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  Peter Paul Apollo

Date of Birth: September 23, 1974
Position: Equities Trader

Peter was having the time of his life. Peter was about to start a new life: he was soon to be relocating to Cantor’s Shrewsbury office, he was engaged to be married to Debbie Johnson on November 16, and he was talking about buying a home in Monmouth County, NJ. Peter loved fishing, golf, football, skiing, horses, cooking, and summers down the shore. He was always on the go-every weekend he had people to see and things to do. His father always said to him “peter, don’t you ever relax”. That was the person he was, always living life to its fullest. Peter was a very optimistic person-always positive and solving any issues that arised. He love to read “self help” books. He was a strong believer in not letting little things bother him. In his 26 years of life, Peter set goals and achieved them: college graduate of University of South Carolina, promising career as an Equities Trader, family values, love of life, multiple hobbies and sporting interests, and many friends. His family and friends will miss his warm smile, happiness, and determination in life. Peter will always remain in our hearts forever. He will always be our hero. His family found a poem that Peter had in a college scrapbook:
I Can Do It!
If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It’s almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, your lost,
For out in the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will-
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But sooner or later the one who wins

Parents- Peter and Cecile Apollo, Sister, The Apollo Family
  • So sorry for your loss…I knew Peter briefly but in that time he lit up the Equities floor.

    The poem has touched me, just know that he enjoyed doing what he loved and was good at it.


    Brenda, Former employee
  • My dearest son,

    I love you and miss you so much. My heart has a big hole in it now that you are not here with us. I miss your laugh, weekly calls and visits home. Every day, hour, and minute that goes by, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    May you rest in peace until we meet again. I love you always!

    Pete, Love, Dad
  • My Dearest Brother Peter,

    You were very special to me and still are. I will always cherish the wonderful memories we shared together as siblings. I love you and miss you, you will always live on in my heart.

    Love Your Sister,

    Lisa Page, Sister
  • Dear Peter,

    Although I agonize to watch the pain your family has endured over the past few months, I also have my own pain. I know we were getting to be good friends and that our friendship was only going to get stronger. I treasure the good times we had this past summer: the 4th of July party, the bachelor party, fishing , golf, Atlantic City, etc. There just weren’t enough of those good times. I can assure that I will take care of your big sister and also be there for the rest of your family for whatever they may need me for. You can count on me for that! I miss you, I miss your positive attitude and laugh that will remain with me forever. I am confident I will see you again.


    Chris Mauthe, Brother-in-Law
  • Peter,
    We were only in your company a handful of times, but every moment seemed to be full of laughter and fun. We are certain that was greatly because of your positive, upbeat and happy attitude that we never saw falter. From what we knew and saw, you have, in your short life, left a beautiful legacy. Your kindness and zest for life is an example for all to follow.

    Ro and Poach, Friends
  • My Uncle Peter,

    I love you very much and miss you a great deal. You will be a special uncle to me as I grow older.
    In the years to come, I will cherish the special times we shared at my nanny and grandpa’s house and also at my Aunt Denise’s house down in Long Beach Island. I will cherish the fun time we had at Aunt Denise’s wedding. I will never forget you. My mommy asks me at night, before I go to sleep, to God bless you and our family. I love you Uncle Peter.

    Emily xxoo

    Emily Page, Niece
  • Pete was a great guy very motivated, smart and a go-getter somebody wise beyond his years… When Peter met Debbie that was it they were togther every minute of every day ALWAYS!! They were the kind of couple that you looked at and said “No way could they be that happy it is sickening”! But they were and inseperable. I have not seen Peter in awhile but I will miss him and I grieve for his loss and I give all my strength to his family and to Debbie who is now alone in this world starting all over again. Peace.

    A Friend

    Friend, Friend
  • Even though the only time I saw Peter was when he was a child I was deeply affected by this tragedy. Reading the tributes leads me to believe that Peter had embraced life. I know that my life will never be the same and I now cherish every day with my family. I am so sorry for the Apollo family’s loss.

    Jennifer Gatewood-Chiong, Family Friend
  • I didn’t know Peter directly, but I feel as if I had. I, too, am a RBC Alumni. Being a part of the RBC family brings a sense of pride to the community. We have learned to be proud of our heritage, our family and our strong faith in God. Knowing that Peter’s foundation was built on these beliefs, reassures me that he is at peace in Heaven. My heart goes out to his loving family and I will continue to pray for the strengh to carry you through this difficult time.

    Anonymous, RBC Alumni
  • Peter was my life – he was my everything. Till this day I have not been able to get my life together. I will never forget the times we shared, the love we shared and the happiness that was taken away from me for my future with the best thing that has ever happened to me. Peter was my soul mate and I will never ever forget him.

    Till the day we meet again my love.


    Debra Johnson, Fiancee
  • I would like to extend my condolences to Peter’s family. I got to know him through my cousin Michael Mullin a couple of years ago. I would just like to say that there were many times when I hung out with my cousin, Peter and many other Cantor employees. A lot of those times I knew only Michael and maybe one or two others. Peter was one of them and he always made me feel welcome. He treated me like he knew me his whole life and I will never forget his kindness. I am a better person for having known you Peter so Thank You and God Bless you.

    Daniel Schlissel, Friend
  • Though my heart goes out to all of Peter’s family members….my heart aches for Debbie, I’ve known Debbie for quite some time and I see that Debbie has not “gone on”.

    She remains as much in shock as September 12th.

    Peter, wherever you are….I ask that you help Debbie to go on.
    She’s stuck in neutral down here on earth and can’t seem to shift gears, though her family and friends love her to pieces, she needs “You” to help her go on with life. She needs to know it’s ok….to go on & search for happiness.

    I know you would agree, she deserves the best in life and since your no longer here…she deserves another chance. Please offer her that.

    God bless you and all your friends that went with you that day the world stopped turning.

    Sue, Friend of the happy couple
  • Even though Peter was my younger brother, I will always remember him protecting me like a big brother. Peter, we had good times down the shore and special family memories in LBI. The last time I saw Peter was at my wedding and saying “good bye” to him leaving for my honeymoon.
    It was Peter’s idea to lift me in the chair at my wedding – I remember saying to him “but I’m not Jewish” and he said “so what, it’s fun.”
    I love you and miss you so much – I can’t wait to some day have a baby boy to keep your name and spirit living.

    Denise, Sister
  • I read Peter’s tribute and I was touched. I printed the poem and I have it over my computer for daily inspiration.

    I’m sorry for your loss. I feel for your family and Peter’s fiancee. Newly married, I was especially sorry to see the wedding date so imminent and now clouded in sorrow.

    My thoughts are with you. Thank you for the inspirational poem.

    Toronto, Canada

    Sandra, A stranger
  • Your touching tributes to Peter bring solice to everyone effected by this terrible tragedy. May your memories of your son, brother and friend bring you comfort and may your loved one rest in peace.

    Olivia, Long Island, NY, Stranger
  • Pete and I worked at Cantor for 4 years and I knew him as one of the most intelligent, fun, loving guys around. He always had a smile on his face and would be the first guy to help you out if you were in a jam. Mr.& Mrs. Appollo you have a great son and it was a privilege knowing him. My prayers are with you.

    Sean Heeran

    Sean Heeran, Friend & co-worker
  • Dear Peter,
    You will always be my little boy. I used to tease you about that, remember? I’m so sad about not being able to see you or talk to you about work, your future, your dreams. We used to have these great mother/son discussions. Even though you are gone from this world, you are here in our hearts and your spirt remains with us. I look forward to the day when we are reunited in our Lord’s kingdom.
    I love you and miss you.
    Love Mom.

    Cecile, Mother
  • I knew Pete for a brief time at college, the University of South Carolina. He was well loved by his friends and fraternity brothers alike. Every time I saw him, he always asked how I was doing, with a large smile on his face! I remember that everyone liked him, and the picture here reminds me that his smile will live on forever. To Pete, when my own time comes, I know that we will meet again. See you soon!


    Matthew Tucci, College
  • As many do, I think about Pete every day. I was his roommate for about a year in Hoboken. I didn’t know him when I moved in but by the time we parted ways we’d felt like old friends. We weren’t best friends but had a lot in common, had lots of fun together and didn’t like losing touch.

    Pete: You’re missed by more people you could ever imagine. You were too normal, too much fun, too truly kind to have left us all so soon. I remember everything about you and will never foget you or the good times we shared.

    Jim Huie, Former Roommate
  • My beautiful, sweet cousin. Our family has been so profoundly affected by losing you. We treasure the time you spent with us in Minnesota at the lake. You seemed to love it here and we loved having our children know you in a way that they will never forget. Brian found the same age cousin that he could golf, fish and ski with. Kristen, at her then pre-teen years, thought you were the handsomest relative she had ever met! And Michael just loved being with you. Our time on the Jersey shore at Aunt Jo’s house were wonderful, too. Catching crabs with Nick and teaching you to play “pounce”–our infamous card game. You were always smiling, always cheerful and incredibly sweet. We pray each day for your parents, sisters, other family members and Debbie who feel your loss so intensely, that God will heal them and dull the pain. Heaven is the better for your being there, but your family misses you so much. We love you and are confident that we will be reunited one day.

    Paula Swiggum and family, cousin
  • Playing little league soccer with Peter was a great memory. We were 11 or 12 at the time. I wasn’t a great player, but Peter helped me become a better player. Playing on the same line with him on the Cyclones at Monmouth Regional, Peter assisted on all three goals I scored in that game for my first hat trick. I’ll never forget it! I never scored before that game, so it was pretty exciting. I live in Michigan now, but when I came home to visit my Mom in Tinton Falls last September, some friends told me the terrible news about Peter and this was the first thing that came to my mind about him. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Apollo family. Thanks for the memory Peter!

    Rob Schultheis, friend from Tinton Falls
  • I met Peter one summer while working at Monmouth Park Racetrack. I never became friends with him but spoke to him often and he seemed like a cool guy. I eventually saw him again a few times on the train going up to work. After reading his tributes, it touched me a lot when I noticed that Peter and I had a lot in common: we both grew up at the Shore, both went to catholic high schools, both went to big colleges, both worked at the racetrack, both were in fraternities in college, both worked in financial firms and both commuted on the train. My condolences go out to Mr. & Mrs. Apollo, Peter’s siblings and his fiancee Debbie. God Bless!!

    Tom Bozza, Racetrack co-worker
  • Hello !
    I’m writing from Italy.
    Today, Sept. 11/2005 my mind is back on that day!
    A lot of cry on my face ! I don’t knew anyone in WTC, but the pain was enormous !
    I’ve seen this wonderful smile on a beautiful face. I’ve seen the beautiful words of your sister. And I’ve cryed again !
    Every time, when I’m going in St. Peter Square I pray for the victims of that day ! Now I’ll pray for you too !
    God bless you !

    Pier Sergio Baudoni
    La Spezia

    Piero Sergio Baudoni, Stranger
  • Peter,
    Happy Birthday in Heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    A loved one lives forever in the hearts of those who cared. A loved one lives forever in the memories that were shared.

    Michael Iezzi, Friend
  • For Pete,

    β€œTo laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”


    Thanks for the gift of friendship,

    Class of 1992
    Red Bank Catholic
    Red Bank, New Jersey

    Class of 1992, Friends
  • I miss you more today than I did yesterday and as each day passes I miss you more. The life that I shared with you was so geniune that only you and I could understand. I’m so glad we had the chance to do all that we did. I know that our days together were cherished by us both. It has taken some time for me to process all that has happened but I know that you chose me to be your wife and that’s all I really need to know. Until the day we meet again – I miss you.

    Debra Johnson, Fiance
  • To Peter may you rest in peace. May your family find the peace and strength. Also may Debbie always keep you close to her…

    God Bless you and your family.

    marie, stranger
  • I look at this picture and it reminds me of St. Barts – I look at our cat and it reminds me of you – we picked him up from the airport together. I think of all the wonderful memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I will love you always.

    Debra Johnson, Fiancee
  • Not a day passes without you on my mind and how our lives would be together. I miss you and love you so much. Happy Birthday in heaven.
    Until we meet again. XOXO

    Debbie, Fiancee
  • God Bless you always!!

    Kelly, Stranger
  • Peter, May GOd BLess you always!!!

    Staci, stranger
  • Peter it has been 6 years and no will ever forget you or the other 911 victims.I know you are in Heaven with God. God Bless You..

    John, Stranger

    JACK, Stranger

    Friend, Friend
  • To Debbie,May God Give you the courage to go on with your life without Peter.One Day you will reunited with Peter in a place called forever.


    friend, friend

    John, stranger
  • PETER HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN HEAVEN. It has been 8 years and everyone still thinks of you. No one will every forget you. You were to special for anyone to forget you.May God bless you and your family always..

    friend, friend
  • PETER HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN HEAVEN. It has been 8 years and everyone still thinks of you. No one will every forget you. You were to special for anyone to forget you.May God bless you and your family always..

    friend, friend
  • PETER HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN HEAVEN. It has been 8 years and everyone still thinks of you. No one will every forget you. You were to special for anyone to forget you.May God bless you and your family always..

    friend, friend
  • PETER HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN HEAVEN. It has been 8 years and everyone still thinks of you. No one will every forget you. You were to special for anyone to forget you.May God bless you and your family always..

    friend, friend
  • Peter Happy BIrthday in Heaven!!!! God Bless You!!


    Joseph, Stranger
  • As I read the messages left by your parents, and family I can’t help but cry, even not knowing you reading about your attitude, your laughs just puts a picture in my mind of a man who is dearly missed, yes it’s been almost ten years but APOLLO family know that we ALL still think about it, fell it as if it was yesterday and WE WILL ALWAYS PRAY FOR ALL OF YOU whose live just wasn’t the same after that tragic day πŸ™

    Suly, Stranger
  • Peter, Happy Birthday..GOD BLESS YOU!!!

    friend, friend

    Friend, Friend
  • 12 years and still hard to believe this happened.

    Lisa, Stranger
  • On this 20th anniversary of 9/11 I wish you so much love and peace, Peter. I will always remember you. I was lucky to have been a very small part of your life and to have seen you grow from D’s kid brother to a bright, handsome, remarkable young man about to be married and well on his way to an even more wonderful life. You will never be forgotten. God bless you.

    Beth Bernschein, family friend
  • I didn’t “know” him like many people did… but he was my assigned “big brother” my freshman year at RBC. To many seniors I’m sure there were eye rolls and doing it because they had to… but not him. I never got that impression… he made that first day so much easier. He showed me around, had lunch with me, and even after that first day always said hi in the halls. 30 years from that 1st day, it still made an impression that stuck with me. I remember reading all of the names in the APP and I came across his… my heart broke that day for his family and loved ones. If he could show so much kindness to a random freshman and make them feel like it’s going to be okay… I could only imagine the impact he had on those closest to him.

    Stefanie (Barth) Tango / RBC "little sister"

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