Kelly's Dad was on Flight 93

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September 11, 2001

United Airlines flight 93 was flying to San Francisco. Andrew Garcia was coming home to his family that included his daughter Kelly, who was my neighbor, but the plane crashed in Pennsylvania. Terrorists had hijacked flight 93, resulting in the death of everyone aboard.

The passengers knew, from cell phone calls, what was happening to other airplanes that morning. They took control away from the terrorists and prevented an even greater tragedy.

After this tragedy Kelly moved home to be with her mother. That is how I lost a favorite neighbor. I used to leave flowers, herbs, or tomatoes from the garden on her porch. She'd wave while casting a friendly grin each time she cruised by in her car, or stop and chat. But not anymore. She's gone. Kelly moved away.

"People who know him talk about his values"

Andrew Garcia with daughter Kelly. Photo taken at his birthday just a few weeks before he was killed.
Andrew Garcia, 62, of Portola Valley, California, was an industrial products salesman who had become a grandfather for the first time 8 months ago. He leaves a wife, son and two daughters. "He's not only my dad but my best friend," his son, Andrew Garcia Jr., told the Los Angeles Times
Passenger and crew list
Flight 93: Forty lives, one destiny

America is hailing the 37 passengers and 7 crewmembers on Flight 93 as heroes. Calls from Glick, Burnett, Beamer and Bingham offer the most compelling evidence of an onboard rebellion.  There was Andrew Garcia, 62, of Portola Valley, Calif., returning from a meeting. His family got a call, they think from him, but only one word, "Dorothy," his wife's name, was heard before the line went dead. The Garcias think he would have joined any insurrection. More...

This website is my gift to the memory of that wonderful young lady who used to smile at me...and the father she loved so deeply. Email: Verne Robinson