Died at the age of 36 on September 11th, 2001
"Adoring husband of Sheila (nee O'Grady). Greatest dad of Emma and Katie. Dear son of Robert and Peggy Scandole. Wonderful brother of Chris. Cherished grandson of Patrick Madden. Also survived and adored by uncles, aunts, nieces. nephew, cousins, in-laws and all the friends that loved him so. "
This tribute that I am posting will in no way come close to the tribute Robert's family or friends could offer. However, I ask that you accept it as it comes from the heart. Although I never knew him, I did want to honor him as best I could.
In searching guestbooks I found an entry that was very touching. It was posted by Teresa Jahn of Dixon, Illinois:
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you.
I am home in Heaven, dear ones; Oh so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in Heaven at last.
Did you wonder I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh! but Jesus' love illumined
Every dark and fearful glade.
And He came Himself to meet me
In that way so hard to tread;
And with Jesus' arm to lean on
Could I have one doubt or dread?
Then you must not grieve so sorely
For I love you dearly still:
Try to look beyond earth's shadows,
Pray to trust our Father's Will.
There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remaineth---
You shall rest in Jesus' land.
When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you Home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!
Who was Robert Scandole?
Well, he was a man certainly loved by his dear family and friends. In the research I did, I sensed that right away.
He was a graduate of St. John's University. He received his CBA in 1987 and his MBA in 1990.
He was a vice-president at Cantor Fitzgerald at the time of his passing.
He was a regular guy, a proud American and one who did not deserve to die so early in life.
September 11th Memorial in Robert's hometown of Pelham Manor, New York
The following is from Memorial Bench
Michael Cawley, Suzanne Geraty and Robert Scandole were counselors at the Esopus Summer Camps when they were in high school and college. After graduation from college, they worked in the financial district and were killed in the 9/11 attack. Their remains were never found. This bench stands as a memorial to them. The families attended the dedication Mass which was held on this site in a peaceful grove on the Esopus property.
Eternal Life Grant to Robert O Lord and may Your perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.
"Because I live, ye shall live also."--Jesus, (John 14:19)