Monday, September 11, 2006

Remembering Frank Joseph Naples

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Frank Joseph Naples went to work on September 11, 2001. He may have taken a commuter train from his home in New Jersey, just like he may have done each and every morning to get to his office in the World Trade Center. He might have worried about a long day that might keep him at the office too late to share dinner with his wife, Heidi. He might have worried about a client meeting scheduled that day. He could have been excited about meeting an old friend for lunch. He most certainly did not anticipate that the small and ordinary act of going to work would be the cause of his death at the hand of terrorists crashing airplanes into the World Trade Center in New York City.


Frank J. Naples worked at Cantor Fitzgerald for twelve years. He was hired on to work in the corporate kitchen, and was eventually promoted to broker after taking night classes in business at Pace University. He was a diehard Republican, which made him different from many of those with whom he grew up with in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. He married his high school sweetheart, Heidi. After dating for eight years, they eloped to Hawaii, and were married for three years. She said that they always knew that they were soul mates. Among his last thoughts were concern for her. He ended one of two calls that he was able to place to her with, "I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm sorry you have to go through this."

Frank enjoyed watching soccer, cooking, 70's disco music, moonlighting as a DJ, and was described as a fun-loving guy. There is no doubt that he has been missed by family and friends for the last five years.

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I am indebted to the following sources for providing information I used to compile this profile: legacy.com, The New York Times, and Newsday.

21 comments:

MysteriousLady said...

So sad how many wonderful people we lost that day. Breaks my heart.


mines up too.

brian said...

The more I read, the more I see all of us. Thank you for sharing your tribute to a wonderful man.

Please stop by and read my tribute to Gilbert and leave a link and comment so that others can come here.

michele said...

Oh, my gosh, that poor woman. As a read these, I just have such a feeling of compassion for those left behind. How hard it must be to pick up the pieces of your life after losing your soul mate.

Thank you, I really did get a sense of the man from your post. Great job!

Katrina said...

Thanks for doing this. Sometimes it seems that each person's story is more heart-breaking than the last. But it's so important to remember that those who lost their lives were real people, with real families, and real stories. I'm remembering 9/11 along with you, and praying for the families of those who died.

KKT said...

beautiful tribute. his phone call to his wife breaks my heart into even smaller pieces.

mine is up at http://jedisue.blogspot.com

Rachel said...

This was an awful tragedy and so sad. I pray it never happens again.

Thank you for the tribute to this gentleman.

Kailani said...

What a wonderful tribute to a great man!

R.G. said...

Jennifer, thanks for this. Your post is beautiful and gave me chills. I am so moved by all these tributes.

Pentha said...

Sigh....

Tribute to Christopher Paul Slattery

Heather said...

Frank sounds awesome - thank you so much for sharing him with us.

I remember Steven Hagis

Heather said...

Thank you, Jennifer.

Jem said...

Thanks for writing about Frank :)

Tara said...

A wonderful tribute to an awesome family man. These tributes are getting harder and harder to read. Thanks for sharing.

My tribute can be found at http://retardedrugrat.wordpress.com

Raggedy said...

Wonderful Tribute!
Thank you.
These are sad and hard to read....
I am honored to be a part of this project.
Mine is posted also...

The 2996 link is down. I have a new link on my site to view the participants.

Bless you…

gordaboo said...

Thank you for your lovely tribute for Frank. I too paid tribute to a Cantor Fitzgerald employee, Lisa Egan.

We will never forget.

Kathie said...

It's so difficult to read these tributes especially when every one I've read so far has been so wonderfully done, so well researched and allows us -- me -- to see a person I've never had the pleasure to meet and will never have that opportunity due to these unfortunate circumstances. Thank you so much for bringing Frank to life for me.

Jimmy Audiffred: Let the Light Shine.

Since the 2996 list is down due to server overload, an alternative is available through Google's cache: click here for cache.

Other tributes: Frederick Kuo Jr. and Francis Nazario as well as here, also Juan Salas.

Please pass the candle by sharing other tributes while leaving kind words in the comments of blogs paying tribute to the 2,996 lost on September 11th.

God bless,
Kathie

Tammy said...

It always makes me cry to think of the innocent people trapped on the tower, making calls to their loved ones for the last time.
Wonderful tribute, Jennifer!

(I tried to be assigned someone to write about, but never received a name. But I did write my own rememberences of that day.)

PastorMac's Ann said...

Thank you for writing this tribute. Even in the end, he wasn't thinking of himself. Sweet, but so sad.

Chicago Ray said...

A fine tribute to Mr Naples you've given us, thank you. Please see a Mr. Eddie A. Dillard here if you wish, and thanks again.

rmgales said...

Thanks for your tribute to Frank Joseph Naples. You did a great job! I'm honoring Nancy Carole Farley and Jeffery J. Shaw. Please visit and post a comment.

Teena said...

Thank you for honouring Frank. He sounded like a good person.

Mine's up.