Born: August 17, 1951 - Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Died: September 11, 2001 - World Trade Center - East Tower - 99th floor
After spending 2-3 days on the Internet doing research for the 2996 project, I found myself in tears. So many lives lost, so many stories needing to be told, so many emotions and memories triggered.
I only wish I had the opportunity to know William, my research has shown that he was very much loved by his family and friends.
My gift to his family and friends is knowing that their loved one has touched the life of a complete stranger. Someone who really, truly knows what it is like to have a loved one taken from you.
William - Today I'm sending up a red balloon in your honor. (For those of you new to my blog, I released a red heart shaped balloon with a message at the cemetary on the day of my husband's funeral) Today's message to heaven will read: September 11, 2006 - William David Moskal, you will forever be remembered as a loving son, husband, brother, father, friend and American hero.
The below tribute was posted by William's family in a memorial section on the MMC Website (Marsh and McLennan Companies) - MMC lost 295 employees on September 11, 2001.
William David Moskal (Bill) was born August 17, 1951 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
At the time of his death, Bill had been living for the past 12 years in Brecksville, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. Bill was a risk consultant for Marsh and specialized in heavy construction. His trip to New York was to put him on more of a national level and he was very much up to it.
Bill loved his work and he still had much to offer. The family that is left behind and broken-hearted over his loss is Bill's wife of 22 years, Lorraine, a 19 year old daughter, Jessie, a sophomore at Indiana University and 13 year old son, Andy.
Bill was the most attentive father. He coached many sports in his community as Andy grew up...baseball, football and basketball. They also enjoyed tennis, fishing, cycling and travel together. He planned on coaching in the community for many years, even after Andy grew up.
Jessie is a journalism major at IU and Bill was very proud of her. They had spent a lot of time trying to find the right college. There were many trips and much discussion, but once she made her choice, Bill was thrilled to have his daughter attend one of the best journalism schools in the country, and it didn't hurt being a part of the Big Ten, either.
Both children miss their dad very much. He put them ahead of everything, they always knew it, and now they have wonderful memories of his love and commitment to them. Lorraine has a lifetime of memories to help sustain her, too.
They had just started to think about their golden years and so looked forward to spending time together as the children got older. Bill had a great sense of humor and it was hard to take anything seriously for any length of time...he was just fun. And when Bill was home, there was always music in the house, from classical to opera to jazz...he required it like air to breath.
Bill's mental therapy only required gardening and yard work. he loved to landscape and he was very creative. It was a great day for him if he spent it in the yard with his beloved boxers, Mike and Zelda, and the dirtier he got, the happier he was.
Bill, we are left with an enormous void in our lives, a void that can only be filled with unconditional love that transcends all dimensions, even death. What a glorious day it will be when we all meet again!
Our love to you is endless, Lorraine Jessie and Andy.
New York Times Profile - In a profile published in the New York Times on December 29, 2001 - Lorraine added, "He loved opera" - "When we had a memorial service for him, I joked with the priest that he would have loved to have had Andrea Bocelli sing 'Ave Maria' because he adored him. There was a memorial service the next day at ground zero in New York and I couldn't make it, but I watched on television. Andrea Bocelli was there and sang 'Ave Maria"
The Common Defense.org - posts an article titled: Family Adjusting Slowly Since 9/11 to Life Without Dad - August 19, 2002 - "About 200 friends, neighbors and family members gathered at the Emerald Woods subdivision in Brecksville, OH to dedicate a flagpole and a plaque in memory of William Moskal."
Legacy.com - Click here to view William's guestbook
Honoring the Victims, Comforting the World - The United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to keep alive the memories of the victims of September 11, 2001 through the United Memory 9/11 Victims Quilt.
People react to grief in so many different ways. This is why nobody can pin point how long your feelings of sadness will last. 9/11 happened just 45 days after my husband's tragic death. I could not watch the news. Every click of the remote hurled me deeper and deeper into my own grief. Watching the husband's and wives desperately trying to gain more information about their spouses was too intense. Seeing tears triggered uncontrollable tears. I found myself curled in a little ball...rocking back and forth in bed while horrible memories and horrible thoughts raced through my head.
Fast forward 5 years and the sadness and pain are still there. The one change is that time has opened the door to more positive memories and feelings of comfort. I only hope the same has happened to all of the lives changed forever by what happened on September 11, 2001.
Please take a moment to remember all of the lives lost and touched on this very day - 5 years ago.
I'm asking that you send some special thoughts and prayers to William's (Bill's) family and friends.
I'd also like to thank D. Challener Roe for creating the 2996 project. I was worried that I wouldn't feel a sense of connection to the person that I was paying tribute to, but through reading guestbook entries, family tributes, etc. I honestly feel honored and personally touched to share a small piece of William's life with you and to take part in such an amazing project.
If you have posted a tribute, please leave your URL in my comments section so other people can visit your website/blog. ~Thanks.