Vincent M. Boland Jr.
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Funny and Smart
Family and friends are learning a lot about Vincent Boland, who is missing from Marsh & McLennan at 1 World Trade Center.

"His friends are telling me that he was funny," said his mother, Joyce, a teacher and a nurse. "I didn't know that. At home, he was quiet. If you wanted to know something you had to ask him, you had to draw it out. He wasn't funny with his brother and sister."

On the other hand, his friend Kyle Mooney did not know that Mr. Boland was a member of Mensa, an organization for the highly intelligent. "I had no idea about that," Mr. Mooney said. "I'm not surprised because he was brilliant and could talk about anything in depth, even esoteric subjects. But Mensa was not something he talked about."

Among friends, Mr. Boland was known for his offbeat sense of humor; he was quick with a joke or cynical quip. Three years ago, after a friend was mugged on the subway, Mr. Boland decided that buses were safer. For six months, Mr. Mooney said, whenever anyone asked Mr. Boland how he was doing, he would say, "There are no worries on the bus."

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Published in The Press-Enterprise on Oct. 31, 2001.
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September 12, 2020
I had the honor and privilege to grade Vincent's Master Degree project while he was attending Stanford. He was so full of life and enthusiasm to start his career. Every year at this time I think about him and so wish he hadn't been stuck in the tower. I will never forget your son, he so much reminded me of myself when I was his age and how much passion he had for learning. He was both incredibly intelligent with a very kind heart. Rest in peace Vincent.
Milo Dodds
Friend
September 11, 2020
I didn't know you. We may have been related (but I don't know the Boland side of my family sadly). But I too am a Boland. And you're in my thoughts every September 11th. God bless you.
Susan
September 11, 2020
Vinny worked on my team at Deutsche Bank and I think about him often. He was smart, witty and I really enjoyed working with him. I remember when he told me he was quitting to go to grad school which was bitter sweet. He was very excited about his new Ford Focus as he headed out. We met up once when he returned and had dinner in the city. Prayers are with you all and with Vinny.
Lisa Keating - Gradilone
Friend
September 10, 2020
Thinking of Vincent, on the 19th anniversary.
Lisa Karpowich
Acquaintance
September 11, 2018
I went to high school with Vincent (we called him Vinnie then!) and we shared several classes together especially Junior and senior year. While we did not stay in touch afterward, I do think of Vinnie often. On this anniversary I am glad that I took some time to remember him and read memories of him that others have shared. I wanted to share with his family that I too remember him as super sweet, funny, smart, and kind hearted! I was prompted to get my old year book out and saw that we had talked about playing tennis or having lunch in NYC together. I forgot about this and I don't think I have picked up a tennis racket since high school! As my kids learn about 9/11, I tell them about Vinnie and how he was such a good guy. God bless you Vincent and your family.
Debbie Vanetti
Classmate
February 1, 2018
Praying today for Vincent's friends and family. Much love from Texas. We will never forget.
Del Newberry
January 8, 2018
I never knew Vincent.

But after reading all memories here I have come to known him a bit.

And I will remember him.
Egbert
December 1, 2017
I rode the school bus with Vincent in elementary school. Every day I sat one seat behind him. I was a quiet kid but he was even quieter, and for some reason I was determined that he was going to be my friend. He just had such a sweetness and kindness about him that touched my heart. So every day we talked a little bit, about bikes and school and stuff. I'm sure he would have never remembered me years later, but I always remembered him, and I was so saddened to hear from a former fellow student that he was gone. Anyway I just wanted to share this sweet memory of this sweet person who made such an impression on me in childhood, and offer my condolences to his family.
Jodi Anderson
January 21, 2017
We will never forget you! Love you forever!
September 11, 2016
Thinking of Vinny on this 15th anniversary. We will never forget you. XXX ❤
Christina Wilkerson
July 2, 2016
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Boland:

Although we never met your son, Vincent we think of him often. We listen each year to the reading of all the names of those who perished that day. God bless you & your wife on this July 4th weekend.

Sincerely,

Jeff & Dotothy Missonellie
Jeffrey Missonellie
July 1, 2016
Just yesterday, after nearly 15 years, I finally mustered up the courage to go to the 9/11 museum. And there you were, my dear friend, on a wall amongst the many, many others who were lost that day. And I thought, my God, he would have been 40 now. I also saw your name inscribed on the North Pool. And still somehow it does not seem real. I can still remember talking to you on my cell phone when I was driving up to Boston for a day trip with my Mom. I had left the project I was managing in your able hands and you were checking in, like you always did. And I teased you and called you Vincenzo, because you hated being called Vinnie. It was Vincent all the way. I can still hear your voice like it was yesterday. And I could hear you say, as clear as day, "Any hoo" like you used to do. You will always be with us, as long as we always remember what you used to do. Any hoo......
Dyane McMahon
July 28, 2015
Although I never knew you I just wanted to say rest in peace son.from one Boland to another.
Kevin.t.c. Boland.
March 29, 2015
It is very difficult to lose a love one, How can I pray and be heard by god. Matthew 6:7 "No matter what it is that we ask according to God will he hears us.
June Jenkins
December 19, 2014
I read your story yesterday at the 9/11 memorial. Your name and story of who you were will forever live on. You were exceptionally bright and your light was put out too early, God has a higher place for you Vincent.
S Boland
September 11, 2014
i fill very bad for his family and i fill the sorrow coming from the way the words were aranged
September 12, 2013
You were a handsome man with what sounds like a beautiful soul. Though we have never met, I can tell people genuinely loved and care for you. Rest in Peace.
Kaylei
September 11, 2013
Dear Vinnie:
I've watched every year the reading of the names. I know you are with God. I remember your mother & dad in my prayers.
Sincerely,
Jeff Missonellie
Jeff Missonellie
September 7, 2013
I wore a bracelet with your name on it, but it took years for me to look for your story. I did not know you. I will never forget that day. May God bless you and keep you forever in his care.
Gayle Beote
June 12, 2013
I walked a mile for you (mile #215) on 4/20/13 as a dedication to your life.
Barbara Boam
September 12, 2012
I met Vinny when he interviewed to work for us at Deutsche Bank. I liked him immediately as he was bright, witty and easy to talk to. Our team at DB had a great dynamic working hard while keeping things fun and Vinny was key to adding to both of those aspects. To this day our business users still rave about the job Vinny did on the "FITS" system and I still remember us joking about his umbrella and everyone making fun of my cellphone (aka "the brick"). When Vinny told us he was leaving to go to grad school I was both excited (especially since he was so excited about buying his Ford Focus ;) and disappointed. We kept in touch while he was in grad school and I'm happy we were able to make time to catch dinner in the city a few times. I think about him often and never will forget him. Love and miss you Vinny. Lisa
Lisa Keating - Gradilone
September 3, 2012
Dear Vincent and family,
My name is Karen Barrett. I lost my aunt in the September 11th attacks. I"m participating in this year's ceremony and I'm honored to read Vincent's name. You will forever be in my thoughts and prayers. Winding you eternal peace.

Kindly,
Karen
Karen Barrett
September 14, 2011
Remembering Vinny. At the time I met Vinny he was attending NYU and working for Arthur Andersen, there's where we met.He worked in my department and we sat accross from one another at one point.Vinny would tell me about NYU and the classes he was in and all the exams he was studying for. I always knew how hard he studied the night before, because the next morning he come in barely picking up his feet and his eyes barely open. Vinny had such a clear picture about his life & career and he couldnt wait to finish school and get started. Vinny my friend you are truely missed and I will never forget you.
Anita Di Giallonardo
September 11, 2011
Vinnie and I worked together at Ernst & Young. I didn't know he had come back to NY until it was too late. You were smart and funny. The work day was always better with you there. You will always be in my heart.
Paola Lefcovich Comer
September 8, 2011
Dear Joyce and family, I did not know until a few moments ago that your son Vincent, Jr was among those lost on 9/11.My family and I moved to Ilinois in 1974 from Woodcliff Lake (next to Tice Farms) My children always called your mom Aunt Olga. Please know that we will remember Vince each and every morning and each and every evening with a special prayer Love Marylou, Monica, Mike and Michelle.
Marylou Netzel
September 8, 2011
I was just given Vincents' name for a remembrance on Facebook.... After reading what has been written about him he sounds like a wonderful man... On Sunday I will be praying for his family and the rest of the families that they have found peace..... Even tho I didn't know any of the victims personally they are all always in my heart ......
Teresa Fischer
September 8, 2011
I miss you and think of you all of the time, my dear Friend. The sun could never compete with the light you brought into each and every person you mets, day. I love you and know that Heaven is a better place because you are there.
Christina Wilkerson
September 11, 2009
We miss you.
This world was never meant for
anyone as beautiful as you.
You made us laugh, you lifted us up.
Rest in Peace, we will never forget you.
Love Terre and Nancy
August 15, 2008
Although I never met you, you were a distant cousin of mine. You will never be forgotten. You and your family remain in my prayers.
April 25, 2008
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Doug Abraham
April 18, 2008
hello dear...
it's been over 5 years now, i think of you as another dear friend passes away.
it brings back everything and on bad days i still think you're still with us, wandering NY healhty and well. Miss you dreadfully....
you are close to my heart.
love t
tania choi
September 11, 2007
LONG DISTANCE "COUSIN" MAY YOU REST IN PEACE

I REALLY GET UPSET CAUSE YOU OBVIOUSLY LOOK LIKE MY FAMILY HERE

YOU EVEN RESEMBLE ME (WHEN I WAS YOUNG) !

YOUR SMILE IS SO SINCERE I...... [CAN'T CONTINUE]

R I P VINNY....

MIKE BOLAND
Reading PA USA
Michael Boland
March 10, 2007
I didn't know Vincent, but I still think of families like his that are left with such a hole in their hearts. Our loving Heavenly Father feels saddened when such tragedies happen and He tells us that He will give us a hope of no more sorrow, pain or tears (Revelation 21:3,4). Please accept my sympathies.
L Carter
November 28, 2006
Vincent,
I was a couple of years your senior in St. Catherine. The older kids had to moniter the younger grades at lunch and recess. My friend Jennifer and I loved you. You had this maroon quilted like jacket and were so chubby and cute. I doubt that you remember but you never sat on the sidewalk during recess when Jen and I were the moniters.
mary guzman
October 24, 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 11, 2006
We participated in the 2996 project. We drew a random name out of the victims of September 11, 2001. We drew Vincent M. Boland Jr.
Thank you and God Bless.
Mr. PC
September 11, 2006
I've bookmarked this page for years now but didn't know until now I could write a remembrance. I worked with Vinnie when he was in high school working at the Nature Company in Paramus Park, NJ. Because he was so funny, smart, and mature beyond his years we had a great camaraderie and he quickly became my favorite. I have great memories of passing the slow times at the store by laughing with him! We did not keep in touch after leaving the Nature Company, but his loss still hits hard today. When I revisit this site each year - or see his name on the Ground Zero memorial - I deeply mourn the loss of this bright young man. I’m grateful for this opportunity to share my fond memories of him. I offer my deepest condolences to his family.
Terry Lewis
August 25, 2006
In memory....
P Tabbernor
September 12, 2003
Dear Vincent,
I have never met you, but you sound like a great guy from what i hear of you from your father. I am a student in your fathers electrical class in MCST, he proudly talks about you saying that you where a great, smart, funny guy, and he is very proud of you. I wish I could of met you because you sound like a great guy. I would just like for you and everyone who reads this to know that we will never forget about you and all the others who died on that awful day. REST IN PEACE. GOD BLESS ALL THOSE VICTIMS, AND THEIR FAMILIES, AND GOD BLESS AMERICA.

John Rocco Lockhart (Parsippany NJ)
John Lockhart
September 12, 2002
Dear Vinnie- Although we were not close in high school, I have always considered you a friend. Your passing has deeply affected and saddened me. I can't help but remember the dinner we had together a few years ago in NYC. My deepest condolences are with your family. I know wherever you are now you are smiling with us as we remember you!
Jaime Kozak
September 12, 2002
Vinnie,
I was looking forward to living in the same city as you again after living in Boston and D.C. when you were in NY, NY when you were in California and London when you were in New York. Now that I am back, NY isn't nearly as bright with you missing from it. I miss you on occasions like birthdays when I would get two cards from you, the second even wittier than the first. I miss you on occasions that were important to you. But most of all I miss you everyday. You were my best friend and no matter what corner of the world I end up living in next, I will be taking a part of you with me.
Rebecca Lubot-Conk
September 12, 2002
I did not Vincent, but I was part of the band when his sister and brother were in high school.
From reading what others have left it seems like he was a wonderful man, caring brother and loving son. For those who live in our community, I'm sure everyday as you drive down Ringwood Ave and take a glance at the wall you're being reminded everyday that not only were some of the people in our community affected, but others in our country.
Vincent is now one of the 3,000 angels looking down at helping all of us get by one of the worst events that has happen in the United States.
To his family, my condolences go out to you. Vincent is one out of so many who will always be in my prayers.
Liana Velez
September 11, 2002
The thing I have most in common with Vinny is that we both consider my wife to be our best friend. He signed the witness papers at my wedding and has been a de facto part of our small family ever since. He will always remain that way.
Brendan Conk
September 11, 2002
Vinnie-
When I think of you, I see you smiling and laughing. I remember we were in the same geometry "group" freshman year and we would laugh at some of the ridiculous things that occurred within the confines of Lakeland regional highschool. I also remember you following me and Jonna around with a camera because you wanted to take some snapshots. I remember seeing you bright and early so many mornings as you'd drive into the parking lot our senior year. You'd always be sure to beep and wave. You have already gone to wherever we are all going to be someday and I know that you are already making friends there. I wish more people on this earth could have known you. But the ones who did are lucky, and they certainly know it.
Jessica Grimsby
September 11, 2002
Vinny is someone I will never forget. I vividly remember his sarcastic sense of humor and his smile during highschool. I remember laughing with him about the typical highschool situations. He was so smart, sincere and honest. I often look in my yearbook and read what he wrote to me. I cherish every word and am thankful to have known him during my life. I only wish he was still here. Vinny, I hope you know that I think about you often. I think about your family, and I hope that thay can have peace knowing how many people love you.
Jonna Grimsby
September 11, 2002
I am a student at a Catholic high school in Houston, Texas. Today, to commemorate so many people who lost their lives in last year's tragedies, we received wristbands--each one with a different name on it. I received Vincent Boland's-age 25. I cannot comprehend the sadness or pain New York has experienced or the grief of Vincent's family. As I read the other entries, I can picture this young, bright, funny man who's life had been cut short by hatred and injustice. I can't feel anything but regret that he was so limited. I'm only 17 and look foreward to a long life. I'm sure he did too, and that hits me the hardest. May God bless America, and the Boland family.
Clare Lassus
September 11, 2002
I worked with Vinnie some years ago at Ernst & Young. I remember Vinnie was always very happy and smiled all the time. He was funny and caring and it is a shame that good people like Vinnie are the ones to leave us so early!

I shall remember you,

Brian
Brian Cowley
September 10, 2002
I knew Vinnie in high school. Not only was he smart and funny, he was also a good listener and a loyal friend. I wish we had kept in touch. My prayers and thoughts are with his family.
Christina Scalia
September 10, 2002
It's taken me one year to write this yet it seems like I got the news just yesterday. Vinnie and I actually went to Nursery School together, but went to different grammer schools. In high school we became very close. We laughed all the time! He was a wonderful and giving friend....smartest person I knew. He had a gift of truly understanding people. He knew how to listen and was always able to make sense of a situation when most could not.

A funny memory was a particular visit during college.Vinnie had a conference in Boston. Now anyone who knows Vinnie, also knows he likes to stay in nice hotels. So he booked himself a suite at the Sheraton and what a blast we had! Room service like you wouldn't believe! With the room, came strawberries, chips, drinks. You name it, it semed like we had it. For 2 kids in college, how could you go wrong? Now that was a good time!

There were always good times with Vinnie, but unfortunately, you graduate, move away, start new jobs and somewhere in the middle of all of that, Vinnie and I lost touch. I thought of him often and always told myself to call. I never made that call and that is what I regret the most. So this is my tribute and my chance to say I'm sorry for not making that call sooner. I wish you peace and comfort in Gods arms. I will not only remember you as my dear friend,
but as a hero.
I miss you.
Deb Holtzberg
September 9, 2002
I knew Vinnie since I was about 7... but I hadn't seen him since high school... I had only just heard he had moved back to work in NYC. He was a great guy... compassionate... He will be missed, but not forgotten...
Tom Sparkman
September 8, 2002
Vincent, I did not know you, but your being a part of the community I grew up in is close enough. I wish you peace in God's arms. I wish your family solace, continued strength and healing. You, and all who perished with you, are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you.
Paula Raymond
September 2, 2002
I am originally from NYC but live in Ireland now. As someone else in this guest book has already written, from one Boland to another, I would like to add my prayers for Vincent and his family. May he rest in peace and may God bless you, Eithne
Eithne Mary Boland
July 29, 2002
From one Boland to another--may the family of Vincent Boland find comfort during this tragic time, and may Vincent rest in peace.
Matt Boland
April 22, 2002
God Bless you and may you rest in peace.
Angie Campbell
March 20, 2002
I guess the last time I saw Vinny was at his Senior (LRHS) Thespian Society/Drama Club Awards 'banquet', but having had the opportunity to know him was something that cannot be replaced.

Vinny was the stage manager for the first Drama Club show I ever did; his quiet sense of confidence and responsibility became my inspiration for the work I was to do for Drama Club. Without his example, I doubt I would have come to the realization that putting the time into the backstage work was equally important to putting the time into the on-stage work.

I feel like I missed out on a lot not getting the chance to know him better, though I had known him from grammar school and Church.

I know that his family misses him terribly and I wanted very much to say something to comfort them. . . I hope this can help.
Liz Reiner
March 9, 2002
Although I had not seen Vincent since I left Ringwood in 1998, I am deeply saddened by his death. I will remember him as a very intelligent, helpful individual who was a good friend to all his classmates at St. Catherine's School. He held alot of potential and we have suffered a huge senseless loss. I think about him and his family often and I am praying for all of them.
Tina Lestrange
February 14, 2002
So many, many years have passed since my last conversation with Vincent. He was such a young boy
then, but had the wisdom of a sage!
He was a jewel in my book and I thank Our Lord for affording me the opportunity of knowing him, witnessing his intelligence and sharing in his laughter. Vincent was always good company and I will treasure this gift always. Condolences to the family with love and prayers.
Valerie Kohl
Valerie Kohl
February 13, 2002
Vincent was a brillant person. I looked up to him for everything. If I could only be half as successful as he was when he died then my life will be complete. He was a great person and is missed by his friends and his family. We all miss him so greatly. Love you Vincent.
Erin Boland
January 15, 2002
I worked with Vinny at Arthur Andersen, he will be missed. Vinny was smart and funny and will be missed by many.
Nereida Diaz
January 8, 2002
We are very sorry for your loss of Vincent. May his humor, life and love live on in you. May the sorrow of today be lightened by warm memories of yesterday. 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
December 10, 2001
MAY GOD BLESS VINCENT M.BOLAND JR.
AND MAY HE REST IN PEACE.GOD BLESS
HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS.GOD BLESS
AMERICA AND MAY WE NEVER FORGET 9/11/01
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