Friday, September 11, 2009

In Memoriam: Reprise

I first published this piece on September 11, 2006, the fifth anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks. I am privileged to once again remember and honor Christopher Paul Slattery.

With the passing of Christopher Paul Slattery, a son died. A brother died. A nephew died. A cousin died. A friend died. A colleague died. A brother-in-law died. An uncle died. His family, friends, and co-workers can tell you far more about the life Chris lived than I ever could. So let us pause now and think about the life he did not live.

Chris was a son who never got to toast his parents' 50th wedding anniversary. He will not be there to help his parents when they are old, to support their faltering steps as they supported his first ones. He will never introduce the love of his life to his mother and father; he won't hear his father's advice and jokes about marriage, and he won't see his mother's eyes shining with proud tears at his wedding.

Chris was a brother who will never send Dan another whimsical IM; he will never make Erin laugh again. He will never fill their hearts with love as they watch him play with their children. He will never see those children grow up, graduate high school, get married.

Chris was a friend who will never host another tailgate party; he'll never see another Giants or Rangers game. He and his cousin Tim will never open their pie-in-the-sky bar and restaurant. He will never see another parade go down Fifth Avenue. He will never fly another kite on Nantucket.

Chris was a colleague who will never broker the most important deal of the year, work on the division's biggest project, or simply make sure the day-to-day details are moving smoothly.

Christopher Slattery was a son and a brother, a nephew and a cousin, a brother-in-law and an uncle, a friend and a colleague. But he will never be a husband and a father. He will never feel his heart skip a beat when the phone rings with a certain tone; he will never have butterflies in his stomach when he asks someone to share her life with him. He will never know the wonder of becoming a father, of falling in love all over again, this time with someone so tiny as to be unbelievable.

From all accounts, when Chris died, the world lost a gentle, kind man with a wonderful sense of humor, a man who "lived life large and packed it full." He will always be remembered by those who knew him. Let us also remember what Chris lost, the opportunities for love and laughter and living.

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64 comments:

  1. So sad, but such a beautiful tribute. Your post captures so well how much we all lost that day. Had these folks lived, there are so many more people they would have met, friends they would have made, lives they would have touched in some important way. Instead, they are gone too soon. Like Christopher, who sounds like someone very missed by very many.

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  2. Nice job, Alicia. And thanks for the kind words about my tribute as well.

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  3. A beautiful tribute.
    So many of these make me wish I had met them.

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  4. Well done, Alicia. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

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  5. beautiful. thank you for posting.

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  6. A beautiful tribute to Chris-
    for it is always the inner person, with ambitions and hopes and dreams, which we all wish to know.

    Thank you for letting me, us all, meet Chris. And thank you for your kind comment on my blog remembering Mike Tanner.

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  7. Another person lost that day with so much of their future bright with promise, and leaving so many who miss them so greatly. Beautiful tribute.

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  8. A wonderful tribute, Alicia.

    To all of you that took time out to research and learn something about the innocent men, women and children that lost their lives that day: what a fantastic way to honor them, and those that survived.

    I honor David Lee Pruim:

    www.readmycents.blogspot.com

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  9. Thank you so much for your dedication to this project!

    I honor Lorrain Antigua at:

    http://www.hideboundblog.com/journal/2009/9/10/project-2996-lorraine-d-antigua.html

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  10. Thank you, it is a very beautiful tribute.

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  11. That was beautiful. I do hope that his family gets to read such a lovely tribute.

    It is heartbreaking to read these tributes.

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  12. What a wonderful tribute. Well done. Thank you and God bless you.

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  13. Truly so much was lost on September 11th - for Chris and his family, and for those who never got the opportunity to know and love him - and for all the others who died that day. Thank you for helping us to know a little about Chris and to pause and remember.

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  14. Thank you Alicia for your post. Very nicely done. Thanks for reading my post also

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  15. Thank you for your comment on my post remembering Aleksandr Ivantsov and Matthew Picerno.

    Your post is beautifully written. Thanks for helping us get to know Christopher.

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  16. Thanks for sharing this, Alicia. There are so many lost who must be remembered.

    And thank you for the comment over on my 9/11 tribute.

    Doc

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  17. Well-done, Alicia. A beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul.

    Thank you too for your kind comment at my tribute to Joseph John Perroncino.

    We wish they were all still with us.

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  18. Thank you for your tribute. A beautiful way to remember Chris.

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  19. A beautiful and thoughtful tribute. Let us never forget Chris and all the others we lost.

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  20. How lovely, Alicia. Thank you for your comment on my tribute to Sgt. Maj. Larry Strickland. I think it is important that we all begin to see the individual... not the number... in this instance and really, in all instances. Thank you for introducing us to Christopher Paul Slattery. We should never forget.

    http://louisianatown.blogspot.com/2009/09/9112009-please-meet-sgt-maj-larry.html

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  21. A beautiful tribute. Thank you for stopping by to read my tribute as well. Today is a day of remembrance as well as celebration of lives lived.

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  22. Impossible to read your tribute, and tributes of other 9/11 victims, without tears. Thank you for remembering.

    I honor William J. Meecham

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  23. Thank you.

    Remembering, too: Donald M. Young.

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  24. Today I honor Courtney Wainsworth Walcott

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  25. Hi Alicia,
    What a beautiful tribute to your hero on 9/11. This has truly been an honor for most of us and I look forward to doing it again next year.

    Deb :)

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  26. Beautiful. Thank you... Yes, every single one of the souls that day are so much more than numbers. They are loved, and missed.

    Thanks for dropping by and spending time with my tribute post. Keith Fairben: Still Riding.

    http://assolutatranquillita.blogspot.com/

    Another remarkable young man. Let us be so glad that such men lived..

    Prayers for all who love them, as we keep them in our hearts, forever.

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  27. May his Memory be Eternal. Beautifully done.

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  28. Alicia,
    I am touched by your tribute, thank you for visiting my site as well. Now that we have met, I will visit often and keep you and your family in my prayers as well. God bless you for sharing your life with us so eloquently.

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  29. Sad.
    Beautiful.
    Gone forever.
    Not forgotten.

    Thank you Alicia.

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  30. What a moving, eloquent tribute. It is so important that we remember them - all of them.

    I remember Heather Lee Smith, Flight 11. Daughter of old friends and a beautiful shining beacon of all that is right in the world.

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  31. Thank you for that beautiful tribute Alicia and for bringing Chris' story to us. Thank you for visiting my blog as well, and reading the tributes to Sgt. John Coughlin and Lt. Edward D'Atri.

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  32. How lovely. Sounds like he was a wonderful guy. Thanks for visiting my site and commenting on my tribute to Franklyn Monahan.

    http://www.fromrussiaforlove.blogspot.com

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  33. Thank you for sharing Chris with us. It's hard to write about these people but very worth it.
    Kelly

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  34. Echoing another: how many people do we pass every day that could touch our hearts? I read these and think, what a tragedy.

    Well done, good and faithful servant.

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  35. what a wonderful tribute, alicia. thanks so much for sharing christopher with us.

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  36. This was a moving tribute, Alicia. Thank you for commenting on my tribute to Scott Schertzer: http://featheredbythemoonlight.blogspot.com/2009/09/project-2996-remembering-scott-m.html
    I'm honored to be part of Project 2996.

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  37. Cantor Fitzgerald lost over 600 of their 'family' on 9/11. I can't imagine that.

    Thanks for introducing me to Christopher.

    *Hugs*

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  38. Lovely tribute Alicia. It's important for us to remember each of the people who died. They were individuals, not just an amorphous "they". Christopher is not forgotten.

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  39. Such a beautiful tribute.

    Peace!

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  40. You couldn't have done a better tribute than this.

    We must not forget.

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  41. Like you Alicia, I am honored to be a part of the 2996 project.
    We must never forget.

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  42. Excellent tribute! Thanks for stopping by and reading about Patricia Kuras...

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  43. What a remarkable and touching tribute!

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  44. God bless his family and God bless the United states of America

    Thank you for posting this again and for visiting my remembrance

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  45. This is a beautiful tribute.

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  46. nicely done, thanks for remembering!

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  47. Thanks for the comment you left at my tribute, and thanks for remembering Christopher Paul Slatterly.

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  48. Dear Alicia,

    Found your blog via Dr. Dave's place, and noticed the icon in your profile pic. You're Melkite Catholic? I'm Ruthenian. Always nice to meet a fellow Byzantine... there are so few of us.

    Anyway, thanks so much for this beautiful tribute. It's wonderful that we're remembering individuals rather than a number.

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  49. A truly beautiful tribute. I have tears in my eyes thinking about the experiences those that died will never have.

    Thank you.

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  50. I'm moved beyond words - what an incredible tribute to an incredible young man.

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  51. beautifully written tribute.

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  52. What a touching tribute. This was a wonderful experience, a chance to know some of the loss experienced by the families who had their loved one taken that day. Thank you for taking time to read my tribute to Christopher Michael Grady

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  53. Thanks for your tribute to Christopher and your kind words on my tribute to Debbie DiMartino.

    A lot of people in this country seem to have forgotten about the victims of this attack. It's so important to not only remember, but to get to know the human beings who were stolen from us on 9/11/01. Thanks.

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  54. Wow, what a touching and beautifully written tribute.

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  55. I will never forget. Beautiful tribute. :)

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  56. Alicia,

    Very nice. I think these tributes are wonderful. I hope word gets out. I am still reading. So glad I participated.
    I Honor Charles Wilson Magee. #351 or visit> http://johnqcitizenblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/project-2996-remembers-charles-wilson.html

    Thanks-
    Michael Retherford

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  57. Beautiful tribute. We must never forget. Thank you

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  58. Beautiful words Alicia. Thank you for your comments on my post. It is a huge responsibility to reflect these tragic lives accurately and with compassion, but it is also an honour and I love your memoriam.

    Barry

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  59. Today (9/11/2011) recieved a card at my church, Christ United Methodist in College Station, Texas with Christopher's name on it so that I would have someone special to pray for. My prayers are for peace and serinity for Christopher's family and friends today and for years to come till we all gather in heaven united with love. God Bless y'all.

    Bill Osborn II
    Bryan, Tx

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