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“I love you all,” are the words James J. Woods, age 26, left on his family’s answering machine on September 11th. Family was what mattered most to him, and he shared a real closeness with his family. He and his dad had a long tradition of going to Jets home games together. Jimmy arranged for his sister Eileen to move next door to him in Manhattan because they shared many common interests and a close friendship. He called his mom each day, even for a quick hello, just to stay in touch.
Born on February 26, 1975 to Joyce (Phelan) and John Woods, Jim grew up in Pearl River, where he participated in sports. He graduated from Nanuet High School in 1993 where he was known for being involved, including everyone, and being an all-around good kid. He loved playing basketball and golf, and he organized activities as a class officer. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the State University of New York at Oswego in 1997.
Jimmy was eager to begin his career at Cantor Fitzgerald. He was excited about work and went to the top of the WTC with great pride and determination each day. Jim had integrity and gave everything he did 110%; his drive, ambition, and intensity in aiming for and reaching his goals were unmatched. He was successful at Cantor Fitzgerald while climbing the corporate ladder, and he looked forward to a rewarding career. He was a fun-loving young man, who worked hard to succeed in all aspects of his life.
Jimmy loved life; he had an amazing smile, enthusiasm, and a contagious laugh. He had an extraordinary sense of humor and was very entertaining. From his earliest years, he was a character who had a keen imagination. At age 2 Jimmy wore sunglasses upside down with great confidence. He was admired for being an individual and a trendsetter. Jimmy had a gift for bringing people together. Jimmy ensured that everyone was having fun. We can still hear his laugh and see his smile. He was the life of the party and made great efforts to stay in touch with people.
Jim was a true New Yorker. No one loved Manhattan and living there as much as he. While vacationing in italy and Ireland, he longed for Central Park, a NY bagel, a slice of pizza, and the sports section of the Daily News because he was an avid Jets, Knicks, and Yankees fan. As a child he named his teddy bear Bucky after Yankee Bucky Dent and had his room painted green in honor of the Jets.
Jimmy loved music, especially U2. In June of 2001 he attended his last concert, a U2 concert that he said was the best show he’d ever seen. Lyrics from “Walk On” a song U2 performed that night now have special meaning to Jimmy’s family: “You’re packing a suitcase for a place none of us has been, a place that has to be believed to be seen…And if the darkness is to keep us apart, and if the daylight feels like it’s a long way off…and I know it aches, and how your heart it breaks, and you can only take so much…But, be strong…Walk on.” Because Jim loved life he’d tell us to live to the fullest.
He will be missed always and loved forever. Jimmy will live forever in our hearts.