Memories of Peter R. Kellerman

Peter Kellerman one fine day playing the drums on a Rooftop in New York City
Peter Kellerman one fine day playing the drums on a Rooftop in New York City

My Cousin

Peter R. Kellerman - a party on the Upper East side of New York City 1983
Peter R. Kellerman - a party on the Upper East side of New York City 1983

Never Forget

9-11-2001 My cousin, Peter Kellerman
9-11-2001 My cousin, Peter Kellerman

Peter Kellerman ♥

#NeverForget

He was a son, a brother and a husband and a dog lover. Peter was my first cousin. He was born on February 1, 1966. He would have turned 50 this year.

It is said that "We will be known forever by the tracks we leave" Here in my memorial to my handsome cousin, I hope you help me remember all the wonderful things Peter stood for and this page will be a remembrance so we #NeverForget him and all the others that perished that day at the WTC.

Tuesday, September 11, 2001

"Peter Kellerman was one among 2,753 victims in New York who lost their lives on that horrific day. On the morning of September 11, 2001 my cousin Peter had a doctors appointment. But as fate would have it ,the appointment was rescheduled. You see at the young age of 35, he was a Vice President and Equities Trader at Cantor Fitzgerald. He worked in the North Tower located in the World trade Center.

So on Sunday morning, as the world watches America commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks I will be thinking of Peter. I do not have many words to say about how much Peter is missed. What more can be said of the how many lives were lost and how many hearts were broken. And so on this night of the 15th anniversary of September 11th this is my tribute to my cousin Pete ♥ I will never forget you ♥

A Birthday Celebration For Peter

Peter Kellerman as a boy in elementary school, enjoying his birthday cake
Peter Kellerman as a boy in elementary school, enjoying his birthday cake

A Camper at 4 Years Old

Peter Kellerman in his yearly camp picture taken at Cedarhurst Day Camp, Cedarhurst,  New York.
Peter Kellerman in his yearly camp picture taken at Cedarhurst Day Camp, Cedarhurst, New York.

Cowboy Pete

My cousin Peter Kellerman loved life and I know he lived each day to the fullest. He brought smiles to everyone he met with his innocent boyish charm that was uniquely his. Just looking at this picture to the left when he was just a little boy at day camp you can see why. Good looks run in the family and Peter was doubly blessed.

He put his best into each task and left each situation better than he found it. I will never forget that when he was a litte boy, his nick name was Cowboy Pete. I never understood why he had this nickname but I do remember he had a way to find the good in everyone he met. And that I will never forget.

Peter and His Mom Joyce

Aunt Joyce and Peter on Visiting day at Camp Birchwood, West Goshen Ct
Aunt Joyce and Peter on Visiting day at Camp Birchwood, West Goshen Ct

Aunt Joyce

My Aunt Joyce, one of the most beautiful woman I have ever met. Beautiful inside and out. One of the best moms I have ever seen. And my aunt for 16 wonderful years. When Peter passed and I saw her for the first time in what seemed like forever, there were no words I could find to say to her.
The pain I saw on her face was unbearable.

Joyce Gales

"For a place to reflect on life & loss Joyce Gales has a special place in Central Park where she goes to remember her son, Peter Kellerman, 35, a vice president and equities trader at Cantor Fitzgerald who loved New York and the outdoors. At least three times a week, Gales, 64, and her Yorkshire terrier, Angie, visit a bench named for Kellerman on the east side of the Great Lawn, looking out at Frisbee throwers and couples pushing strollers. "It has a view of the city that he loved," Gales said. "I think of him here, where everything is still beautiful and free.

"Gales picked the spot herself and composed a short inscription engraved on a metal plaque on the bench. "In loving memory of our dear Peter R. Kellerman WTC - 9/11/01. You are the quiet bird in circled flight; the soft star that shines at night.

"Gales' co-workers at the real estate firm Ashforth Warburg Associates adopted the park bench to give her a place to reflect on her son's life and passing. "It turned out to be the greatest gift," said Gales, who lives on the upper East Side. The bench was dedicated in April 2002, one of two dozen throughout the park named in honor of victims of Sept. 11. "This is uplifting," said Gales. "There are young people playing on the Great Lawn. There are people walking by with their babies and dogs. "That's the way he would want it to be. I know he wouldn't want all of us to go to a place and suffer more.

Read More: Tender Tributes Sept. 11 Victims
BY MAKI BECKER
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, September 7, 2003, 12:00 AM

A Bench In Memory Of Peter Rodney Kellerman

Just east of the Great Lawn in Central Park, Nw York City is Peters Bench - "I Did Not DIe" "You are the quiet bird in circled flight, the soft star that shines at night,"
Just east of the Great Lawn in Central Park, Nw York City is Peters Bench - "I Did Not DIe" "You are the quiet bird in circled flight, the soft star that shines at night,"

A Memorial For Peter

Peters Memorial took place on

Mon Oct. 1 at 11:00 AM
Park Avenue Synagogue

I do not remember much of that day, except that it was dark.

Adopt A Bench

Adopt-A-Bench run by the Central Park Conservancy, New York City
Adopt-A-Bench run by the Central Park Conservancy, New York City

Peters Bench

East Of the Great Lawn in Central Park, New York

Peter grew up very close to Central Park in New York City. It was a place he loved and he spent a lot of time there. Whether going to hear some music or just cruising through it he took advantage of all the city offered. He was an excellent skateboarder and I used to be amazed how he got around on that little board.

A Place To Reflect

Central Park is rich in benches, and since 1986, the Central Park Conservancy has run a program called "Adopt-a-Bench." There are nearly 9,000 of them. Roughly 1,500 have been "adopted," And one of them is for Peter. It is located on the east side of the Great Lawn in Central Park. In April 2002 coworkers of Peters mom adopted a park bench to give her a place to reflect on her son's life and passing. The borrowed the words on inscribed on his bench are from a poem called;

"I Did Not Die," its writer unknown.

"You are the quiet bird in circled flight,
the soft star that shines at night,"

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

Memories in Picutues

Its my honor to keep this page for Peter. And I hope people that knew and loved Peter, if by chance happen upon this page I hope they think of him and smile.
Funny just when I think I have all the pictures of Peter growing up, I seem to stumble across just another one. And so here I keep them safe.
They are all I have left of my cousin.
And I never want him to be forgotten.

And on his 8th Day

My Mom with my brother holding Peter at his bris. The picture was taken in 1966 Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
My Mom with my brother holding Peter at his bris. The picture was taken in 1966 Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Family Memories

Peter Kellerman taking a photo with his paternal Grandmother Evelyn Kellerman (nee Kadis) otherwise known as Nana Sweetie.
Peter Kellerman taking a photo with his paternal Grandmother Evelyn Kellerman (nee Kadis) otherwise known as Nana Sweetie.

Peter and My Brother

Cousin Peter Kellerman and my Brother Richard New York City 1983
Cousin Peter Kellerman and my Brother Richard New York City 1983

Peter Kellerman

The Way He Was

Whenever Peter was around it was hard not to in a good mood. He had an infectous attitude that made you believe that everything was good and right. His charm and his good looks only added to how special Peter was and he was someone you can never forget. As good as he was on the outside, he was that much better on the inside.

Peter R. Kellerman

elementary school class pic
elementary school class pic

Loving Life

in Acupulco
in Acupulco

Summer Days - More Memories

Peter and our Grandmother Nana "Sweetie" at Camp Birchwood Visiting Day 1970
Peter and our Grandmother Nana "Sweetie" at Camp Birchwood Visiting Day 1970

Good Times with Peter

Puerto Rico 1972 where we saw Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons
Puerto Rico 1972 where we saw Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons
me and cousin Pete in Lawrence, Long Island 1973
me and cousin Pete in Lawrence, Long Island 1973

Family Celebrations

My sweet sixteen Peter helping me bow out the candles. 1974
My sweet sixteen Peter helping me bow out the candles. 1974

Beloved Peter R Kellerman

Born -  Tuesday, February 1, 1966 Died-  Tuesday, September 11, 2001
Born - Tuesday, February 1, 1966 Died- Tuesday, September 11, 2001

A Tribute to the Life of Peter Rodney Kellerman

(This is post is a part of the 2996 project, where bloggers are taking the opportunity to honor individually the 2996 victim's of September 11th tragedy 5 years ago)
(This is post is a part of the 2996 project, where bloggers are taking the opportunity to honor individually the 2996 victim's of September 11th tragedy 5 years ago) | Source

Commemoration

Interesting as I read this blog, it started with ; "After your teen years, people stop throwing you birthday parties, except on those milestone years, like turning 40, 50, and so forth."

The writer went on to say "Today, I take some special time to pray for the friends and family of Peter Rodney Kellerman today as they reflect on the anniversary of his death. I grieve with you on a life that was not "over the hill" but a full life, may his life be a testimony to how fortunate we are to have another day that was not promised to us."

This year 2016, Peter would have been celebrating his 50th year.

Miss you everyday Pete, your memory has always been a blessing to me.

Family Holidays Together

Bayside New York, 1967
Bayside New York, 1967

Peter's Family

He was survived by his mother, his wife, his 2 sisters and his 6 nephews. Peter also has other 3 brothers and 3 half sisters oh his dads side that he never got to meet.

"Forever in the hearts of your family and friends."



Celebrations Together

Peter and I celebrating my birthday - New York City 1983
Peter and I celebrating my birthday - New York City 1983

Remembering Peter Kellerman

As we remember this day as America joins in light and in prayers together, wishing strength and love for every family that was touched,

I will never forget you ♥
And so, today as in everyday, I remember my cousin Peter Kellerman.
May his memory be a blessing.

Peter R. Kellerman

February 1. 1966 - September 11, 2001
February 1. 1966 - September 11, 2001

Peter Kellerman 9/11

9/11 Memorial

Roses are placed on the inscribed name of Peter Kellerman along the North Pool during 9/11 Memorial ceremonies marking the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York.
Roses are placed on the inscribed name of Peter Kellerman along the North Pool during 9/11 Memorial ceremonies marking the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York.

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daviddwarren22 5 years ago

It's nice to recall the memories of someone we adore. Touching hub, wavegirl. Thanks for sharing your cousin's story.


stephanie g. 5 years ago

shari-that was so heart felt and touching. such a beautiful person inside and out. so sorr for all of our losses.


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ReuVera 5 years ago from USA

Thank you, Shari.

I can't say any more......I am so overwhelmed.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

What a beautiful tribute to a fine young man. I also am sorry for your loss. We will never forget.....


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livelonger 5 years ago from San Francisco

A beautiful memorial, Shari, on such a somber day.


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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

ReuVera and Suziecat7 - thank you so much for joining me in thinking of Peter, especially on this day.


sandy shapiro 5 years ago

love shines through, another bright star from CB


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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

thank you Jason ..


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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

sandy . .I'm so happy to hear you remember Peter. You got it right. .. a bright star and he is still shinning.


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jimmythejock 5 years ago from Scotland

Shari may your cousin rest in peace and may your thoughts of Peter be happy memories, thinking of you and your family today may your god be with you.....jimmy


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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

Jimmy - always a source of strength . .thank you my friend ♥


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

What a lovely tribute to Peter, Shari. He was an exceptional young man whose charisma shines through in his photos. Thank you for sharing his story and these precious pictures. You are a loving cousin and Peter will always be alive in your wonderful family memories. God bless.


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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

drbj - I knew it was just a matter of time before you came to meet my cousin Peter. He would have loved your quick wit and smarts ;)


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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

Beautiful hub! A star in the sky is shining a little brighter tonight :)


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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

izzym - your comment was beautiful. Thank you my friend :)


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Touching story to remember your cousin. I loved to read about him and your thoughts.

I repeat your remembrance ?????? ????? bless his memory


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Sorry, I see the Hebrew letters did not print out here, only question marks. Apologies. You can view here from Irohner post, and that is how I found this hub, hopping from there to here. http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/53206 (((HUGS)))


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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

thanks Debby for clearing that up!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

This is a beautiful tribute to Pete. I know you will always miss this wonderful man.


Bells 5 years ago

Shari, you continue to amaze me the closer we become and my love for you and our roots only grows deeper. I only met Peter several times shortly before his passing, but anything I have forgotten over these years has just been born again through your beautiful tribute. Thank you for keeping our family alive with such grace and beauty. The Kellerman's, Kent's, White's, and every other family you are a part of truly loves and adores you.


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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

Our family is like the branches of a tree. We may grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one. Each of us will always be a part of the other.

For you my love, Annabel -

Cousin to cousin we'll always be,

Special friends from the same family tree.

Love you


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AlabamaGirl86 5 years ago

A very moving tribute to Peter, thanks for sharing.


JB 4 years ago

Pete was my dear friend...I will honor you as I always do my friend tomorrow. Some of my fondest memories were playing ball with you and hanging out playing yokeavision--Love you Pete!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Poignant--and important. I am sorry for your loss, particularly that it came from the 9/11 tragedy. All of the memorials, no matter their size, are important.


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wavegirl22 4 years ago from New York, NY Author

JB - As I type this my eyes are welling up, partially and understandably with sadness but am so happy that this page found you.


JB(Jon Bott) 4 years ago

Shari,

Pete was very special to me and to so many others...I went down to the site today and also to his bench in Central Park by the Great Lawn. Pete and I had so many memories in the Park together: Bandshell, Sheeps Meadow, the Great Lawn etc...Also hanging at his Apt and the wonderful times playing ball together. My many thanks to you for putting this site up. I posted a picture of Pete playing the drums on the bench dedicated to him with a note from myself for all to know what a remarkable man he was and still is to all of us in living our lives with the freedom, heart and kindness that he gave to us. Bless you.


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wavegirl22 4 years ago from New York, NY Author

Jon

Funny but reading your words I pictured how he used to skate board thru the Central Park, he once tried to teach me but I was too chicken.

Thank you for letting Peter bring us together, cheesy as it sounds I can hear him playing his drums for us right now. Sending much love and peace your way.

Forever in our hearts.


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livelonger 4 years ago from San Francisco

Enjoyed reading this again, Shari. A beautiful tribute to your cousin.


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wavegirl22 4 years ago from New York, NY Author

Thank you Jason, not an easy day but with wonderful friends around it makes it easy and a great way to remember.


Jon Bott 4 years ago

Well said Shari... I think of him often and the classic comments that he would say and the fun that we had together. Situations that seemed dire to me or to both of us; Pete always had such a calm view with an hysterical laugh after seeing the absurdity of our concern-he had such a whimsical and carefree way about him. He is ALWAYS with me and to you and your family. Always remember that.

Oh, yes, the skate board--I hated them and always would run instead in front of him because I could go faster:). We were fierce competitors and pats on the back too when one of us lost:).


Liam McCann 3 years ago

Peter is in my thoughts everyday Shari. I miss him deeply. We grew up across the hall from each other and were as close as you can be without being immediate family. He was very generous, upbeat and really infectious to be around. I feel very fortunate for all the time we had together hanging out, listening to music, skateboarding and partying. I'll always remember him introducing me to New Orleans when I visited him at school for Mardi Gras. I see him in my daughter everyday. He's around and I can feel it. I remember the photo of his birthday. It was on the piano in his living room for years. Thanks for posting these pics and memories. It really made my day coming across them!


Rick 23 months ago

I just learned today, thanks to you, that I lost a cousin in the WTC. Although we have not been close over the years Peter's mother My Aunt Joy was very special to me. I used to play with Peter when he was a little boy at his house in Lawrence N.Y., and my grandmother's house where I lived for several years in Cedarhurst, N.Y. Peter was a great kid we had a lot of fun together swimming in their pool. The pictures you posted bring back many memories and even though time separated us there were some special times God Bless you Peter I will never think of 9/11 the same again


Allie 15 months ago

Absolutely love this xoxoxo

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