Sunday, September 11, 2011

We Love Soaps Remembers 9/11: GUIDING LIGHT's Timothy J. Hargrave

We Love Soaps remembers those lost in the September 11, 2001 attacks including a former GUIDING LIGHT child actor T.J. Hargrave.

On this 10th anniversary of 9/11, let us pause to remember the late T.J. Hargrave (1962-2001) who played T.J. Werner, the adopted son of Drs. Joe and Sara Werner on GUIDING LIGHT (1974-1976). He was working as a vice president of Cantor Fitzgerald at the time of the attacks on the World Trade Center. He was succeeded in the role of TJ Werner by actor Kevin Bacon. - Submitted by William Reynolds

Cantor Fitzgerald sadly lost the most workers that day.

His friends compared him to a walking Zagat's guide; he always knew when a hot new restaurant was opening. Although he never finished college, Hargrave rose through the ranks at Cantor Fitzgerald. One of his projects was eSpeed, the online bond-trading program that helped the company stay afloat in the dark days after September 11.

"There are so many 'what ifs' in this story," Schuster said. "T.J. had a desk mate, and ever since the 1993 bombing (at the World Trade Center), Cantor Fitzgerald required employees to personally greet visitors in the lobby. T.J. and his desk mate worked on the 105th floor and took turns. On 9/11, it was the desk mate's turn to greet the visitor and T.J. stayed behind. He died. The desk mate survived."

CNN has more details on Hargrave's story including the family left behind, a wife and three daughters. Read it here.

"He was passionate about everything, and he was an everlasting friend," his wife said. "Once you were in his life, you stayed there. And he was the most devoted father you can imagine. He'd never played soccer a day in his life, but he wanted the girls to be involved in team sports, so he learned. I tell them, `Some parents have their kids in soccer so they can have some time by themselves, but your father had you in soccer because he wanted to be with you.' "

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