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Scott will be always remembered for his quick wit, his sense of humor, and his ability to engage in any topic of conversation.
One day when he was still single and wild, comes to mind. It was a hot summer day and I was mowing the lawn. Scott stopped by and stated, Hi got a beer? How are you doing? Can I give you a hand?
Since meeting Liz, one day he stopped over and said: Can i give you a hand? How are you doing? Can I have a beer after we get done?
Thanks Liz for the change in Scott's priorities. You made a profound change in him. Love-Uncle Richie


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I shared this post on Facebook this past Thursday. I wanted to share it here too.

This song ("Silent Lucidity" by Queensryche) showed up on the radio a few weeks ago, I hadn't heard it in forever and suddenly I'm in a late 70's beater (kept immaculately clean and running in tip-top shape) heading to Jones Beach or somewhere east on Long Island, warm late summer evening air whipping through the windows. Feeling free, like anything could happen, laughing in that way only your 16 year-old self can. Full of expectation and excitement and just a twinge of fear. This song always makes me think of Scott Bart, the driver of that beater. Lots of things make me think of him all the time. We've been friends since sometime around my 10th or 11th grade year in high school (hard to remember when the antagonism turned to friendship exactly). I owe a lot of my perspective and sense of humor to Scott. He was mostly responsible for my choosing the college I went to. He was the greatest example of how to be an unstoppable champion of others, a generous spirit like few I've ever met, an unflappable YES to Life with an elfish glint in his eye when hatching a plan or prank or something to knock you off your feet. I didn't appreciate it nearly enough in the moment as I do now, recognizing how very rare a person he is. This song as renewed meaning to me now. I'm always a little shocked at how many years have gone by when this day rolls around. Funny, I often think of what fun he'd have with Facebook (and other crazy technology - he was definitely a geek - in a good way ) - keeping up with friends - he'd love it. I miss you, Scott, though I feel you around a bunch. I love you, Scott. Always will.


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Yesterday, was a long day. It started out with the Sunrise service at Point Lookout at 7:30 AM and ended with the candlelight ceremony at 8:00 PM in Malverne. The good part of the day, was having family with you. One of the nice parts also came at the candlelight ceremony. A gentleman, who is a life long resident of Malverne, came up to me after the ceremony. He told me he was out driving with his wife this morning, when he turned the radio on and they started saying the names of those who perished at the Twin Towers. He asked his wife to pull over and they waited until he heard Scott's name. It was a wonderful thing that he did and more wonderful, in that he told me about it. It was extremely nice hearing that story from this gentleman. It's nice to know, that Scott is still touching the lives of people who he never even met or knew.

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Bart Family -- I thought I would share some of my recurring memories of Scott. My son is right about the age where Scott and I met, and I often reflect on my own experiences in elementary school as I watch my son go through it. These days there are lots of memories tied to Scott.

My son is a huge soccer enthusiast, and I remember how Scott and I played soccer all the time. And strangely, I never got any better. Yet somehow, I was always on Mr. Bart's team, even as it morphed into a competitive travel team. Gives me good perspective on the sidelines these days.

Every time there is a fix-it-up project around the house, my stock comment is "Scott Bart and I were doing more complicated stuff than this in his garage at age 9." Funny what you remember, but I remember I had responsibility for using a hack saw to take off the bicycle pedal crank that we used for that Chariot we built. I still remember the deliberations we had about how to steer the thing since we weren't allowed to use handlebars (shifting weight on the seat - genius!). Then the frustration and disappointment when we got to the actual contest and learned that Mrs. Shapiro had given us the rules for the high school contest, and we had -- in essence -- over engineered the thing. We didn't win, but got the highest mark for creativity.

Anyway, thought you might like to know that Scott's memory lives on down here in DC. My family's thoughts and prayers are with you all.

cormac


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Dear Dan,
Mom had told me in 2001 that Scott was taken from you & you & He & your Family have been in my Prayers ever since. I heard His name read today.
God Bless,

Steve


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I apologize that I'm writing back to back entries, but I wanted to follow my last post with something much more positive. I've just finished sending a text to Renee about this and I wanted to share it with everyone. Although they don't come often enough, I've had a few dreams with Scott, and one truly stands out in my mind. I was with James at his house on either 9/8 or 9/9, right before Kyle's birth. I remember talking to James about his worry that Kyle would be born on 9/11 and that although that wouldn't change an ounce of his happiness, it just would have been better to welcome him to this world on a different day. I went home and continued thinking about James (who is a brother to me) and prayed and prayed that Kyle could arrive to him before or after 9/11. Well, the night before Kyle was born (on 9/9), I had a dream with Scott. I remember seeing him; he was smiling, and I felt so overwhelmed with joy to realize that it was him that I was seeing. I immediately walked to him and hugged him. We didn't talk at all, there was no exchange of words, we just hugged each other. i can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I have never, ever felt such comfort, peace and an overwhelming sense that everything was ok, in my entire waking life. I know that may seem strange, considering that I have a wonderful daughter, wife and family, but this was an other worldly sense of peace. In that moment, I just knew everything was going to be ok for James, and for all of us. I woke up remembering the feelings of the dream and thinking how incredible it was that this dream occurred at this point in time. it wasn't long after that I received the news that my beautiful cousin Kyle had entered the world and it all just clicked for me. I was so worried for James' (and my whole Bart family) happiness that I was making myself sick with worry. That one little hug from Scott removed all fear, all doubt that something could go wrong, and it let me know no matter what happened, it would be ok. And it was ok, better than ok, because my little cousin Kyle was born on 9/10. I remember sharing this story with James in the hospital on Kyle's birthday. I hope that it brings a little happiness to all of you to know that Scott continues to spread his love. As I said to Renee in the text I just sent her, the feelings that I felt in that dream have never been replicated anywhere, ever and it makes me believe with all of my heart that a real and beautiful reunion awaits us all. Until then, I love and miss you Scott!

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I been thinking about Scott alot more lately as the anniversary approaches. It's like this for me every year, as each date of significance brings with it increasing sadness. So I ended up on the Guestbook, reading through so many of Uncle Danny's and my cousins memories of Scott and here I sit at work with tears in my eyes and huge pit in my stomach. I want so badly to take the pain away from everyone. I wish with every part of me that we could reverse time and change what happened. I know that can't ever be true and I know we need to rely on each other to get through the tough times. As Uncle Danny mentioned, time is irrelevant when it comes to the feeling of loss that we all have. I know this will stay with you and me even another 20 years from now. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I love you all so much, I miss Scott so much, and I hope all of you know that I'm only a phone call or a 45 minute drive away if you ever need me. I'm sorry this post isn't more positive, I'm just really feeling the sadness today. Love you all, and love you Scott.

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Not a day goes by without thinking about Scott so many times and missing him. Happy Birthday dear nephew!

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I was a recipient of the Scott Bart Memorial Scholarship in 2002 from Valley Stream North High School. I have achieved my dreams, graduated from college and pursued a career in Human Resources. I still reside in Malverne and commute to work in Manhattan. Not a day goes by that I don't think of the tragedy and those who lost their lives on 9/11. Two years ago, I paid my respect to Scott by visiting the Memorial. It was an emotional and moving experience. The site is beautiful. I had difficulty locating Scott's name of the wall. Although, I never met him, I was determined to pay tribute to him. Eventually, I found him, I instantly felt a connection. I plan to visit the museum sometime over the summer. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will never forget. Please accept the enclosed donation for the students. Warm Regards. Monica Texel

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I am not really sure what I want to write I just felt that I needed to write. Today my wife Dena, along with my parents went into the city to see the 9-11 Memorial Museum. It took us about three hours to go through and see everything. I am now back at home and as I sit on my couch knowing both my boys are asleep quietly in their beds, I have time to remember different memories involving Scott. I love and miss you brother

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