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Yes, 16 years has passed but some things will never change, no matter how many years pass. One of those things will be the love that Scott's family had and will continue to have for Scott. Over the years, it has been this webpage that has brought more joy than sorrow to me. There is nothing more special then reading the articles that Scott's relatives and friends have written over the years. The stories that have been told of Scott's adventures can not be topped. It is within these stories that we can see the true Scott and how much he appreciated and loved life. I just want to send out a special thank you to everyone who has ever written on this webpage. Your stories and words have always brought a smile to my face. On a different note, Town of Hempstead has constructed a new and permanent Memorial at Point Lookout. During the Sunrise Ceremony it was dedicated to Scott and all the other lives lost that day.

Added: September 14, 2017
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I met Scott in 7th grade and spent my high school days sitting behind him (alphabetical order). Over the years we established quite a relationship this way - making jokes, laughing, cheating, drawing, passing notes. After college we slowly drifted apart but stayed informed of each other through mutual friends. I treasure that about 2 months before September 11th I went to see his and Liz's new house and felt I had started the process of reconnecting with him. He seemed so at peace with his life - so happy at where he was in life. We planned to "hang out" again sometime after his wedding. I am so glad that I went that day - I hadn't seen him in years.
I can remember hugging him goodbye and it feeling like cuddling in an old familiar blanket.
In our yearbook Scott wrote to me, "You make me feel special and important". I hope that all those years later he still reflected on our friendship that way.
We shared so much of our adolescent tribulations with each other and I have a recurring dream where he's crying and he tells me he misses his family so much and I try to comfort him like we did each other when we were teenagers. The dream feels so real and I wake up feeling like I just saw him again. I like to believe that I did - that he really did visit me.
The things about Scott that I most remember are his wonderful sense of humor - especially his ability to see the humor in himself - and his energy to live his life fully. He was always so busy and energetic - I admired him for it. He truly seemed to live life to its fullest each day - I often wonder if he knew somehow how long he would be here. I'd guess he didn't waste a moment.
During a conversation about God we once had he told me that he didn't think human beings on earth were capable of understanding the meaning of life - that we weren't meant to understand it all now, why we are here, why things happen. I thought and still think it was one of the most brilliant things I ever heard. I think of what he said when the world seems to be such a scary and unpredictable place and I hope that Scott now understands it all. I think of his family often and hope they are well. Thank you Scott for the friendship we shared - I hope you are at peace. Rachel B.


Added: September 11, 2017
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I will certainly be thinking about my friend tomorrow. Such an epic loss of a tremendous person. Much love to his family as I'm sure this day is never easy!!!

Added: September 10, 2017
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I'm sure that Scott is smiling widely knowing another nephew is on the horizon (yay Kat!). There's so much to be thankful for, and I think that Scott would want us to embrace all of the love and beauty in our lives. While I believe we all do a great job of that, there will always be a part of us knowing how things should have been. It's a struggle we'll endure for the rest of our lives. We will always love and miss you Scott, and even when things are at their best, we'll always be aware that you should be right there with us.

I'd like to share a writing that I tried to post last year, but James and I couldn't get it to work. Hopefully posting this way will allow it to update:

Every time I hear its name, the month that holds all of our pain, I'm reminded of Scott and the life he lived, and feel compelled to reflect on his gifts. A brother, a son, a husband, a friend, the limits of who Scott touched have no end, a life of happiness, so much to celebrate, an inspiration to others, so much to appreciate. Yet September you are dark, and bring many tears, for September you have stolen so many years, a family comes together, though is wholly incomplete, through our love for Scott we find our courage, to know again we'll surely meet. So know that every time we withstand you, September, we celebrate the life of Scott, and we will always remember.

Love and miss you cousin.


Added: September 6, 2017
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I wanted to share this story today on Scott's birthday. A couple of weeks ago my 10 year old daughter Julissa came home from school and said she had something to tell me. She said that during recess, she was thinking about Scott and how she wished she could have met him. She said that while she was thinking this, she noticed a little ladybug hanging out on the playground equipment. As she was admiring it, a boy noticed it as well and moved in as if he was going to squish the ladybug. Julissa said she yelled at him very loudly and said, "Hey! Don't you touch that ladybug, that's a sign from my cousin and it means alot to me!!" She then stayed there until the boy moved on and the ladybug flew away. I'm sure that Scott would appreciate Julissa protecting his little messengers :). Happy Birthday Scott, we miss you greatly.

Added: June 7, 2017
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Happy Birthday Scott. It's hard to believe that it will soon be 16 years since you were stolen from us. Last week, four more graduating students from your old high school received your scholarship. Hopefully, they will put their monies towards a good education for themselves. If there is any satisfaction, you should know that your scholarship has helped 64 students, so far, from your high school achieve their educational goals.

Added: June 7, 2017
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I'm at the memorial now for the first time. There are no words. I miss Scott.

Added: January 8, 2017
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I always think of Scott on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. It was a day that everyone is back intern from far away places or school. I remember having such good times with him on Thanksgiving eves. Thankful, so very thankful to call him my friend.

Added: November 23, 2016
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I truly think about Scott on a daily basis. Not a day has passed that Scott and my Bart family are not on my mind. Though every year as September approaches, the feelings get stronger and stronger. However, the beauty and love within our family can provide some relief to the intense feelings. We have so many lovely and beautiful children in our family enjoying life and creating new and wonderful moments for all of us. While we feel extreme sadness, I believe that Scott is smiling through it all and enjoying every last giggle of his nieces and nephews. This belief gives me lasting hope and I will never let go of this idea.

I love and miss you cousin as I always will, the years don't change anything at all.


Added: October 4, 2016
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Thinking of Scott and remembering the incredible impact he made on my life.

Added: September 13, 2016
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