Monday, September 11, 2006

2,996 Tribute-Thomas J. Celic



Here we are again..September 11, 2006. Five years later. So much has changed since then in our lives and the world, but one thing will never change is the memory of this tragic day of the 2,996 innocent lives lost. Though it's been five years, just the thought of that day still feels too near. It's like if it had just happened yesterday, and I was 18 then, still in school at the time and on this day a voice on the PA system goes on with an announcement by explaining on what had happened in NYC that morning. Just the expressions alone on all the teachers faces said it all. It was total confusion, and by the time I had come home that's when it hit me. Talking to my family, the fear I had, the thoughts racing through my mind of what was happening, questions to be answered, the coverage on TV. There was just this empty eery feeling I had that I will never forget.

tom1As I sit here reading and putting together the information I have found on the life of Thomas J. Celic, that empty feeling I had this day five years ago was there again. I didn't know this man, but I had that sense of sadness and anger. Thomas J. Celic had a way of making people around him whether it be family or friends laugh. What I found interesting, was that Thomas was a Cross-country runner who raced in many marathons including the NYC Marathon finishing in the top 300. I find it interesting because my dad too is a runner and had been in local marathons as well for many years. Thoma's brother Marty Celic, in which he had learned and got his passion in running from, was killed while in line of duty as a NYC Fire Fighter in 1977. Thomas was 43, and a resident of New York, NY working at Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc as a Senior Vice Pres. in the World Trade Center. He is survived by his wife, Roseanne Celic who were married at the ages of 19 and 17. Thomas loved his family, he was very close with both his own and Mrs. Celic's family.

*Profile information from Legacy

This was most on what I could find about Thomas J. Celic, though it wasn't a lot, but it was just enough for me to know and to let all of you know that he was a family man, funny, and athletic. He cared and loved those around him, and made each and everyone of them laugh and smile. He left many good memories that I have read on many memorial sites from those who knew him well that they will never forget. I am honored to do this tribute along with the many great bloggers in making sure that he and all those who died on September 11, 2001 will NEVER be forgotten.


2,996: a tribute to the victims of 9/11

Marsh & McLennan Memorial Site

Patriotic Graphics

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