Friday, September 11, 2009

Timothy Paul Gilbert - project 2996


For a moment I thought it was a mistake
Then I prayed it was not real
a show, a fiction, a play.
My world never will be the same
I lost something on Sept 11, 2001
we all did.
I thought I knew some of the pain
when I walked near Ground Zero in October
the smells, the sounds. smoke still coming from the pile.
All of us were in a daze, pictures and names on windows and walls
went on for blocks. we walked in the night as strong men worked
to uncover what was left of the thousands buried there.
we saw that small chapel, I forget its name,
where people came to pray and cry and ask why
we were able to leave and go home and hug our children
so many never get to walk away
don't feel loves strong embrace
when I started to read their stories
I think I am JUST NOW getting a tiny picture
of what a horrible and tragic day that was
9-11-01
c. ds 2006

In my effort to honor Timothy Paul Gilbert I am sharing
these comments which were posted by friends of his on a commemoration page:


"It has taken me 2 years to be able to say goodbye to all those I knew
at Cantor Fitz. I had the honor & privilege of working and sitting side
by side with Tim for the first couple of years he come to the NY
office. My prayers are with him, his family & all those whose lives he
touched. Keep shining down on us from heaven Tim
May god bless you & keep you."
------------------------
"Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. We have suffered a great
loss. You were one of the greatest men I have ever known. You would
always make me laugh, and you were so down to earth. You were always
such a pleasure to be around. You will never be forgotten. Tim, when I
see your children, I see you. When I see Jackie, you are there. You
were the greatest dad, and such a loving husband. I have been blessed
to have known you, and miss you so much."

"God Bless the Gilbert Family."


88 comments:

Killired said...

yay!!!! you figured it out! so proud of you... you must have a really good, intelligent blog friend who helped you with this! ;)

Barbara said...

I am also participating, I will write a tribute to a firefighter.

I'm so sorry your son is sick.

Snaggle Tooth said...

I never did sign up for that one- Cause I expect to be working, which is where I was the day when it happened (at a different Company). Wish had more time! I've got a daughter's B-day this week n a wedding in New Hamphire my next days off, so I'm all tied up trying to get ready for it all with a bad knee...

It's a great idea tho- I'll be back to read it!

Patry Francis said...

It is so important to remember. Just reading this man's name makes me wonder about his life.

David said...

i will be drafting my tribute, I hope I can do justice to this man.

Jayleigh said...

Thank you, Friend.

David said...

will finish this post by Saturday
bless you for your patience.
my other blog
http://purplishhaze.blogspot.com has another tribute ( done, whew!)

It's me, T.J. said...

Glad to be joining you also in the tribute.

Thanks for stopping by.

later...

BarBarA (aka Layla) said...

I'm doing one too...it's very emotional isnt' it?

How's Oren?

byHisgracealone said...

David..

thanks for all your help so I could get my tribute posted in time....the graphics loaded too!!!

hope to have it completed tomorrow.

Blessings,
Me

Catherine said...

I had to look at the date on the post before I figured it out - still two days away, but I will be remembering them on Monday.
Michele sent me.

jsdaughter said...

what a wonderful idea.. Michele sent me..

kenju said...

I didn't sign up to do a tribute, but I am grateful to those who did. We must never forget these people and how much they meant to their loved ones. Thanks, David.

Michele sent me.

Tracie said...

This is such a great idea!

Michele sent me.

Blond Girl said...

Hi. Michele sent me. Being in Minnesota and having no friends or family on the east coast, I don't really have any one person about whom I should write. I will never forget, though. We can't let that happen.

brian said...

Thanks for remembering. Thank you you for stopping by and commenting on my tribute post.

Barbara said...

Nice tribute David. I'll be writing mine this weekend.

TNChick said...

May his family have peace. May they not suffer through this anniversary of his passing. May everyone always remember Timothy and his good deeds. he is misssed.

Wordnerd said...

This is an incredible thing you are doing. I wish I had gotten involved in it ... I'll be remembering all of them, though, in my own way. Thank you, and God bless you.

Here from Michele's.

utenzi said...

Michele sent me off to your mountain, David.

I've been seeing these tributes a lot more this year than any other since 9/11 occured. It's hard to believe it's been almost 5 years now.

Wordnerd said...

Update: I was so inspired as I read the 2996 website, your tribute, and that of others, that I signed up at the last minute. And it feels good!!!

Hope your son is feeling better, by the way.

moon said...

Very touching. Great idea.
Here via Michele's today.

Christi said...

Great tribute David! I'll be writing mine tomorrow. I think it's awesome that the blogosphere is pulling together to remember these people in a way outside of Hollywood propaganda and media lime-light. Just honest, every day people remembering honest, every day individuals just like ourselves.

I know I'll never forget them, and the least I can do is show that.

byHisgracealone said...

David....A touching tribute...

My post is completed....stop over when u can..

Miss Chris said...

Thank you for posting such a lovely tribute. And thank you for reading mine. It's wonderful that we were all priviledged to be involved in such a special project.

sage said...

A wonderful tribute... Timothy Paul, names of faith. May God bless his family. Here from Michele's

web_loafer said...

David,
thanks for dropping by Sanity's Bluff.....
Your kind comment brought me here to your blog, and all I can say is.....wow.....the energy of this effort of yours and all the rest of the 2,996 gang of rememberance will be historical. Never have so many good people joined together in rememberance of those that perished because of......well let's call it what is was, and still is....evil and hatred of others.
The msm (mean spirited media) could never accomplish what 2,996 bloggers have. Your contribution is great.and is noted, we are all in this together....it is now the early morning hours of 9/10/06, and many bloggers have already posted their tributes. My tribute to Frank Koester will stay at the top of my blog for awhile.
And frankly,it feels good to be a part of spreading hope through hope. What I mean is, the more I read of the innocent victims of that horrific day....I am sure America is doing the right thing in having our wonderful young men and women warriors....all over the globe hunting down killers who target innocent people. The 2,996 didn't die in collateral damage, they were the targets......civilians were the target.....Now we have honored all of those victims, retribution is coming, if it hasn't already showed up at the killers world trade center.....

That would be a used camel lot in the deserts of Iraq.

Been up too long...

You have added a lot to this effort.

From now on, my blog visits will be limited to those bloggers of the 2,996 project...

What a group of good people.

Blessings all the way around.

John, aka webloafer

Cathy said...

This was a wonderful tribute. I'm very proud to be part of the 2,996 tributes along with you and all the others.

I have read so much that it has certainly changed me and made me much more aware of just how deep the pains of that day went.

Thank you for reading and leaving a comment on Adams tribute!

kateykakes said...

A wonderful tribute...

Thank you so much for sharing.

Thumper said...

Hard to believe its been 5 years. Kudos for becoming a part of the project...I'd like to read as many as I can this weekend.

here via Michele :)

Uisce said...

That was a beautiful tribute, and nice to see the personal touches you included. Here from Michele's today.

Carmi said...

I'm touched by the spirit of your tribute. You've set the bar high for all of us who are also participating.

Which reminds me...

Juliness said...

David, that was a moving tribute. Thank you for sharing with us all.

Killired said...

wow david... lovely tribute. mine is up now too. http://killired.blogspot.com/2006/09/1-of-2996-that-i-remember.html

Malinda777 said...

Project 2996 has been such a blessing. I remembered Thomas Foley. Nice tribute, and RIP Timothy Paul Gilbert.

jsdaughter said...

Thank you for taking the time to write about Timothy Paul..

Beth said...

So sad, so beautifully written.

Dinah Webster: A Tribute

Spookie the Warrior said...

Yes - God blees them ALL!

Snaggle Tooth said...

Good job! Must've been tough watching the smoke,n finding actual comments to post on Tim Gilbert.
I went to the site in December, on my road-trip way down Rt 95 to Florida, which I'd have never done if not for how that day changed me.

Glad I got today off so I could Blog-surf here!

Laurie said...

Wonderful, thank you for paying tribute to this fine human being. Mine is up as well, read it if you get a chance.

Kami said...

Thank you for participating. SO sad...

Harmonica Man said...

God bless the Gilbert family indeed. May Timothy be remembered forever.

Patry Francis said...

Beautifully done.

jgf said...

It is indeed an honor to be a part of this tribute. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

Praying for your Prodigal said...

Yes, God Bless each family who lost someone on 9/11/2001. Being part of this tribute has been a personal blessing--I hope it reaches each family!

Diane

MrsGreenThumb said...

Good job remembering this special person. I offer my condolences to his family. May the find peace and joy in his memory. I will never forget all the Americans whose lives were needlessly taken that horrible day.
Thanks for stopping by my site where I remember Catherine A. Nardella.

Katherine said...

That was a really moving tribute. Thanks for stopping by my tribute to Marjorie C. Salamone.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

That's a wonderfuk tribute, David; well done.

Teena said...

What a lovely tribute! Thank you for honouring Timothy.

Thank you for stopping by mine.

Etchen said...

What a wonderful and heartfelt tribute.

Carmen said...

so many cantor fitzgerald employees affected. thanks for your piece of the 2996 puzzle, and for stopping by my tribute.

graymama said...

You did a great job of honoring Timothy.

Thank you for stopping by my tribute for Thomas E. Sinton III.

graymama said...

You did a great job of honoring Timothy.

Thank you for stopping by my tribute for Thomas E. Sinton III.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

A Beautiful Tribute to a fine young man....This is such a sad sad day...
What a gift it was to write about someone that lost his life that day, and to feel just a yeeny tiny little bit of the utter desolation of these losses to each fsmily mrmber...the friends, the loved ones who will be trying to get over this hole in their hearts for the rest of their lives...
Beautiful job, David.

Jen said...

This is a beautiful tribute, he will be missed.

craziequeen said...

Nice one, David. Sometimes when the world feels the coldest, something wonderful happens to warm it up - this time the something wonderful was Dale and this project :-)

cq
http://craziequeen.blogspot.com/2006/09/2996-for-911-khang-ngoc-nguyen.html

Shane said...

it almost seems as it the terrorists have made time stand still. It's hard to believe that it has been five years

Chi said...

Thank you so much for writing such a wonderful tribute and for sharing the heart touching memories from Timothy's friends.

Tug said...

Very nice David...Thank you for stopping by my tribute as well.

Pentha said...

Yes... Reading all the stories does make it so much more real, no longer surreal.

Thank you.

Tribute to Christopher Paul Slattery

The Curmudgeon's Rant said...

May the Lord comfort all the families and loved ones of the fallen.

Kache said...

Very nice tribute, thanks


Faina's tribute

bernie said...

Wonderful tribute, thank you.


I linked your tribute at 2996 tribute to victims of 9/11 - Terrence E Adderley

Praying for your Prodigal said...

Thank you for doing this very moving tribute. Taking part in the 2996 Project has been really emotional, first researching, then writing, and now reading the other tributes.

I have posted a tribute honoring Sgt. Michael Curtin, a NYPD officer who willingly walked into collapsing buildings on a rescue mission five years ago. His body was recovered from the rubble of Ground Zero in March 2002. So many lost lives, so many heroes.

Diane

lchan said...

God Bless the Gilbert Family.

Thanks for writing this. I remember Timothy Paul Gilbert, Thomas Patrick Farrelly and the 2,994 others who died that day.

Kristin said...

Wonderful tribute... this has been a very profound and moving experience.

TC said...

a lovely tribute and a very touching post.

Travis Crow said...

Great tribute. What an honor.

Travis Crow said...

Great tribute. What an honor

peppypilotgirl said...

May his family and friends know they are held in the hearts of many on this anniversary. A fitting tribute to a good man.

Thanks for your post on my tribute to Brooke David Rosenbaum.

Babaloo said...

Lovely post, thank you.

Tracy said...

A wonderful tribute. He was well honored by your words. I am enjoying reading about so many wonderful individuals but I am saddened by the obvious loss also.

I remember RAYMOND R. YORK

gordaboo said...

Thank you for sharing the life of Timothy so that we will always remember him as a person and not just a name.

We will never forget.

I remember Lisa Egan

Chrysalis said...

This is really touching.

Hi from Michelle's.

Karen said...

This is a very moving tribute. Very touching. Thanks for sharing.

Michele sent me....

Ravvy said...

Thanks for sharing that.

People often dont realise but death makes us more thankful of the life we have. Everytime i've lost someone close to me, im saddened by the loss of them, but im also thankful of how it reminds me of how much i really have in comparison. And on occasion, it can sometimes lead to some pretty heavy conversation about God with people.

Its always a mind opening time when visiting your blog, David.

Take Care.
Im sorry for the loss of the people you knew in the WTC.

The man dubbed 'The Falling Man' who was captured as he fell out of one of the WTC's is always on my mind when i think of the WTC.

Julie said...

It's so sad to think about how many employees of Cantor Fitzgerald perished that awful day :( Thanks so much for sharing information on Mr. Gilbert.

Brony said...

Very well written.
Thank you for sharing it.

Barbara said...

Beautiful the second time around too.

flleenie said...

Michele sent me.

God Bless-9/11

Snaggle Tooth said...

I second Barbara's vote- for the second posting

Bob-kat said...

That is a lovely trinute.

craziequeen said...

God bless everyone touched by 9/11 - it was a terrible day for all.

Nice tribute, david :-)

cq

Kimm said...

Sept 11th means so much to different people, it hit a lot of people around the globe.

I'm sadden that it happened and that people want to go to ground zero just to say they have been there. I was there 4 years before and got a chance to walk into the towers however 3 years later I went back to nyc I did not want to walk near ground zero as I wanted to remember the good and not the bad.

This date also marks what would have been my folks anniversary. Its also a good friends birthday.

We need to start thinking about what good as come from this but still remember the past.

Alicia said...

Heartbreaking.

I honor Christopher Paul Slattery.

Teena in Toronto said...

I have honoured three Torontonians a couple times.

Net Chick says hello.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Beautifully said, David. As so many people have said---we must never forget all those lost that horrific day.

Amrita said...

I remeber the day too well. It was a deep shock to us even though we were so far away