Gregory E. Rodriguez
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Explorer of Wrecks

Not everyone would get up at 4:30 in the morning to look at wrecks, but Gregory E. Rodriguez did just that. The wrecks, as it happened, were shipwrecks. He would head out to Brooklyn or Long Island, shrug into scuba diving gear and, with others, explore long- sunken ships. This was wreck diving, and he adored it. He even kept a framed map in his office of where the wrecks were.

The diving made his wife, Elizabeth Soudant, a little nervous. He used to have to call her when he got to Brooklyn, then after the first dive, after the second dive, and when he was leaving. Of course, that meant she had to stay home, chained to the phone. After a while, she calmed down. He had to call only when he got there and when he was leaving.

Mr. Rodriguez, 31, an assistant vice president for information security at the eSpeed division of Cantor Fitzgerald, lived with his wife in White Plains. He always brought a smile to her face with his wit and good humor, she said.

Last Labor Day weekend, they went to Seattle, and Mr. Rodriguez went scuba diving with Ms. Soudant's brother-in-law. Afterward, Mr. Rodriguez said it was his best dive. He didn't see any wrecks, but he saw some wolf eels — fierce-looking things that resembled old men — and they fascinated him. Her brother-in-law intends to go to the spot where they dived, she said, and put a plaque with Mr. Rodriguez's name on it beneath the water.

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Published in The Journal News on Oct. 17, 2001.
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March 10, 2015
3.10.15. Years later, for some reason I'm thinking of Greg Rodriguez. I was the recruiter who placed Greg at Cantor. He was 1 of my first 'placements' in NYC and I got to know him fairly well on a social level. As many have commented, he was lively, funny, action-oriented, and super smart. We're roughly the same age, and I felt a special bond with him because we were both fairly young in our careers. G: I miss u my man and think about you often. The smile on your picture is pretty much exactly how I remember you. Godspeed.
Tony Ewing
December 16, 2012
I think about you at least once a week.
D W
September 11, 2011
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. You will never be forgotten you will be loved and missed vary much
Heather Furno
September 11, 2011
You will never be forgotten you will be loved also missed thoughts and prayers go out to the family
Heather Furno
September 11, 2008
It has taken me seven years to find the words to say how much I miss Greg's presence on this planet. Greg and I were in high school together and he was my dance partner for our production of "Grease". It was a very short number, and our portion of dancing together lasted all of 16 bars of music. I have to tell you, though, he made me laugh every time we danced together, in every rehearsal and every performance.

I have a handful of other memories of Greg, in band, and hanging out around the school... all memories of a great guy who had a wonderful smile, easygoing attitude, kind heart. But the memory of that short dance will always be with me, to keep in my heart and make me smile.

May we all be so blessed to have met Greg, and smiled when we did. May God watch over his family and bring them peace on this day and every day.
Jennifer (Yates) McPartlin
November 17, 2007
Happy Birthday!!!
Doug Abraham
April 23, 2007
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
February 20, 2007
In memory....
P Tabbernor
December 26, 2002
I remember growing up going to greg house in the hudson valley. My brother use to spend the night their. His parents are the sweetest people in the world and Greg was one of a kind. Our family misses his presence in this world and part of the family has been chiped away becuase of the loss. I went searching through a photo box my mother had and found a picture of him with his arm in a cast I remeber that day it was during the early winter an it was mild out side, i was about 8yrs old becuse in the picture i was wearing glasses and watch phyllis his mother was showing us something on her dinner table. I feel sorry i only got to know you in my youth but i kept up with your gradution and marriage throu my mother who would talk to your grandmother ( my great auntie) I will pray for your soul and that prayer extends to you mother and father which I send many hugs too.
Your cousin
Frankie Vega
Francis Vega
September 11, 2002
I had the pleasure to work with Greg at Salomon Brothers approximately in the years: 1990-1991 (around that timeframe). He worked on the Help Desk over by 1NYP and I also recall him working at 55 Water St. as well (I believe he was a consultant for Salomon), before the company's move to 7WTC. I was a secretary for the group. I recall Greg's smile, he loved the group REM and I recall him being an environmentalist, an advocate for peace always. He was a natural comedian, always making people laugh. My condolences to the family.
Kathy Puma
September 4, 2002
Gregory is being remembered by the students at St. Pius X Catholic High
School in Houston, Texas. I am wearing a wrist band with his name on it as a symbol of remembrance. Gregory and his family/friends are in our thoughts and prayers.
The D'Antoni Family
M. D'Antoni
August 8, 2002
I just found out 3 days ago that Greg perished in the WTC on 9/11. I went to high school with him and vividly remember his smile, his kindness and his sense of individuality. I did not have an opportunity to keep in touch with him after school, but always remembered him with love and fondness.
May the angels watch over him and give him peace. God bless his family and friends always.
Tracy Pierpont
May 14, 2002
I did not know you or anyone else who passed away on September 11, 2001. I am really sorry that so many wonderful people where killed and I pray for the family and friends that remain and have to find a way to go on without their loved one. May God Bless you all.
Angie Campbell
April 10, 2002
DEAR GOD SHINE YOUR LIGHT ON THIS BEAUTIFUL YOUNG MAN..GREGORY E.RODRIGUEZ AND MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE WITH GOD AND HIS ANGELS..GOD BLESS HIS LOVING FAMILY AND MANY FRIENDS..STAY CLOSE..PRAY..AND NEVER FORGET 9/11/01...GOD BLESS AMERICA AND NEW YORK FOREVER..MAY JESUS AND ST.GREGORY GREET YOU AT THE GATES OF HEAVEN..AMEN
March 11, 2002
Greg and I were at Croton-Harmon High School together; I was a couple years older. I'll never forget Spring of 1985,sitting in Room 101 before performances of "Grease"....to get psyched up, the cast would do their version of "Axel F" and Greg would always play percussion by using the zipper of his leather jacket.

We also had a lot of fun during the band trip to Washington, DC. Greg was always so much fun. Though we didn't keep in touch, the memory of his sense of humor has stayed with me over the years. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. Greg is a gem.
Suanne Bierman-Laqueur
December 27, 2001
I met Greg in 1994, when we both worked for the same firm. We instantly became friends. Greg opened my eyes with his infectious outlook on life and his ceaseless sense of humor. When Greg was in the room, you couldn't help but hear his side of the story. When he was in the same meeting, you rarely stopped laughing.
Greg was also a very patient listener, and would ask for advice as often as he would give it. I enjoyed initiating Greg to the frustrating game of golf. I'm pretty sure golf frustrated him. No wait, I'm positive that golf frustrated him. I really miss those golf trips, Greg.
Not a day goes by when I don't think about Greg and the events of September 11th. I have such fond memories of my time with him. I know that memories like these are what keep all of us going. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rest in peace buddy.
Kyle Rothbart
December 14, 2001
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
November 27, 2001
I met Greg 2 1/2 years ago, and unfortunately, only had the pleasure of his company on a handful of occasions. However, it only took a short period of time to understand how special Greg was. He was full of life, had a million stories to tell, loved and had the love of the woman of his dreams. His exuberance was contagious.

Some people have the ability to touch your life in ways you can't clearly express. Greg was one of those people.

Rest in peace Greg. I will always remember you fondly.

Pat
Patrick Hogan
October 29, 2001
I was one of Greg's close friends. We met in the first grade. We shared a paper route together, played in bands together, hung out throughout high school, lived in the same apartment building and were regularly in touch until 9/11. I think about him every day, sometimes not believing he's gone, sometimes feeling empty and depressed, sometimes getting that chilling feeling that it could've been me, sometimes laughing at things he did or said or imagining what he would do or say today, and happy to just have known him.

To me, Greg was first and foremost, fun to be around. We were always laughing together and he was always pushing me to try new things and open up to life. But we could also be very serious and thoughtful. He was an excellent debater and, even if his conclusions didn't match mine, I was always better for the exercise. I could talk to him about anything. He felt like a brother.

He always seemed to be living life one step ahead of everyone else. While we were finishing up high school, he was traveling across California. While we were in college he was having a baby and working in the city. While we were struggling to begin our careers, his was already flourishing. He was always trying new things -- lately scuba diving and hiking. He overcame a smoking habit. He overcame depression. He found the woman of his dreams. He was able to accomplish so much, and now he'll forever be one step ahead of us.
Andrew Cary
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