JOHN R. CRUZ: Plans for a
R. Cruz wasn't one of those guys who proposes marriage to
his girlfriend, forks over the ring, then waits to be
informed when and where to attend the wedding.
He had proposed to his bride, Susan Fereira, only two
weeks before the disaster, when they had both flown out
to California for a wedding. So, the whole weekend before
the terrorist attack, the lovebirds took delight in
discussing the complex details. It had to be at Sacred
Heart Church in Yonkers, where Ms. Fereira lived. It
would certainly be a large wedding: her family is
Portuguese and his is Puerto Rican, with many of his
relatives living around Lakewood, N.J.
Their friends from Morgan Stanley would be there,
because that was where they had met, and where she still
works. And certainly there must be a contingent from
Cantor Fitzgerald, where Mr. Cruz was in the accounting
group on the 101st floor of 1 World Trade Center. On
Monday, Sept. 10, they set the date: Sept. 21, 2002.
Now she remembers all the good things. For example,
"how he carried a Bible," she said, "and read a passage
every morning on the way to work."