Jonathon's Closet

Monday, September 11, 2006

Robert Levine of West Babylon, N.Y.

I wonder what he looked like – and realize that it doesn’t matter, because somebody misses his smile every single day.

I wonder if his voice sounded like my Dad’s – and realize that it doesn’t matter, because somebody misses his voice every single day.

- Jonathon, age 13

Quilt Square by Kim Monins (Jersey, United Kingdom)

In a solemn ceremony in Central Park on Monday October 1, 2001, thousands paid tribute to the more than 700 employees of Cantor Fitzgerald who were lost in the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center. Cantor occupied floors 101 and 103-105 of the 110 story North Tower. They lost every New York employee who was in the building — more than 700 of the roughly 1,000 who worked there.

One of those employees was Robert Levine.

Robert Levine, age 56, of West Babylon N.Y. Robert was a husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, cousin, friend, and neighbor.

We know that words cannot fill the hole left behind when Robert left this earth. Yet today we offer our words in rememberance, as words are all we have. We are thankful for Robert and sorry that he was taken too soon.

"Bobby Levine loved his family very much and was completely devoted to his wife, his daughter, and his grandchildren. He loved people, he loved his friends. He was a very hardworking, friendly, honorable, religious man. He was very very sociable, always talking to people. I never heard him say anything bad about anybody. He was a great guy, and it was a terrible tragedy what happened to him and the other 3,000 people that died that day."
Raymond, cousin of Robert, Garden City, N.Y.

“You will be missed and prayed for with love. God Bless You and Keep You!”
Cathy and Paul, former neighbors, Sandy, Utah

“Dear God, Shine your light on this wonderful man, Robert Levine of West Babylon, N.Y.
May his soul rest in peace with God and his angels, and may God bless his family and friends.”
Anonymous message left at

Dear Robert,

May you know no more sorrow.

Jonathon's Closet


  • You've both honored Robert Levine in a beautiful way, I'm sure his family would be proud.

    There was just a moment of silence observed for those who lost their lives at the Pentagon.

    By Blogger G, at 6:44 AM  

  • Well done! I knew you two would come up with something great!

    I remember John Napolitano

    By Blogger Chaos Mommy, at 7:28 AM  

  • You both gave me chills. What a moving and thoughtful post about a great man. Thanks for stopping by my tribute to Thomas E. Sinton III.

    PS I dig your blog and I might have to stay awhile :-)

    By Blogger graymama, at 8:15 AM  

  • Wow. This is one of the most powerful tributes I've read. I'm at work and have tears just running down my face as I type.

    I was honored to remember John Fiorito.

    By Anonymous Amy, at 9:40 AM  

  • What a beautiful tribute from you and your son for Robert Levine. I hope his loved ones get to see it.

    The 2,996 Project has made me stop and actually look at the people who dies that day. They are so much more than names and faces, which I knew, but didn't know.

    I ache for their loved ones who've known that the whole time. I pray God can ease their grief some, and that each and every one of them can find the blog tribute to their loved one.

    They were all truly people like you and I.

    I enjoyed reading over your blog and will come back to read it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:18 AM  

  • I honor Ana Centeno

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:20 AM  

  • That *was* very moving. I've had similar experiences all weekend, reading other people's tributes, especially to fathers, remembering what it was like losing my dad. So much loss. So many new beginnings. sigh

    To read a tribute to Mary Lou Hague stop by

    By Anonymous sheryl, at 10:33 AM  

  • That every name, every face, every soul, every heartbeat should be made one. In the face of the tragedy we all lived through, it is the only prayer I have. Your tribute brings one more name, one more face, one more soul, one more heartbeat into the circle, and we keep living, not inspite of 9/11, but because of those who gave all.

    Thank you for your piece of the puzzle.

    I proudly honored Jay Robert Magazine and Mark Bingham on my blog

    By Blogger Happy Mama to Three, at 10:33 AM  

  • What a beautiful tribute to an amazing man. You both did an outstanding job. I have been so moved by doing the research for Sgt. Michael Curtin (posted today on my blog) and now, by reading the very moving tributes to so many others lost on 9/11/2001.
    I pray the families of these lost lives will be encouraged by knowing that we will not forget! You did a great job honoring Robert I will now know and remember him as well.

    By Blogger Praying for your Prodigal, at 10:36 AM  

  • A beautiful tribute -- by each of you.

    I remember Brooke David Rosenbaum.

    By Blogger peppypilotgirl, at 11:05 AM  

  • A beautiful tribute, thank you for participating in this project. I am honoring five, please stop by if you get a free moment.

    By Anonymous Dariana, at 11:22 AM  

  • Thank you for writing this touching tribute to Robert Levine.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog to remember Thomas Patrick Farrelly.

    By Blogger lchan, at 11:46 AM  

  • That was a lovely post for Robert. Even though I did not know him, I felt thru his family and friends words, a bit more closer to him. Thank you

    We will never forget.

    My tribute is for Lisa Egan

    By Blogger gordaboo, at 12:54 PM  

  • You did a beautiful tribute to a man that was loved and will be remembered. Thank you!

    By Blogger Tammy, at 1:24 PM  

  • Thank you for honoring Robert Levine. If he were my family, I would want to thank you for making the light of his spirit shine that much more brightly.

    By Blogger Lemon Stand, at 1:38 PM  

  • A beautiful tribute to Robert. I lost my own father just one month before the 9/11 tragedy but his death, as hard as it was, was expected. Robert was taken in a horrible way. You honor him.

    Thank you for stopping and reading about Sheila.

    I remember Sheila Hein

    By Blogger Mel Chickk, at 3:22 PM  

  • A beautifully written tribute to Robert Levine.

    How wonderful is this project in that the people lost on this day are strangers to us no more.

    By Blogger healthpsych, at 4:20 PM  

  • What a lovely honor you have paid to this man. A light gone out too soon. Thank you for bringing some meaning to a name and statistic.

    By Blogger Karmyn R, at 4:41 PM  

  • What a loving, heart-felt tribute. My heart was deeply touched by your words.

    Thank you for visiting my tribute to Jeffrey L. Fox.

    By Anonymous Chi, at 6:23 PM  

  • Great job. Thank you for sharing. This is such a wonderful project to partake in.

    Thank you for stopping by.

    By Anonymous Ma, at 6:59 PM  

  • Thank you.

    By Blogger Stacy, at 7:04 PM  

  • What a beautiful tribute. Thanks, you two.

    By Blogger Kami, at 7:58 PM  

  • A lovely tribute to Robert. Thank you for bringing his memory into the light.

    By Blogger Babaloo, at 8:04 PM  

  • What a wonderful tribute to a man who was loved by all who knew him and so well respected. Our prayres are with his family. Thank you for doing this and for stopping by my tribute.

    By Anonymous michelle, at 9:07 PM  

  • my tributee was from Canto also - what a rough day today has been fro me, I can't imagine how hard for the families. Thank you for this, you did a great job!

    By Blogger David, at 9:45 PM  

  • that was beautiful. I particularly enjoyed Jonathon's remarks!

    By Anonymous Jenn, at 10:05 PM  

  • A wonderful tribute on Robert Levine. Thank you for taking the time to do this tribute on a 9/11 Hero.

    The 2,996 Tribute projects is such a great idea to remember those who lost their lives, that they won’t be forgotten. That was a horrible day and tragic event. I did a tribute to Chief Battalion William J. McGovern, firefighter.

    If anyone needs it, I have an alternate link as the 2,996 original link is down at the moment.

    By Blogger Biker Betty, at 10:06 PM  

  • Very nicely done.

    You're a great team.

    Thanks for having visited my tribute as well to Ginger as well.

    All the best, and keep up the great writing!

    By Blogger Mark Base, at 2:14 AM  

  • Thank you both for honoring Robert. And I know God was there with him that day. :)

    By Blogger Carmen, at 5:26 AM  

  • A nice tribute for Robert Levine. I wrote about Robert's co-worker Frances Ann Cilente.

    Simi Valley Sophist

    By Blogger Paul, at 6:42 AM  

  • What a beautiful and powerful tribute! Thank you for sharing his life with us.

    By Blogger Undercover Angel, at 6:57 AM  

  • I wish I had gotten to see this one yesterday but there were so many, you did a wonderful job.

    By Blogger Hilemanhouse, at 6:58 AM  

  • That was beautiful. Well done... I don't think he would've asked for anything different.

    Thank you for your tribute and for visiting mine as well.

    By Blogger Queen Bug, at 7:29 AM  

  • A very nice tribute. And thanks for stopping by my tribute to Harry Ramos, killed while comforting a complete stranger.

    By Anonymous Jay T., at 7:44 AM  

  • Beautiful post. Beautiful blog.

    By Blogger Tori :), at 8:28 AM  

  • I remember James N. Pappageorge.

    By Blogger Tori :), at 8:29 AM  

  • Thats a lovely tribute. I find that I can't read too many tributes in one go as I find it all too much and I get so emotional.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog as I remembered Dennis M Carey

    By Anonymous serendipity, at 9:15 AM  

  • Beautiful. Thanks for stopping by Some Lies.


    By Blogger tideliar, at 9:58 AM  

  • I honour Alfred Marchand.

    By Blogger tideliar, at 10:00 AM  

  • What a beautiful tribute and I feel honored to be participating in this project with you.

    I am paying tribute to John J. Doherty.

    By Blogger Jill, at 11:29 AM  

  • I am so moved by this most wonderful tribute.

    I wish everyone,


    By Blogger Dr. Deborah Serani, at 12:04 PM  

  • And this is how I met you two. You have done a heartfelt memorial to a fine man and made him real for me. Thank you.

    I remembered Martin Coughlan.

    But I will be back to keep an eye on you. I read the whole blog today.

    By Blogger Valerie - Riding Solo, at 12:50 PM  

  • Beautiful tribute...very touching.

    By Blogger Mrs_Who, at 3:46 PM  

  • What a wonderful tribute from you both.

    Michelle Malkin has the 911 call made by Kevin Cosgrove, who was on the 105th floor of WTC-North. His call ends when the tower collapses. He also must have been part of the same Cantor-Fitzgerald Family.

    Thank you for visiting my site as well.

    By Blogger March Hare, at 4:01 PM  

  • Sorry--Mr. Cosgrove was in the South Tower when it collapsed. My mistake.

    By Blogger March Hare, at 4:48 PM  

  • Hi,
    Im thirteen soon to be fourteen, and in eighth grade. My address is {} you sop by and check out my tribute on Michael Taddonio.Thank you for sharing this with us, Beautiful.

    By Blogger BT-Princess, at 5:08 PM  

  • Very beautiful Kateandjona. I was touched.

    By Anonymous ~joelle, at 6:07 PM  

  • Beautiful. Thank you.

    By Anonymous Alissa, at 6:27 PM  

  • Truely, a wonderful wonderful tribute. The first two lines, from Johnathan were so touching.

    Thank you.

    By Blogger Nancy, at 6:51 PM  

  • Beautiful tribute...thank you for visiting my tribute on William Steiner.

    By Blogger Elizabeth, at 6:53 PM  

  • Thank you for sharing Robert's story with us..

    My thoughts and prayers were with all the families on this 5th Anniversary of 9/11.

    God bless you,

    BrassyLady (2,996 blogger)

    You may visit my tribute at:

    By Anonymous BrassyLady, at 7:41 PM  

  • Thank you for sharing Robert with us. You have made him so much than a name on a memorial wall to me.

    I had the honor of remembering Susan Clyne and Jon Schlissel.

    By Anonymous Laury, at 8:43 PM  

  • So very sad. A lovely tribute

    By Blogger harmonyinline, at 9:55 PM  

  • Very nicely done, Jonathon. Thank you for stopping by and reading about Max

    Thank you for reminding folks to fly the Flag.

    You have a very nice site.

    By Anonymous Echo9er, at 10:10 PM  

  • Thank you for stopping by my site and reading about Suzanne Geraty. You've written a lovely tribute to Mr. Levine. He would be honored I'm sure.
    I also read your whole blog today. It's beautiful and insightful. I'll be back. *smiles*

    By Blogger dusty, at 8:30 AM  

  • That was a beautiful tribute honoring Robert. Thank you for telling me about Robert & his life. I'm sure he was much loved & very missed.

    Thank you for visiting & commenting about my tribute to Allen Shwartzstein.

    By Anonymous Pixiepincessmom, at 8:33 AM  

  • Your first paragraph brought tears to my eyes.

    Great post. Thanks for visiting mine.

    By Blogger K T Cat, at 11:00 AM  

  • What a great tribute! I'm honoring Nancy Carole Farley and Jefferey J. Shaw.

    By Blogger rmgales, at 11:01 AM  

  • What a beautiful tribute, thank you for sharing.

    By Blogger Nicole, at 1:46 PM  

  • Good go guys.

    I hope none of the 2,996 bloggers relegate their tributes to the blog basement. We should all put a url to our tributes in our sidebars....

    Just an idea.

    On my quest to visit all of the world's best blogs, Webloafer gets sidetracked at times...following the gracious commentors.

    Whew, got my work cut out for me.

    I will visit every blog of the 2,996, and probably rant, rave or praise everyone.

    Good work guys.

    Not only is America proud of you,
    There are still grieving people all around the world that lost a loved one that horrible day.......they are included in the hug that was so big it took the internet to make it happen.


    By Blogger web_loafer, at 10:33 PM  

  • What a beautiful tribute. Having also written a commemoration for the project, I'm now tyring to 'meet' all the other victims from that terrible day.

    By Anonymous Laynee, at 1:17 PM  

  • A beautiful tribute to Mr Levine. Thank you.

    Thanks also for stopping by my tribute to Seamus L Oneal.

    By Anonymous Jude, at 4:29 PM  

  • The first two paragraphs of this tribute are so powerful!

    Robert was loved. Now he's gone--murdered by jihadomaniacs. Makes me sad and angry, both at the same time.

    Excellent idea from Web Loafer:

    I hope none of the 2,996 bloggers relegate their tributes to the blog basement. We should all put a url to our tributes in our sidebars....

    Such a step will help each of us to never forget. I'm going to do that right now!

    By Blogger Always On Watch, at 5:41 PM  

  • It's amazing that I didn't discover this sooner. Robert Levine was my boyfriend's grandfather and I will make sure to show this blog post to him and his family ASAP.

    By Blogger esor eitak, at 2:43 PM  

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