Earl Richard Shanahan

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I think of all the good times and fun we had over the years, my dear brother-in-law. I remember your patience and kindness but mainly I remember the laughter-it was always there. Now all these memories bring tears, we loved you very much and you are always in our prayers, love Dennis Jr, Kyrsten and me, Kate
Kate O'Rourke, Family
Nov 11 2015 0:09PM
Hello, my name is Kelly and I am 16 years old. I am in 11th grade and was born and raised in South Florida. On this September 11th 2013, I was told to pick a name tag that stated the name of a deceased 9/11 victim. After examining the sheets, I picked Earl Richard Shanahan. I thought Earl was an awesome name that deserved to be honored. My theology teacher suggested that we research the name we bared on our shirts. I am delighted to see that Earl was a great man who enjoyed a game of softball much like the men in my family. I am extremely moved by the posts on this memorial page. My condolences go out to the Shanahan family and all those affected by the lost of Earl. May his legacy live on and his life be honored in the best ways possible. God bless America and Earl Richard Shanahan.
Kelly Daly, Friend
Sep 11 2013 4:11PM
I worked as Earl's secretary at Guy Carpenter, he was funny, and nothing bothered him. I enjoyed the stories he told about his family. Gone but never forgotten! Earl, you are always in my thoughts, and your family are are are always in my prayers, on this day, when the world as they knew it changed. God bless them, and God bless you, may you find rest in His outstretched arms!
Lovern Wright-Tai-Sen-Choy, Colleague
Sep 12 2012 1:57PM
I knew Earl from Guy Carpenter. He was a big, tall lanky guy with a great sense of humor, who wasn't trying to impress anybody. He got promoted to vice president while I was there, and still was the same old Earl. He was fun to watch on the softball field, which was where his competitiveness came out. He was a great person, and a respected co worker. God bless you Earl, and your grieving family and friends.
Jerry Noone, Colleague
Sep 11 2012 12:33PM
Dear Earl,We shall never forget you, your smile, your voice and your laugh. We shall keep this day as a sacred remembrance of you and what we lost in a moment. We carry on but we never leave you behind. Thank you for helping us daily to carry the tears and the sadness in our hearts but still to move forward with strength and determination. God Bless You and your family today and always. Patricia & Charles Barraza
Patricia Barraza, Colleague
Sep 11 2012 10:43AM
My first job after Business School was working for Guy Carpenter under Earl Shanahan typing checks. I too enjoyed his business and personal spirit. It was fun playing softball with the firm and try to win more games then the men. I'd to see your face; But will always keep you in my prayers each and every 9/11. RIP slugger!
Zenobia Souter, Colleague
Dec 27 2011 5:54PM
Earl - Even though we never met, I know that you were a good man. I am a genealogist for the Shanahn clan and I remember the sinking feeling that I had when I looked up on the 9-11 Wall and saw your name listed. I think of you every September 11 and hope that your family/loved ones are at peace as it must be so difficult every year to feel the pain all over again. God bless you all.
Sue Shanahan Webb, Family
Sep 12 2011 2:33AM
Seasons change, time passes but what remains the same is your imprint on our hearts. Your smile, your face, your stories & jokes are forever ours. Rest in peace and may God Bless you and your family today on the 10th anniversary of that terrible morning. We miss you and we are better for having known you. We remember you today and always...
Patricia Barraza, Colleague
Sep 11 2011 12:07PM
I am so sad as I just discovered that my beloved boss of GuyCarpenter Tower 1 was loss to this tragedy. I worked under Mr. Shanahan in 1988 as a rookie in the typing pool. Those were good times. I am from California and it was my first time in NY. When I got the job I was so excited, I did not realize the affect working at THE World Trade would have on me for years to come.This has affected the entire world. Hearing of this tragedy, I could not believe my ears, or my eyes. To think I narrowly escaped myself had I not returned to California is only by the Grace of God. I wish with all my heart that Mr. Shanahan were here and had escaped also. He was a great man, and my heart is heavy at this loss. I will miss him. I remember as if it were yesterday he and I dancing at the office Christmas party drinking and dancing to Rick James' classic Superfreak, he could really shake his groove thing! He was full of life and that is what I will take with me when I think of him. God bless all those who are with the angels now.
Vickye La Vonne Burton, Colleague
Sep 11 2011 3:55AM
Today, a day very much like that Tuesday nine years ago we are remembering you with love. Keeping your memory forever in our hearts and praying for you, your family and friends. Patricia and Charles Barraza
Patricia Barraza, Colleague
Sep 11 2010 12:46PM
The Big Guy. I know Earl from when I first started @Guy Carpenter back in April 1977. He was my first GC friend. I think back at all the good times we had in the office and on the softball team. He always had a smile on his face and could make you laugh even when you didn't want to. He was the type of person who would give you the shirt off his back. I was privledged to know you. Thanks for everything. Ed
Ed McGarr, Friend
Sep 11 2006 4:11PM
I met Earl in 1982 - it was my interview day and He hired me. 25 years later I still think of him and the opportunity he gave me and the trust and belief he had in me all those years ago. He never judged and he alway encouraged us to be the best at what we did. Next February I celebrate 25 years at Guy Carpenter and rest assured there is a place for Earl at that table. He has the best seat in the house - in my mind and in my heart. Always Rembered ....Earl. Stephen
Stephen Van Gorden, Colleague
Sep 11 2006 8:32AM
More than a moment of silence, on this day and everyday may we use our lives to honor and respectfully remember you. With careful consideration we continue on where you could have gone, good left undone, countless gifts not given. We will not fail; we will not forget you, our precious family, our dear friend, our inspiration. Patricia & Charles Barraza
Patricia Barraza, Colleague
Sep 11 2005 7:34AM
With a terrible sadness we mark this day, the third anniversary of the morning we lost each of you. In the end it is only a marker. The grief, sorrow and the incredible possibilities that we lost in those horrific moments remain with us every day. We weep, no, sob from a place deep, deep inside that has been left empty by your absence. And we pray, for you, your families, your friends, and your colleagues. And for ourselves may God give us the strength to go forward and honor you with our lives. We will never forget you. Patricia Barraza
Pat Barraza, Colleague
Sep 11 2004 9:26PM
Bye Earl. Shanahan's will not forget you either. For anyone concerned most of us Shanahan's have the same sense of humor. We Shanahan's are like the Kennedy's we see wrong and try to right it. Not make it worse. I never knew Earl, but we miss him too and all else that peished in that event. Thomas Shanahan
Thomas Shanahan, Friend
Jul 29 2003 10:10PM
i knew Earl at Guy Carpenter. He had a very unusual sense of humor. I enjoyed talking to him. Please extend my condolences to his family. I pray for him and his family.
Rosemarie Raiola, Colleague
Apr 22 2002 12:33AM
Big Earl hired me at Guy Carpenter in 1983. He helped me a lot in the early years and unselfishly stood up for me when an opportunity arose in a different department that advanced my career. That was in 1985 and I will never forget the confidence he showed in me. Earl was one of the most unique, entertaining, fun-loving people anyone could know and I'm very fortunate to have known him as a boss, colleague, and friend. p.s. To this day I incorporate phrases he invented, sometimes unintentionally, called 'Earlisms' into my vocabulary. They still make me laugh even after all these years.
James E. Sandy, Colleague
Apr 11 2002 2:15PM