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  Brooke Jackman

Date of Birth: August 28, 1978
Department: Agencies
Position: Assistant Trader

Affectionately known as “Brookie Cookie” or “The Brookster,” she had big beautiful brown eyes and a dancing smile. To know Brooke was to love her! She was fiercely independent, determined and compassionate. After graduating from Columbia University in the class of 2000, her first job was in publishing. She then decided to give Wall Street a try, but the night before the attack, she told her family there was more to life than making money. She was filling out applications to Berkeley University School of Social Work. Brooke truly enjoyed helping others; during high school and college she volunteered in a soup kitchen, a thrift shop to benefit cancer patients and a school for disabled children.

From the time she was a little girl, books were her passion. She would read almost a book a day. She had an incredible mind with great recall. Ask her about something that happened 10 years ago and she would tell you the date, time, who was there, and what you were wearing. She loved to walk around the city, covering miles at a time with her water bottle, backpack, and sneakers.

At 23, Brooke knew what was truly important in life. She loved her family, unexpectedly stopping by her parents’ apartment after work, talking and shopping with her sister Erin, or hanging out with her brother Ross and his wife Iris. She always tried to see the best in everyone, measuring friends by the size of their hearts. We were always proud of her. She will forever be treasured and loved by all those who knew her.

Brooke’s Family

Bob Jackman, Father

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  Jake Jagoda

Date of Birth: July 29, 1977

To find Jake all you need to do is look to the water. Jake, with a heart of a fisherman, was always most alive and happy on the water. There he was himself, there he was at ease, there he was at home, and there when we have searched every place else we will always find his spirit, hear his laugh, see his smile. And there Jake is free at last. Jake, we love you, please watch over us.
Love always, your family and friends

Anna May Jagoda, Mother

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  Yudh Jain

Date of Birth: August 29, 1947
Department: eSpeed IT
Position: Project Manager

Sneh Jain (wife): There are no words to express my admiration for my husband’s great talents. He obtained his master’s degree and doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln through a merit based fellowship that brought him here from India at the age of 18. He later obtained another PhD in computer science as well. I always used to tell him his first wife was his studies, not me. But still, despite his devotion to learning, he never tired of being a good father and provider and always treated me like a queen and his daughters like princesses. He lived for his family and his work and never for himself. He never complained about late hours or his many duties at home. Often, when I was angry with him for coming home late or having neglected some minor chore, he would simply smile and wait for the storm to pass with a smile on his upper lip. He is greatly loved by his co-workers, community and friends and he has touched all he has met with his gentle and quiet calm. Always there to lend a helping hand at any time of day or night, Yudh is a generous, unselfish and wonderful man who I will cherish forever in my heart.

Cheena Jain (daughter): My dad was an amazing person; he was my best friend. We shared so many memories together. He was kind, gentle and loving. All he ever wanted in life was to see his family happy. I love you and miss you, daddy. I know that whatever I do and wherever I am, you will be shining down on me. You were a great father, husband and friend. I was lucky to have had you in my life.

Mona Jain (daughter): My father’s greatest dream was his family and he, my mother, my sister and I like precious jewels. He was the perfect provider and lived for nothing else but to see us smile. I owe him everything I am and everything I will be and I want nothing more than to become the dreams he had for me. I love him dearly and he will be my guardian angel forever.

Sneh Jain, Wife

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  Paul E. Jeffers

Date of Birth: November 30, 1961
Department: Partner, Repo Sales Manager

Paul had passion and drive for so many things in his life but nothing compared to how he felt about being a father. His son, Brian, was Paul’s greatest joy and whether it was searching on the internet for an elusive Thomas the train engine, teaching Brian how to swim or showing him how to plant flowers in the garden, Paul’s devotion and love for his son was limitless.
When I first met Paul he told me all about his beautiful son and then he proceeded to tell me about his nieces and nephews, all nine of them. He adored them all and boasted of their talents as if they were his own. He loved being part of the ‘Jeffers Team’ and was a devoted son to his parents. This was evident when we planned his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary party with his sister, Dede and brothers, Dick and Steve last summer. All spring he planned with Dick and Steve the songs they were going to jam to in the basement. We painted the house inside and out, picked the biggest dining table possible and meticulously designed 20 uniquely colored t-shirts for every member of the family.
Paul also felt passionately about music, especially the Eagles and loved playing the guitar. He was a competitive tennis player and enjoyed coaching his friends and family members. He also loved to garden and work on his home in West Hampton. Most of all Paul loved long, summer days we spent together that included all of the above.
At Paul’s memorial, his closest friends spoke of his commitment as a father, his dedication as a friend and the impact that he had on their lives and their families. Paul valued his friendships and like all things in his life, he invested his time and energy into them. Paul made sure to reach out to so many people on a daily basis, even if just for a minute. The void of not having him in our lives is indescribable.
In the last few months, I have gotten such strength from Paul’s love and his drive for living each day to the fullest. We had such hope and plans for our life together, I will forever treasure each day that I shared with him. Paul was such a presence; it is so hard to accept that he is gone. Paul lives on in all the memories he left us of his generosity, loyalty, and humor and of just being the wonderful person that he was. We will always hold him in our hearts. I miss you terribly and will love you forever.

Nancy Evans, Fiancee

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  Hweidar Jian

Date of Birth: February 26, 1959
Position: Senior Programmer Analyst

I did not know Hweidar or any of the 9-11 victims but my prayers extend to all of them and their families. God Bless them all.

Danielle, none

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  Donald Thomas Jones II

Date of Birth: November 4, 1961
Department: Municipal Bonds
Position: Executive Vice President

It is with a profound sense of sadness that I write this letter. On September 11th, 2001 the lives of my entire family were changed forever. My beloved brother, Donald Thomas Jones II, age 39 was lost in Building One of the World Trade Center. He was a loving husband to Michele and a devoted father to his daughter Taylor Nicole, age 5 and his son, Donald Thomas III, age 2. He was a caring son to grieving parents, Judith and Donald Jones, son-in law to Carol and Felix Ramirez and brother in law to Christopher Ramirez. He was a dear nephew to Marjorie & Edward McSpirit, Linda Zielke and Robert Sutton; tremendous cousin to Stephen McSpirit, Edward Otto Zielke, Jason Zielke & Lauren Zielke and uncle to Stephen McSpirit, II. Don was also an honored family member to The Winifred Jones Family, John & Barbara Jones; The Mees Family, The Markferding Family, Gertrude Dickison, The Bregman Family, The Red Jones Family and The Janelli Family.

My brother was an Executive Vice President in the Municipal Bond Department of Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of Building One of the World Trade Center. He survived the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, and was called a hero in many New York newspapers as he calmly lead many down a darkened stairwell over 100 floors, (including a pregnant woman who was in labor) to safety. I am sure he tried to do the same for his co-workers again this time. That was the kind of man he was.

He moved with his family this past March to Billingsley Drive, just around the corner from where he grew up. He was delighted that his daughter was starting Collins School in the same kindergarten classroom he attended. We will never forget the wonderful people on his street, many of whom he had yet to meet. The Hollis family, the Brenners, the Maxwells, the Place family, the Heicklens and so many more all coming in every day with food and kindness to try to bolster our spirits, while we waited.

We were also supported by our wonderful friends Elaine, Donna, George and Karen Reinhardt, Sue and Ed Luigori, Dana and Gary Marshuetz. His wonderful Newark Academy friends, Jim Borkan and Mike Melillo.who have been with us every day. The Lopomos, the Bonsmas, the Cantors, the Collins School mothers the PTA and Officer Chuck Granata of the Livingston Police Department have all helped ease our suffering. Reverend Long of the Federated Church spent time with us and prayed with us at the beginning of this ordeal, when we needed his prayers. The employees of St. Barnabas Hospital helped us with their kind words and generosity. My brother’s many friends from the Northfield Townhouses in West Orange including Elaine Sugerman, the Patels and Paul and Ava Goldstein stopped by repeatedly and offered their comfort and support. Pip Printing on Route 10 in Livingston assisted me, at no cost, in preparing flyers with my brother’s picture, which I posted throughout New Y! ork during our search. Trays of food were sent from Chuck Tahaney at the Town Hall, Joe Roberts and the Town Building Department, Prudential Real Estate Associates, the employees of Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales, Joseph Zahn, Shelly Umanoff and Gail Lowenstein of Gail Lowenstein Real Estate, Marty Writt, Frank and Shirley Goehringer and Ochs Cider Mill. Countless others stopping by with cookies, donuts or that big hug that we so desperately needed. I’m sure there are many who I can’t remember, but you know who you are and we love you for caring for us. I know we will never be able to adequately thank you.

I would also like to thank my wonderful cousin Lauren Zielke, who spent days tending to my brothers’ children giving love and kindness and patience where it was needed. She was and is our rock to lean on each and every day.

Finally, I would like to thank my dear friend Steve Avetzek, and my cousins, Edward Otto Zielke, Stephen McSpirit and Jason Zielke. For 2 days we searched countless sites in New York City, including hospitals and the armory to find my brother. We walked hundreds of blocks when we weren’t allowed to drive. After we ran out of places to search and came home, my cousin, Stephen, a Patrolman on the Livingston Police Department went back and spent nearly a week without rest working tirelessly with the rescue crews digging in the rubble to find his cousin. No greater gift could my brother have received than his cousin’s love and dedication. I will always remember their expressions of love for this great man, my brother. I will miss him all the days of my life. May he rest in peace.

William B. Jones II

Many people have asked if a donation could be made in his honor. To all of you who desire to do so, donations can be made payable to “The Jones Family”, 18 Billingsley Drive, Livingston, NJ, 07039, for the benefit of Taylor Nicole and Donald Thomas.

William B. Jones II, Brother

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  Karen S Juday

Date of Birth: February 22, 1949
Department: Operations
Position: Administrative Assistant

Karen (Hawley) Juday moved from Elkhart, Indiana 4 years ago to be with me in New York. She left a place she had been all of her life to go to a strange city and make a new life with me. I told her she had more courage than anyone I knew when she decided to make the move. I told her I couldn’t leave my kids and parents but Karen had a different view on life. She raised her kids as best as she could, she worked hard for many years. She had many personal tragedies and she said it was now her time and wanted to enjoy life with the man she fell in love with. She started a new career as an Administrative Assistant at Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center approximately 3 years ago. She was a dedicated worker; she had a different work ethic than most of us in New York are used to. She had a job and she did it well and went beyond the call of duty to do that job well. That’s because that’s the way Karen was, she gave her all to everything she did. Karen and I did everything together; we loved life and wanted to spend it with each other. Karen loved this country and adjusted to New York very quickly. She called New York her home. She loved all the little stores in our neighborhood in Bensonhurst Brooklyn, especially the bakeries and pastry shops. She always smiled and was friendly even to the rude foreigners who have seemed to take over all the small grocery stores and newsstands. That was Karen, friendly, dedicated and honest. Then on September 11, 2001, a sunny beautiful morning, some cowards took her life away along with thousands of others. Our dreams were shattered along with many others. We had the best 4 years of our lives together and nothing can change that. I will love you forever my sweet lady. My name is Richard Pecorella and I have lost everything when I lost Karen.

Richard Pecorella, Domestic Partner