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Neilie Casey
Age: 32
Occupation: Merchandise planning manager
Worked for: TJX Companies Inc
Originally from:
Resided in: Wellesley, MA
College: Holy Cross
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From NY Times Dec 3, 2001

Neilie Anne Casey: Runners and a Torch

There is no logic to any of it; that much is obvious. But the truth is that they did meet as freshmen, in logic class.

That was at Holy Cross, and Michael Casey still remembers the sight of Neilie Anne Heffernan's long auburn hair.

They were married on Cape Cod in 1996 "because it was meant to be," he said B their "incredible bond" only intensified when their daughter, Riley Eileen, was born nine months ago.

The Caseys were both runners. On Sunday, Sept. 9, they took their daughter on her first three-mile road race (Riley was the cute one in the jogging stroller).

On the night before the attack, the Caseys played a travel video of Bermuda, planning the trip for their fifth wedding anniversary, Sept. 21.

On Sept. 11, Mr. Casey kissed his wife goodbye and watched from the bedroom window upstairs as she left their house in Wellesley, Mass., at 5:45 a.m. "I flipped the light on so she could see me, and she turned and waved back as she left."

Thus this last memory before Mrs. Casey, 32, boarded Flight 11 on a business trip to California.

Now Mr. Casey has been asked to be one of the runners carrying the torch for the Winter Olympic Games in February, "in honor," he said, "of Neilie."
-- Anon (Friend { })
14 Dec 2001

I came across this site and just had to leave a note to Neilie's family. Even though my time with Neilie was extremely limited...it was remarkable. Neilie's brother-in-law Joe Casey introduced me to Nielie. She was in NY on business in the fall of 1997, and she and Joe attended a going-away party for me, as I was moving to Boston. I was thrilled to meet Nielie, as my brother Brendan had always spoken so highly of her. I don't think I've ever heard Brendan so impressed by someone as he was with Neilie. Every time he mentioned her name, he'd pause and remark at how firey, and kind, and beautiful she was - he seemed to be unusually moved by her spirit...like I've never heard before...or since. Nielie was a bright light in a room full of people she didn't know that evening, and Nielie and her family were also the first to open their arms to me when I moved to Boston - for which I'll be forever grateful. I have since moved back to NY, work and live downtown, and will forever remember and pray for Neilie and her family. God Bless.
-- Christine O'Sullivan (Friend {Friend of the family})
05 Mar 2002

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