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I will be making two and only two blog posts today, both commemorating the five year anniversary of 9/11.  This is the first of the two.

2996 is a blog memorial for all 2996 victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.  2996 bloggers have signed up worldwide to celebrate the lives of the souls lost on that day.

Paul A. Skrzypek was one of those souls.

Paul worked for Cantor Fitzgerald in the North Tower (Building 1).  He was a broker at the eSpeed division. His only sin that day was doing what most of us did that Tuesday morning.  He got up and went to work.  Cantor Fitzgerald occupied the 101st-105th floors, and American Airlines Flight 11 hit floors 93-98 of the North Tower at 8:46 am, so most likely Paul died within minutes of that.

Paul was one of those rare souls that lived life to the fullest.  He was a triathlete, and a lacrosse player (there's a memorial scholarship in his name at his high school in Montville, NJ).  He followed that up by being a four year letterman in lacrosse at Kutztwon University in Pennsylvania.

According to the memoriam on WallofAmericans.Com:

Paul Albert Skrzypek was a New York City bachelor who took advantage of everything life had to offer. Whether it was approaching an attractive woman at the gym, completing a marathon or running with the bulls in Spain, he was up for the challenge. "He just couldn't sit still, his whole life he couldn't stay still," said his mother, Edith Skrzypek of Montville. "Nobody could keep up with him."

Did I mention that he lived life to the fullest?  He did more in his 37 years than most of us will do in 70 or 80 or 100.

Paul Albert Skrzypek was constantly in motion. He ran with the bulls in Pamplona, he completed the Chicago Triathlon and the New York Marathon, and he Rollerbladed, biked and skied his way through the changing seasons. The only things he would sit still for, friends joked, were New York sporting events.

However, he could also sit still to read, and one of those sporting events that he loved was a New York Yankees game.

Skrzypek was an avid reader and owned a large collection of books "on everything," his father said. With his mother, Edith, he shared a passion for the New York Yankees and attended games with her.

Edith had intended to eventually give her son her collection of Yankee memorabilia, including autographs of Yankee greats Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra.

Paul, your life was too short, but you really lived it.  You have certainly been missed by those that knew and loved you, and after doing this research about you, I wish I had been one of those lucky souls myself.

Posted on Monday, September 11, 2006 5:48 AM General | Back to top

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