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Date of Birth: December 22, 1959
Position: Energy Trader
I wrote this not wanting to mourn for Tommy, but to fondly remember those happy moments we shared together. Since September 11th, hundreds of happy snapshots of him pop into my mind and I can’t possibly write them all. I know each of you have your own fond memories of Tommy. I also know that whether you are a friend, co-worker, or relative we’ll all remember Tommy as an easy going, laid back, fun-loving man.
As his brother, I remember him as a skinny kid with the ability to throw a baseball as hard as kids twice his size.
I remember driving him to play hockey at 4 and 5 AM because that was the only time available for practice. I remember teaching him how to drive. I remember him as a St. John’s graduate. I remember Michele and I celebrating with him and Allison all day and all night the day they announced their engagement. I remember teasing him about his hairline. I would introduce him as my older brother, just to get him upset. I remember him as an avid Mets fan. I remember him telling me how great the Jets are. And I’ll always remember the three phone calls I received after the birth of each of his children. He was so excited he cried.
I spoke to him on the morning of September 9th. He called me because he was concerned about Mom. Do you know he visited my mother at least twice a week and called her almost every day since my Dad past away in June, but that was Tommy, a very caring, sensitive and loving son.
When I thought of how Tommy would want us to remember him, only one thought came to mind. He would want us to remember him as a fantastic father who loved his children more than anything in the world. Nothing made Tommy happier than being with his children. I remember him running up and down the soccer field yelling instructions to David then jumping in his car to get to Steven’s baseball game so he could do the same thing, he loved to coach them.
Tommy and I would talk on the phone and in no time he would start telling me about Jacquelyn, Steven and David’s accomplishments, be it in school, on the ball field or just around the house, he was so proud of his children. Tommy was a wonderful husband and the best father any child could ever want. Tommy was one of the true heroes of September 11th because he was there not for love of his work but because he loved and supported his family.
Since September 11th not a day has gone by that I haven’t remembered Tommy, and as the days go by I hope that we all will continue to have wonderful memories of him.
Tommy, you’ll be missed and always remembered. God bless you.
A kind hearted man for whom we shed a tear.
Oh, how we’ll miss that voice we won’t hear.
A devoted father who did what was right.
We wish you happiness in your time by the light.
We know you are watching from where you stay.
Our love for you remains with each passing day.
One man’s real value can never be measured; just
know that your life was one we all treasured.
Your memory will live on though you’re no longer
We’ll miss that kind hearted man for whom we shed
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