Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Antonio Jesus Montoya 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Antonio Montoya Antonio was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11 on 9/11/01. He came to the United States with his wife and son 20 years ago, and they had since had two daughters. Antonio worked at the Boston Harbor Hotel for 12 years. Mass was said for him by the friends that he worked with. From his son, "There's never been a (Dec.) 31st that we've been separate. He always wanted the family to be together that day and Christmas," said Montoya's son, Jorge. "Wherever he was, he would always come home. It's something we bring from Colombia. All the family should be together to pray to God for the New Year. I know that's going to be hard for my mother and for us."

Here are some of the message that I found on that have been left for him:

Antonio Montoya was one of the kindest people at The Boston Harbor Hotel. I remember his wonderful attitude and infectious smile. I did not know him well, but I will remember him my entire life.
Mark Schwindenhammer,
Chicago, Illinois

To The entire Montoya family, The world will always remember Antonio, our work continues since that day to ensure he is never forgotten. I hope you will contact me so we can speak about our work and you and the family will see how we work to preserve Antonio's beautiful memory, life and legacy. His sacrifice will never be forgotten
Jeannie Ammermann

Antonio, I love you. The worst day of my life began when Cathy told me you were no longer with us. I couldn't believe it... I still can't. My throat tightens up just thinking about many emotions still locked up inside. Your spirit, however, lives on. I can feel you watching over us sometimes. You remain in my prayers. You will never be forgotten.
East Boston, Massachusetts

I had the pleasure of working with Antonio over the past 11 years and want you to know that he is deeply missed. Please know that my prayers and thoughts are with your family.
Paige Davies,
Boston, Massachusetts

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