I have the honor of paying tribute to Melissa Harrington Hughes. She was 31 years old on 9/11/01. She was attending a breakfast on 9/11/01 in the WTC. Melissa was the director of business development for the Slam Dunk Networks in Redwood City, Calif.
From her father, "She loved the opera, loved to travel, loved a bottle of good wine. And
professional football. Her favorite team was the Green Bay Packers. She was newly married, her husband was in California.
Melissa leaves her husband, Sean S. Hughes; her father and mother,
Robert J. and Beverly A. (Rzeszutek) Harrington of West Springfield, MA;
her brother, Michael J. Harrington of Somerville, MA; her maternal
grandmother, Bertha (Gwozdz) Rzeszutek of Chicopee, MA. She was
predeceased by her paternal grandparents, James and Louise (Santolini)
Harrington; and her maternal grandfather, Michael Rzeszutek.
The Junior League of San Francisco and her husband Sean Hughes created
the Melissa Harrington Hughes 9/11 Memorial Fund and established the
Melissa Harrington Hughes Leadership Award, (which recognizes a JLSF
active member who is a new and upcoming leader within the organization).
Melissa was able to speak to her father on that day and left a message for her husband, telling him how much she loved him. The family allowed the messages to be heard by the public and they are heartbreaking. I'm so very sorry for them. I can only hope that as years have gone by they have found some happiness and peace.
Here are some of the messages left to her, from legacy.com:
I worked with Sean, and met Melissa at a Corp function in SF a few weeks
before 9-11. She impacted me- I remember a very bright, funny
vivacious beautiful person! Her VM message haunts me to this day. Much love and positive energy for you and your family -- 10 years after .....Pete Stanger
Bob, Beverly & Michael, Although we are a long distance from
home in retirement, Cyndi and I wanted you to know that as always we
think of you on this day. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today as
we all remember Melissa. Mitch & Cyndi Ogulewicz
Melissa, I just found out today what your name was. I remember
you, thru your husband Sean. I will never forget that message you left
him. God Bless. J. Ohio
Sean, What a pleasure to have had the opportunity to be friends of
Melissa while in SF. As the anniversary of her death sadly approaches, I
will choose to celebrate her life. My heart is happy and aches a little
at the same time when I think back to your first days of courtship.
Your goofy smiles when in each other's presence used to floor me! The
connection was SO obvious-and genuine. I'm so thrilled that you two were
married, things were right with the world and all that was meant to be
happened for you both when she was here. All of us should be so blessed
to share such a perfect love in life and death. Good luck to you, Sean.
And know that someone is better off for knowing her and you two
together. I will continue to draw inspiration from her ambition, sense
of humor and the fact that soul mates do exist.-Patricia Dolphin
God Bless our Pi Phi sister..Jennifer
Sending our prayers and love to Sean during this time of great
sorrow...and also to Melissa's parents and siblings. To Uncle Jimmy and
Aunt Artella Shannon and Heather please accept my sincerest condolences
and give Sean a hug for me and should you need anything please don't
hesitate to call. I love you all and miss you guys!!
Ken, Chris, Chelsea & Channing Hogue
If you wish to contribute to the memorial fund set up in her name, please follow this link:
I have the honor of paying tribute to Jacqueline Norton. She was 61 years old on 9/11/01. She was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11. She was flying to California with her husband, Robert. Robert's tribute can be found here...
They lived in Lubec, Maine. The couple was flying to Los Angeles to attend the wedding of Jackie Norton’s son. Residents of Lubec established a memorial garden for the couple next
to the Lubec Congregational Christian Church, which the Nortons
attended. Selectman JoAnne Case, who knew the Nortons from church, said they were exceptionally nice people.
Both were well loved and are missed... here are some messages and memories that I have taken from Legacy.com.
I am looking at every name and face on the CNN memorial website. This
beautiful couple stood out. I am sure you are together on the other
side, watching over your loved ones. I pray for the family left behind.
Mary Lou Hubisz
Jackie will always be remembered as the best part of Lubec. The first
time we met I was treated like a Long Lost Friend...never a stranger.
Thank you for that and I miss you, Roger Erickson
Jackie will be greatly missed in our community. I considered her one of
my best friends. I wish to express my sadness and sympathy to her
family. She will not be forgotten. May God bless our country and lead
us forward. Norma Leighton
I have the honor of paying tribute to Barbara Keating. Barbara was 72 years old on 9/11/01. She was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11, heading back to California after visiting with her family.
Having been a widow for 20 years, she moved from Cape Code to California, she survived two fights with breast cancer, had five children and worked for 25 years serving people like the Boys and Girls Club... wow, what a strong person and a real fighter. In California she drove a red convertible and attended church every day.
From what I have read of her, Barbara Keating a happy, full life, but still, she was taken too soon and it's so unfair. I'm so sorry that her loved ones lost her, she was loved and no doubt that she is missed. Here are some messages and memories left for her...
Welcome Keatings to NYC for 10 year anniversary! You haven't changed a bit. Barbara would be so proud of the grandchildren. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree!
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. Tom F
Remembering you on this day and always.
Barbara you sound like a great person let god treat you well you deserve it. New York
Barbara was a light in my life. She was a good friend, a good listener
and a good sport. I miss her each and every day. I know that she is at
peace, but I miss her so....Bless her and all the victims of 9-11. May
they rest in peace.
Barbara, you are missed very much at St. Theresa's Church, and all
throughout Palm Springs. You are often on my mind and in my heart. I am
glad that you have finally gone home to Heaven, where you belong, as you
truly are an angel. God Bless you, and God Bless your family. I miss
I have the honor of paying tribute to Paul Friedman. He was 45 years old on 9/11/01. Paul was married and had a young son. He clearly was a really smart guy, having degrees in Psychology, Engineering and Business. He was a Management Consultant for Emergence Consulting in Lincoln, Mass. He was a passenger on American Flight 11 on 9/11, flying to L.A. for work. "He was the happiest he had ever been in his life," his sister said.
What a sad loss for his family and friends. To be at a place in your life when you are happy, fulfilled and loved then to just be gone. I'm very sorry that he was taken from you. Here are some of the messages and memories left for Paul and the people that loved him... as I've written many times on this journal, my favorite but most heartbreaking messages are the ones left for the person, in this case for Paul.
I cannot believe it has already been ten years since you were taken from
your loved ones. It seems like yesterday I watched the tragedy take
place on TV..and had no idea my friend was on one of those planes.
just finished a book titled "Memories" by a lady who lost her husband
on 9/11. I hope you have left pennies or whatever around so your loved
ones know you are watching over them and you are never too far away.
Rest in peace my friend.
After many years, I emailed Audrey last night after learning of the
victory for humanity. When you were shockingly taken from us, an 8 month
old baby was also left behind. Rocky is now a 10 year old boy. When his
class said the 'Pledge of Allegiance' this morning, I'm sure it held an
extra special meaning for him, with thoughts of his Dad. America, your
family and friends have not forgotten you.
May 1, 2011 - Justice has prevailed. Rest in peace my friend! Your friend from Warner Music Group, Mandy
I met Paul when I worked in NY on Genesis with Amex. Paul quickly became
one of my best friends there and was one of the kindest and brightest
people I have ever met. Finally after 5 years I am able to sign this
book. My heart goes out to his family..he was indeed a treasure..and I
am thankful to have known him and to have been able to call him my
linda griffin-koebI knew Paul at NYU through our common friend Joe Woolf. He was a
wonderful man with an infectious laugh that I'll always remember from
happy, happier, days.