Saturday, September 11, 2010

Some of the 2,996 Voices....September 11th

Richard Michael Caproni, 34
from Lynbrook, Nassau County,New York
Senior accounting specialist, Marsh & McLennan
February 9, 1967 - September 11, 2001

3 weeks before September 11, Richard, affectionately called "Richie", had just purchased his first home:
His sister, Lisa, was still decorating the place in denim-blue and wood hues. He told her no fussy, floral motifs. "He was proud of buying that apartment," she said. "Because he was on his own."
"He just had to unpack a little more," his sister said. "And he was good to go."
Can you imagine how hard it was to look at this apartment for whoever had to sort it out??? :-(

I started reading about Richard as a part of the "2,996 Voices Project" (which started in 2006)...a tribute to those lost on September 11th. I really wanted to get to know him. I looked to find Richard's "voice" and I couldn't find more than the many lists of names that people put up but finally...I found from a memorial page that:
-He was definitely a Giants fan. If I hadn't been trying to get to know Richard more, I wouldn't have found out that they have an Oktoberfest....which I definitely want to attend at some point. I, of course, would pick out some good German restaurants to go with the Oktoberfest football. I can thank Richard for finding out about this tradition. :-)
-Richard made his co-workers smile
-He seemed pretty proud of his siblings.
-He was great at pep work, on a football field...just about everywhere it would seem.
-He was good at singalongs...planned & impromptu. The story of him singing "The Love Boat" as two teenagers walked by holding hands made me smile.
-I think he was a Springsteen am I. I wonder what his favorite Springsteen was. In any case, now when I hear Springsteen I will think of him.
-He had a lot of really good, longtime friendships...I am especially glad of this for him as he had such a short life.
-A lot of young women seemed to have a crush on him. I would imagine that one day he would have fallen deeply in love...and lived happily ever after. :-(
-He liked "Malcolm in the Middle" & "The Sopranos." I have never watched an entire episode, or even most of an episode of The Sopranos. Maybe get the Sopranos on it and think of Michael Caproni. :-)

One memorial entry said that his parents, Richard and Dee, are the nicest people that they know. I have also read that Richard's father is (or was-I am not sure if he is retired) and was the type of coach who really had the respect of his players....the kind of person who respects the lives of others profoundly.
-Last year Richard's parents encouraged people to do something happy on September 11...that is what people should do on the anniversary of deaths-something good in memory of that person.
-Hugs to his parents...big hugs...imagine thinking that your son was safe during such a tragedy...then finding out that they had gone in early & perished. :-(
-And this year Richard's father made another point about the holiday:
My fear, besides the obvious safety concerns, is that Sept. 11 would soon have the word “Sale” plastered around it, as it does now for Memorial, Labor and Veteran’s day.
It’s why this must be emphasized from Richard Caproni, father of Richard Michael Caproni, who died in the north tower.
“We would feel horrible if this ever turned into a hamburger or hot dog kind of day,” Richard Caproni said.

On September 11, by all accounts I have read, Richard decided to go to work early.
Many of his co-workers were also at the office. :-(
According to the Marsh & McLennan entry on Wikipedia this is what happened:
-"295 employees were killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks; they were working in Marsh's One World Trade Center offices located at the impact zone."
The plane ripped a path across floors 94 to 98, directly into the office of Marsh & McLennan, shredding steel columns, wallboard, filing cabinets and computer-laden desks. Its fuel ignited and incinerated everything in its way. The plane's landing gear hurtled through the south side of the building, winding up on Rector Street, five blocks away."
I cried when I read about how close the impact was.

This is the memorial page that the company keeps for everyone that was there that is Richard's entry-it tells about his great love of movies & how much he was loved by other people. He loved football & was in many wedding parties. I think that Richard was probably very easy to get along with...sounds like someone who was a good friend.
-Acoording to their website, MMC does have a permanent memorial:
"MMC's September 11 memorial is located in the plaza adjacent to the company's headquarters at 1166 Avenue of the Americas in New York City. The plaza is open seven days week, except holidays. From May 15 to September 14, it is open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. From September 14 to May 15, it is open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m."

-I have mentioned it before on this blog....this is the quilt that was done for Richard as a part of the "United in Memory" project.
----Richard is on the Bellevue Hospital Wall of Prayer. This was something done by family/friends looking for their missing loved ones in the time shortly after September 11 & has been kept up as a permanent memorial.

To Richard:

In past years, I have read through every entry of your name online. I found enough to know that you were a very nice person. As the years go by, I will be keeping your family in my prayers.

Why it would have been nice to know you:
-----People with a nickname like "Molly" are usually spunky. At least, I think of people with the name Molly as being spunky. Mary had an Irish wit....that makes her extra-spunky (absolutely delightful to be around).
-----Molly was the best sister-in law anyone could have. She was a wonderful mother to her kids and always had a warm smile on her face. She was such a bright star among people who know her. I will always remember you for the sweet, kind and generous person you were. Never had a bad word to say about anyone. You are an angel in my eyes. (Posted by Doris on the 9-11 Heroes site...a neat site that posts a flower each time someone visits....Molly had 757 flowers when I visited.)
Wouldn't we all like to have someone speak sincerely about us like that? If you know someone who deserves similar words....go and say them remembrance of's important.
-----Mary was an insurance broker for Aon Corp.
-----Portrait of Molly as a mother. You have to admire a woman who can communicate just by coughing. A woman of great strength who wasn't a complainer...that is the impression I get.
-----A mother of twin boys.

We are all the legacy of those who perished on 9/11. I want to be a great about you?

Last year on this date, I visited other posts in the 2,996 Voices Project. I learned about Michael Benjamin example of the kind of parent that I admire. He reminds me of some of the good homeschooling parents. When his child wanted to learn about bulldozers, he arranged to have a bulldozer come to his house. Neat parent. I am sure that both of his children have plenty of memories to smile at. Each happy memory is like a continued hug.

I pieced together so much about Herman from just two of the memorials:
New York Times profile

Herman reminds me of myself....religion mixed with fun (which can be a good thing).

At times, Jesus was religion mixed with fun. To some that might sound odd, the part about Jesus being a fun person....but there are a few places in the Bible that mention this and Herman's life has inspired me to write about them when I get the time.

On the traditional/religious side Herman was:
-----A beloved Husband and Father. Proud of and loving towards his family.
-----Missed very much by his neighbors. In this day and age, that says a lot about a person.
-----Took good care of his mother after his father died.
-----A senior VP at Aon
-----An observant Roman Catholic who attended mass every week at Sacred Heart Church (North Merrick, NY). He was a a Eucharistic Minister and a part of Church charity events for 30 years.
-----"Avid athlete." I don't know what sports. He was a member of the Holy Name Bowling League.
-----Relocated from Queens so his family could have a better life.
-----Was looking forward to retirement.

On the less traditional side Herman:
-----Helped upgrade the Knights of Columbus bar to a place of great fun. Each year, he was also in charge of the "suds station" at the Town of Hempstead County Seafood Festival in Lido Beach each year. I would have loved to know if he had any microbrew/Oktoberfest recommendations.
-----Was so passionate a golfer that it was implied he might have sacrificed sleep for some of the games.
-----Known for GREAT kindness. He was nicknamed "Herman the Mayor"....because of his diplomacy.
-----For 20 years manager of a "sprawling football pool." I would assume that this might have been something like fantasy football? From the comments in the memorials, I am guessing that his team might have been the New York Jets.

Herman was:
-----A person who would not have wanted others to take revenge for what happened on September 11.
-----A first generation German. So, one could guess that he might have spoke German. Further evidence to the fact that Herman might have spoken German was his 40th birthday party....guests had him dress in alpine shorts and lederhosen and then roasted him with "The Sound of Music" playing in the background.
-----A frequent diner at Italian restaurant in NYC. I decided that I will go through and learn some of the dishes prepared there (although not the exact recipe of course). I will possibly start my Italian dining that will remind me of Herman with Scampi Alla Griglia.

"When you were mad, he would let you have your feelings but he would never agree with the reason," said his wife, Ursula. "And eventually you would say, `I guess I really shouldn't be angry."


This post was a part of the "2,996 Voices Project."

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