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Ruth McCourt
Age: 45
Worked for:
Originally from: Cork
Resided in: New London CT
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I haven't words to express my horror at what happened to Ruth and Juliana on Flight 175; indeed, I am incapable of even thinking about it long enough to fully comprehend it.

Ruth alone, I know would have been at peace...the inability to help her child must have ripped out her heart. All I can do is remember a true, superb friend; pray for them and shed a tear every night.

My most heartfelt condolences to the McCourt and Clifford families.
-- LeeAnn F. Malone (Friend)
02 Oct 2001

From NY Times, Nov 13, 2001

'Taking Miss J to Disneyland'

They were best friends, close as sisters, and they were headed to California. Paige Farley- Hackel, and Ruth McCourt were going to fly from Boston together on United Airlines Flight 175, but when Ms. Farley- Hackel realized she could use frequent flyer miles, she got a ticket for American Airlines Flight 11 instead. Ms. McCourt, who was flying with her 4-year-old daughter, Juliana, and Ms. Farley-Hackel said goodbye in the early morning hours at Logan International Airport in Boston on Sept. 11, and boarded their planes.

The women had planned on meeting in Los Angeles and taking Juliana to Disneyland. Ms. Farley-Hackel's plane was hijacked and struck the north tower of the World Trade Center. Ms. McCourt's and Juliana's flight, hijacked as well, crashed into the south tower shortly thereafter.

The mother and daughter would have been a striking pair sitting together, said Ms. McCourt's mother, Paula Clifford Scott, what with Ms. McCourt's long red hair and Juliana's blond locks. She was only 4, but already Juliana, nicknamed Miss J, displayed a little sense of wit.

"And she was a nurturer like her mother," Ms. Scott said.

Ruth McCourt, who was 45 and a homemaker from New London, Conn., met Ms. Farley-Hackel at the day spa she used to own in Boston. She gave up the business when she got married six years ago, but the friendship lasted. The two women often traveled together. They shared passions for reading and cooking and learning new things.

Ms. Farley-Hackel, who was 46 and a writer and motivational speaker from Newton, Mass., was looking forward to having the first few episodes of her new radio program, "Spiritually Speaking," hit the airwaves. She had a dream: in two years or so, she wanted to either be featured on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" or be Oprah's biggest rival, said her husband, Allan Hackel.

Recently, the Oprah show included a memorial segment about Ms. Farley-Hackel's friendship with Ms. McCourt and Juliana.
-- Anon ()
26 Nov 2001

Ruth it is hard to believe you are gone. When I think of you, I see you as you were, when I knew you. You were 13 years old, wearing the school uniform and always had a wonderful smile.
We were in first year together, down in St. Michael's class room in the Ursuline Convent, Blackrock. I can still see you sitting on the desk waiting for the Art teacher to make her way down to St Michael's . I remember how much you loved your art back then and messing with the jars of water after art class. I remember your red hair and that big smile that would light up the class room. You sat next to Sara Collins in Art class. Ruth may me meet again in Heaven some day. Mary O'Neill Flynn
-- Mary (O'Neill) Flynn (Friend {school friend})
12 Apr 2002

Ruth, I hardly knew you when I visited your home with your brother, Spencer, in 1996. Spence and I were friends in college. Spence presended me and my fiance, Maxine, with an outing in Boston to celebrate our engagement and we stayed with you and David that evening.

I am sorry I didn't about this sooner; may God bless your soul forever.

-F. Vincent Gerbino
-- F. Vincent Gerbino (Friend {})
17 Feb 2005

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