN

    SUSAN ANDRESEN, DEAR FRIEND
  • 9-11-03
    Dearest Charlie,
    Happy 2 years in Heaven!! We will be at Ground Zero sharing this day with you. It’s so hard without you that somedays I can’t even explain to others how I’m feeling. I just hope you are happy about where you are. Everyday I wake up thinking of what happened to you. I will never know, but I hope you know I was praying you were not scared and good friends at work were with you that horrible day. I have a breacelet with your name on it. It makes me smile because of you!! Miss you Forever…All the best in Heaven!!

    Annemarie Heeran, Sister
  • Hey you,
    Sorry I know it has been a long time, but your with me everyday no matter what.
    Wow- I really don’t know where to begin. It’s been two years….I miss you more and more.
    Well I am back at school and things are going pretty good. The house is pretty gross but you know how it is up here in the college houses haha!8 girls in 1 house could get messy! I was home on the 11th at ground zero and so happy to be with everyone. Then right back to school. We had a HUGE bash in your honor on Sept. 12th…it was pretty out of control. People are still talking about it. I know you were looking down on me b/c no cops showed up at my door!! Your the best for doing that for me. I made a toast at 9:11 and just thanked everyone for coming to the party and told them what a great brother you were and still are. I said how I am holding it down here for you! Everyone was in red whit and blue and we had your pictures all over the house. You had all the ladies looking at that Matt Damon face hahah! Well I love you pal and miss you more than anyone will ever know!
    Love,
    Bern
    P.S. Thanks Ryan for the beautiful tribute.. I loved it. It was good seeing you. Tell Mom I said hello!

    Bernadette, sister
  • Hi Charles,

    I was just checking out all of the tributes on your page here. You must have been one heck of a guy! Judging by what your friends and family had to say about you, I think the world could use a lot more Charlie Heerans. Can you see what you can do to spread your influence?

    Thanks!

    A Passerby, stranger
  • OCT. 2003
    Thinking of you alot today. I smile when I hear your name but I sometimes have to let some tears out. My heart aches without you around, but I know things happen for a reason. I feel you around me sometimes and I just hope you’re happy up there. The world seems so empty without you, but we are trying our best to move on. I always think about our brother and sister fights. Sometimes I regret the things I said to you and other times I laugh. Well, all I know is the next time I see you, I sure know there will be no yelling. Thanks for always looking out for me. It was always a great comfort knowing we were at the same place hanging out. That’s what I miss most. I walk into places thinking you’ll be coming in soon. Miss you!!

    Annemarie Heeran, Sister
  • Hey pal,
    I woke up today like every other day thinking of you, but this time I really remembered the dream I had. Your voice was clear as day- you said “Bern don’t worry.” I am not too sure what I was even worried about in my dream, but you were with me that’s all that mattered. I wish you were here. I love you and miss you as always.
    Love always,
    Bern

    Bernadette, little sister
  • Charlie…

    I look at this every once in a while and all of your tributes amaze me. While I know you father and brother, I unfortuntely did not know you that well… I wish I had. Being a fellow Xavier graduate, I can tell you are everything that Xavier was all about….

    Your neighborhood has been through so much since 9/11 and I am sure you are source of strength for so many people, probably more then you could ever imagine. My sister-in-law, Kelly Grady, always speaks so highly of you and your family.

    Keep a watch over everyone in Rockaway and say hello to my brother for me.

    God Bless

    Patrick Grady, Xavier Alumni and friend
  • November 26, 2003
    Dearest Charlie,
    Happy 26th Birthday! You will be missed on Thanksgiving Eve at the Harbor Light. It’s never going to be the same. Rockaway will be celebrating with you. Not having you with us, dramatically changed me, but I know each day you’re watching over us. Keep listening to me, because I really need you at this time.
    Happy Birthday Charlie and Billy!!

    Annemarie Heeran, Sister
  • 11/26

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLIE… I know you and Chris are having a blast upstairs! I had a few for you last night and will continue tonight in Rockaway. We miss you so much and although nothing is the same anymore, I know you are looking out for me. I love you.
    Happy Birthday Charlie and Billy- you both mean the world to me.

    Love,
    Bern

    Bernadette, Sister
  • Charlie,
    Good News! Aunt Donna had a baby girl on Dec 11th, Corinne Charlie. She is beautiful. Please watch over her. Miss You Always!!

    Annemarie Heeran, sister
  • I was looking for the names of some friends from business school who had followed their dreams and gone to Cantor Fitzgerald only to perish when I stumbled onto this page โ€“ Charlie Heeran. I donโ€™t know why I stumbled across this page, but I did. I read every word of it, and I think I was meant to because I can relate to this victim more than any other victim. I am a guy like Charlie Heeran. We are the same age. I am a 26 year old attorney, so I can relate to Charlieโ€™s career achievements at such an early age. I know his dreams because I have dreamed similar ones, and I am angry that he was not allowed to completely fulfill these dreams. I come from a large Catholic family and attended Catholic schools, so I can relate to the stories from friends and family members about special moments they shared with Charlie. To the Heeran family, I feel like I know you from these letters. You are my mother, father, sister, or brother, and your reactions are the same as my family members would be if this happened to me. Please know that I love each of you because I empathize with you. These words may seem odd, but I had to write them โ€“ I was truly touched by this page in a way I cannot explain. Thank you for letting me share in your grief, and please know because of these words I read today, that I will forever love and pray for this Heeran family even though I do not know who they are.

    Fellow Young American, Stranger
  • Hey … just thinking about you as usual.
    I’m back at school and finally turned 21! I didn’t even have to get picked up once by the police for drinking(well maybe once but we got out of the fine haha).I know you would be laughing about that. I see you all over the place at Scranton(your on my shoulder)…I miss those days~ you would bring Krista and I out and of course we had a blast being we were only 17. All I needed was just one day , even a minute just to thank you for the best days of my life and to tell you how much you meant to me as my older brother.
    I love you,
    Bern

    Bernadette, Sister
  • March 5th, 2004
    Hey Charlie,
    Tomorrow is our St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Rockaway. I wish that you could be there with us. You’ll be missed so much at the Hayden’s house party. If you can, send us some sun and warm weather. I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow, you always enjoyed that day. You were always the first one up, drinking a mimosa with your irish cap on ready to go. Well, I hope you’re listening to me. I’m trying my best to move on and to think postive about things. I just want things back to normal but I guess I just have to accept that you’re not coming back to us. Well Charlie, HAPPY ST. PAT’S DAY. Enjoy yourself. Good news, Sean graduates the FDNY on Monday. He’ll be working right next to Billy. Please protect them both. Thanks! MISS YOU ๐Ÿ™‚

    Annemarie Heeran, Sister
  • March 16th, 2004
    Dear Charlie,
    Just wanted to wish you a HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY. You will missed tomorrow as always!! It’s so hard without you, you’re always on my mind. The parade in Rockaway was fun. The Hayden’s house was a blast, but we all knew you were missing. It’s never going to be the same and I hate it so much. Melissa and your Scranton crew came to celebrate. They all know that was your favoite day in Rockaway. I pray everyday that on 9-11 you died peacefully and that you were in no pain. Everyday I think of what may happended to you in that building. I will never know and it kills me. I just hope you fell asleep and went right into God’s hands. Miss you so much!! Can’t wait to see you.
    LOVE ALWAYS!! Annemarie

    Annemarie Heeran, Sister
  • Hey it’s just me, thinking about you as usual. A lot of things going on, but I know you are with me. St.Patrick’s Day was a blast! I was in Alcapulco living it up just like you would have. Of course I was the most Irish looking, raging with NO TAN! that didn’t stop me though!! Mom and Dad were awesome, of course giving me everything and sending me away for Spring Break. I thought of you everyday and knew you were without a doubt laughing from upstairs! I think I am doing well, school is great … just trying my best everyday to live life as you did. Billy and Sean on the fire department, of course making us all proud! Annemarie doing well at work, always keeping me on my feet gieving the best advice. This is what makes me want to go on.I have so much to live for and to be proud of. Of who we were while you were here, but who we have become living in your memory. We miss you but live in your memory just like you would want us to do.
    You know you mean the world to me and that I miss you, but I promise…. I am doing fine.

    Love you buddy,
    Bern

    Bernadette, Sister
  • Hey me again, I miss you.
    Met a few people over the weekend that were a few years ahead of you at Scranton- it was real fun. They played Rugby with you and it was great to hear their stories about you and Petey. People come up and still manage to find out who I am (Hey are you a Heeran? and I say umm I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing hahah but yes I am and they go nuts!)….its great trying to live it up here like you did. They say I remind them of you when I smile, but I don’t think it is possible to smile like you did. Junior year is just about over– I just wish you were here to share these times with me. I love you,
    Bern

    Bernadette Heeran, Sister
  • I never had the opportunity to meet you, but I have heard so many stories about you. You should be so proud of your short life has touched the lives of so many good people. I met many of your scranton friends, and can promiss you that your life has made a difference in all of their lives. Your sisters and family seem so strong, but I can only think it is you who gives them the strength to go on. I know if you were here we would have met, and I would have seen all the good that they speak of. Your are truely a hero in every form of the defination.

    N/A, Girlfriend of a friend
  • July 2, 2004
    Dear Charlie,
    Yes, I’m writing again. I just wanted to wish you a Happy 4th of July. I hate celebrating without you, it’s just not the same. I’ll be thinking about you as always. Bernadette and I just returned from a trip in Puerto Rico. It was a great time. The best was when we arrived at the airport, all of sudden a “Charlie Taxi Service” picked us all up. I got chills, but then I just had to smile for you. We all said you planned that for us. I know you are looking down on us and I do sometimes feel when you are. I still cry for you and I’ll never stop. Well enjoy your holiday with Chris and friends. I LOVE YOU ๐Ÿ™‚

    Annemarie, Sister
  • 9-11-04
    Three years have gone by and it’s still hurts to think of what happened to you. I ask God WHY and try not to get so angry. I go on feeling numb trying to make you proud. My wish everyday is if I could have spent more time with you before you died. People tell me not to “dewll on it”, to go on with my life. Well, Charlie I’m trying but I need you to push me forward. I feel scared, but then I feel selfish because look what you had to go through. Today, on the 3rd anniversary I will smile for you. We’ll be at Ground Zero remembering how great and brave you were on 9-11. I know you will be on our sides today. MISS YOU !! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Annemarie Heeran, Sister
  • Hey buddy, just saying hello… can you even believe I am graduating in May? This is crazy how fast it went, but it was all because of you that I had the time of my life. I must say being “little Heeran” was awesome!!I love thinking about all the times I came to visit you at Scranton and how hilarious it was- you sure knew how to show someone how to have an insane time. You made me so proud to be your sister and will never forget that. Although I lost a piece of my heart the day you went to heaven, I also gained an appreciation for life and how important it is to let the people you know around you that you love them. Also to thank them for being by your side no matter what… so to all those people–I love you and thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    Be good and I can’t wait to see you.
    MISS YOU
    Love always,
    Bern

    Bernadette, sister
  • 11/26

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUDDY!! I can’t belive you and Billy are 27 (man you 2 are getting old! haha)… just wanted to tell you I love you and that I am thinking of you always. Scranton is going well, living it up like you did of course.Graduation will not be the same without you, but you will be with me of course. I know you are raging in heaven waiting for all of us…
    I smile everyday for you even though it hurts..I hope you know how much I look up to you and thank you for all the days we did have. Be good, I miss you!
    Love,
    Bern

    Bernadette, Sister
  • 11-26-04

    HAPPY 27th BIRTHDAY! Please know I’m thinking of you today. It’s still so hard without you and people probably think I’m nuts. I try and smile but sometimes its way too hard. Please help me move forward. Thinking of you today. I’ll try and celebrate. CHEERS!!!
    MISS YOU ๐Ÿ™‚
    Annmemarie

    Annemarie Heeran, Sister
  • 01/01/05
    Happy New Year Charlie! Thinking of you as always. It’s draining on the holidays without you. I really thought you would come walking through the doors. Great news!!!….Sean and Lynn got engaged. We are all so happy for them. ๐Ÿ™‚ They will be getting marriend next New Year’s Eve. You will be missed, but I know you’ll be there in spirt. WELL HAPPY 2005-send me down some happiness!!! MISS YOU SO MUCH!

    Annemarie Heeran, Sister
  • I Love you Pal, I think of you everyday…..

    good friend, great friend
  • hey it’s just me- it been really hard without you and lots of bad days, but I know you would not want that. Just thinking about graduation which is so scary because I remember every bit of yours. You were happy, but sad to leave such good friends and the millions of laughs you had at Scranton ~just like I’ve had. You did it for me and this path was so hard to keep walking on without you…. but I know it only gets better from here. You were a success, had a heart of gold and I only hope I could accomplish as much as you did in the short time we were blessed to have you with us. I want to make one promise to you and that is that I promise I am going to be o.k I smile everyday knowing you are looking down on me and so proud to be your sister. I love you and miss you like always!

    Bern

    Bernadette, sister
  • Chuck! I miss you bud. Well, We married Nick. Thanks for being there with me, I couldnโ€™t have done it without you. I think about you every day, and nothing makes me happier than calling you my friend. You are a brother.

    Michael Klauder, Friend
  • 2005
    You will be missed August 5th at Greg and Jenn’s wedding. You were always the life of the party at weddings. I always remember you to be the first on the dance floor with the napkin hat. Please watch over us and give us a wonderful wedding. I think of you every second. Miss You!!
    LOVE ALWAYS,
    Annemarie

    Annemarie Heeran, Sister
  • Miss you buddy…..always thinking of the great laughs we had. I just wanted to say hello.

    Jimbo, Friend
  • Hi Charlie-
    I am thinking of you today as I do everyday…with fond memories and joy in my heart. You are always in my heart and thoughts. Forever your friend-Kerry

    Kerry, Friend
  • Hey Charlie,
    Well it has been 4 years today. It still feels like just yesterday you were here making me smile. I miss you just as much today as ever. I think about you all the time and i know you are taking good care of me. You would be so proud of Bern-she graduated and is now home so i get to spend a lot of time with her. Her smile is like yours and you shine through in her. She is such a link to you that i treasure. I took your advice about Mike–you told me he was a good one and not to mess it up. Well i haven’t yet and he asked me to marry him. Look down on me during this planning time cause you know i get a little stressed about things. I’ll miss dancing with you and Chris so much that day. But you are always with me. Keep helping us down here cause its tough without you guys. Charlie, i love you i can’t wait for the day when we’re all together again.
    Later Pal
    Case

    Casey, Friend
  • Hey…just thinking of you of course. Its been tough, but you know I am fine. I can’t believe college is over. It feels like yesterday when you told me on the beach that I would be taken care of at Scranton- you weren’t lying. I literally had the time of my life!! I am going to graduate school in January to be a guidance counselor. Give me the boost that I need to be back in school haha!! I miss you and this site makes me happy because it shows just how muched you were truly loved! Keep smiling upstairs. Until then, I love you.

    Bernadette, Sister
  • tomorrow is thanksgiving and can’t help thinking about how much you loved family parties. You would be so proud and happy to see how big Donna’s kids are getting. I laugh because it seems like yesterday that you and billy were running around like Kevin and Patrick. It still is not easy to think of you as gone but for sure you are not forgotten. Happy Thanksgiving. Love Therese

    PS. Happy Early Birthday.

    therese, friend
  • 11-26-05
    HAPPY 28th BIRTHDAY!! ๐Ÿ™‚ CHEERS TO YOU ALWAYS!
    LOVE ALWAYS,
    ANNEMARIE

    Annemarie Heeran, sister
  • Not a day goes by that I do not think of you— I started graduate school at St John’s… I could only hope that I have the work ethic you had. There was something about you that not many could expalin, but those who knew you certainly could! You were one of a kind buddy!! I can’t belive it’s been this long— but I miss you more and more. I will never forget the way you spoke- when that is my biggest fear– but who could forget that1! Just know I love you—-our short time together was everything to me when I think of it. I am keeping my head up for you!
    Love you,
    Bern

    Bernadette, Sister
  • Hey buddy~~ one of your favorite days is coming up!- St.Patrick’s Day in Rockaway….you really did enjoy that day! All your friends from home back together, playing Rugby in the morning all hungover with the guys who loved to play just as much as you did….going to the Hayden’s for a big party–all of your friends from Scranton coming down…going to the Clubhouse and just living it up like you always did!
    I am going to be thinking of you the whole day Saturday, but with a HUGE smile!
    I miss you more than anything ~~ look down on all of us for a nice and safe day! We all miss you !
    )3 you pal,
    Bern

    Bernadette, Sister
  • 3/4/06
    Just wanted to say “HI” and let you know how much you’ll be missed at the Rock St. Pat’s Parade today. Bernadette and I are having friends over for breakfast to start off the celebration. We’re trying to keep your tradition going by having the Mimosa Breakfast. You always enjoyed this day and was the first one up getting the house prepared for your great Scranton friends. I would walk in our kitchen and you would be sipping a mimsoa with your Irish cap on. I remember being so hungover one morning of the parade and you told me to stop complaining, pop 2 advil, and have a mimosa! HAHA! Well Charlie…. my first mimosa this year will be a CHEERS to you ๐Ÿ™‚ I still wake up in shock and can’t wait to see you again, so many things I need to tell you. ALL MY LOVE!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Annemarie Heeran, Sister
  • 3/5/05
    hi charlie,
    i was just thinking about you. you are missed so much by so many…..

    corinne, friend
  • Dear Charlie
    I finally am learning the computer! so 5 years later I get to tell you that you are in my thoughts daily and how you loved my orange cake.
    I have read all the tributes posted here from Dad
    your brothers,sisters and friends-you are awesome
    and in your brief years in this world you have touched so many hearts. much love
    Aunt Bonnie

    bonnie hayes griffin, great-aunt
  • Hey pal just thinking about you as usual…I can’t believe how much time has past. Patrick, Kevin and Corinne are getting so big!!~ they are great!!!They know who cousin Charlie is….they look at your picture all the time. Aunt Donna and Uncle Pat let them know what a great and loving person who were. Sometimes I just wish I could wake up from this nightmare, but I know you would want me to be happy. You had it all and I am just trying my best to live it up like you did. I love you and seriously can’t wait to see that smile again!
    P.S. my 1st semester in grad. school @ St. John’s is almost over… I love it! I know you are the one that keeps me going : )

    Bernadette, Sister
  • April 28th, 2006

    Hey Charlie,
    We just returned from Clearwater Beach, Florida for Easter. We all missed you and were remembering about our last time there with you in 2000. You loved it down there and was always the first to start drinking the great mud slides. Well, the trip was great and I took the trolley to do some shopping. I get on and the driver says “Hi,where you from”? I say ” New York”, then he says ” Well, my name is Charlie and I love NY”. It was the weirdest feeling, I was happy and sad. I had a feeling you were watching over us. Thanks so much! Think of you everyday and moment. Miss you!

    Annemarie Heeran, Sister
  • Tough days…I miss you so much~~ what if??

    Bernadette, Sister
  • Hey Charlie–miss you so much right now i don’t even know how to tell you. Every wedding of our friends is so happy but it makes me think of how much you’re missed. We try so hard to include you guys but nothing would be better than to get a Charlie hug from you in person. I’m sitting here looking at your picture and i can’t believe its almost 5 years. I know you are in a place that is so great i can’t even imagine but we’re just here missing you. They’re making movies about you like people could have forgotten already. Charle know that we’ll never forget, couldn’t. We never could you were and are truly the best. I miss you every second. My wedding is coming up and i hope i’m making you proud that day and that you are smiling down on me and Mike. I love you!!! Rest easy pal.
    Case

    Casey, friend
  • 8-11-06
    Happy Friday, think this is the only day I’m semi happy. Sitting here at work, thinking about you. I can’t believe it’s going to be 5 years next month…Not even normal!! Everyday I ask God why and wonder what would of happened if I had more time with you. I have so many things to say to you and wish this never happened to our family. We were so stubborn towards eachother and I regret it so much. Many say that’s how siblings can be. I remember one night out in the city with you amd taking one of your company cars back to Rockaway. I tried to tip the driver and you got so mad! HA!! Charlie, I hope you know I miss you more and more each day. I’m very proud to call you my brother. Thanks so much for answering some of my prayers, I know I ask for so much. MY ANGEL!

    Annemarie Heeran, Sister
  • Hey buddy….I know you welcomed Michael Glover with open arms into heaven. It just makes everyone think of how unfair things can be. You guys are such great people~~so why? My mind goes crazy at times, but I know you want me to keep going. I smile for you everyday. Watch over Glover’s family. The Haydens are like family to us and I know they need it at this difficult time. I miss you terribly and tell Glover we all love and miss him as well!
    Love you,
    Bern

    Bernadette, Sister
  • 5 years have past and I still miss you more than ever. We spent the day in the City with all of us on Monday. We miss you everyday and will never forget you. The impact you had on my life could never be measured. You were and still are an inspiration to me. You followed your dreams with such passion and never gave up. I am following my dreams right now in graduate school getting my master’s degree in counseling. I know you will be with me if I need a little push!
    Until we meet again,
    LOVE YOU…..your sister, Bernadette

    Bernadette, Heeran
  • Merry Christmas my dear friend. The holidays will ABSOLUTELY never be the same without you. I hope you and Chris met Glover with an ice cold Beer when he died for this great country. Know one in this world deserved it better than him and i know you met that great United States Marine at the pearly gates with one. love you guys always

    B, Friend 12/25/06
  • 2/26/07
    Hey pal,
    Haven’t written in a while…I miss you more and more each day. Graduate school is going great—it is actually going by pretty fast. I know you’ve been watching over me the whole time. Time has flown by, but you are never forgotten. I talk about you all the time and will never forget the wonderful person you were and still are. I can’t wait to see you and that huge smile!
    I hope you and Chris are showing Glover the ropes upstairs~~ you guys are missed everyday!
    Love you,
    Bern

    Bernadette, Sister
  • Hey buddy. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! I miss you so much. All i picture when this day comes every year is you behind the bar and Chris in his Irish cap. Nothing is EVER as good without you two and i’m thinking of you both today as everyday. I hope you are both celebrating together with Glover and St. Patrick himself. I miss you every second. Thanks for all the good looking out and help. Things are pretty good except for the missing you part. You are ALWAYS in my thoughts and prayers..as i am sure you know. Miss you like crazy.
    Casey

    Casey, friend
  • 3/22/07
    Time is going so fast and I still don’t understand why this has happened. I did the city for St. Patrick’s day and missed attending Martell’s Grill where you bartended and had the biggest crowed . This day is just not the same anymore. I hate to complain and feel sorry for myself, the pain still hurts very much. I need you to give me strength and to think positive. I long to hear your voice again and just to expalin to you how thankful I was to have you as a brother. I never really said much to you, now I want to talk to you for hours. Take Care Charlie, until we meet again.

    Annemarie Heeran, Sister
  • Hey Buddy, I had a baby girl a couple of months ago and it was the greatest thing to ever happen in my life but I know you knew that already. She is gonna get baptized with the same chalice that you were baptized with and by knowing that I know she will be looked after by you from heaven. That really warms my heart. You are missed more and more every day and you will always be in my thoughts and prayers. Christine and Quinn say hello and tell Chris and Glover I miss those guys. love you buddy.

    Jimbo, Friend
  • Hey just thinking about you…the golf outing is coming up for you, Chris & now Glover. I still wonder how this all happened, but I know you are all watching over us. Give us a beautiful day on July 6th! Miss you more than anyone will ever know.
    Love you,
    Bern

    Bernadette Heeran, Sister
  • Dearest Charlie, 6/12/07

    Charlie,you know how much your family misses you. We think of you every single day and your name or a story about you always comes up in conversation. We miss you terribly and wish you were with us. I can’t believe you and Billy are turning 30 this November 26th. You know we will be toasting you and Billy from now until then. Please watch over us and take care of us always. Help us all live without you with us. The kids know exactly who you are and what happened to you. They love you as if they knew you well when you left us. Watch over my children, they love you very much. Love Aunt Donna, UnclePat, Patrick, Kevin,and your namesake CorinneCharlie……Love You So!

    donna connelly, aunt
  • It is that time of year again and I can’t believe another year has passed. Life is just never going to be the same, but I will keep a smile on b/c I know that is what you would want. It is still so hard, but I promise we are all doing good. I am through a year in grad. school @ St.John’s…who would have thought? The only Heeran to get a Master’s degree haha.I could just see you now telling me I will be fine and to just keep toughing it out when it gets difficult.
    To this day I can talk about you to anyone- even if they didn’t know you. You truly were one of a kind and I will always cherish the times we shared(especially when I called you at Cantor and told I got waiting list for Providence, but got into Scranton….you paused and was like..”YOUR GOING TO SCRANTON!…honestly it was the best decision of my life and your legacy will always live on!
    Miss you tons and will be thinking of you on Tuesday….just like everyday!
    Your sister,
    Bernadette

    Bernadette, Sister
  • I have come to this site often in the last 6 years. I saw a picture of this young man and was struck by the incredible resemblence to my own brother and my family. I come from a large Irish catholic family too and my brothers both worked in WTC early on in their careers. On 9/11 my youngest brother worked in the Deutsche bldg and walked away unscathed. I thank God every day for that and I also pray that your family is able to remain strong.

    I have been so touched to see Charlie’s sisters write about their hopes, pain, and memories on this site. I hope that your family was able to bury Charlie and that his girlfriend has been able to move on in her life. You are always in my prayers.

    anne, stranger
  • Your 30th birthday and the holidays are coming up. It’s going to be tough. I miss you more and more each day. I hope you are proud of me. I’m almost done at St. John’s—it went so fast! Watch over me:) I love you.
    Bern

    Bernadette Heeran, Sister
  • 11-26-07
    HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY!! You are missed everyday! I know you are celebrating up there. Take Care Charlie.

    Annemarie, Sister
  • Happy 30th Birthday in heaven! We had a great time Friday throwing Billy a surprise party–we know you were there in spirit! Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you!
    Love,
    Bern

    Bernadette, sister
  • Tears sure come easy this time of year. Thinking of you and Chris as always. 6 years is a long time but it really flew. Happy 30th. Hope you and Chris and Glover partied up there. You sure were celebrated down here! I hope you’re happy in heaven Charlie. Miss ya!

    Casey, Friend
  • Happy 30th Charlie. I always remember the date and I think you and your brother Billy turn 30 this year! I come here often to see how your family is doing and I am always so pleased to read how your sisters are progressing with their lives. I am glad the site is still going and hope that it will always be here. I don’t know why you hold a special place in my thoughts, but you do. I think of you every anniversary and on your birthday. I am sure that must seem odd to your family…..but you are always near my thoughts on these dates. Happy belated Birthday Charlie and I hope the family is doing well.

    Merry, Stranger From Sydney
  • Merry Christmas in heaven…..thinking of you today and always. Keep us strong- we still need it. Days are still so tough, but you know I will go on for you and will never forget all the good times. We spoke so much of you last night and how you loved Christmas Eve….it is just not the same anymore and I don’t think it ever will! I smile for you everyday and we be thankful this year for the time we did share.
    Love you,
    Bern

    Bernadette Heeran, Sister
  • I’m moving out!! Scary huh?? I thought you would find this funny. I will be in grandma and grandpas aprtment- I know you all will watch over me:) Miss you tons. Any chance you can make a money tree grow on my terrace?? haha Love you!!

    Bernadette, Sister
  • Hey just been thinking of you of course—thanks for looking out for me. I know your beside me if I am having a tough time and its crazy but it makes me smile. Sometimes I seriously feel you beside me to give me that extra push. I can talk about you non stop because you had that way about you that no one could ever forget. The apartment is great, done with graduate school in May, and just living it up like you would want. Taking things not as seriously as I should comes naturally sometimes now….I know it sounds bad, but I am not missing out on the good things. You’ve taight me to live life to the fullest and truly appreciate all the great things I have around me. A true support system of family and friends that I know I can count on no matter what arises. Thank you for showing me what life is about. I love you and will smile knowing I shared 18 wonderful years of life with you.
    Love always,
    Bern

    Bernadette, Sister
  • I never knew Charlie from Adam, but have been coming to this site for years. Don’t know why, just have. I have an earlier post under the same name. Like I said there, I think being a young professional guy about the same age as Charlie, I just relate to him big time. Reading his story, as I have these past years, personalizes 9/11 for me. I’m still mad about it. Anyway, I just wanted to post today and say to the family that Charlie’s spirit is still alive and he touches people like me who never even knew him or you all. God bless. I pray for you guys daily. There are people all over this world that love you who you don’t even know, and I’m one of them.

    Fellow Young American, Stranger
  • To the stranger below…..I never wrote to anyone else but my brother on here. I just want to thank you for your thoughts and kind words. It is you and all of the other fellow Americans that keep us going. I wish you all the best even though I have no idea who you are either,
    Charlie- I don’t have to tell you…think of you everyday! Love you

    Bernadette, Heeran
  • 07/10/08
    Just passing by to make sure you are all doing ok. I moved house recently nad found the paper clipping from the plane accident with Chris Lawler – that was what bought me to his site looking for Charlie.
    I am glad the site is still here and that people are still posting. I think of the your family often and my thoughts are always with you. May you stay strong through the next anniversary and onwards.

    Merry, Stranger From Sydney Australia
  • I didn’t know this site existed until today. I am an old friend of Bernie and Barbara’s from way back when. I knew the whole Heeran Clan..loved your grandma and grandpa Charlie..Your Aunt Kathy is one of my favorite people in this world….and Donna adored you..I remember when she babysat the whole crew..even hung over..lol
    Although I only knew you growing up..running in and out of the Harbor Light..with your siblings..wearing your ice cream so perfectly on your adorable face…I still think of you and your family often. I see them from time to time, but the words just never come out.
    It is an injustice to this world that you were taken away so young…I lost my nephew Joey at the age of 19. Our family has never been the same. There is always someone missing.
    All, I can say..is what Charlie accomplished in such a short time with us..some people don’t accomplish in 90 years……..
    Even I think of you often, and I barely knew you..You have touched so many people..and continue to do so…..
    Stay strong for each other.

    Kathy S

    Kathy, family friend from way back when
  • 7/17/09

    Hey there! Just wanted to check in. I just celebrated my 28th birthday! It brought back memories of the last birthday I spent with you. Remember my 21st on the deck? I remember being so surprised you stayed and hung out with my friends and I. Mom was serving champagne and strawberries. GOOD TIMES! I’m so thankful you stayed. Your golf outing was a success. Bernadette and I worked well together. Miss You very much.

    Annemarie, Sister
  • 09/11/2008
    It’s 7 years today – I haven’t forgotten this day – I never will. I always light a candle for you Charlie – and remember all the others who lost their lives on this fateful day. Stay strong Heeran family – we will never forget.

    Merry, Stranger from Sydney Australia
  • It took me a couple of years but I am finally writing. I never met you, just heard the stories. I feel like I know a part of you after reading all thats here on this site, i laughed and cried and really became upset that I never got the chance to meet you. You sounded like the kind of guy that I’d be lucky to have as a friend. I’m very close to your family and a they had a huge influence on me and my choice to go to Scranton. They take good care of me back in Rockaway, and promised me that you’d look after me up here, and I just wanted to say thank you. I’m having such a great time here and I really believe that you have something to do with it. On Saturdays, I see your picture on the wall at Oscars, and think about you for a minute. On my tough days, I say a prayer to you and it gets easier. I hope I can push myself just like you did, and make every day count. Hope you’re having fun up there, we’ll have Scranton stories when we finally meet.

    Kelly, Friend
  • 11/26/08
    Hey buddy—Happy Birthday in heaven!! Have a few cold ones for us! We will miss you as always, especially this time of year. You are never forgetten and remembered everyday)3
    Love,
    Bern

    Bernadette, Sister
  • 12-19-08
    Congrats Charlie, you’re an UNCLE!! Sean and Lynn had a BABY GIRL..Charley Mae!!! We are so happy, she’s beautiful..what a great Christmas gift you sent us. I miss you more and more each day. THINKING OF YOU ALWAYS!!

    Love,
    Annemarie

    Annemarie, Sister
  • Hey just writing to say hello—think of you everyday. So much has been going on! Charley Mae is amazing, you have to see the look on Sean’s face when he is with her- he cannot stop smiling. Sean and Lynn are so happy…thank you for that special gift! I love being an Aunt!
    I got a job in the social work area, still looking for counseling. No rush- I know you are watching over me and something will come. I leave for Africa next month….James is doing a race there. That is when I know you will be watching over me. You give me the motivation to move on because I know you would not want it any other way. I love you

    Bernadette, Sister
  • Whats up Charlie…I come to this site a lot to see how your family is doing, I think about you everyday. Living just a few short blocks from the WTC site makes me think about you and everyone else from 9/11. You are missed by so many people, people who didnt even know you, that says a lot about the great person you were/are.

    – Joe

    Joe Gentile, College Buddy
  • 9-4-09
    It will be 8 years next Friday. I still wake up hoping it’s a bad dream. MISS YOU ALWAYS! I’ll be sure to go SICKKKKK on Hat Night:) Never Forget!

    Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories.

    We will always remember.

    Annemarie Heeran, Sister
  • 09/11/09

    Gosh – it’s another year down and I wonder how your family is doing. Your sisters have graduated and are out working I guess. Your brothers are doing their thing on a daily basis. The family moves along with thier lives but I am sure not a day goes by that your are not top of their thoughts. Peace be with you Charlie Heeran – and all those we lost on that terrible day – there are those of us who will never forget – never. Keep strong Heeran family.

    Merry Hughes, Stranger From Sydney Australia
  • Hey just writing in to say hello….this time of year is always tough but I know you are watching over me always. I am sure you are getting a kick out of me working with Mom in the Nursing Home. It really has been great and I know things happen for a reason.Being a social worker here is much different than working in the schools as a counselor, but it is something I am really enjoying. I’ve learned that I can’t rush through life without appreciating all the things around me. I always wonder what life would be like if you were here- so many things would be different. I try not to look back and dread the things I cannot change…it is always difficult.
    Charley Mae has been such a blessing—Charlie you would go crazy over her!! She is the best best best!!!Her smile makes my heart melt. Good things happen to good people and our family/friends miss you everyday. There is not one day that goes by that I don’t think of you.
    Thank you for keeping me going- I know you see how happy I am these days:)

    Bernadette, Sister
  • 11-26-09
    Happy Birthday in heaven!:) I’m sure you’ll have a crew with you celebrating. I miss you very much and wish everyday that you would come back. Thinking of you always! I’ll be sure to have a drink for you. Love,Annemarie

    Annemarie, Sister
  • 12-24-09
    Merry Christmas in Heaven! I sit here today wishing you were here to celebrate. It’s so hard and I only hope you’re doing OK. Thanks for always listening to my prayers and especially me complaining about things I can’t handle. I’ll be sure to make a toast to you at Aunt Kathy’s Christmas Eve. You were always the first to arrive in her kitchen ready to start the party. We all miss you very much! LOVE, Annemarie

    Annemarie, Sister
  • Thought about you yesterday on St. Patrick’s Day like any other day. I am sure you and all the good people upstairs had a few cold ones! I know you loved being apart of that day. I worked at Harbor Light- really busy!Usually I am in the City, but worked this year.We are lucky in Rockway to have such nice people coming in. I remember the days of you behind the bar making everyone smile no matter what was going on around them.It was almost as if their worries went about and they saw you. Just for a drink and a short chat. You just had that way about you that made everything look simple. I was a little crazy at times trying to sit tables and make room for all that wanted some good corn beef hahaha, that is how busy it was!! I only hope that one day I can live up to all you accomplished in your short years here. Charlie we miss you everyday and will never ever forget you. Love you an miss you so much)3
    Love always,
    Bernadette
    3/18/10

    Bernadette Heeran, Sister
  • Hey I know you are looking out for me—I know good things are coming!! I need this, you know what I am talking about:)I am thinking positive like you would.
    Miss you so much!

    Bernadette, Sister
  • Heyy so you have 2 more beautiful nieces!! Brielle Mary(Elise and Billy’s 1st) & Adison Lynn(Sean & Lynn’s 2nd…Charley is a BIG sister now!)…you can only imagine how excited we all are! Charley Mae is getting so big–it’s so great:)She is talking up a storm–she knows everything hahahaha. The proud parents are very very happy!
    We miss you so much….I think of you everyday and can’t wait until we meet again. I never miss an opportunity to talk about you or to tell a story about you. Your personality was like no other and to me can never be matched! I feel bad when people are shocked when I tell them I lost my brother on 9/11- I usually have to calm them down and explain that I love talking about you and will ALWAYS talk about you. It truly keeps me going and makes me smile about all the good times (my personal favorite: calling you at Cantor and letting you know I got accepted to Scranton!!!!)
    Love you so much!
    Love,
    Bern

    Bernadette, Sister
  • 11-26-10
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We all miss you so much..wish you could meet your nieces Charley Mae, Brielle and Adison. I always show them your picture, so hard without you! LOVE YOU!

    Annemarie Heeran, Sister
  • 3-11-11

    Thinking of you so much today, wishing you were here. Wonder how life would be if you were here.

    Annemarie, Sister
  • 5/1/11
    To Charlie’s family –
    It’s hard to imagine if the news that spread around the world today will bring you any comfort. I am not sure it would me. However – I had to come here and let you know I was thinking of you all – as I always do. I wear my 9/11 wrist band with pride and will until the 10th anniversary this September. I wish you all peace and serenity. Merry

    Merry S Hughes, Stranger from Sydney, Australia
  • Dear Charlie. We are coming up on the 10th anniversary of your loss. We miss you very much and I think of you daily as I wear a bracelet inscribed with your name. I’m so happy you loved my Orange Cake -whenever I make it I think of you. Aunt Bonnie

    Bernadette Hayes-Griffin, Aunt
  • Hey Bud, had the pleasure of meeting a medic with the special forces yesterday. On his 5th tour, just a few days from returning home from afghanistan, he was hit with an RPG, lost his hand and part of his leg.
    We got to talking, and your name came up, along with all of our other friends that we lost that day. I said to him, “thank you” for your service, and the kid didnt blink. Didnt feel sorry for himself for one second, looked me right in the eyes and said “You, your family, and friends in heaven are Welcome”
    Though it is coming up on 10 years, we will NEVER forget!

    Brendan, friend
  • 9/8/11 Charlie I saw your Dad last night at John Clark’s wake He first words were about you. Rest well in heaven. Say hi to my brother Jim,
    Sparky and Chris and Kathy for me Marty K

    Marty Keating, Life long neighbor
  • 9-9-11

    Hi Charlie,
    So hard to believe this Sunday will be 10 years without you. There is so much I want to tell you. I’ll be down at Ground Zero this year to honor you and show off your Scanton Graduation photo. People always comment on your amazing smile. Miss you so much. I know you’re taking care of all of us, I just wish I had more time with you. GOD BLESS! LOVE…Annemarie

    Annemarie Heeran, Sister
  • 10 years…Unbelievable. Most men aren’t created with the compassion to do what is right and the friendship that comes with living on this planet. God knows and everybody else knows that you were a cut above the rest. Rest easy my friend. Love you

    Jimbo, friend
  • 9/11/11
    It’s so hard to imagine how you all are doing 10 years on. Having lost my own brother 16 years ago – I know the pain never leaves you and time just makes it more acceptable in some ways. My candle for Charlie is lit, my prayers for his family are said….”WE WILL NEVER FORGET”.
    Merry S Hughes – Sydney Australia

    Merry Hughes, Stranger from Sydney Australia
  • I didn’t know you, but I heard a great deal about you from a friend of your family’s. Reading the other tributes gave me some insight into the light that you were 10 years ago and again today. 10 years later and I remember/honor you. We were born 6 days apart and how I wish you had been able to celebrate your 34th in 2011; I’ll toast you! Smile on.

    D Ross, A passerby
  • Happy 34th Birthday Charlie! Miss you so much! I’m sure you have many friends helping you celebrate today-wish I could be there. LOVE YOU!!!
    Annemarie

    Annemarie, Sister
  • 6/8/12
    Thought about you so much on Wednesday, Sean received a FDNY Medal for a big save. I know you were looking down, just wished you could of been there to celebrate. Miss you so much!

    Annemarie, Sister
  • It’s almost midnight in Sydney Australia and therefore – the 11th anniversary of 9/11.
    It’s too hard to believe really. I always come back here every September 11 …it’s like a security blanket for me – knowing I can see how your family is doing Charlie and happy to see that the Cantor Memeorial site is still operating.I always go to their home page and check on the foundation – read about their annual charity day that helps raise funds for so many places now. I always light a candle for Charlie and Chris and I always cry when I stay up and listen for Charlie’s name to be read out at Ground Zero. This November I will be coming to NYC and will be visiting Charlie’s panel at the North Reflection Pool – it’s something I need to do to pay my respects in person again.
    I hope your family is doing well and growing each year with new nieces and nephews maybe? (Seem to be a few girls I’ve read about!)
    As I wish you each year Heeran family – stay strong on this day and may you find peace in your hearts for Charlie.

    Merry Hughes, From Sydney Australia
  • Wow it’s been a while! Think of you everyday…finally landed a counseling job in a HIgh School. I know you are watching over me:) Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you. As you know…. it has been a tough couple of months, but I know you’ve been watching over everyone. Give people the strength they need to move on from the hurricane. We love and miss you

    Bernadette, Sister
  • Your niece Charley Mae asking if she could call you in heaven:) I enjoy so much telling her stories about our childhood. She says she loves her name because you were a hero. Thinking of you always Charlie, so many times I wish you were here to be with your four nieces. Miss You!!! HAPPY 4TH IN HEAVEN

    Annemarie, Sister
  • It’s 09/11/13 – 12 years on.
    I have lit a candle for you tonight – I always do. They are up to the Gs in the names – I can’t sleep until I hear CHARLES FRANCIS XAVIER HEERAN – so I know you are remembered by all.
    I spent some time at the Reflection Pool last Novemeber – you have a good spot Charlie – nice and sunny to keep you warm.
    Be well Heeran family.
    Merry Hughes – Sydney Australia

    Merry Hughes, from Sydney Australia
  • 11-26-13
    Happy Birthday to you!! Thinking of you always Charlie ๐Ÿ™‚

    Annemarie, Sister
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