PORTRAITS OF GRIEF: THE VICTIMS; A Thrifty Son, a Theater Lover, a Tour Guide and a Vineyard Bride
THESE SKETCHES WERE WRITTEN BY FORD BURKHART, ANTHONY DEPALMA, JIM DWYER, ARI L. GOLDMAN, CONSTANCE L. HAYS, HUBERT B. HERRING, JAN HOFFMAN, LYNETTE HOLLOWAY, MARY JO MURPHY AND LYDIA POLGREEN. (NYT) 3377 words
Published: September 1, 2002
“Here are glimpses of some of the victims of the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center.
From ‘Les Miz’ to the Altar
Patricia Kellett remembered the day Joe Kellett called to say hi, and was she doing anything that night, and how about going to see ”Les Miserables”?
Mrs. Kellett sized up his offer. They were good friends; they had known each other as kids from Inwood Hill Park and run with the same crowds. ”Are you saying you’re buying me dinner and a show?” she recalled asking him. ”Then of course.”
At the corner of 50th and Broadway, before they said hello, she asked: ”Was I the first person you called?”
No, he said.
”By the end of the evening,” Mrs. Kellett remembered, ”he said how much he felt about me, and asked could he start seeing me.”
They honeymooned in Capri. Later, they skied in Switzerland, went to the opera in Vienna, toured everywhere.
Raised by his mother, Anne Sullivan, Mr. Kellett played Gaelic football for Good Shepherd parish and graduated from Iona College. ”His friends called him Joe Trump,” Mrs. Kellett recalled. ”He bought two beach houses at East Atlantic Beach,” on Long Island. There they spent summers with their daughters, Julie Anne, now 5, and Cameron, 6.
Always Broadway-bound, Mr. Kellett, 37, bought nine pairs of tickets last summer to see ”The Producers” in February, then passed them out to friends at Carr Futures, where he traded crude oil. All nine men died. Some widows went to the show. Mrs. Kellett could not. A few weeks later, she got back his platinum Claddagh wedding ring — two hands joined around one heart, an Irish design rising from the springs of friendship and abiding love.”