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I knew Chris from college. He lived upstairs from me. He was a great person and a great friend. He left his mark on this world in the short time he was here and I am glad I had the pleasure to meet him. God Bless.

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Age:
23
Place of Residence:
Ringwood, NJ
Location on 9/11:
One WTC
Occupation:
Marsh & McLennan | Forensic Accountant
Personal Memorial Website:
http://www.desimonefoundation.com
Reflections:
Christian L. DeSimone Foundation
Biography:

Chris was born on October 18, 1977, son of Louis and Christel, big brother to Martina and grew up in Ringwood, NJ. From the time he could walk, athletics were an influential part of his youth; from the Erskine Lakes Acquatic Club to playing Ringwood Rattler football. Along with athletics, Chris' youth was identified by Saturday morning German language classes as well as Wednesday evening piano lessons. This schedule continued up until the latter part of high school when his leadership qualities began to shine. During the summer months, Chris coached the swim team at Erskine Lakes in Ringwood and enjoyed leading the young swimmers in competition each Wednesday night against other area swim clubs. Chris' role as a leader was also evident on the Lakeland football team where he served as co-captain, often known by fellow teammates to be determined and a silent leader.

Chris concentrated on football and academics which allowed him to enter the University of Rhode Island in August of 1996, working towards a degree in Accounting and German. Chris loved New England and the diversity in friends he met at URI. Although he enjoyed his time at URI, he also looked forward to the autumn Saturdays when his family would support him as a member of the football team. Chris also enjoyed time spent with his family abroad in Europe, spending the holidays each year in Germany. Since Chris had a great desire to travel, he welcome the opportunity to take a multi-week trip with an engineering class to Germany during his junior year. The trip consisted of visiting several multi-national firms based in Germany with the objective of practicing German and to gaining an insight into operations abroad. Chris' insatiable work ethic and determination led him to work for Marsh McLennan as a forensic accountant on the 100th floor of One World Trade Center. There, he was mesmerized by the brilliant people surrounding him and the opportunities that seemed so promising. In the time leading up to the attacks, Chris' next immediate goal was to conquer the CPA exam.