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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 4:57 pm    Post subject: KAppy's obits on the anniversary of his murder Reply with quote

Christopher R. Zarba Jr.: A Curious Mind

Christopher R. Zarba Jr. was just a baby when the Boston Pops performed a piece composed by his father, "Palm Sunday," in 1954. The younger Mr. Zarba inherited his family's musical genes, and grew up to be a talented pianist and French horn player who performed with local symphonies in his free time. He even married a fellow horn player, Sheila Kiernan.

Mr. Zarba, 47, lived with his wife and young son, Christopher James, in Hopkinton, Mass., before he boarded American Airlines Flight 11. A software engineer by profession, he also painted, gardened, and learned to speak German and Italian fluently. He was perpetually curious, and even keeping algebra and calculus books around the house to read for pleasure.

"He was always investigating," said his only brother, Joe Zarba.

To remember Mr. Zarba, his father, wife, and brother-in-law performed "Palm Sunday" last month with the Thayer Symphony Orchestra in Fitchburg, Mass. His uncle sang the national anthem. Mr. Zarba, who had played with the symphony for more than a decade, talked about performing his father's work, but never got the chance.

"I think Chris would have just loved it," Mrs. Zarba said.

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Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 8, 2001.

Christopher Zarba came from a musical family. His father was a piano teacher in the Boston area and his uncle is a well-known Massachusetts vocalist. And while Zarba worked as a software engineer for a communications firm, music also played a significant role in his life--he played the piano and French horn. Zarba, 47, of Hopkinton, Mass., was aboard American Airlines Flight 11 when it crashed into the trade center.

Zarba was headed to Los Angeles to work on a computer system there for Concord Communications, said his father, Christopher Zarba. He was married and had a 3-year-old son, also named Christopher.

"The thing that's so sad about this is his son," Zarba's father said. "Those two were inseparable, and now he doesn't have a dad."

Since the tragedy, the already close-knit family has gotten even closer. They tell stories of Christopher, who would have turned 48 on Saturday.
They've also tried to cope by turning off the television, said Christopher's brother, Joe.

"It's a horrific experience watching your brother die over and over and over again," Joe Zarba said. "To know that he had a half-hour of terror on that plane is only helped by the fact that now he is in a better place."

The family held a memorial service over the weekend at a Catholic church in east Boston. At the service, Zarba's father played keyboards while his uncle, Frank, sang.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RIP KAppy.

Been thinking about him the last couple of days.

His boy is a teenager now. I hope all is well with him after being robbed of having a father.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr. 'Holica wrote:
RIP KAppy.

Been thinking about him the last couple of days.

His boy is a teenager now. I hope all is well with him after being robbed of having a father.


It's good to see you, 'Holica. Don't be a stranger.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm bumping this to the top for obvious reasons.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shouldn't this be a sticky?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hbk31 wrote:
Shouldn't this be a sticky?


Never thought of it, but it seems like a good idea. This has been something that I do every Memorial Day and September 11th.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Resquiat In Pacem.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hbk31 wrote:
Shouldn't this be a sticky?


Good idea.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much, Artist.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good story on Christopher Zarba in the Sept. 11th edition of the Worcester(Mass.) Sunday Telegram and Gazette. Sorry, could not get a link.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tommyg wrote:
Good story on Christopher Zarba in the Sept. 11th edition of the Worcester(Mass.) Sunday Telegram and Gazette. Sorry, could not get a link.


I found it for you, tommy. Thanks for telling us about it.

http://www.telegram.com/article/20110911/NEWS/109119909/1052/news01

HOPKINTON ó Christopher R. Zarba Jr., 47, a software engineer for Concord Communications of Marlboro, was aboard American Airlines Flight 11 on a business trip to California. He died three days shy of his 48th birthday.

He had attended Tufts University, where he gave up his childhood ambition of becoming a doctor and studied to become a software engineer. His love of music later would draw him to the University of Lowell, where he earned a masterís degree in music. He played French horn in the Thayer Symphony Orchestra in Leominster for nearly a decade. He was living in Hopkinton at the time of his death.

He left his wife, Sheila Kieman, a son, Christopher J. Zarba, and his father, Christopher R. Zarba Sr.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 1:52 am    Post subject: RIP. Reply with quote

Rest in peace KAPPY and all the other victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Life Magazine has a good look back entitled In The Land Of The Free. I bought a copy at Sam's Club for $12.99.

Interestingly, on Youtube, a camera crew, filming members of the FDNY on a call just up the street from the twin towers, caught the first plane fly by and hit the north tower.

Also, on Youtube, you can hear FDNY's radio traffic covering the fire department's response. "Send every available ambulance, everything you have, this way!"
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems we all know someone who was on one of those flights...It will for ever touch the souls of our lives.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Deserves a mention for this day.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It definitely does.
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