As part of the 2996 Project, we take the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history to remember Larry I. Beck, mailroom clerk at Cantor Fitzgerald, killed on 9/11 at the World Trade Center. Larry was from Baldwin, New York, and was 38 years old when his life was cut short by Saudi missionaries from the Religion of Peace™.
Since I didn’t know Larry (obviously), the closest I’ve been able to find is a comment from an acquaintance of his at another September 11 tribute site.
There was also a tribute here which includes a profile from the N.Y. Times (2002):
Mr. Beck, 38, who grew up in Bellmore, N.Y., and lived in Manhattan, always sent the most beautiful and touching birthday, anniversary and Mother’s and Father’s Day cards, his aunt and uncle recalled. He was particularly thoughtful when his cousin Ilene Fallas gave birth to her son, Evan.
“Larry had bought him a blanket, and my son loved that blanket so much,” Ms. Fallas, who lives in Panama, wrote in a tribute to Mr. Beck on the Internet. “That made me happy, because one of the things that was so cherished by my son was given to him by Larry, who stood for all of those things that that blanket was to my little boy: warm, lovable, comforting and dependable.
“Knowing that I won’t hear Larry’s voice on the phone on the day my family and I arrive home to New York to visit is just too much to bear.”
Having no real insight into Mr. Beck beyond the little things I’ve been able to find, I will note that the above photo of Larry suggests that he was probably a good guy to go have a beer with. I’d like to think that he was as warm and full with the enjoyment of life as the photo and stories suggest.
If anyone who knew Mr. Beck has comments, we’ll certainly include them as well.
It helps to remember that all thse folks were just the kids you went to school with, swim buddies, friends from camp. Regular folks. Going about their daily routines, minding their own business. Say a prayer for them and their families today.
Places to leave tributes for Larry I. Beck (in addition to the comments section of this post):
Here is the full list of 2996 tributes. If you have any tributes that you want posted, email them or leave them in the comments.
Related 9/11 sites:
The Black Day
The 9/11 Digital Archive
Forever Changed – (This is a particularly good site that puts faces with the names of the victims – helps put things in perspective.)
Some other good tributes:
More to come as I find them (and have time to post them).