Monday, September 11, 2006

I'm honouring ...



 


David Barkway, 34, Toronto, ON
Managing Director, BMO Nesbitt Burns
Died: World Trade Center
 
David was a rising star in the Toronto financial world but was not all business. He was known on Bay Street in Toronto for his determination to improve his golf game, his cigars and his practical jokes. Colleagues would return from lunch to find a flashing message on their computer screen that was impossible to delete.

When he wasn't working, David — or Barky, as his friends called him — was on the golf course. So, it's fitting that a patio off the trading floor at BMO Nesbitt Burns,was turned into a putting green named Barky's Way.

He became engaged in 1996 on a ski slope, presenting a diamond ring to Cindy McLennan after they had both taken a spill in the snow. Mrs. Barkway, who was pregnant with the couple's second child (who she named David), accompanied her husband on his final business trip to New York and was on her way to SoHo when the World Trade Center was attacked.

David was was visiting a client atop the World Trade Center's north tower when the first plane hit. He was on the 105th floor when the tragedy took place and sent an electronic message to his office in Toronto for help.

Update: September 11, 2011 Toronto Star tribute.



Bernard Mascarenhas, 54, Newmarket, ON
Chief Information Officer, Marsh Canada
Died: World Trade Center

 
Bernard was a zealous bridge player, an executive who had risen steadily up the corporate ladder, and a man who liked to take it easy on weekends with his wife and two kids. 


Deeply committed to education, Bernard used to make anonymous donations to a number of different charities, in particular to scholarship funds. Among his causes, he would send scholarship donations to his native Pakistan, to assist Roman Catholics, a religious minority in that country. He also believed in giving back to the community. On major holidays, Bernard would drive the family Jeep to the grocery store to pick up donations for the Daily Bread Food Bank, his kids often in tow. He never failed to help people who fell upon hard times.

Bernard was in New York for a meeting on September 11. His work on computer systems at the company was known as particularly innovative and wound up being used not only in Canada but in Marsh offices around the world. "He made sure everything he worked on was a first-class product," said Thomas J. Grimes, managing director at Marsh Canada.

Bernard was survived by his wife, Raynette, and a son and daughter, Jaclyn and Sven.

Update:  September 11, 2011 Toronto Star tribute



Vladimir Tomasevic, 36, Etobicoke, ON

Vice President of Software Development, Optus e-Business Solutions
Died: World Trade Center
 
Vladimir had been working so hard, he hadn't had time to play tennis. And tennis "was his love," says Steven Webster, Tomasevic's boss. A born athlete, he had competed in singles tennis on Yugoslavia's national league as a teen, eventually coaching tennis while he worked on an electrical engineering degree at the University of Belgrade.

While tennis might have been his sporting love, he gave his heart to his wife, Tanja. The couple met while holidaying in Montenegro, fell in love and moved to Canada to start a new life.

Vladimir would find a way to offer a compliment even when a compliment might seem a bit of a stretch. For instance, he always enjoyed Tanja's cooking and for good reason. She cooked well. But like anyone, she had her bad moments. "One time I oversalted some potatoes that I was baking," she said. "He ate them all, even though I couldn't. He even complimented me on the potatoes. My father was there at the time, and he said, 'You are so lucky.' Another time, it was a new recipe and I put in too much hot pepper. It was really hot. He said, 'It's a bit hot but it's good.' He was my best friend and a part of him will always be with me."

This was Vladimir's first trip to New York. He was attending a Risk Waters Group conference on information technology at Windows on the World.

Update:  September 11, 2011 Toronto Star tribute

 





90 comments:

Suzi said...

I didn't realize there were so many Canadians in the towers when they fell.

Thank you for this tribute.

I hope his wife and children have fared well in the last few years.

Ally Bean said...

very nicely done. these tributes are very healing. i like that.

brian said...

Thank you for sharing these stories and helping all of us heal. I did not know any victims, but I learned a lot about my asigned name, Gilbert, and have posted early as well.

Kami said...

Very well done, Teena. Thank you.

Carl said...

Nicely done, Teena

MamaBugs said...

Beautiful job! I cried and laughed...
each man was precious in his own right. I was touched.

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/MamaBugs/197980

Cheeky said...

What wonderful tributes!

Thank you for sharing....my tribute is up too

Katherine said...

Really wonderful, moving tributes. It's both good and hard to read them. http://purple4mee.blogspot.com/2006/09/im-honouring.html

web_loafer said...

Teena, You put some work into your tributes and it shows. Very touching, and your posts remind us that is was not only Americans that were slaughtered, many more nations had people happily went to work that fateful morning. I am sure that there was no rancor or such on the floors above the flying bomb. In their dying minutes, no one ask....where are you from....I'll guarentee you no muslim that perished refused to help someone in a futile effort just because they were Jewish. No black man or women was thinking about how mean white people are, they were trying to help each other. A lot of cooperation without prejudice happened that day.

We 'mericans here in Kansas may have a joke or two told about us from our northern neighbors,we still do the neighborly thing and love you. You are good neighbors. (Excluding Quebec) As a neighbor, we join in the grief of a nation who had people working at the WTC on that terrible day. Do you realize the scope of how bad it really could be? 99% of the people working below the airplane bombs, escaped. The building was never full of humans until about 10am, so although it took the life of the 3 that you tribute, it could have been much worse. Kinda like "not all terrorists are smart, but I can't wait until they are all dead"

As a redneck truckdriver from the heart of the USofA, HUGS....we all need them, we have enemies that hate us both, so why? should we be argueing? There is no reason, let's get together and make the world safe for our children and grandchildren.

Very good tributes.

John,

web_loafer

Bushwack said...

Very nice tribute Teena. you put a lot of work into honoring these 3 and it shows. good job and thanks it does help with the healing

The Lily said...

Very heartfelt and lovely words, Teena.

Mommy Dearest said...

Those are very nice tributes, very personal.

Auntie Lyn said...

Teena,
Thank you for sharing the lives of David, Bernard and Vladimir. They each led such different lives, but they are connected eternally by this tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with each of their families and friends. How the earth must have sighed with their loss.
Blessings,
Auntie Lyn

gwen said...

Beautiful tributes in honor of these 3 men. I hope their families see them. This week will be bittersweet as I read everyone's tributes getting to know a little about each innocent victim. Thanks for sharing yours. You're welcome to see my tribute to Charles Peter Lucania at http://gwenevere-69.livejournal.com/

Lindsay said...

I can NOT read one of these posts without tearing up! It really makes you realize that these were real people... with families and lives! Thanks for making yout tribute SO very special!

Ebyjo said...

Teena-Thank you for sharing about David Barkway. I giggled when he gave his fiance the engagement ring in the snow. Truly showed he loves life.

Bernard Mascarenhas was a noble and just man. I am impressed he funded education with scholarships, and even supported his faith in his birth nation. He showed the true spirit of Canada.

Vladimir Tomasevic and his compliments. What a husband and lover that man was! Tremendous story.

Thank you Teena for opening up your heart and allowing us to peek just a little into these people who were an astounding blessing to us all, while they were on this earth!

Thank you also Teena, for reading about Claudia on my post. You did an excellent job!

Karmyn R said...

Wonderful!

TNChick said...

Wow, what an awesome tribute post. May they all be at peace. May their families have the strength they need to undergo this upcoming anniversary. I have a tribute post, too.. will be up soon.

The SUCCESS Coach said...

Your tribute to these three gentleman is a huge step in keeping alive the memory of the 2,996. You should be proud of the work you have done here.

For Your Success remembers Thomas Sullivan.

Bryan said...

Great job. You put alot of time and effort into this.

Thank you

Peace

Motherkitty said...

Beautiful tributes to three fine gentlemen. They will truly be missed by those who knew and loved them.

Please invite your commenters to view my special tribute to Cynthia Wilson who died when the WTC Tower 1 fell.

Harmonica Man said...

You've done a beautiful job introducing us to 3 people who died unnecessarily that terrible day.

Thank you for your participation in this amazing project.

My own tribute to Denease Conley can be found here.

Alissa said...

Wonderful job!

Ginger said...

Great tributes.. Thank you. And, thanks for stopping by.

cathy said...

You did a wonderful job with these. Very nice! Thank you!

Also thanks for stopping by my site.

Laurie said...

That was awesome; it was good to be reminded that it wasn't only Americans who lost their lives that day.

Ed Bremson said...

Wonderful tribute to three innocent people. May we always remember and honor them, and may they rest in peace.

Ginger said...

What wonderful tributes! It is great that you had the opportunity to honor fellow Canadians.
Thanks for stopping by my tribute, as well, and for the sweet words.
With love from Ginger in Nashville

Lynn said...

Well I just learned something I did not know!
I didn't know a guy from Newmarket(where I live) died in 9/11.

On 9/11 I was a trucker. I worked for a Canadian company on US contract.
I got over the Canadian border on the day all went to hell, and back over the border into the US, only to be kept in the US for weeks while trailers of goods were brought to me.

I missed alot.

Better Safe Than Sorry said...

i never remember that canadians lost lives as well.
very well done.

buckblog said...

Thank you for reminding us it was just not Americans that were killed that day but people from many countries perished in those attacks which is why 9-11 should be remembered not just by Americans but by all.

My tribute is up as well

Justice Montgomery said...

My prayers go out the each of the families of these men....

Blessings,
~ ~Justice

In Memory of Edward P. York

Miss Chris said...

Thank you for stopping by and reading my tribute. Yours are wonderful and very personal.

healthpsych said...

Wonderful tributes, Teena. While the majority of victims were American, it's important to remember the Canadians, the Australians, the British and people of many other nationalities lost that day too.

TheCleaningWoman said...

Beautifully written tributes. Thank you.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

How wonderful of you to do three Tributes, and each one was lovely. I knew there were losses from Canada, and now I have read about hree of them. Thank you so much for these rememberances.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Beautifully written. And great of you to write on three people who lost their lives. Canada is part of our family. And all victims of all nationalities are our brothers.

Gunz said...

These 3 tributes are outstanding and very well written. I commend you for your obvious hours of research of your fallen countrymen.

I can't say enough, but know I leave this post with a heavy heart and know Canada lost some great people on that horrible day.

Again you did a super fine job! God Bless.

Carmen said...

Three lovely tributes. Each one gives me chills. Still to this day it's hard for me to think about. It was a day my entire world turned upside down. Thank you for honoring these folks. :)

Liz said...

Hi Teena,

What a wonderful tribute and it has obviously touched countless people. It's very difficult to think of it, but it's important to remember.

Anonymous said...

What an amazing tribute! It never fails to bring a tear to my eye when I think about the innocent people who were murdered on that day!

-Yuri
http://camasgunguy.blogspot.com/2006/09/colleen-monica-supinski-27-new-york-ny.html

bernie said...

Wonderful.


I linked to your three tributes from 2996 tribute to victims of 9/11 - Terrence E Adderley

samuru999 said...

Thank you for these tributes of these wonderful men!
May their memories always be a true blessing!

MysteriousLady said...

As I go page to page I realize how many wonderful people with character that the world lost that day. It is so sad. Your tribute to these men done so well.

mine is up also.

eph2810 said...

What wonderful tributes you have written for all three.
Thank you for sharing memories of them.
I can't even imagine how much their families and friends miss them...I know it would take me a life-time to get over a personal loss like this.
Mine is up as well.

Rose said...

Teena, I too am from Ontario and what beautiful tributes you have written. Let us not forget those who died and the families left to live life without them. We shall remember the day the world cried. We shall remember a day that the whole world mourned together. We shall remember September 11th as more than just a number thanks to the 9/11 tribute started by D.Challener Roe.

jacqulyn said...

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful tribute to all three. After all these years, I still can't believe it happened. Blessings!

I honored Michael Haub, FDNY

Jeannette said...

A wonderful entry honouring these people. You have done a great job. We are all united in this cause even though some of us live in the UK. I am proud to be a part of this and have done my own 2996 posting. America will be very much in our thoughts tomorrow. God rest all their souls

Lisa said...

Excellent tributes Teena. You honored these three men very well. I'm sure their families would be pleased. I'm so honored to be a part of these tributes.

Beth said...

Beautiful tribute to your fellow Canadians. How heartwrenching to see so many lost faces, read of so many lost lives, at one. You brought them to life for me, and left me just a little sadder on this sad day. My heart goes out to their families.

Dinah Webster: A Tribute

Tish said...

You have honored these fine men beautifully. My thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends.

Thank you for visiting my tribute to Judson Cavalier. I encourage your readers to check it out as well.

David said...

I am so proud to be part of this project- remembering each one, and praying for their families. God Bless you Teena, for caring and for your writing here.

my 2996 is up

Irish Church Lady :) said...

Beautiful tributes to three wonderful men.

Thanks for doing such an incredible job.

ICL

yvette said...

Thanks for sharing this with us Teena! It's a wonderful tribute to 3 Canadians who were lost in such travesty. Let's all take a moment to remember them and their loved ones left behind today and every day.

21st Century Mike said...

Teena, Thank you for all your work that alone is a grand tribute to David, Bernard and Vladimir. As an American I always try to remember that it was the World Trade Center and the World lost many wonderful people on that day, not just Americans. Thank you and all those who honor the 2996.

Praying for your Prodigal said...

What a beautiful tribute to such young lives. It has been such a blessing to be part of the 2996 Tribute.....from researching, to writing, to reading the many tributes....we will not be able to ever forget these wonderful people.

I have honored Sgt. Michael Curtin, a NYPD officer who willingly entered the Twin Towers on a rescue mission and was carried out of the Ground Zero rubble several months later. So many lives lost....so many heroes.

Diane
Diane

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…

Digital Fortress said...

Thank you for this tribute.

Five years have come, and five years have gone, and still we stand together as one...

I did not know any victims, but I learned a lot about my asigned person. His tribute is on my blog.

Stefanie said...

wow, you did so many great tributes! Please check mine out so we can all remember Rosemarie Carlson!

Cosmic Siren said...

Wonderful job! For three people, no less. I am very awed.

Here is my tribute to Richard G. Catarelli.

Mandy said...

Beautiful tributes Teena! We will never forget!

Thanks For The Ride Lady said...

Thank you. ((Hugs))

Holly said...

Teena you did an amazing job! I'm so proud to be a part of this!

Hugs,
Holly

Becky said...

Beautiful, just beautiful.

Jen said...

You did a great job honoring these victims! A standing ovation for these men. :-)

Thanks for stopping by to help remember Anna Williams Allison.

Walker said...

You did a fantastic job bringing these canadians to light.
There were more than just Americans that were affected that day and we are out there still in the hunt for those responsible.

Ma said...

It's just awesome that you paid tribute to 3 people. You did a fantastic job. Thank you for sharing them with us. May they all rest in peace and may their families be blessed.

Thank you for stopping by.

Chi said...

I was deeply touched by each one of your tributes. I feel like I know them noe even though I had not met any of them...thank you for doing this and thank you for visiting my tribute today.

Kache said...

Wonderful tributes thanks for sharing a bit of their lives with us


Faina's tribute

Biker Betty said...

A wonderful tribute. Thank you for taking the time to do this tribute on a 9/11 Hero.

The 2,996 Tribute projects is such a great idea to remember those who lost their lives, that they won’t be forgotten. That was a horrible day and tragic event. I did a tribute to Chief Battalion William J. McGovern, firefighter.

I have an alternate link as the 2,996 original link is down at the moment.

Jenn said...

thanks for stopping by, these were all truly beautiful.

New York has always been a diverse place, there were people there from all over the world.

Thank you for sharing your fellow canadians with us!

Daydreamer of Oz said...

As others have said, great tributes. 10 Aussies perished that day & I think way too many people here tend to forget.

These tributes help us all to remember & to honour these lives so savagely taken from us.

Tara said...

A wonderful tribute. Well done.

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

Sissy B. said...

It is sad to read about these remarkable individuals. Yet I am thankful that others can learn about them and the people that miss them. Thank you for your participation on this project.

Kiki said...

Hi, Teena! Your tributes were wonderful, very touching! I had such a hard time with this project. I feel like I have gotten to know so many of the victims through these tributes, including my own, Teresa Martin.

charles ravndal said...

I just saw the documentary last night. Very tragic and sad. Anyway, it is nice you made a lovely tribute.

Becky said...

Just wonderful. After reading this, I had a thought....we lost SO MANY great minds...people who were at the tops of their fields...on this day. Of course there were other people too, but it's just astonishing to me how many CEOs, and senior executives were lost.

Great tributes! I was honored to do Michael's.

Candy Minx said...

A lot of people forget this was an international tragedy. Thank you for your tributes to three of our Canadian losses. A sad memorial.

Jay T. said...

Beautifully done Teena. What great tributes, thank you for sharing.

I wrote about Harry Ramos, a man who was killed while comforting a complete stranger. Everyone in Harry's office made it out that day. Harry could have too, but he chose to stay behind and try to help someone he didn't know.

http://www.buygilberthomes.com/?p=128

Laynee said...

What a beautiful and touching job you did on your tributes, Teena. Thank you for your kind words on my own and for visiting - come again!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your comment on my blog. The tribute to your fellow Canadians is beautiful. It serves as a reminder that people outside of the US were affected that horrible day.

Bridget at Random Thoughts

Bonnie said...

Outstanding.

PJay said...

Job well done.

rmgales said...

I'm touched by your tributes. A job well done. I'm honoring Nancy Carole Farley and Jeffrey J. Shaw. Please stop by.

Karen said...

The tributes were wonderful and personal. How awful they were killed while on business trips on that day. May they all rest in peace and their families be comforted.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

To have done three tributes was truly wonderful. And they were all so touching and deeply meaningful.

Thanks for your visit and your kind words, as well.

Pam said...

Thank you for your visit and comments on my blog about N. Salomon. I started to try to read everyone's tributes.. but I couldn't and still can't stop crying.
♥Pam

AFSister said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving comments- especially on my remembrance post for Davin.

A local lady was in NYC for a business trip and was killed in the Towers, just as the people you wrote about were. It's so sad... such a terrible twist of fate.

Lucky Lum said...

thank you for the wonderful tributes Teena! I think we tend to forget that there were others besides the Americans that suffered that day.

(p.s. I'm a Canadian by marriage you know)

Barbara said...

Great tributes. The people you've honored seem like wonderful, decent people who were having a positive impact on the world.