9/11 Tribute: Kevin Patrick York

Kevin York With Son Princeton, NJ

Kevin was born on September 6, 1960 in St. Georges, Bermuda. Although he enjoyed the travel of his military family, he yearned for a place to call his home. He lived in New Mexico, New Jersey, Ohio and Japan.

Kevin met his future wife at the tender age of 17. They relied on each other as they grew into adulthood, married and decided how they would live their lives. The couple chose Princeton, NJ as the ideal place to raise their son Connor, now eleven years old. They were ecstatic with the birth of Aidan in December 2000, after many years of hoping for a second child.

Kevin often said that he was a lucky man for having everything he could ever want. He graduated from Pemberton High School and was the first in his family to attend college. He graduated from Stockton State College in 1984. He felt that his life had, by far, surpassed all of his dreams for home, family and career. His relationship with his wife was still strong as they entered their twelfth year of marriage. Kevin craved the excitement of New York City and the glamour of working at the World Trade Center. He endured the daily stress of his high-pressure job, as well as the lengthy commute into the City, to provide a wonderful home for his family. As a Senior Vice President at Euro Brokers he was driven to excel. Though his job was stressful, he remarked that he loved his work because “you get a chance to win, every day.” He worked for EBI on the Interest Rate Options desk since January 1990.

Kevin was keenly aware of everything around him. He amazed people with his depth of knowledge on practically any subject. He loved to discuss politics, or any other topic that could be the subject of a heated debate. He had uncommonly strong ties to his parents, sisters and brother. He loved people in general and went to great depths to help others. Kevin was vital, strong, powerful and clever. He was the life of any gathering. Kevin gave the impression that he was invincible, making his tragic death even more difficult to bear.

More than anything, he loved his two children. He shared his love of history with Connor, especially military history. Unfortunately, his time with Aidan was too short. He loved watching the changes in his new baby.

Kevin had many plans for his life. He wanted to travel to Japan and Morocco; he wanted to take his children to Europe; he wanted to build a beautiful home by the sea, to share with family and friends. But most of all, he wanted to watch his children grow into fine young men. Kevin was a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend. His wife Chiemi tenderly claims, “Our lives were enhanced by his passion and we will never be the same without his radiant presence on this earth.”

His wife, Chiemi, and two sons, Connor and Aidan survive Kevin.

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[Editor’s Note]: This post is a standing tribute to this valuable life lost on 9/11, so I don’t want to comment too much and take away from that intent. However, I would just like to say that in reading about Kevin York, I found that he was a man I think I would have liked immensely. One can tell from the tributes given by those who knew him that he was a man intensely devoted to his family, especially his wife and children. There is a saying that the greatest thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. It is apparent to me that Mr. York left his children just such a legacy and my prayer is that they would not despair at what the world has taken from them, but rather rejoice in that legacy and know that their very lives are more of a tribute to him than any amount of words will ever be.


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3 responses to “9/11 Tribute: Kevin Patrick York

  1. Petra Farmer

    I knew Kevin a long time ago. He was my neighbor when we were in high school. He was always a sensitive and caring person with a good heart. I can remember how much he cared about Chiemi even when we were just “kids”. He truly loved her. I am glad to see he had a good life with the love of his life by his side and two beautiful children. Although his life was way too short he experienced more happiness than most people do. His was a life well lived.

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