Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Second Honeymooners

Fifteen years ago, New Jersey suffered the second-greatest loss among its populace as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  Only New York had more of its residents killed than did its neighbor across the Hudson River. Here is the story of one of the unfortunate souls from the State of Concrete Gardens. 

Kermit Charles Anderson

Kermit Charles Anderson of Green Brook, New Jersey was fifty-seven years old when he was murdered on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.  That morning he was in his office at Marsh, Inc., which office was located on the 97th floor of the North Tower, when it was struck at 8:46 a.m.  He had worked at Marsh for thirty-six years, starting with the company shortly after graduating from Penn State with his degree in mathematics. 

His time at Penn State was well-spent.  It not only afforded him the opportunity to attain the degree that would enable him to spend his professional life doing something that he loved, it was where he met his life's great love, Jill.  They married shortly after graduation and had celebrated their 35th anniversary approximately a month before his death.  Kermit and Jill Anderson, having raised their two daughters to adulthood and having paid off the debt associated with getting one's child through college, were a couple of newlyweds...who happened to have already been together for three and one half decades, traveling extensively and having the time of their life.  They were enjoying a well-earned, much-appreciated second honeymoon.  

And then, it was taken away from them. 

Kermit Anderson died only days before the birth of his second grandson.  In the fifteen years since his death, his family has honored his memory and his life by continuing to vigorously live their own lives.  There are five Anderson grandchildren, all boys, ranging in age from seven to fifteen.  His widow, Jill, eventually moved from Green Brook back to State College, Pennsylvania, and remarried.



Jenn said...

He was my neighbor. I grew up down the street from him. He was a kind, smart man. His family were lovely and his daughters just as kind and smart. May he rest in peace.

Adam Kenny said...

Thank you for your thoughtful words regarding the Andersons. May he, indeed, rest in peace.