Evan Hunter Gillette

Evan Hunter Gillette
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'We Walked Hand in Hand'

Sherri Partridge, a native New Yorker, had been searching for the right man for years, and at 39, she found Evan Hunter Gillette.

They met on the Internet. "We just really hit it off," recalled Ms. Partridge, a publicist working downtown. Mr. Gillette, 40, was a vice president at Sandler O'Neill & Partners.

After a few dates last year, the two moved in together and spent weekends in Canada, Vermont, Washington and Monticello, Va. "We did a lot of bed and breakfast," she said. "We walked hand in hand, lay on the grass and took it all in."

A wedding was in the offing. The couple roamed the streets of Manhattan, looking for the right rings and talking about babies. "We were very, very happy," she said.

Before the attack, Ms. Partridge says, she had a dim prescience of what was to come. "Sometimes, I woke up in the middle of the night and had this gripping fear that he might die," she said. "I would tell him, please don't die, please don't die. And he would tell me, 'I'll never leave you.'"

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 1, 2001.

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