Every year on 9/11 I take a moment to remember Raymond Rocha who died during the attacks on the World Trade Center. Last year I had the opportunity to visit the 9/11 Memorial and see his name engraved for all to see and remember. To reflect on that day that changed us all forever.Ray was lost in the World Trade Center as he started his day at work for Cantor Fitzgerald. I've read the stories of his life, the comments from his community and felt the loss of family and friends. He was the All America kid! Ray was a 1990 graduate of Melrose High School; an honor student, an athlete and a good friend.
He was the youngest of 5 children and helped out around the home from an early age due to his mother's vision loss. He was loved by all who knew him. So loved that he was invited to 28 weddings in just 3 years. Although only 29 when he was killed, his life was full.
Rocha played football in high school and at Brown University before moving to New York City. His number is retired at the Melrose High football field, and a replica of his jersey was placed in a wall at the middle school. Rocha wore number 17.
Rocha accomplished much in his too-brief life. After excelling at Melrose High, he stood out at Brown University academically and athletically, and eventually took a job with prestigious financial firm Cantor Fitzgerald as a bond trader, working on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower.
Above all Ray was a friend ... He once told his friend, Andrea: "our lives were shaped by each other, through thick and thin--we will always be there for each other, friend."
Those who wish may send donations in Ray Rocha's memory to either of the two scholarship funds:
The Ray Rocha Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Friends of Melrose Football, P.O. Box 1461, Melrose, MA 02176; or The Ray Rocha Scholarship Fund, c/o Melrose High School, 360 Lynn Fells Parkway, Melrose, MA 02176.
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