Sunday, September 10, 2006

As A Bird Is Free

This is Timothy J. Finnerty

On September 11, 2001, Timothy Finnerty was 33 years old, a time when the real possibilities of life are just opening up. His New York Times obituary reads like the kind of resume you just know must be padded:
He was employed as a broker for Cantor Fitzgerald, WTC, NY, NY. A member of the Glen Rock Jaycees, he graduated from the University of Scranton in 1990 where he was a member of the Mens Varsity Basketball Team. Mr. Finnerty earned an MBA degree from Wagner College in 1994 and was an assistant coach of the Mens Varsity Basketball Team from 1991-1994. He also coached the St. Catharine RC Church 7th & 8th Grade Boys CYO Basketball, Glen Rock, NJ where he was a parishioner.

As real people go, he sounds like a dream. He left behind a wife Theresa, his father Peter, his grandmother Alice Bannon and a brother Kevin. As I read about Timothy, I found myself wishing I knew if he would want to be called Tim or if he had favorite jokes. Did he like movies? What kind of future did he imagine? His face bespeaks commitment and humor, and it looks so, so young.

Because I didn't know him and don't wish to offend anyone, I offer this tribute. The song makes me weep. And yet, the video made me laugh just a little. It is the very best I can do.

This post is a humble part of the 2,996 Project.

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Blogger MysteriousLady said...

What a nice tribute, you did a great job. Mine is up if you want to stop by. I'm trying to visit everyone, it may take a few days.

8:08 PM  
Blogger Tug said...

Very nice! Thanks for stopping by.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Sassenach said...

Permalink established (I'm a 2996 list captain).

Thank you for writing such a nice tribute.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

This really lovely!

"Because I didn't know him and don't wish to offend anyone,"

Yes, they were the over-riding thoughts in my mind too.

4:54 PM  

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