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Age
34
Community
Formerly of Fair Haven
Company
Cantor Fitzgerald
Position
Senior Vice President & Partner
Where Died
North Tower, 104th floor
KEITH E. COLEMAN

Ann Marie Seyffart's two young sons -- James and Paul -- were devastated on Sept. 11, 2001 when they lost their Uncle Keith: Keith Eugene Coleman, a Cantor Fitzgerald executive whose brother Scott worked with him also died in the 9/11 attacks.

Today James is 20, a finance student at The College of New Jersey in Ewing. Paul, who was just about to turn 17 in late July, is a student at South Plainfield High School. And both remain active with a unique program Seyffart said has helped them tremendously in coping with their grief: Camp Haze, an initiative launched by Berkeley Heights 9/11 victim Scott Hazelcorn's family and friends to offer a one-week, all-expenses paid summer experience for children who lost a loved one on 9/11 or otherwise lost a parent to illness or tragedy.

The boys have been attending since 2003, Seyffart said; James still attends to serve as a counselor. The program annually is held during the weeks leading up to the next 9/11 anniversary.

"What they say to me is that it's the best week of their life. And the timing of it is good because it prepares them for the onslaught of publicity and everything that's coming forward," Seyffart said. "But it's still tough. It doesn't ever go away."

Seyffart is the oldest of six siblings; her sister Elodie was married to Keith. The two families remain close, Seyffart said, noting that Coleman's two children, Vaughn and Neva, are now 12 and 10, respectively.

The family, who now lives in Monmouth County, moved to Warren in March 2000, according to a 2001 news report that recalled adults dropping by the house for an appointment only to be unable to find Coleman because he was always outside tossing a football around with the neighborhood kids.

"Everything, from the kids learning to ride a bike to dance recitals, is bittersweet. Everything is bittersweet," Seyffart said. "There's pictures all over the house. Everybody's house has pictures. You want to keep the kids knowing who are they (Keith and Scott) are."

For more information about Camp Haze, go online to www.camphaze.org.

- Mark Spivey

Details
Coleman was living in Warren Township at the time of his death; was formerly of Fair Haven. His brother, Scott, also died on Sept. 11, 2001.
Family
At the time of his death, he was survived by his wife, Elodie; two children, Vaughn and Neva; and his parents, Neil and Jean; a brother, Todd.
 

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