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Boris Khalif moved to the United States from Ukraine at the age of 10, loved computers and devoured everything he could find about them. When he got his first computer in high school, he took it apart and then put it back together. At first it did not work, so he kept fiddling until it did. Friends and relatives brought their computer problems to him and he fixed them. Mr. Khalif, 30, who lived in Brooklyn, was working as a computer consultant at Marsh & McLennan in 1 World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

Although his son, Steven, was still only 2, Mr. Khalif had already begun to buy him children's games for the computer. But Steven was fascinated watching Mr. Khalif play his own computer games. "War games, fighting, monsters, our son liked to watch them all," said Mr. Khalif's wife, Ella. "That's how I fed my son. He was too busy watching what my husband was doing to feed himself."

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Published in The Indianapolis Star on Nov. 16, 2001.
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June 19, 2019
In loving memory of Boris
Alex Lai
September 9, 2016
Sorry for your lost.
Lawrence Mitchell
December 16, 2012
Ella Khalif
August 20, 2010
June 14, 2008
October 25, 2007
October 24, 2007
October 23, 2007
October 23, 2007
January 31, 2007
When Boris came to America, he was
10 years old. His parents wanted him to have better life. He finished 3 classes in Kiev, city he
was born. He should start new life in New York. New life with new people and new school. Best was when he got his first computer on
his birthday. It was a miracle.
When he went to Kingsborough College he took Computer Science as his major. And in college he got
his first job and he loved it.
When he work with computer he could took it apart and then put it
back together. At first it did not
work, so he kept fiddling untill it did.
He start to give after school lessons to teach how to use computer. Then he bought his first
car. Then was Brooklny College. He was graduating with degree in
Computer Science.
He became so proficient at trobleshooting that friends would
come to him with their computer problems. They call him 'Professor'
He enjoyed reading science fiction
and going to sci-fi movies.
He met the love of his life, Ella,
when they were at Kingsborough College, Friend introduced them.
It was love at first sight, Ella
says. She knew the minute they met they would get married.
They got engaged after one year and married the next. They were get
married. They were married for
6 years and have 2-1/2 years old
son Steven. When Boris wasn't working, he liked to spend time with Ella and Steven. A whiz at
computer games, he had begun buying
children's computer games for Steven.
Living close to the sea in Brooklyn
Sheepshead Bay Boris love to take
Steven to see fishing boats or they go to Coney Island, still a
place of wonder to Steven.
Dream for Boris was to buy own small boat. He loved tropical island, palm trees, swimming and
snorkeling. Boris and Ella vacationed in Mexico, The Dominican
Republic and Aruba - they first wedding vacation.
Boris started working with The
Allegiance Group at March&McLennan
on the 95th. floor of the WTC,
Tower One, only four months when the hijacked plane slammed into the building. September 11, when he
was rushing off the subway to get
to work before 8.
Elizabeth Khalif
January 10, 2007
Boris Khalif
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2007


Elizabeth Khalif
January 9, 2007
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2007


Elizabeth Khalif
November 24, 2006
In memory....
P Tabbernor
November 7, 2006
As I cross-stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.
Kristine
September 1, 2006
Dear Boris ..We think of you always
We missed you dearly,
We love you forever
Ma and Pa
Elizabeth Khalif
May 2, 2002
I did not know you or anyone else who passed away on 9/11/01, but it hurt just the same to watch it taking place. May God Bless you and watch over the ones that you left behind that now have to go on without you. Rest in peace..........
Angie Campbell
February 11, 2002
DEAR GOD SHINE YOUR LIGHT ON THIS WONDERFUL YOUNG MAN BORIS KHALIF AND MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE WITH GOD AND HIS ANGELS..GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS..GOD BLESS AMERICA AND NEW YORK AND GOOD PEOPLE FROM THE UKRAINE..MAY WE NEVER FORGET 9/11/01..MAY GOD GREET YOU AT THE GATES OF HEAVEN..AMEN
December 27, 2001
We are very sorry for your loss of Boris. Our hearts cry with you.
America Cries
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
Dixon, IL
Teresa Jahn
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