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Tinton Falls; lived in Hoboken
Cantor Fitzgerald
Securities trader
Where Died
World Trade Center

For Cecile Apollo ,who lost her only son in the 9/11 bombing of the World Trade Center, it seems only natural to live most of her present life in the past.

"You constantly go back to the times the family was together, especially around the holidays," she explained. "There is sort of an empty feeling - that he is not here. It has only grown over the years."

Apollo's work with a Catholic Charities support group - which she attended for three years - helped her cope.

"For a long time, it was just empty - sadness and sometimes despair,' she said. But it changed over time to a more inward pain.

The Apollo family started a scholarship in Peter's name at his alma mater, Red Bank Catholic.

"In the beginning, a lot of strangers contributed but now it is his friends and family" who keep it going, she said.

So far, the scholarship has helped send 10 boys to college, students who excel at football, because Peter loved football, she said.

Peter's spirit and his love of a challenge is kept alive in Peter's nieces and nephews.

"We try to stay together as much as possible" each Sept. 11 and the family tells their favorite Peter stories.

"The children all know their Uncle Peter," she said. "We have pictures all over my house and my daughters do the same."

Apollo tries to focus on good memories of who Peter was and not how he died.

"When I think of him, I always think of his smile. He always had a great smile," she said

When she is particularly challenged, she reaches out to Peter.
"I think he is close,' she said. 'There are times when I think he is standing by me.'

- Carol Gorga Williams

Apollo got the Cantor Fitzgerald job just after two interviews.
At the time of his death, he was survived by his parents Peter and Cecile Apollo; two sisters, Lisa and Denise; he was also engaged to be married to Debbie Johnson

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