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Over the Christmas holiday I found a very meaningful object. I was snooping through my dad’s closet. Through coins and cards and clothes I looked, searching for his favorite possession. I gave up on his closet and started sifting through his drawers. I found old tubes of toothpaste, an assortment of bandages, toothpicks, and many other toiletries. Finally I found what I was looking for. Under numerous toiletry kits that were given by Northwest Airlines when he reached a certain amount of Frequent Flyer Miles, was my dad’s favorite watch.
Every week my dad used to commute from home in Memphis, Tennessee, to his work in New York City. Dad would spend the weekend home with my mom and me and then go back north every Sunday evening. Life was great until September 11, 2001. He used to work for the company Marsh & McLennan in the World Trade Center Tower No. 1 (the tower with the antenna at the very top). My dad was swept away from me so-o-o fast, like sand escaping from your fist. I found his favorite Nike watch. I could even smell the powder that he used on this watch. I will always cherish it. So when I feel lonely, or depressed, or sad, or blue, I will wear his watch and remember him forever and ever.
Early Sunday evening, Gary E. Lasko would fly from Memphis to New York, where he worked at Marsh & McLennan. Then, on Friday afternoon, he would fly back home to Memphis. Except for Saturday mornings, when he and a few old chums — all husky boys, they called themselves the Apple Dumpling Gang — played golf, Mr. Lasko reserved the weekend for his wife, Kim, and 11-year-old daughter, Elise.
The commute became necessary when Marsh took over the Memphis insurance company where Mr. Lasko worked. Even when the weather did not cooperate, his schedule would not bend. "This past Father’s Day he was trying so hard to get back to Memphis," Mrs. Lasko said. "There was a series of storms and it took him until Sunday morning to get back. We went to brunch, took in a show and then it was back to the airport. He was here for all of eight hours, but he could not imagine not spending Father’s Day with Elise."
Mr. Lasko, 49, commuted from Memphis to New York for three years. He had moved to Memphis about a decade earlier after another long-distance job-related commute, this one between Philadelphia and Memphis. His patience and flexibility were legendary, but the traveling took its toll. "It weighed heavily on him because he missed a lot of growing up and family stuff," said Christopher Michaud, a co-worker and friend in Memphis. "That’s why he kept his home weekends pretty sacred."
It was an honour and privelege to have worked with you. We spent many an hour wondering how to deal with the new challenges and you always kept your sense of humour. I think of those times often and fondly - still do after the passing of the years - you continue to have an influence - God Bless
Our families had some great times together. We still keep in touch (though not as often as we should). Denise and I visit BC often (our daughter Christine is in her Senior year there).
We visit the labyrinth where Gary's memorial plaque is located every chance that we get and reflect on our "Glory Years".
We miss him so much. I can't believe 10 years have passed. He will always be in our hearts.
You would be so proud of your wonderful daughter. She's smart, beautiful and talented. She's everything that a father could want or imagine for a daughter.
We're thinking of you today, 8 years since Gary was stolen from you. He's with you, watching over you, and oh so proud of both of you. Stay strong, and know that his love is far reaching.
Deb, John, Maggie and Elizabeth
I am an Air Force veteran and a member of the TN Air National Guard. Tonight I am in Alaska with my guard unit. While browsing the cable channels I came across a documentary of 9/11. While watching I began to get emotional. This was footage we’ve all seen. The outcome was going to be the same. There was nothing I could do to change it. So why allow myself to go through it again? I decided to change the channel, but never did.
As quickly as the thought had occurred, it was changed. The reality was that the people I was viewing did not have the luxury to change the channel that day. Despite the emotions this would bring, I felt obligated to the soles and survivors to face this yet again and each year forward.
As expected, I became emotional. My eyes begin to water. And then I cried. I cried for those that never knew and those that hoped for the best. I cried for the fire fighters walking away from me on my TV. I wanted to tell them, “Stop. Don’t go” or “Good bye.” But I could tell them nothing. I could only cry. I could not even tell them, “Thank you.”
I was taken back to my own thoughts and actions on that day. I considered, “What could I have done had I been there?” Could I have helped? Could I have handed my cell phone to someone for a last phone call? As a person that has an answer for everything and rises to triumph the occasion… accepting there were no answers only added to my emotion.
The documentary and my thoughts led me to google information about those lost. I found a memorial listing the names, ages, and where those lost had called home. At first I was curious about the youngest loss and then if Tennessee had been there. That is when I found Mr. Lasko’s name. Instantly I felt my emotions grow more intense. I did not know him, but he was one of us. He was there and we couldn’t get to him. We were home and he was not. I wished that he had been home or that I could have done something.
From there I googled “Gary Lasko”. The first link led me to this memorial site. Having read the tributes, it is obvious he loved his family and respected his colleagues. As a network administrator I was shocked to realize his career field. The company I work for is based out of Nashville. Amongst the affiliates I support, one is located in Memphis. As well my wife’s entire family lives in Memphis. This was all hitting close to home.
You may be wondering why I am writing this. I’m a little confused myself. Maybe it is because the man who impacted the lives of those he knew and loved… has impacted the life of one he did not. Maybe it is to share my reminder and realization of why we (military members and those that support us) do what we do.
I know that it is partly to give my condolences to the family. It is also to say, "Mr. Lasko’s life was more significant than we may ever know." He was everything that you remember while he was here and yet he continues to touch lives today.
Learning of him has been a defining moment for me. “Gary Lasko” is why I do what I do. He is why I teach my son and daughter, “Why I do what I do.” He is why my four year old sings the Star Spangled Banner and says the Pledge of Allegiance. From this day forward, I will remember him and so will my family. When my children ask me, “Daddy, why are you in the military?” I will look them in the eyes every time and say, “Gary Lasko”.
NOTE TO THE REVIEWER: I understand and respect if you do not post this; however, I couldn’t let these things go unsaid. Please give the Lasko family my sincerest sympathy. Let them know that Mr. Gary Lasko made a new friend today and will never be forgotten.
One of the nicest guys I have ever met.
It still hurts to this day to think of 9/11 and our loss of Gary and all others. Watching the entire nightmare unfold on TV in the company break room. Time stood still, hearts sank - we all knew without being told.
I think of Gary almost every day since that horrible day in parallel with my cousin who is bravely serving in Iraq. I am proud to have known Gary and to have been associated with him if only in a small way. Few other managers at Sedgwick left such a strong impression. When I left Sedgwick, Gary's work ethic went with me.
To the Lasko Family - my heart goes out to you this day. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Also know that Gary touched even us that were on the bottom rungs of the corporate ladder.
I am remembering the US OpCo meeting in Boston in 1991 when we connected you to the Memphis servers via a 2 pair telephone cable strung out the 7th floor window to get to the one the analog line 3 floors below. Always one to think outside of the box and drive for results. My, how technology has changed...
I miss you.
You were a terrific partner and I know a source of absolute strength to the folks that were with you in those last moments. I know their families must have drawn strength from that fact.
I think about you always my friend. You face will always be in my memory and your name on my lips. Sleep well my friend. Patrick
I only knew Gary for a short time , but was in his company on several occasions and hears what i
Devoted father, I found it remarkable that he would commute back and forth to Memphis to be
with his family and the pride he took in his daighters dancing.
Gary was a COO of a huge company but always found
the time to take my call, he was a regular guy and never stood on airs.
Gary was respected by all, he was a man of great character.
I was at Gary's office just a few day before 9-11
and was working on the biggest deal that I was responsible for with my company at the time, Gary
gave that opportunity with MMC.
My father always said "Its nice to be important , but
it is more important to be nice" Gary was both. !
He will always be in my thoughts and prayers.
VP Financial Services
May you rest in peace
I greatly admired him for his love for Kim and Elise. Elise was his "princess" and the apple of his eye. He was always reading Harry Potter with her, making school projects or dressing up for Halloween. He was a very thoughtful and caring man. God broke the mold when he made Gary.
My thoughts and prayers are with Kim, Elise and Gary's family and friends on the anniversary of 9/11.
My life was better because Gary was a part of it. It still is in many ways.
Periodically I think I see him, in the grocery store, in a restaurant, driving in a car, and even the other day in the service department at a car dealership.
Working directly with Gary, especially in 1999 and 2000 was a great experience for me. His attempt to keep the technology group working in the Memphis office (after Sedgwick was acquired by Marsh McLennan in New York) was a tribute to the type of person he was.
He worked diligently to have that goal accomplished but it wasn't meant to be. Several times he sat across from me with tears in his eyes because people were going to loose their jobs. Something he could not prevent.
Months later as the last group left the office several met at Bennigan's for a last, Friday drink. As usual, it was a good spirited group. In the middle of our conversations Gary came in to the restaurant. He had just arrived back in Memphis. He had a drink with us. As he was leaving to pick up Kim to see his daughter participate in some sort of function it was clear he was sad to see the group leaving. He said to me, "I almost wish I was in everybody's shoes here too". I felt sad for him because I knew he meant it deep down.
Gary brought laughter to those around him almost without knowing it. His stories were often so funny.
My son was married on a Friday night in 1999. The week after the wedding I was telling Gary how much I appreciated him coming to the wedding, with his crazy flight schedule. That conversation began his blow by blow discription of his wedding day. He explained how the weather was terrible with rain that day. He talked and I laughed at how he remembered every detail. He could explain hour by hour what had happened.
I also remember him telling me about coming home from college and realizing his grandfather had moved into his room. You could tell he loved telling that story and I loved hearing about it. It was clear how much he really loved his family.
His parents and sisters were an important part of him. He cherished their relationship.
I will think of him often the rest of my life.
Former, HR Manager, IT
I wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and your daughter. I cannot find the words to express my sorrow for you and your family.
This day of reflection is a milestone for us as a country and many thoughts are with you.
My hope for you is that someday you will not weep for your memories, you will look to Elise and she in turn looks to you and all that is left to do is just smile.
I have always rememberd you in my mind, now you are embedded in my heart. My deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one.
Nora (Dowd) Umbro (Framingham,MA)
I learned a great deal from Gary by working with him and have often thought of him over the years, even though I have not spoken with him since my department from Sedgwick 7 years ago. In fact, there was a point last year, prior to my knowing of Gary's death, that I was going to contact him to see if he was interested in a VP of IS position with my company. Unfortunately, I was too late.
On this day, my heart goes out to all that knew Gary. He is missed by all.
Former Sedgwick Noble Lowndes Employee
My fondest memory of Gary is working with him on a funny skit for an IT conference. I had not know him long and was surprised as his sense of humor. The more I knew him the more I saw that he was a funny and caring person.
I admire his desire to be such a good father to his daughter and I strive to do the same with my little girl. Thanks Gary we miss you.
He was great.
as a previous colleague of Gary at Marsh I do not know him personally. My only point of contact to Gary was, that I got wrongly e-mails, which should be directed to Gary but arrived in my post-box because I was before Gary in the Internal Adressbook of Marsh. Another commonness with Gary is the same age.
Nevertheless I will queuing in the big mourning community.
Please aceept my deep sympathy.
ACE Insurance, Germany
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Josie and Bob Lasko & their daughter, Lori Russell (cousins)
After the Sedgwick/Marsh merger Gary and I shared a common situation, commuting to NY often and leaving our families behind for the week. I was privaleged to have regular breakfast and dinners with Gary where we became very close friends. I only wish we could of had more.
Gary loved Kim and Elise more than anything. He spoke of them often and with true love and admiration in his words and feelings. They were his life. Having a son the same age as Elise, we compared notes regularly. Gary was so very proud of Elise in every way, you could just see the love in his eyes as he spoke of her. I am confident that Elise will carry her memories of her father throughout her life and know what a great dad and man he was.
Gary's love and respect of his wife Kim was always evident. Having to spend the week in NY and return to Memphis for the weekend created a challenging situation for him and Kim. He often spoke of how proud he was of Kim and admired her for how she was able to carry on without him. He missed her very much when away and I know he was very anxious for that to end. He had great plans for a long life with his bride.
Gary was a friend who always made me feel better about myself and life. He had the highest integrity, respected everyone's positions and was just a pleasure to be around. He was a gentleman and role model for business and as a person. I am sure anyone that knew Gary would agree completely.
I miss Gary very much and will cheerish his memory and forever consider myself lucky to have had Gary as a friend and colleague.
My prayers are with Kim and Elise that although they have a loss that cannot be replaced, that the memories of Gary will fill their hearts with warmth and tenderness for the rest of their lives.
Within the first few minutes of my interview conversations with Gary and a few other Sedgwick colleagues, I realized that I wanted to be a part of what Gary was creating. In just a few short moments Gary provided me with enough motivation and enough enthusiasm for me to accept a position within Sedgick's Technology Department in January, 1994.
Gary had great and wonderful stories to tell about Elise. Everytime he spoke of her, tears would come to his eyes. He was not sad, but filled with love for his "little girl". Gary was a very sensitive individual in a very stressful position.
I remember my first trip to Philadephia. Gary took me to his favorite Greek restaurant. The owner knew him by name even though Gary hadn't been there in quite some time. Everyone knew Gary.
Gary - I will miss you forever, but I understand that this world was simply a stopping place for you. I know that you are still doing wonders. Be proud for Elise, she is truly a fine young lady.