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Friday, September 08, 2006

Anthony Edward Gallagher

A Small Tribute to Two Heros

There's a hole in the sky where the towers once stood
Doorways now to heaven?
2996 spirits souring....
Leaving holes in our hearts and tears on our souls forever.

Here's the stories of two of those who left us that day...I wish their families and friends love, hoping they have found peace within their hearts, praying they have learned to smile again. These two men,
Laurence M. Polatsch and Anthony Edward Gallagher
, whose stories follow, and whom I did not know, sounded as if they would want those left behind to live like there's no tomorrow.....they did...and they didn't even realize what was coming their way that day. May we all live that way...and may we all find it in our hearts to smile at someone today and look that person in the eye and let them know they're loved, for we never know.


Anthony Edward Gallagher

Student of Teenage Culture

He called it his 4 o'clock conference call. It happened every Friday afternoon.That was when Anthony Gallagher placed the call to the Adamses , Katie, Liz and Jay. Sometimes Peter Adams might participate, but he was only 7. Mr. Gallagher would start off, "What's up?" and they'd go from there.

Mr. Gallagher, 41, an energy broker at Cantor Fitzgerald, handled a lot of important phone calls during his workdays, but none meant more to him than his weekly conference call to his nieces and nephews, the 15-year-old twins, Katie and Liz, and 13- year-old Jay.

Mr. Gallagher had only recently married, at the age of 40, and during his bachelor days he had cultivated a tight and unending relationship with the children of Suzanne Adams, one of his sisters. "He just loved them," said his other sister, Carolyn Gallagher. "When he was planning to get married, he even asked them if it was O.K. They gave him the thumbs up.

"To stay in the loop, he knew he needed to be wired into teenage interests, so Mr. Gallagher faithfully watched MTV. "He would talk to them about Eminem and all that," Carolyn said.

And he did what they did. At a family barbecue at the Adams household over the Labor Day weekend, there was a contest to see who could make the biggest splash off the diving board of the pool. Mr. Gallagher was up there doing massive cannonballs. Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 23, 2001.


Maria said...

Thank you! M

C... said...

It is a sad thing that our world has to be plagued with so many tragedies.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Edward Gallagher sounds like the sweetest of men. Your memorial brought him to life again. We need to remember all the people we lost on that day and after.

Thank you.

Michael C said...

It's very admirable that at his age he was so close with his nieces and nephew. There needs to be more of that in our lives today.