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Angel in Anguish
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Jon A. Perconti, Jr., grew up in Lodi, always surrounded by family and friends. In high school he met Tammy and an instant bond was formed. He and Tammy graduated and went on to Rutgers University together. After graduation, Jon joined the tean at Cantor Fitzgerald, where he became an equities trader.
Jon’s youth was time well spent and his grandmother tells many stories about it. “Gam”, as he called her, will tell you that Jon was even an entertainer as a child. Gam would say that Jon was always inviting friends over to her house where he would cook for them. He and his friends would go fishing and bring everything back to his Gam’s house. He would mess up her kitchen and then he and all his friends would just hang out there. Jon and Gam became quite a team in the kitchen. I recall one Christmas where Jon and Tammy were having guests at their home in Hoboken and Gam spent the night there the night before so she and Jon could wake up early to prepare the dinner. Jon was the type of person who knew what it meant to live life to the fullest. Never taking anything for granted, always being generous and welcoming everyone into his home. The minute you would walk through the door, Jon’s first question would always be, “what do you want to eat?” Being a fabulous cook, he always opted to make extravagant meals, as opposed to eating out. Just as long as the Yankees or the Giants weren’t playing that day, you could find him in the kitchen or in the backyard barbequing on his Big Green Egg.
In June of 2000, he and Tammy were married. Together, they started to build the rest of their lives. They were the epitome of true love and happiness. Then came the day when Tammy told Jon that their family was about to increase. She was carrying Jon’s first child. Everyone was ecstatic. Jon most of all. One day, a couple they were friends with went to Jon and Tammy’s house with their baby, and when Jon was holding the baby, he turned to Tammy and said, “if I break this one, do you think they will make us give them ours?”
Until the tragic events of September 11, a once fulfilled life was cut short. Jon never got to see his daughter, Julia Amelia, who was born in December. Her daddy is now an angel who watches over her, like other dads do, only Jon watches over her from heaven.
In my heart, I know that Jon knows we miss him and he knows that we love him. Someday we will all be together again, laughing with Jon.