Sunday, 10 September 2006

John Santore

    This was the entry I did a year ago today , In that year we have lived and laughed and loved we've cried ,smiled and the whole range of emotions , We have seen the seasons change ,,and for Johns family another year has gone by ,I know from experiance that it  still hurts ,but with each year you get some sort of strengh to carry on ,but how Frances and the girls are coping ,given the horror of what took John away from them I cant begin imagine ,after doing this entry last year I think of John often ,and my love goes out to his family ................................................................................................................... When journalists were invited to do a dedication,to a victim of 9/11,I thought about it and decided I would like to pay a tribute ,to one of these brave people ,It has however become a very moving thing to do ,and as I have researched this my heart has become heavier and heavier ,John has become so real to Maurice and I, of course we couldnt know him ,but it so important,to bear in mind ,many people did know and love him and be mindful of their grief ,then and now.

  John was one of,that number of people !

[John Santore]He was a married man,with two daughters ,how they must miss him .He was fourty nine.

There has been alot of TV  coverage ,on the disaster that started the millenium off. and we have been watching it all ,The New york fire Brigade had been featured on a film some Rooky firemen were making at the time ,and as it coincided with the disaster they decided to carry on ,and as you see from the above pictures John's picture was also featured .Here is the tribute left by his wife

John Santore
John  Santore

World Trade Center

Spoiling the Girls


When the Santores traveled, a few things always accompanied them: candles and two Champagne glasses wrapped in a towel. The candles were store-bought; the glasses were a relic. They were the same glasses John A. Santore and Frances Scarselli used to drink to their happiness the night he asked her to marry him. Mr. Santore asked the waiter if he could keep them.

Both the candles and the glasses were necessary tools for Mr. Santore, a firefighter with Ladder Company 5 on Staten Island, the father of two girls, 20 and 13, and a romantic.

"He would set the table withthe candles and the flowers and the wine and then cook for us," Mrs. Santore said. "We are three girls in the home, so he would always spoil us."

On weekend mornings, Mr. Santore would run to a deli to buy coffee and croissants for the family so they would not have to cook. During the week, he would often surprise his wife with a bunch of wildflowers.

When someone mentioned the need for a maritime museum on Staten Island to honor John Noble, a famed local artist, Mr. Santore, 49, formed what he called the Noble Crew to build it, his wife said.

"He was wonderful with his hands," she said. `There was nothing he couldn't do."

Profile  published in THE NEW YORK TIMES
 
 And here is a lovely picture I found of John off duty

John it was my honor to be assigned  to you ,as my victim you became my hero,and I shall think of you often ,and I send very special love to your wife Frances and  your daughters

......Jan xx

34 comments:

sugarsweet056 said...

Lovely tribute! Tears in my eyes...TY!
Blessings,
Sugar

jlocorriere05 said...

A great tribute Jan, I agree it is so sad to learn about these people who died. They become real to us don't they? Jeannette xx  

jeanno43 said...

A very beautiful tribute, Jan, I am sure his family would be very touched and very proud.  Yes, like you I have found it hard to do.  I got involved with my assigned victim as well.  I think this project is a wonderful thing and to all those who think that we should now let go of that day, they should hang their heads in shame.

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seraphoflove9001 said...

How beautiful!
Lisa

jckfrstross said...

very nice tribute Jan very nice:)

Deb

marainey1 said...

What a beautiful tribute. I enjoy your journal which I was introduced to by Jeanette
Thank you for sharing that lovely story of a wonderful man.  'On Ya' - ma
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cacklinrosie101 said...

Lovely entry, Jan.  I wish John's family could read this and know how many others are paying tribute to their husband and father.  xx  Chris

siennastarr said...

Jan, I have tears streaming down my face... not just because of John Santore, but because you were so loving and kind to take the time to honor this firefighter and you aren't even from America.  I say that with the utmost respect and admiration.  You did such a beautiful job, and it truly shows me how united our two countries really are.  I know when Princess Diana died, I cried for weeks.  I still cry when I think of her.  
Thank you Jan.. for such a heartfelt tribute.  I'm sure that if John's family is able to read this, they will feel exactly as I did.

Hugs,
jackie

ally123130585918 said...

Jan what a beautiful tribute to John Santore ~ I could feel the love and understanding you put into those words of dedication ~ lovely truly lovely ~ Ally

sneezy7125 said...

Beautiful, simply beautiful.

Morgan
xxx
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astoriasand said...

What more could you have said Jan in this beautiful entry, you have dedicated to this wonderful person John Santore.God Bless You.We will never forget any one of the many who lost there lives on that dreadul day.
Astoriasand http://journals.aol.co.uk/astoriasand/MYSIMPLERHYMES.

pharmolo said...

Beautiful entry, Jan, you've done the man proud with this tribute

Guido

debbiewebb4465 said...

Ah ((((Jan)))) beautifully written words, a wonderful tribute to a very special man. My heart goes out to his poor family, and the thousands of others. God bless them all, and you.
big hugs Debbie ~xxxxx~
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sazzylilsmartazz said...

A beautiful tribute that made tears form in my eyes. I am sure he will always be missed by his family. Thank you for this tribute.
Dianna

sarajanesmiles said...

Very moving tribute Jan.
I have seen a few of these today, it is important that we remember isn't it, and what a good idea to remember each person individually.
Sara   x

lindapaterson177 said...

What a lovely entry John would have been proud. take care
linda xx

tillywooat62 said...

A lovely tribute Jan,  I'm sure his family and friends would be very pleased with it
take car Lynne xx

nedmoh said...

Hi Jan ,it would be marvellous if Johns family could read this beautiful tribute you have given him.You have written it so well ,your caring shows through your words .........Love Jeanxx

faircolleen said...

Oh Jan this is such a lovely tribute . . .what a nice man and its tragic that he is no longer here.John Santore God Bless you.

haileen2003 said...

Thank you for taking the time and effort in making this wonderful 'Tribute' to John Santore....

Aileen.....X

astra1547 said...

Jan...

this is a beautifull tribute and so well put...

Astra!

kaydeejay5449 said...

A touching tribute to a dear man.  Your graphics really add a very special touch.  I liked looking at John's picture.  His smile lights up the page.  It was good to get to know about him and his family.
Love,  Kathy

plieck30 said...

What a wonderful tribute to John Santore. Paula

lurkynat said...

Dear Jan
whata beautiful tribute!
awesome!
thank you!
love,natalie

am4039 said...

what a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. Thanks.

lindachapmanuk said...

Jan, that was so moving. He was a lovely man.....and those champagne glasses...aw what a loss to this world. John would have been so touched by that, you did a good man justice! Linda xx
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labdancer51 said...

A wonderful tribute to this very special man Jan,  I soon as I saw his photo I knew I had seen it before in a newspaper.  It seems from what I`ve read so far that there were some remarkable men and women who were lost on that dreadful day.

Sandra xxxx

lindaggeorge said...

A lovely tribute Jan.

I didn't find out about this until it was too late but as you've seen, I've remembered my namesake in my Journal.

http://journals.aol.co.uk/lindaggeorge/GeorgeMansions/

jmoqueen said...

Awww another lovely tribute to a victim!!

Jen xx

inkalotbear said...

Hi Jan, just read your very moving entry and I must admit I shed a few tears for John and the family he left behind. I think something like this reminds us all of the need for us to show basic humanity and compassion in our dealings with each other. thanks for sharing and reminding me to remember to always respect others even if I don't agree with them. Life is short but always worth living. Loads of love Charline xx   http://inkalotbearsays.blogspot.com/

thegirlnexdoor77 said...

Great tribute to John Santore...an American Hero!!!! he will be in my prayers and thoughts!!! Thanks for the great entry!! TerryAnn

adlessor said...

Nice  entry Jan.    Very well done.       Dawn

zoepaul6968 said...

beautiful,just beautiful xxzoexx
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xxroxymamaxx said...

That is the sweetest tribute I have read Jan!  I feel like I knew John.  Thank you!  GBU, Shelly