Saturday, September 09, 2006

Celebrating the Life of Robert Hussa

It has been five years since the death of Robert Hussa, on September 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center in New York.

While gathering information for this post, it became evident that Mr. Hussa lived each and every day of 51 years to the fullest.

Please join me in celebrating his life.

Son of Robert and Stephanie

Brother of William and Stephen

Husband of Kathryn

Father of Robert and Thomas

Uncle of William, Michael and Nicole

Above and beyond all else, the love of Robert Hussa for his family permeates every piece of writing that I found. Co-workers spoke often of his focus on family, and family members found comfort in his love and support.

Associates of the Senior Vice President of Carr Futures describe him as a quiet person who devoted many hours toward the success of the business, all the while putting his family first. Straightforward and decent; willing to help those trying to get a leg-up; a respected leader; a person of character; all qualities repeated again and again by his friends.

Being a true sportsman and competitor, his passion for the game was contagious. It enveloped his wife, children, and friends so that everyone played. A profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 29, 2001 follows:

Robert Hussa's hobbies eventually became his family's hobbies. He took up golf and got his oldest son, Robert Jr., hooked. His wife, Kathryn, was taking lessons, too. And though his youngest son, Thomas, did not play golf, Mr. Hussa managed to interest him in skiing and riding mountain bikes. Those were his hobbies, too. "Every season, there were different activities," said Kathryn Hussa. "We were rarely home."

Mr. Hussa, 51, a senior vice president at Carr Futures, shared more than just his hobbies with his family. He believed in honesty and integrity, and stressed the importance of those values to his children. "He led by example," said Robert Jr. The weekend before the World Trade Center attack, Mr. Hussa joined Thomas and his friends for a barbecue at the family's home in Roslyn, N.Y. The next day, he rounded up Robert Jr. for an outing to a Jets game at the Meadowlands. "He was very content with his work and his family," said his wife. "He had a life that was full."

Although it was not my fortune to have known Robert Hussa, I believe he was a passionate man; living every day with a fervor and enthusiasm that touched all around him, someone whose life we should celebrate. No one can take that time away.

"It wont be long before another day
We gonna have a good time
And no ones gonna take that time away
You can stay as long as you like

So close your eyes
You can close your eyes, its all right
I dont know no love songs
And I cant sing the blues anymore
But I can sing this song
And you can sing this song
When Im gone"

- James Taylor

Listen to You Can Close Your Eyes

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Blogger Tod said...

That was a good tribute and I enjoyed reading it. I know how hard it has been to write something for a complete stranger and hopefully all the others will be as well thought out as yours.

1:42 AM  
Blogger mjd said...

You have created a moving tribute to Robert Hussa's full life. Yes, let's celebrate his life on this anniversary of that sad day.

5:34 AM  
Blogger willi said...

Very nicely done. The celebration of life choice was a good one and topped off with a good song.

8:00 AM  
Blogger gawilli said...

It has been a meaningful experience spending time with this post. As todemesne said, it is not easy to write about someone you do not know, or to get to know them only from other's thoughts. Most important is the desire to do justice for the gentleman and his family. It is so very personal, yet shared by so many. Thanks for your kind words.

8:00 PM  
Blogger Cazzie!!! said...

Thankyou for sharing the life of a wonderful person, a wonderful Dad, he did what all parents should do, take time out for their kids..and take time out for themselves aswell.
Well done, that was very well written. I am going to tag you onto my post for today, as you left a wonderful comment for me
Peace :)

8:41 PM  
Blogger gawilli said...

Thank you Cazzie. A very good friend of mine, daddy d, says it best: "The operational answer is to do the best you can, when you can, all the time you can, with as many people as you can." Let's get the ball rolling on that!

9:49 PM  
Blogger graymama said...

I have really enjoyed the 2996 experience. I loved learning about my wonderful guy Tom and your new friend Robert. Your tribute is wonderful! Reading them all brings tears to my eyes and extra hugs to my family. Thanks for hooking me up with the legacy link, too. I enjoy finding out more about all of these fabulous people that continue to touch us all.

10:53 PM  
Blogger Life, or Something Like It said...

A lovely tribute. I hope that everyone will remember to celebrate the lives of these brave people. Just stopping by.

10:59 PM  
Blogger debi said...

Such a thoughtful tribute. And the music of James Taylor was the perfect soundtrack.I am overwhelmed as I try to comprehend such a massive loss to so many.To all of us in some way. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to know about a special man named Robert.

12:21 AM  
Blogger saz said...

Thank you for this beautiful tribute. You made us feel like we knew him.

1:12 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

I've enjoyed reading all these 2996 tributes. They are all so wonderful and moving. This one was really great. Good job!

9:41 AM  
Blogger dilling said...

peace everlasting, Robert

8:07 PM  
Blogger kateandjona said...

Thank you for sharing Robert with us.

Jonathon's Closet remembers Robert Levine.

9:02 AM  

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