Monday, September 14, 2015

An Awful Hole

On  Friday night, I participated for the first time ever in the Jersey Shore Running Club's September 11, 2001 Memorial Run.  The Run started in Belmar - on the Boardwalk at Ocean Avenue and 16th Avenue.  Before we took a single step, however, on our journey south into Spring Lake, the names of a number of the Monmouth County residents who were murdered on September 11, 2001 were read aloud.  

We headed south as a group into Spring Lake - to the Spring Lake September 11, 2001 Memorial.  Once we reached that spot, we again stopped so that those among us could read aloud the names of more of the Monmouth County residents whose lives were taken from them on September 11, 2001.  I was honored to have been one of the runners - chosen entirely at random - to read one of the names. 

Peter T. Milano, 43,
Middletown, N.J.

Peter T. Milano was forty-three years old when he was killed on September 11, 2001.  Mr. Milano was a husband and a father of two teenagers.  His daughter, Jessica, was thirteen years old at the time of his death.  His namesake - his son Peter - was sixteen.  Mr. Milano had met his wife Patti approximately twenty years before he died.  He was a Brooklyn boy - born and raised in Canarsie - and the couple met after a touch football game in which he had played on the asphalt.  They were married in 1984. 

Mr. Milano was a Vice President and Partner at Cantor Fitzgerald, which is where he had worked since 1980.  In spite of his work commitments, he was a fixture in his family's daily activities - no small feat given that the Milano family had called Middletown Township, New Jersey home since 1987.  

He was also a man known for being generous with his time for others in his community.  In his honor, his family established the Peter T. Milano Scholarship Fund, which has provided scholarship money for Monmouth County students for more than one dozen years.  

Clarence Odd Body was right, "Each man's life touches so many other lives.  When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?"  


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