September 11, 2011

We remember....

An original post from September 11, 2009

On September 11, 2001 our nieces' husband, John, was killed in the brutal attack on the World Trade Center and on America. Our family waited for hours and then days, weeks and months for some sign that John had survived the attack, hoping he would be found injured in one of the hospitals or even in the rubble of the buildings. This, of course, would never be. The only thing ever found was his unclaimed car in a nearby parking garage. John, as well as thousands of others are missed terribly, especially today as we honor their memories. Please take a minute to read John's story...
On September 11, 2001 John P. Salamone, a broker in preferred stocks for Cantor Fitzgerald, died in the attacks at the World Trade Center. He worked on the 104th floor of Tower 1. True to his competitive nature, John left his office with a few of his friends and tried valiantly to escape the horror. While he could not defeat the magnitude of the disaster, there is no doubt no one tried harder to get home to his family and children.
John Patrick Salamone was born on January 25, 1964 at Fort Hood, Texas. He grew up in Fairfield, and graduated from West Essex Regional High School where he excelled in the classroom and on the athletic field. At Oglethorpe University in Atlanta he earned a business administration degree and later graduated from Fordham University with an MBA degree. John worked at Shearson Lehman Brothers, Kidder Peabody and Quick and Reilly before moving to Cantor in 1998.
The town of Fairfield was John's home for 26 years. He later moved to West Caldwell and then for three years resided in North Caldwell with his wife and three young, beautiful children. John enjoyed nothing so much as spending time with Alex, Aidan and Anna. Anna thought of her father as "Prince Charming." For all of them he was the light of their lives.
John chose soccer as his sport at an early age and quickly developed his skills. He was a talented soccer player on both the interscholastic and intercollegiate level. He was a three-year letterman at West Essex and is among the school's best all-time players. At Oglethorpe John was captain of the team and was twice named All-District as well as twice selected for the All-South team. In 2002 he was inducted into the Oglethorpe University Sports Hall of Fame. Oglethorpe's long-time soccer coach called John "the finest soccer player I ever coached." In October of 2002 the soccer field was named in his honor. A soccer tournament is held annually at his alma mater to raise funds for the John P. Salamone Endowed Scholarship for students exemplifying his spirit.
No one loved life, family and friends more than John. And that love was reciprocated by the more than one thousand people who came to pay their respects at his memorial services. It was truly a testament to his character. Most of all everyone remembers his amazing sense of humor, his contagious personality and his undaunting character. In any serious situation, he would find the lighter side of it and make you laugh about it. He could hurt you and make you laugh about that, too. He rarely lost at anything and called you "sucker" to remind you. He was always one of the first ones chosen once the real games started. These are only a few of the words to describe him--funny, charming, competitive, athletic, sincere, loving, happy-go lucky, sarcastic, talented, caring. What best sums up who John was is this statement by one of his Oglethorpe friends. " He was the glue to our team and our friendships. Everyone wanted to be around him."
John's athletic accomplishments were many, but his most significant accomplishments were the type of person he was, the way he cared for his fellow man, and the love devotion and loyalty he exhibited to family and friends. We are saddened by having to endure his loss, yet we are grateful for having been enriched by his presence.
For his courage and his determination, for his love and his friendship, we will remember and honor him always in our thoughts, and through the John P. Salamone Memorial Foundation.
John and Mary Ellen's three beautiful children.

Our niece, Mary Ellen and her three children along with her parents, my husband's brother and his wife.

Ground Zero Memorial made by some of the surviving children.

These are the memorial plaques the children made that are a permanent part of the World Trade Center Memorial at Ground Zero.

This one was made by Aiden.
by Alex
...and by Anna.

A special Memorial in Essex County, New Jersey.
To my dear family in New are in our thoughts and prayers today as we, as well as our country, remember all those lost in this terrible tragedy.

We miss you, John.



Diane Mars said...

Best wishes to your family, what a great loss ... oxox

camp and cottage living said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and John's lovely little family.

Joanne said...

I am so very sorry about your loss. He sounds like he was a great man. God bless His Family.
Blessings, Joanne

Naturally Carol said...

Oh Carrie..what a lovely tribute you have written about John. I can tell he was well loved and respected by all who knew him. Thank you for sharing his story today. I hope his family are doing well now.

Just a little something from Judy said...

You personalized this tragedy for me, by putting a family member's face and family with it. I am so sorry! That must and continues to be so painful for you and the entire family. What an honorable, and amazing guy he was! My heart breaks for his wife and children. Thanks for sharing this today.

Sherri B. said...

I am very sorry for your families loss. My prayers are with you and all of the those that lost their prcious loved ones. xxoo

Krysta said...

Beautiful, beautiful tribute. So sorry for your families loss.

vintagegirl said...

What a wonderful tribute. My heart goes out to you and others who have lost loved ones on that sad sad day. They will never be forgotten!


Isobel said...

What a great, moving post. I was yesterday in prayers for all affected direct and indirectly by those horrible events. xx

Sam said...

Heartbreaking. Thank you for sharing his story with us.

GardenofDaisies said...

What a terrible loss for you and all his family. I wish I could wave a magic wand and bring him back to you. I am so glad that you are keeping his memory alive for his children.

Florence and Mary said...

Sorry to hear how your family were personally affected by such a tragedy,

Victoria xxx

wendy said...

I was pretty much glued to the tv on the 10th anniversary of 9-11.
It was hard to watch, yet important to remember.
I am so sorry that you lost a family member there. His story was wonderful, and like many others, much to young to die.
God bless his wife and family.

also, that day........was 10 MONTHS (not yet years) that I lost my son, and he too left a wife and 3 children behind. He was only 35.

Loss is one of the hardest things to endure I think.
so very sorry

Creative Breathing said...

Such heartbreak Carrie, I know your sense of loss isn't any lighter all these years later. Thank you for sharing his story with us. Elizabeth

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Carrie, prayers for your family and for John. I am sew sorry to know that your family was directly affected by what happened on 9-11. God Bless all of you....


Warren Baldwin said...

Linked here from Titus 2 In Action (I'm one of the writers there).

This is a wonderful tribute to John. We did a memorial at our church on that day for all who lost their lives. God's blessings upon your whole family.


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