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  Ganesh Ladkat

Date of Birth: November 13, 1973

Ganesh (Shri) was born on November 13, 1973 in Pune, India. He came to US with big dreams after finishing his education in 1999. Was in Boston since the day he came in United States but always dreamed of working at World Trade Center. He worked for eSpeed since June 2001, it was a dream come true for him to work at WTC, he was so very happy. We just knew he was dedicated and loved his work at the World Trade Center.

To know him was to love him. His sense of humor, compassion, and love was given to anyone he came in contact with. If you needed him, he was there. He always lent a helping hand when anyone needed it and offered what seemed to always be the best advice.

We got married on December 9, 2000 after a long wait of 5 years. During the nine months with me, he was the best husband in the world. To me he was my advisor, best friend, and soul mate. He has shown me not just how to love, but how to love intensely. He has taught me how to be happy for others and how to say, I’m sorry when I’m wrong. For him his parents, his sister, my parents, my sister and me were the most precious assets. He has shown me what the word “family” means, as he has always put us first. I am so proud to be his wife. Shri I’m trying to move on but the relationship that we shared is Inseparable. I look forward to be united again to our eternity together. Shri, watch over our family with the type of love and care that only you can give.

My dear beloved husband how I miss you so much. Your family misses you and will keep your memory alive within are hearts.

We wish for the families of all those lost that they find peace knowing that their loved ones are safe, at last.

Shri, sonu loves you and misses you a lot.

Sonia Gawas, Wife
  • Hi, this is Sophia (Moni) Jiju.
    I know you are somewhere that we don’t know.
    I just want to tell you how much we love you and miss you. This from everybody who is a well wisher of you. Your father (Baba), Mother (Aai), Sunita, Mummy, myself, and everybody in INDIA.
    Hope you are fine. Please come fast. We all miss you a lot.

    Sophia Gawas, Sister-in-law
  • Ganesh was truly a humble and wise friend with a wonderful sense of humour. His simplicity and honesty never failed to touch the soul. Selfless and always around in everybody’s time of need, he will be greatly missed. It is my great honor, and my sincere privilege to have known him, and call him a friend.

    God Bless and Godspeed Dear Friend.

    Raj Hathirmani, Friend
  • Sonia,
    I know how hard it is.Keep memories alive.Have faith in GOD.


    Kumar, Friend
  • Ganesh…It is difficult to sum up what I am feeling in a short paragraph. I often wondered how each and every day, you managed to smile and act like the world was yours. Every person who crossed paths with you in life is fortunate and better off for having done so. I will especially remember all the times we broke bread together at weekends and talked about life. The advice you gave was always sincere and honest. I am merely one of many people who miss your calming influence in my daily life. I am thankful for knowing you and your Family. Rest assured knowing that you will never be forgotten, So please come back soon.

    We all miss u…..

    Srinivasu, Friend
  • A friend in need is a friend indeed. This very much applies to Ganesh.

    Just sometime back when Supriya (my wife) was in the hospital during her pregnancy, Ganesh was there to support us. I still remember that night when Ganesh came to the hospital with dinner.

    Hey Ganesh, my kids Aakash and Aditya will always know their Ganesh Mama (uncle).

    Radhakrishnan Pillai, Friend
  • Ganesh & Sonia moved in “next-door” in Boston, and we got acquainted with the usual “Hi” and “Bye”. But soon, we became friends and “neighbours”.

    He was indeed close to Sonia and missed his family in India. He was a lively person – always had a joke to crack or a song to keep the mood upbeat at a social event, and there to help when needed.

    … and soon they moved to New York. Ganesh we knew you for a short while, but will have your memories forever.

    I am sure you will find Peace wherever you are.
    Vivek & Rachna

    Vivek & Rachna, Friend & Neighbour
  • Ganesh was my best friend and I was in tears when I heard the news of the incident. Myself and Ganesh worked together in Pune, India. We spent lots of time together talking about life and love. He was a pure and good hearted person. He was simple, lovable and had a good sense of humour.

    His loss has made a void in my life which cannot be filled by anyone in this world. I will remember all those days and moments when we were together with each other in our joys and sorrows.

    When I was chatting with him on Sept 10th, just hours before the incident, we relived our past and spoke a lot on our personal lives. That was a moment I will never forget in my life.

    May his dear soul rest in peace. May God shower his dependents, family members and friends with strength and courage to live a loving life as he dreamt and lived.

    Sukhesh Nair, Friend
  • I first met Ganesh at NIIT (Pune-India) but we became good friends when we worked for the same company in Pune-India. A year later I left for UK and a few months later he for US. We were in touch regularly in the beginning.

    I remember during my trip to US in July-2000, when we spoke on the phone, he insisted that I come to meet him, and I promised him that I would in my next trip to US. Now, I wont be able to fulfill that promise of mine!! During our days of working together and becoming good friends, we shared our thoughts about life, love, relationships, dreams and aspirations. Ganesh was a lovely, jovial person, simple person with a ready smile and a helpful hand.

    A few days ago, I found some old emails from Ganesh and while going through them it was hard to believe that he is not amongst us and that I wont meet him again. Ganesh will definitely be missed. He has certainly left a void in many lives that will be hard to fill. I wish we had been in touch more often!!

    Sunita Kalandari, Friend
  • Hi Sonia ,

    You are absolutely right about Ganesh. Before I proceed, let me introduce myself. My name is Vijay Hurkute & both me & wife Samarpita knew Ganesh since the days of Sealol. As I know, he was also related to Dr S S Jadhav of Serum, with whom I share an excellent relationship. I use to work with Serum before coming to US. Last I met Ganesh was when I came to US in Dec 99 & last I spoke to him just after he returned from India after marrying you.

    We were shocked to hear from my friends, Vijay Naik & others about the missing of Ganesh. It instantly brought the cheerful face of Ganesh in front of me. Always happy, always cheerful & a friend a person would like to have. Also it brought to both of us a deep pain to imagine about the tragedy struck to your life. We were constantly in touch with friends enquiring about Ganesh & always hoping that he is safe, praying to the God to give you strength to face the most difficult crises of your life.

    Sonia , one must go on with the life. We would be glad to have with us, if you would like to travel to Colorado Springs. I am sure it will ease some of the pain you are going through. Also we would we pray to god to give you strength to help overcome the tragedy in your life & guide you in the right directions in future.

    With love from all of us.

    Vijay L Hurkute
    Samarpita Hurkute
    Urja Hurkute

    Vijay L Hurkute, Friend
  • Hi, I am truly sorry for your loss and my prayers are with you and Ganesh. All the best for the future. Please take care. Dinyar

    Dinyar Ghyara (Japan), Freind
  • Shri, I want to tell you that we miss you a lot! I’m very sad as I didn’t get a chance to say bye to you and did not get much time to spend with you. Please keep your blessings on Soni and all of us. We all love you and miss you a lot. You will always be there in our hearts.

    Shobhana Gawas, Mother-In-Law
  • Hello Sonia. I normally would not be writing to you but, after seeing your post in Ladkat’s guestbook on Legacy.com, I see that you are one of the many people who have been personally affected by this horrible tragedy. I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband.
    My name is Moises Valdes and I live and work as a firefighter right across the river from NYC in NJ. I have made a sincere effort to reach out to many of the people who lost loved ones on Sept 11th, trying to instill a little hope in their lives.
    Being a firefighter, you can see how Sept 11th has affected me also. Over 300 of my “brothers” were lost that day as they entered those towers, determined to get to those in need and get them out. My wife had left her job in Tower 2 at Guy Carpenter the year before after working there for over 8 years, so she also has a personal connection to this.
    I want to take this opportunity to share with you something that we found to be very comforting during all of this. It is found in the book of Psalms, chapter 72, verses 12-14, “For he will deliver the poor one crying for help, Also the afflicted one and whoever has no helper. He will feel sorry for the lowly one and the poor one, And the souls of the poor ones he will save. From oppression and from violence he will redeem their soul, And their blood will be precious in his eyes.” I found it very comforting to know that God will redeem the souls of those who perish due to violence and oppression, which obviously includes those who died, like Ladkat, on Sept 11th. Even more comforting was to read how God considers us precious. He doesn’t want us to die, especially not in such a tragic way. But, we have his assurance that if we do die, he will not forget us. While God’s son, Jesus, was here on earth, he spoke of a resurrection, the time when all those who have died would be brought back to life. He said, “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life…” (John 5:28,29). As you can see, Jesus gives us the hope of one day seeing our friends and loved ones who have died. He will resurrect them, so that they can have the opportunity to live with us again, here on earth.
    I wanted to share that hope with you and I wanted to encourage you to read the Bible and maintain a relationship with God. Why? “This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ.” (John 17:3) A relationship with God, made strong by reading and applying his Word, the Bible, will ensure that we receive his promise of everlasting life.
    If you have any questions, please, feel free to ask. Take care…


    Moises, Humanity
  • Hi Sonia..

    This is Rahul Dantu.. I currently live in NJ.. was living in Boston near to Ganesh’s place in the very beginning when we were searching for an appartment to share together.. in Waltham area.. though I lost contact after that.. I am deeply moved by this news.. I know its very hard for You but have faith and give life the best you have got. Time is the best healer.. My prayers are with You..

    Deep Condoloences,
    Rahul Dantu

    Rahul Dantu, Friend
  • I wish Ganesh’s soul rest in peace.

    Raghava Govindaraju, Friend
  • Ganesh….we remember the times we all used to meet and discuss every small thing that was going on with our lifes. We always enjoyed your company so much and appreciated your ever-willing attitude to help anyone in need. You were a TRUE friend indeed and you are missed a lot…..

    Kanwal,Rajesh,Monto,Rup,Sufyan,Vinu, Friends
  • In the short span of time that I worked with Ganesh in Boston, I came to realize that he is a very humorous person and also has a helping nature. I wish his soul rest in peace.

    Raghava, friend
  • Ganesh…It is difficult to sum up what I am feeling in a short paragraph. I often wondered how each and every day, you managed to smile and act like the world was yours. Every person who crossed paths with you in life is fortunate and better off for having done so. I will especially remember all the times we broke bread together at weekends and talked about life. The advice you gave was always sincere and honest. I am merely one of many people who miss your calming influence in my daily life. I am thankful for knowing you and your Family. Rest assured knowing that you will never be forgotten, So please come back soon.

    We all miss u…..

    SriniVasu Vakada, Friend
  • Ganesh – It is difficult for me to adjust to the reality that you are not around me. I remember the day we both came to USA with dreams and goals. We shared a lot of ideas and thought of long term partnership in something we both like to do. You were more like a brother than just a friend to me. I am yet to find the most positive and determined person as you are.
    When we met the first time, I knew that I have found a long-term friend. I remember the joint cooking in our company guesthouse. I remember your unwritten invitation to your home any time when you were in Boston. I never had to knock on your door to step in. I remember the days when we went to Niagara Falls for the first time in our lives and we enjoyed the moments.
    I remember the days when you shared your thoughts of marriage and you showed me the pictures of your to be wife, you spoke highly about her and your dreams of future.
    Ganesh, you left me in the middle of the path my friend, I know I have to move ahead but it’s not the same without you.

    Nitin Ghagare, Friend
  • Ganesh is my best friend. He was my younger brother. I still think that he is somewhere around me. Everyday when I go to work in New York, he is remembered by me. He was a good jolly person taking all life’s difficulties with a smile. I have never seen him tense. I have known him since March 1997 when I joined Poonawalla group. When we last played bowling and tennis he defeated me in both the games. He was a good athelete a good person and a true friend. I will miss him forever and never forget that he is my friend.
    Rafi was his favorite singer and since the guest house days I am used to listening to his favorite tunes of “Hum Kisise Kum Nahin” and “Yadoon Ki Barrat”. I have seen him in his happiest moment when he e-mailed a photo of Sonia.
    I have seen him happily and proudly going to the WTC for work and never thought of something terrible, like what happened. He will always be remembered by me and nobody can take the memories I have with him. It was a terrible loss for our circle of friends and for Sonia also.
    May God rest him in peace. Ganesh I will always keep looking after Sonia.

    With Deep Condolenses,
    Parag (UR Paggy)

    Parag Patki, Friend
  • “I wish for you…

    Comfort on difficult days, Rainbows to follow the clouds, Laughter to kiss your lips, Sunsets to warm your heart Gentle hugs when spirits sag, Friendships to brighten your being, Beauty for your eyes to see, Confidence for when you doubt, Faith so that you can believe, Courage to know yourself, Patience to accept the truth, And love to complete your life.

    God Bless you!

    I asked the Lord to bless you To guide you and protect you As you go along your way…. His love is always with you His promises are true No matter what the tribulation You know He will see us through So when the road you’re traveling on Seems difficult at best Give your problems to the Lord And God will do the rest.

    Fran Bulaga, Friend
  • Dear Mrs. Sonia Gawas:
    Our family would like to express to you and your family our deepest sympathy because of your recent loss of your husband, Ladkat.
    There aren’t any words that can remove the deep pain that we feel when we lose a dear one in death but the words contained in the Holy Scriptures have proven to be a source of comfort during times of distress. For all of those that Almighty God has remembered are the words recorded for us at John 5:28,29 “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who practice good things to a resurrection of life.” The resurrections that Jesus Christ and his Apostles performed took place right here on earth and this made it possible for families to be (Luke 7:11-15) reunited again but under better conditions. We are also invited by Almighty God to take advantage of the help that he offers us when we are distressed. Please notice Psalm 34:18 which says: he, “is near to those that are broken at heart; And those who are crushed in spirit he saves.” Almighty God also promises to (Ps. 37:29,34, Rev. 21:4,5) bring an end to violence.

    Mrs. Anna Kinred

    Mrs. Anna Kinred, Friend
  • The best thing about Ganesh was the way he dealt with stress…. Always “Cool” as he used to put it. He believed in giving things his best shot and was least worried about its outcome. A very cheerful straight and honest person.

    I learnt a lot of good things from you Ganesh.. You will always be remembered.

    Best of luck Sonia and to the rest of the Ladkat family.

    Pradhyum, Apartment mate in Boston
  • Dear Bhai.

    I will never in person get to know you as a brother or a friend but rather just a Man as described by Bhabiji (Sonia) & your friends.

    Bhai, I have sorrow in my soul, but at the same time to call you Bhai and call Sonia Bhabiji is a great honour for me. Bhabji, I read your story on India Abroad and needed to be here to realize your your pain and your Strength. I pray to god allmighty for happiness in your life and lives of all the Cantor families.

    Your Bhai.
    Uday Gupta

    Uday Gupta, Unkown
  • I work for General Motors,and today all of the employees at our site chose a name at random from those who were lost in last September’s tradgedy.I chose Ganesh Ladkat.I proudly wore a badge with his name and picture in rememberance of this young man throughout the day. I pray for him and his family. I too lost a daughter last year in a motorcycle accident. Her name was Vicki, she was 30 years old, so I know the pain and anguish the family is going through. I am going to keep the badge and picture with the remembrances we have of Vicki’s life. We will remember Ganesh, and pray for his family.

    Lamar Quickle (Newark, DE ),
  • I also selected Ganesh Ladkat’s name to wear on 9-11-02 and I wish his family peace.

    Lillian (Danbury, CT )
    September 16, 2002

  • America Cries
    We see your sorrow-
    and our hearts cry….
    We can not erase your pain
    but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
    -the American people-
    are beside you.
    We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
    the strength that gives you courage,
    and the words to lighten your spirits.
    And when we are left speechless
    may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
    to ease your sorrow.
    May you find healing through our nation’s strength as we-
    -the American people-
    face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
    Dixon, IL

    Teresa Jahn (Dixon, IL )

    Teresa Jahn,
  • My deepest sympathies to his parents and Sonia, my thoughts and prayers go out to them.



  • I am so sorry. My prayers go out to your family.

    Cathleen (CA )

  • Although, I did not know you, I selected your story today at random after a long respite from reading about those lost on september 11th. God bless you , dear young man, for following your dream and coming to work at the WTC “at the top of the world.” I’m humbled by your achievement–coming from india to work at the place of your dreams. Your brief life inspires me…. peace and love to your wife and family. I will not give up on my dreams … because of you, I will work exta hard to restore love and humanity, in what ever small ways I can, regardless of race, color or creed.

    Rest in love and peace,
    Sabrina Watt

    Sabrina Watt (Quakertown, PA )

    Sabrina Watt, Stranger
  • Rest in peace forever more.

    Angie Campbell (Denton, TX),
  • Shri, Today would have been our 3rd Wedding Anniv. I’m missing you so much more today… I have no words to tell you how much… Luv you a lot…

    Sonia, Spouse
  • Ganesh,
    Yesterday Sanjeev, Vasu and Pillai came to my house. We were looking at our friend group’s old photos. They left at night but UR simly face and all the moments we shared was remembered a lot by me and I could not stop crying. I miss U a lot.


    Parag, Friend
  • Ganesh.
    I know you for just 6 months or so while you were in Boston ( you were in Burington Lord Baron aprtments). You had come to stay in Quincy in my place couple of times and I stayed with you over a weekend or so. we went to couple of movies and had great fun..
    I still remember the new music system that you bought that you showed me ,as you and me had common interest in music. Though it was not long , we had connected . Then , after few months, I saw you on TV ,reviews for a hindi movie, and you were coming out of a Hindi movie theater in NY. Thats the last I saw you.. and then the day I came to know …!!! I felt terrible. God bless your wife and your family.. and my friend , you will be in my thoughts….

    Venkatakrishna, friend

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