Remembering James J. McAlary Jr.
When I signed up to post this memorial to James, I was hoping to find out as much information as I possibly could. But as the time went on, I kept looking for information about him, but the most I could find was his name, home town age, and simple things like that. I could never find the information that I felt would do justice to a man who died so wrongly. Finally after searching today, I found the information I was looking for.
James J. McAlary Jr was a 6'-4" man that gave everyone around him a feeling of security. "If he was in charge, you felt safe," said Jeanne, his highschool sweetheart and wife of 15 years.
At home, James was loved by all of the children in his town. They waited anxiously on a hot day for him to get off of work, come down to the pool, and do one of his renouned cannonballs off of the diving board.
At his children's school he offered to be on the board, because he felt like the chances he was given by the people before him should be passed down to the next generation of kids there at the school.
James and his wife lived in Spring Lake heights, a town of about 5,200 in Northeastern New Jersey, and has 3 kids, Jillian, Joseph, and James. When Jillian decided that she wanted to play softball, James was tehre to sign up as a coach.
James went to work that day, not at his usual spot on the Mercantile Exchange on North Blvd, but instead, that day he had a meeting along with 10 co-workers on the 92nd floor of the North Tower. A fate, which was shared by 2,995 other people that day.
The only words I can think of to add to this, were already said by his brother John,
...You are so dearly missed by your wife, your children, mom and dad, and your brothers and sisters, the rest of your family and your many wonderful friends so dearly miss you each and every day. Your wife and kids have been so strong. It is quite clear that they draw their strength from you, as you were always the rock that got us through everything. Please be assured that we are all looking after them. You touched so many lives with your smile and friendship, and you set an example for all of us through your dedication and leadership.- John McAlary