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  Troy Nilsen

Date of Birth: March 2, 1968
Position: Network Engineer

October 5,2002 Troy,You are my strenght and special courage that you count on to be there,you have a thoughtful,gentle way that always says “I care.” A husband’s a forever friend that special someone who you share your fondest dreams with and love your whole life through.To the finest husbands,the dearest of men, the man I would marry all over again Happy Anniversary.I love you Baby forever Happy 5th anniversary.Love you always and forever,your loving wife Jennifer xoxoxoxoxoxox


Jennifer nilsen, Wife
  • Troy is a caring, loving and devoted husband and father. He is my best
    friend, my confidant, my whole life. Everyone who knew Troy, loved him.
    He was a great friend to many.

    Troy was a dedicated employee and enjoyed the camaraderie of his
    co-workers. Even after a long day at work, Troy never lacked the energy
    or enthusiasm to play with our sons, Scott and Ryan. Whether it was
    wrestling or horse rides on his back, it was always a little rough and
    they loved that. He had a wonderful sense of humor and I can still
    remember his big smile and hearty laugh.

    Troy cherished the time we spent together as a family. He loved doing
    things with the boys. He enjoyed fishing, bike riding, swimming,
    gardening, and just being outdoors. He looked forward to the weekend,
    when we would all go to the park. Troy realized the importance of our
    children’s education and played a large role in helping them learn.

    My heart breaks everyday. I miss seeing Troy’s beautiful face and
    hearing him say “I Love You Jenn.” Troy is my world, my life and my only true love. He will always be in my heart and soul forever. I will miss him all the days of my life, until we can be together again.

    Love Always and Forever,
    Your Wife Jennifer
    [Hugs & Kisses]

    We will miss you!!!

    Jennifer, Wife
  • I remember the days we all had spent up on the 103rd floor. There were so many great memories I shared with Troy. The first thing I always admired about Troy was his ability to soak up information like a sponge. In my eyes he truly was the MVP of the Networking group. His ability to solve problems and take on any challenge was something I always looked up to. It always seemed like when problems arose all eyes turned to Troy for assistance.
    The second thing I remember about Troy was his great sense of humor. We had a very close group up there and he was a major part of it. I remember the time he helped me set up a PA system, which we wired to a hidden speaker in the hallway. Let’s just say, it went over big. I think Jennifer even heard that laugh of his from their house in Staten Island. I always got a rise out of his phone calls to Jennifer requesting a stocked fridge of beers and a full table of food when he gets home.
    I can honestly go on and on about the great times I had with him. Troy was one of the many great people that were tragically taken from us that day. My heart goes out to his wife Jennifer and his children. If there is anything you need please contact me. Troy was truly a great man; there is not a day I go without thinking about him.

    Rob Kulawiak, Friend
  • Troy was a great guy. There were many different times when I ran into Troy in the hallways on 103 and would spend time here and there chatting with him. He always came over to our area and was always cool with everyone. He was always in a good mood and he was always willing to help out if we ever had a network related problem. He was a very down to earth guy. I remember taking the Staten Island ferry home with Troy about a week before 9.11 and we shared stories about our family‚Äôs histories and life in general. Troy you won’t be forgotten.

    Rich, Co-worker
  • What can I say about Troy? It is so hard to write something like this because you can never quite put the person you know into words. You never get the feelings portrayed and your own unique relationship. I hope I do Troy justice.

    Troy was and incredible individual. You might be inclined to call him a Gentle Giant. He was such a big guy that you might feel intimidated but as soon as you spoke to him he treated you like a friend even though you had just met. He was one of the most dedicated workers I have ever met… always working on something and when I had something for him to help me with he would fit me in ASAP. He was truly a model for the rest of us.

    I knew him since the day he started at Cantor and I will keep him with us for all the years to come.

    James Talvy, co-worker
  • I saw your Memorial booklet at my Bible Study Group this morning, 1/16/2002, in Lake Ariel, PA. It was beautiful and a wonderful tribute to you. My Sister Marianne Simone, a Staten Island resident, worked in communications for Cantor Fitzgerald for over 18 years and perished along with you and your other co-workers. I know what your family is going through, because we are going through the same. We cannot believe that she is gone, and that this really happened. I pray for your wife, children, family and friends. We will never forget what happened and you all will be in our hearts forever. All of you are now in heaven together, happy with God and reunited with your family and friends who have gone before you. You are all watching over us now. You are our angels in heaven.

    Virginia, Marianne Simone's Sister Gini
  • We lost our mother when Troy was four years and I was four months. He felt the need to protect me more so than other older brothers might. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I am going to miss him. I lost a piece of my past that day. If you have a sibling you know what I lost. The stories, memories and comraderie.
    I loved him…as a brother and friend.

    Chandelle Hart, sister
  • Troy was a person who always gave 100% to what he did. He was arguably the best guy in the entire Network Group. Not only did he know networking but because of his years of experience at Cantor, he knew everything else that happened throughout. He also made sure he was up-to-date with the latest networking technologies and products. A dedicated worker, Troy was.

    Troy was also a dedicated husband and father. He always called and checked on his wife, Jennifer, and their sons, Scott and Ryan.

    And Troy was a fun guy. He’d make fun of a lot of things, occasionally tell a humorous anecdote, and frequently crack one-liners. From our desks, Troy and I had our backs facing each other and we’d often throw paper balls at one another. We all had lots of fun in that room up on 103.

    Overall, Troy was a great person. My heart goes out to you, Jennifer, and your sons.

    We will never forget you, Troy. YA SWINGIN? MEAT WHISTLE!

    Rich Pascual, co-worker
  • I met Troy about 10 years ago in college. Even back in those days it was obvious Troy had a gift. He was so intelligent, it seemed things just came easy to him. He was committed to his studies and worked long and hard to achieve the grades he did. Yet he was very modest about is 4.0 GPA.
    I remember having the conversation with him regarding where he worked. He told me “The North Tower. You know, the one with the huge antenna, on the 103rd floor.” He said that with the biggest smile. He knew he was literally on top of the world. Things were going well for him. He had been blessed with a wonderful family, a beautiful house he was fixing up, and his famous garden. Those things made him happy.
    I remember on the morning of September 11th, seeing that North Tower, and what Troy told me about where he worked. I prayed that he was on vacation. I know that whatever happened during that horrific time that Troy was the person people would look to for comfort and leadership. That’s just the way he was.
    Troy, you will be missed but never forgotten. You were and still are an inspiration. I have comfort in knowing that part of you lives on in your sons, Scott & Ryan.

    Andy Toth, Friend / College Buddy
  • My husband, Harry, worked with Troy on the 103rd floor. He had such respect for him. Harry would tell me what a hard worker Troy was and how he strove to learn about networking procedures. Whenever Harry got a call at home about a networking problem, he would smile if he knew Troy was there. “My man Troy’s there” he would say. “My ace guy can handle it.”

    Harry really enjoyed working with Troy and I’d like to think that they are laughing together now, chair racing down the halls of heaven, throwing balls at each other’s heads, and causing all sorts of mayhem. Heaven doesn’t know what hit it!

    Lauren Raines, Wife of Harry Raines, co-worker
  • What a guy. When I started at Cantor Fitzgerald five years ago, we both worked the 6am shift. We rode the 5:00am bus in from Hylan Blvd S.I. and Troy would get on at Cromwell Ave. Our day would begin with good morning bro, and then he’d squeeze next to me, and we would B.S. all the way in. Then we would stop at coffee station to get one of those high octains to prepare us for the day ahead. I’ll never forget the way he took me under his wing and showed me the ropes. Together at the NCC. Bro!!! the pages are down!! and then all hell broke loose, phones ringing, screens beeping and he would fix the problems, like it was childs play. Then he would explain it all to me over a slammer and coffee. Yes a slammer. Troy even nicknamed a breakfast sandwich. What a guy, nothing but good thoughts. Over the years I earned such nicknames as hammer, meatwhistle, swing. I loved it. Fishing trips with the guy were a blast. We’d hang with his grandpa and he would teach us that keeping the small fish is wrong. hehe.. we knew, already, sorry gramps. I enjoyed those days of working out with him at Bally’s, we would motivate each other. Now, talking about our handyman special houses, we would go on for hours. Troy would get his stuff done…hmm.. no bro my house still aint done… Well, we lost a great guy…thanks bro for all those lessons, and being my friend, I’ll catch that big one for you…I think of you every day.
    until we meet again.

    Fred Concillo, co-worker and friend
  • Daddy,Happy Birthday Daddy,we miss you terriable wish you were still here.Miss all the fun things we would do as a family.We love you always our #1 and only Daddy.Love Always,Scottie,Ryan

    scott&ryan, sons
  • Troy,
    Happy Birthday to you. Can’t believe this happened to us. You are such a devoted and loving, caring Husband and Father. We had everything going for us. I miss you very much. You are my world, my life. I look forward for the day to be reunited together forever. Lots of love and hugs and kisses forever.
    LOVE ALWAYS, your loving wife Jennifer

    Jennifer Nilsen, Wife
  • I can’t believe it’s been six months since the horrible day of sept.11th. I knew Jenn since she was three. I’ll never forget when she met Troy. They were always one of those couples when you saw one you expected to see the other. When I heard that troy was in the trade center that day my heart broke for Jennifer. I couldn’t imagine her pain. I knew how very much her and Troy loved each other. The next thing I thought about was Scott and Ryan. How would they grow up without their daddy. Troy was one of the most special men I’ve met. He truly had love and devotion for not only his children, but him and Jenn are truly one. I pray for you Jen and the boys daily. I know that your love with Troy can withstand even death.

    Joan Mingoia-Monts, Family Friend
  • dear jennifer: i just want to send you & your boys a message to let you know that my family is thinking about you. we didn’t know troy but from the tributes that were written about him & ‘you’ i’m sure we would have loved to have met you both. tell scott & ryan my family says hello and say hello to your mother barbra love denis flanagan & family

    denis flanagan, your mother-inlaws cousin
  • Daddy,We miss you more everyday.This is the first father’s day apart.We Love you forever and always.Love,Scott,Ryan xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

    Scott &Ryan, Sons
  • Happy Father’s Day. Every day that goes by I miss and Love you more and more. I still can’t believe that we are apart. You are my world, my life. I feel so empty inside, such a void. My heart hurts every day without you. We had everything going for us. I think of you every second of the day. I pray for you to come back home every day, but I know you are not able. I miss you always and forever. Until we meet again. Love always your loving wife, Jennifer xoxoxoxoxo

    Jennifer Nilsen, Wife
  • I did have the pleasure of working with Troy from 1994 to 1996. He was indeed a gentle giant and a great person. I was shocked to hear about the events that took place on that tragic day. I do have fond memories of Troy as well as the others who I have had the pleasure to work with and I will treasure them dearly.

    Robert Ingrassia, Former co-worker
  • Dear Daddy,One year has passed,we all still miss you very much.Please guide and protect us always like you always did.Never To Be forgotten.Love you always until we meet again.Love your sons forever,Scott&Ryan

    Scott&Ryan, Sons
  • Troy,
    A year has passed. I can’t accept that you aren’t with us anymore. My heart breaks everyday. You are the one and only love of my life and a wonderful husband, best friend and greatest father Scott and Ryan could ever have. We had so much going on, our future was bright. You gave me such a wonderful life and me the happiest wife in the world. I will forever cherish every moment we had together. Until we can be together again. My Love Forever.
    Love,
    Jennifer

    Jennifer, Wife
  • October 5,2002 Troy, You are my strength and special courage that I count on to be there, you have a thoughtful, gentle way that always says “I care.” A husband’s a forever friend, that special someone who you share your fondest dreams with and love your whole life through. To the finest of husbands, the dearest of men, the man I would marry all over again Happy Anniversary. I love you Baby forever Happy 5th anniversary. Love you always and forever, your loving wife Jennifer xoxoxoxoxoxox

    Jennifer Nilsen, Wife
  • DEAR TROY,
    IT’S BEEN NEARLY 18 MONTHS SINCE YOU LEFT FOR WORK.THOUGHT I’D SEE YOU THAT NIGHT,NEVER IMAGINING I WOULDN’T.HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN TO SUCH A GREAT MAN?YOU ARE MY WORLD,MY SOULMATE,MY BESTFRIEND,SUCH A WOUNDERFUL HUSBAND AND FATHER.YOU GAVE US EVERYTHING WE COULD EVER WANT.I MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU MORE THAN WORDS COULD SAY.OUR LOVE IS SO STRONG AND WILL NEVER DIE.YOU ARE APART OF ME AS I AM A PART OF YOU,FOREVER.I PRAY EVERYDAY THAT YOU ARE LOOKING DOWN AND GUILDING AND PROTECTING US.THINKING OF YOU GIVES ME THE STRENGTH TO CONTINUE ON AND MAKE THE MANY DECISIONS THAT NEED TO BE MADE.THE PAIN HURTS SO MUCH.IT DOESN’T GET EARIER,EVEN THOUGH THEY TELL ME IT WILL.EVERYONE GOES ON LIVING,BUT I HAVE TO GO ON LIVING WITHOUT YOU AND IT’S KILLING ME.EACH DAY THAT GOES BY WITHOUT YOU IS AT LEAST ONE DAY CLOSER TO THE DAY WHEN WE MEET AGAIN.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TROY.
    LOVE FOREVER,
    JENNIFER
    XOXOXOXOXO

    JENNIFER NILSEN, WIFE
  • DEAR DADDY,
    WE MISS PLAY FIGHTING AND WRESTLING WITH YOU ON THE LIVING ROOM FLOOR.WE MISS WHEN YOU WOULD ACT LIKE A SCARY MONSTER AND CHASE US AROUND.DADDY WE MISS YOU SO MUCH,OUR LIVES WILL NEVER BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU.PLESAE WATCH OVER MOMMY ME AND RYAN I LOVE YOU FOREVER AND MISS YOU.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY,
    LOTS OF HUGS AND KISSES ALWAYS,
    SCOTT&RYAN
    XOXOXOXOXO

    SCOTT&RYAN NILSEN, SONS
  • Hi Jennifer, what i have read from your tributes to your husband are amazing. they are real and you can feel the love you have for him. What the both of you have will never go away. God bless Kelly.

    Kelly, Reader
  • 9-17-2003
    Two years, hammer , I am always thinking about you. Remember when we would have a tallboy on the ferry together.
    bro

    Frederick Concillo, Co-worker and friend
  • Dear Troy,
    My heart aches every second of the day and night.Life is so unfare today is our 6 wedding anniversary.I really don’t know how I’m going to live my life without you.My life is so empty.I wish I could bring you back home and protect you.Life would be perfect the way we would want it.The boys and myself are so sad without you.Please help us we need you.I need to feel you.Please send some sign my way.It is very hard doing everything alone without your soulmate by your side.I miss you smile ,laugh,voice,your everything.Please help me with scottie Boy he really needs you.I will do my best to make you proud.I can’t wait to see you again my love.Heart broken forever.
    Love you forever&always,
    Jenn

    Jennifer, Wife
  • Troy,
    Happy 36TH Birthday.We miss you very much.
    I’m so sad without you life is just not the same will never be.I don’t know how I’m going to go on without you it’s so hard.The pain hurts you are my life my everything .Please watch us and take care of us I’m having a very hard time.
    I LOVE YOU MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY.
    MISSING YOU FOREVER
    LOVE YOUR WIFE )
    JENN

    Jennifer, Wife
  • Troy,
    Another birthday has passed I miss you so much.
    Wish you were here every second of the day and night.Life will never be the same how to go on without someone that you care for more than anything in the world.Please take care of us and protect us.I can’t live without you.
    “HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY LOVE”
    Missing you forever.
    The boys miss you and Love you always.
    Love Always,
    Jenn
    XOXOXOXOX

    Jennifer, Wife
  • Troy,
    I miss you so very much I can’t stand this pain without you.I am so lost without you we had everything going for us.A house two beautiful
    boys and of course we had each other.You are my world and I will forever miss you.Please take care of us we need you.I cry for you always my love.The boys miss you and really need you so please come through some how.

    Love Always,

    Jenn
    xoxoxoxoxo

    Jennifer, Wife
  • Dear Troy,
    I miss you so much and Love you forever.
    Love,
    Jenn
    xoxoxo

    Jennifer, Wife
  • Dear Troy,
    HAPPY 37TH BIRTHDAY WE MISS YOU AND ALWAYS THINKING OF YOU ALWAYS LOVE YOU TILL THE END OF TIME.
    LOVE ALWAYS,
    JENNIFER SCOTT&RYAN
    XOXOXOXO

    Jennifer, Wife
  • Troy,
    Thinking of you as always missing you so much.Hope you are doing fine something I will never know.Please help me I’m asking for your help with the kids.I need the strenght to fight for them you know what I mean….
    With Lots of Love & Kisses
    Jenn
    xoxoxo

    Jenn, Wife
  • Dear Troy,
    Just thinking of you I will always miss you and Love you till the end of time…..
    My LOve always,
    Jennifer
    xoxoxo

    Jennifer, Wife
  • Just thinking of you I love you forever and always in my heart…..Miss you
    Love Jenn
    3-26-07

    Jennifer, Wife
  • Dear Troy,
    It’s now been 6 long years without you It’s so hard living life without you.But I do it for our kids because I know how much they meant to you I go on everyday for you.Just know I will never stop loving you never stop thinking of you never stop wishing for you to come home to us.

    I love so much lots of hugs and kisses
    forever,

    Jenn

    xoxoxo

    Jennifer, Wife
  • March.2,2008
    My Dearest Troy,
    Wishing you A Happy 40th Birthday.I Love You So Very Much .I Wish You Were Here With Us I Always Pray For You To Come Home To Us.I Hope You Are Happy Where Ever You Are Know That I Will Never Let You GO I Will Always Love You Miss You And Never StopMissing You…
    You ARe My ONe True LOve And You Always Will Be In My Heart Forever Until We Are Together Again My Love of My Life Always…

    Your Forever Loving Wife And Best Friend ,,,

    Jennifer Hugs& Kisses Always I Miss You & Love You Forever

    Jennifer, Wife
  • To Troy’s family. I spend some time reading these tributes to the good people we lost on that day, & this one has touched me deeply. I only wanted to intrude for a breif moment to say that I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. Troy sounded like a great man. And to his wife, I think you are a very strong person & you should be very proud for carrying on with your sons. God bless you all.
    Jim Hudspith – Ohio USA

    Jim, None
  • Troy your still talked about regularly by the SI guy’s who worked with you on 103 not just on this day but throughout the year – we still remember how great of a guy you we’re – salt of the earth.

    My prayers are with your wife and son’s.

    Rich Sullivan, Colleague
  • My Dear Troy,

    I miss you so much it hurts not being with you.Wish you were here I love you forever until we meet again..

    Your loving wife,
    Jennifer
    xoxoxo

    Jennifer, Wife
  • Troy,
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.We miss you and love you always.
    Love,
    Jenn,Scott and Ryan

    Jennifer Nilsen, Wife and Sons
  • Troy,

    I miss you so much and Love you very much life is not the same never will be……

    Love you till the end of time….
    Love your Wife,
    Jenn
    (the girl of your dreams)

    Jennifer, Wife
  • I’m going through the Cantor site and reading about as many of the Cantor heroes as I can. God bless the family of Troy. When things are “hard”, I think of people who passed away in the 9/11 tragedy and think that things aren’t that hard at all. Stay strong.

    Sandy, Passer by
  • Jenn, I’m am reading these tributes on this the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and find your posts to your husband bringing me to tears. The love you have for Troy is so evident and your loss heartbreaking. Know that we have not forgotten the suffering that started this day so many years ago nor will we ever! God bless you and your boys until your family is together again.

    Leigh, None
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