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Anonymous (not verified)

February 24, 2020

Jon is still so painfully missed. I guess when you are that nice of a person your legacy is will always be so very missed

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Susan Porter Pearch (not verified)

September 11, 2021

On this 20th anniversary of 9-11, I still remember you and your kind heart as a member of our RHS family. Still shedding tears after all these years for the all the lives lost. I visit your memorial every time I visit NYC. Will never forget you. Hope your family is finding some peace in their loss.

Posted by Susan Porter Pearch

Susan Clarke (not verified)

September 12, 2023

My name is Susan and I was 51 years old on September 11, 2001.  I lived on the Upper East Side of New York and would take the subway down to 14th Street at Union Square for work. This note is for his family.

I had several odd more unexplained intuitions at that time. One morning a few days later when I was walking up the stairs at that subway at Union Square that there were names on the wall which surprised me and then as I reached the landing and turned to the right I could see more names going all the way down that hallway to the exit. I was shocked.  So many died. A day or so later when leaving I began to stop and read the names and people put messages by the names like Baby I miss you and things like that. So I scanned the names and saw one name Jon C Vandevander. No messages no notes by his name. I decided each evening I would stand by his name and say prayers for him. I imagined he was at the WTC for business, maybe from the Netherlands. Was on a high floor. So I prayed for him.

It was a year later when I happened to turn on the morning show on Sunday on CBS. I never watched CBS. And there was this story about these guys from New Jersey and one in particular...Jon C Vandevander. I was beyond shocked! & And I was so thrilled to see this man's family and how he lived and what a good man he was. How did I happen to see that? It will always make me wonder if there is more to human existence like a more spiritual part of it. And that was a way of saying thank you to me, something good and humbling like that.

I have learned in the meantime that I am part Dutch and my family settled in New Jersey in the 1600s, from genealogy. But enough about me. I will always wish you and you family the very best. I was watching 911 coverage two nights and I could see the name Charles Vandevander on the memorial and it made me think of Jon. And then I thought I should write.

Posted by Susan Clarke

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