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Monday, September 11, 2006

Remembering Nicholas John

Nicholas John was born on July 2, 1959 in Dunvant, Swansea, Wales, a city rich in history and spectacular scenery. It was also the birthplace of the poet Dylan Thomas and home to Nick, his two bothers and his parents Glyn and Enfys. To meet Nick was to understand the magic of his homeland.

Nick was a passionate and warm-hearted man, with a great sense of humor and an easy smile. His sense of adventure led him to travel the world, making lasting friendships wherever he went. No matter where his travels took him, though, Nick never forgot his Welsh heritage. He often entertained friends and colleagues with stories of Wales and after a pint or two, he would tell them in Welsh. His favorite pub in New York was Fiddlesticks.

Nick loved sports, especially playing rugby and rooting for the Welsh Rugby Union team. He regularly played squash and was always looking forward to his next scuba diving adventure. Nick was a music buff. He played the guitar and amassed a very large and eclectic music collection.

Nick also had a successful business career that included executive positions with McGraw Hill, Manufacturers Hanover Trust and JPMorgan Chase. His work gave him the opportunity to explore the world while living in London, Hong Kong, Sydney and New York. It was while working in Australia that Nick met his life partner, Megan Dennison. Together they moved to New York, living in Greenwich Village, not far from his downtown Manhattan office at Chase.

On September 11th Nick was not in his office, but was attending the Risk Waters Financial Technology Congress at the World Trade Center, Tower 1. The meeting was being conducted at Windows on The World, with its spectacular view from the 108th floor. That’s where Nick was when American Airlines Flight 11 slammed into Tower 1, the north tower, at 8:46 a.m. Records show he called 911 from his cell phone, but he was unable to escape before the Tower collapsed at 10:28 that morning.

Nick may have left us on September 11th, but he will live forever in the hearts of his family and friends around the world. He is commemorated in the United in Memory Quilt and on the “Memorial Railing” that runs through the new British Memorial Garden at Hanover Square in Manhattan.

“Though lovers be lost love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.” - Dylan Thomas

British Minister, Andrew Davies, joined teachers and students from Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera to lay a wreath in memory of Nicholas John. A wreath of daffodils and Welsh flags was presented to a guardian of the new Memorial Garden for the British victims who died on September 11, close to the Ground Zero site at Hanover Square.

If you have memories of Nick you’d like to share, please post them in the comments section or add them to the Remember: September 11, 2001 website.

Thanks to D.C. Roe for coordinating the 2996 tributes to those lost on 9-11. Click on the graphic below to read other remembrances.


At 5:55 AM, Anonymous Mr. Bingley said...

Thanks for this, Enlighten. There are so many fine people we must honor and remember.

At 9:39 AM, Anonymous Katie said...

Thanks for honoring Nick! He was a great guy who shouldn't be forgotten. Nor any of the others who died on 9/11. Again, thank you!

At 9:50 AM, Blogger taxmaxed said...

This is a wonderful tribute. Thanks Enlighten! And thanks to D.C. Roe for coordinating the 2996 tributes initiative.

We musn't forget the tragic events of 9/11, the people who died or suffered as a result of the insanity of that day, and who our real enemy is. Let us remember how our nation came together after the attacks and let's keep that spirit going.

At 1:09 PM, Blogger Fausta said...

Beautiful tribute!

At 1:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

im in 8th grade at chian of lakes middle school in orlando, florida on 9/11 we all got flags with a victims name on it i got Nicholas John and remembered him on the day :)
its amazing to read about him and he seems like he was a wonderful person

At 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nick was a great guy. Everyone who knew him appreciated his kindness, sense of humor, creativity, and intelligence. Even 10 years later, he comes to mind. Here is a link to more memories about Nick:

At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Er cof am Gymro x

At 12:40 PM, Anonymous David Stewart said...

I had the honour of captaining this fine young scrum half at Cardiff University Rugby Club back in our undergraduate days.
He was a lovely lad

At 6:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember Nick's creativity, energy, enthusiasm and sense of discovery today as I did 11 years ago. What a terrible lost, but blessed to have known and speant time with Nick. God bless

At 5:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

still thinking of you after 11 years and miss the 20+ years of friendship we shared from university through to our last visit to see you in NY just months before you were taken from us. God Bless pal

At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the pleasure of working with Nick at JPM - great guy and boy did he love his rugby. 12 years on and I think of him often.

At 12:32 PM, Anonymous JVS said...

We miss you good chief, miss you.
As you would say, cannot very well see if all the light is in front of you, you have to have most of it at our back.

At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a brilliant, fun loving, kind man. There will never be another like him. I had the pleasure of working with Nick several years in London and New York. Such a loss. a salute to Nick and the others who lost their lives on that day 13 years ago.

At 10:05 AM, Blogger Iain Pickett said...

I had the pleasure of working with Nick many years ago in a small,office in Hong Kong. We were friends as well as colleagues. On one weekend, we enjoyed a boat trip out to the outlying islands where he took a photo of my then 3 yr old daughter following my footsteps in the sand. It was a marvelous photo and I still have it pinned in my wardrobe today. Nicks loss is a sad reminder that sometimes the good do die young

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