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Age
55
Community
Toms River
Company
Aon Insurance Co.
Position
Insurance Adjuster
Where Died
93rd floor, South Tower
PATRICIA M. FAGAN

Eileen Fagan plans to be in New York City on Sept. 11. She wants to visit the memorial on the World Trade Center site, scheduled to open for the first time that day. There, she will see her sister's name on one of the memorial's bronze plaques, next to three co-workers who were Patricia Fagan's close friends.

"I'm really anxious to see it," said Eileen Fagan, 63. She said she had given memorial organizers the names of three of her sister's co-workers at Aon Insurance, and had asked that their names be inscribed next to Pat's on the bronze markers. She was pleased to learn her wish had been granted.

"They had been working together for years and years," she said. "It touched my heart that they are listed together."

Eileen Fagan, who retired June 30 from her job as assistant principal at St. Dominic's School in Brick, said she had donated several of Pat's personal items to the 9-11 Museum, scheduled to open in 2012.

She gave Pat's pocketbook to the museum, but kept her rosary beads, the ones Pat carried with her always. To Eileen, it is sometimes hard to believe a decade has passed since her sister died. City girls, she and her sister had moved to Toms River to care for their ailing father, but were still commuting by bus to New York jobs.

Their father died in January 2002, and Eileen eventually took a job closer to home, at St. Dominic's. She said she loves Toms River and has no intention of leaving.

She continues to marvel at the kindness and patriotism people displayed in the days and weeks after the attacks.

"I really think it brought Americans to some kind of point where they were a little more prayerful, a little more patriotic," Eileen Fagan said. "It's terrible you have to have a tragedy of that proportion to bring out the good side of people."

Many months after the Sept. 11 attacks, Eileen, who then worked across the street from the World Trade Center at the Bank of New York, received some of Pat's remains. She buried most of them with her parents, but some bone fragments, Eileen said, will be interred permanently at the World Trade Center site.

"She will be there," Eileen Fagan said.

- Jean Mikle

Details
A greeter at 5 p.m. Saturday Mass at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Toms River, Pat Fagan was a city girl who moved with her sister, Eileen, to Toms River to help care for their ailing father. Eileen and Pat commuted each day by bus to New York City.
Family
Sister, Eileen; three cousins, the Rev. Joseph Doyle SJ of Jesuit High School, Tampa; Mary Walsh, Pine Brook; and Jeanne Rogers, East Brunswick
 

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