Cesar A. Alviar

Family Tribute:Though the force of eviltook me from you

In God’s kingdomwe will reunite.

Hang on to lifefor our loved ones

And to you my dearestI shall always be by your side.

- A family tribute

Cesar Alviar: A Lifetime Romantic

Cesar Alviar used to tell his wife, Grace, that everyone is born with a fate, and 'your fate was to marry me.' He saw her dancing, long hair swaying, at a party in their native Philippines and asked where she lived. He was quiet and modest, she said, but very handsome.

It took him three years to win her heart. But he stayed romantic. After 28 years, he still brought her flowers and opened doors for her. He loved to take her ballroom dancing. Three years ago, they renewed their vows. Mrs. Alviar wore an embroidered Filipino wedding dress. Their friends teased them 'You still answered `yes,’ in spite of everything?' Mr. Alviar pointed out that they had been married three times, in a civil ceremony, the religious service, and then this one.

His wife always drove Mr. Alviar, 60, to the bus station in Bloomfield, N.J., so he could get to his job as an accountant at Marsh & McLennan on the 94th floor of 1 World Trade Center. 'He always kissed me before he got out,' she said. But on Sept. 11, he hesitated after the kiss. 'It was like he wanted to say something, but because I was rushing, I just said goodbye.'

Copyright (c) 2001 by The New York Times Co. Reprinted by permission.

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As part of the 10th anniversay Rolling Requiem, Bainbridge Island (WA) Chorale sang Mozart's Requiem this afternoon. Each singer wore a badge with a heart & the name of a 911 victim My badge had Mr Alviar's name. After the Requiem, I googled his name to find out who I was singing for; and found this site. He seems to have been a great guy. My condolences & best wishes to his family friends
Steve Olsen, Friend
Sep 11 2011 8:06PM
I worked at Victor O. Schinnerer Co. as Colleague in Chevy Chase,Md. in 2001 and when I heard the terrible news, my heart sank. Even though I did not know any of you, I felt for all of you and your family and friends. Its been 10 years but I have not forgotten you. I don't work at VOC any more, but I wear the pin in honor of all the victims and their families and Friends.
Betsy, Colleague
Jun 10 2011 12:50PM
Am still a brother to you. And you are still a sister to me, i wish you all the best and may Godbless you and your loving childrens, your bro ben calimlim fernandez
ben fernandez, Family
Sep 27 2009 5:54AM
Dear Grace, I'm crying as I read this and your lovely tribute to Cesar. I wish so much I had met Cesar. I wish so much that our presious James had both of his Grandfathers, who would love him as we do. But I agree that the best we can do is honor Ralph and Cesar in the way we live our lives so James and our other grandchildren know the kind of wonderful men they were. You said it beautifully. Love , Becky
Becky Robinson, Family
Sep 14 2009 10:29AM
I came acroos this web page looking for my family. And my heart goes out to you and your family please take care and may god bless you always Love Viviana Alviar
Viviana Alviar, Friend
Aug 8 2006 2:56PM
Im not realy a friend but i want to be part of this tribute my name is Cesar C Alviar and i was looking for a document whit my name on a local web page and i found this i just wana say that im sorry realy.
Cesar C Alviar, Friend
Jun 15 2005 9:52AM
After teary conversation on the phone with Grace, my dearly beloved friend Cesar A. Alviar's widow, I thought of writing this poem in Pilipino, to somehow, ease some of her pain. I have given her a copy of this poem which I dedicate to the love between them and to all September 11 victims and their loved ones. Ngayon Na Kita Iiwan Katha ni Antonio Alonzo (dedicated to love between Cesar and Grace Alviar which is now immortal) Ngayon na kita iiwan Pabayaan mo ako, Habang ang alaala ko Sa iyo ay mabango. Ngayon na kita iiwan Hayaan mo ako, Habang ang pagmamahal mo Sa aki’y di pa nagbabago. Aanhin ko ang natitirang saglit Samantalang hanggang wakas Ang alaala ko sa iyo’y di mawawaglit. Ngayon na kita iiwan Patawarin mo ako Masakit man sa puso ko’y Patunay - ikaw lang ang mahal ko.
Antonio Alonzo, Friend
Jul 11 2002 1:55AM