John J. "Jay" Corcoran
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In the 20 years that John and Diann Corcoran were married, goodbyes rolled around every 84 days.

Mr. Corcoran, known to everyone as Jay, was in the merchant marine, a first engineer on huge cargo ships. His schedule had him sailing all over the Far East for tours of 84 days. When he finished he went home to Norwell, Mass. — for 84 days.

"Jay often said to me, `If you add it all up, people who travel for business could be gone as long as I am,"' said Mr. Corcoran's sister Donna Corcoran Schwartz. When he returned from the sea, the first thing Mr. Corcoran, 43, did was catch up on his sleep. Then, his wife said, he was in perpetual motion, golfing, doing yardwork, going on field trips with his children, Meghan and Jake, and working on his cabin in Augusta, Me.

Inevitably, it would be time for another goodbye. On Sept. 11 Mrs. Corcoran drove him to the airport to catch a plane for Los Angeles. It was United flight 175, which would strike the World Trade Center.

They got out of the car and embraced. As Mr. Corcoran went through the doors, Mrs. Corcoran wanted to call him back. "I'd get that panic every time he traveled," she said. As always, she let him go. Then she got back into her car, already anticipating — as she did at every goodbye — "the next hello."

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Published in The State Journal-Register on Sep. 13, 2001.
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105 entries
September 14, 2019
After John passed on 9/11, Ive thought of him often. I sailed with John many times over at APL (I believe on the M/V Korea...its been so long ago). John was a good guy and a great shipmate, and always willing to go that extra mile to help people out. I remember when I first met him after the C-11 class ships were re-flagged American, the voltage was 240 bolts throughout the ship rather than the standard 110v. I was going to head into town while in Hong Kong, or Singapore and look for a converter box so I didnt blow up my stuff when I plugged it into the outlet. John told me, if I was willing to wait a little longer, hed be sure to order me a really good one that would be sure to safeguard my effects. To some that might not seem like much, but to a mariner thats huge, because at the time with the switchover of recently acquiring those ships and everything that was going on, Chief Engineer Corcoran was a busy man spending many hours on end in the engine room. Had it been another Chief Engineer, I highly doubt they wouldve spent the extra time out of their busy schedule to accommodate a young sailor as myself. You were a good guy John. RIP
Tom Fate
Coworker
September 11, 2019
I also think of Jay every 9/11. Remembering his leadership and friendships at Tahanto High School. Thinking with sadness he was taken to young.
Christine Birch Laliberte
September 11, 2019
Every Sept. 11th I think of my old friend Jay, the best Little League rival a kid could ever have. We were all in his den with his Dad when Bobby Orr scored that magical goal to win the Stanley Cup, and all of us kids were flying sideways through the air on the couches like Orr when he scored. It is a lifelong memory...we had a great little town, Jay was a big part of it, and for all of us he will never be forgotten...
Tod Jarvis
August 10, 2019
In dear memory of this United 175 passenger.
October 30, 2018
We send our continued sincere condolences to your family. Each day may God give the needed comfort. Jay will always be missed.
Kindred Family
December 21, 2017
I just got a Christmas card from my mom's cousin, 'Aunt' Jean. In her card this year she wrote about her family and mentioned her son "Jay" whom she lost on 9/11. I had no idea. She mentioned his lovely wife, Diann and their beautiful children. Sadly - family doesn't get together like in the old days. I haven't seen Jean in many years but we keep in touch at Christmas since I lost my mom in 1991. It makes me sad to know this happened to someone so young and who sounds like he had so much to live for and who, even though distant, was part of my family. I just want to send my thoughts and prayers to Jean, Diann and family. It was all so senseless. I send my love and hugs and wish you all the best always! Jay had a great smile... Love your 'cousin' Melanie
Melanie Harvey
February 3, 2017
Wow ... time does fly. i remember being 3rd mate on the APL Thailand ... and making arrival into LA that terrible morning. When we heard that Jay was on United flight 175 ... we immediately gathered together in mourning for him and his family. Just thinking today of his family ... his wife Diann and sister Donna. We will never forget that terrible loss.
Achim Huber
September 13, 2016
I worked with "Shaky" on the Tug Venturer in the late 80's
Great shipmate
William Williford
September 23, 2014
Melissa Blue
September 11, 2014
bella beltz
September 11, 2014
I didn't know John but I had to chose someone for a class assignment and something about him told me that i had to do my assignment on him. By what I've read so far he was a great man! God Bless
Dylan DeVane
September 14, 2013
Every time I see 911 on a clock I bless myself 5 times....once for each plane, and the fifth for Jay.
Eric McGourty
September 11, 2013
Jay was a classmate of mine at MMA 79'. I know I hadn't talked to him since graduation, but I do remember what a great guy he was. He will again be missed as we approach our 35th reunion. My heart and prayers go out to Diann and especially his children
September 11, 2013
I didn't know you but you were MMA so you're a Brother. RIP and my best wishes for your family.
Tom Ellis
September 11, 2013
We Will Not Forget You.
Captain Wilkens
September 11, 2013
I'll never forget that terrible day. I pray that the family and loved ones of Jay have found some kind of comfort from knowing others realize their loss.
We thank him for his sacrifice.
Rosie McNaughton
May 23, 2013
God bless your family.Over the loss.
August 6, 2012
Jay, your memory lives on and MANY Americans think of and pray for your family and friends, and the families of all the victims of that horrible day. May we hionor your memory by being kind to one another. Love from Texas.
Del Newberry
January 21, 2012
I am a Merchant Marine C/E and I want to say that If I am half the man of 1 A/E Corcaran, then I have achieved everything. Mr. Corcoran's charactor is what Merchant Marines are all about. I shall NEVER forget the pleasure of writing this e-mail.

John McElroy, Seattle Washington
September 11, 2011
You will never be forgotten and will always hold a special place within our hearts. Life still seems surreal to think about what happened yet knowing your Spirit lives on brings a sense of peace.
David Root Sr.
September 11, 2011
Jay, your spirit lives with us. Whether we are at MMA, in Morningdale or here on the Cape, your still in our hearts.
Ann and Bob Coolidge
September 7, 2011
To the family of Jay Corcoran:
Please know that Jay will be remembered and HONORED this coming Sunday during the Kiwanis Club of Greater Colfax's "Reading of the Names" Memorial Service.
Almost 200 citizens including law enforcement, firefighters, military, veterans, United Airlines and local citizens in our area will be reading lists of names of those victims.
Jay's name was specifically requested by a fellow Merchant Mariner.
Respectfully submitted,
Ken Delfino
Mayor
City of Colfax, CA
Ken Delfino
September 11, 2010
To the family of John J. "Jay" Corcoran:
Jay gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our heroes of September 11 be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you.
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
July 27, 2010
It seems like just yesterday we were chasing Jay around the resi during practice or one of our home meets... Trying to keep up with him on the court, or my favorite waiting my turn for Jay to graduate as the starting Short-Stop! Our small towns were blessed with several great athletes and Jay was one of the best. Yet it was who he was as a person that always stood out! Every time I see the clock strike 9:11 immediately I think of Jay. Countless times I am reminded how fortunate we were to call him friend as well as his sweet sister Marcia. I Pray the entire family has found peace knowing God's divine presence was with Jay that tragic day.
David H. Root Sr.
June 29, 2010
Hard to fathom, even more difficult to comprehend. I think of you often Jay.
Eric M
January 4, 2010
Every Memorial Day, no matter where I'm at, I think of Jay playing Taps at Boylston Center. Or his 3 point shots at Tahanto.

We must never forget!!
Ann Coolidge
September 12, 2009
Your family is in my prayers. May God continue to comfort and uphold you each day.
September 11, 2009
Diann & Family,
My thoughts are with you today especially, but every day as I walk by the WTC site. I wish you all the best and would love to help out with the memorial scholarship.
Best,
Sonia
Sonia Siu
September 4, 2009
To the Corcoran family,

I didn't know John personally but a dear friend of mine plays football with John's son at Bentley University and by reading the football yearbook I learned what had happened.
He and his family are in my thoughts and prayers each and every day.

Erica
Erica
August 14, 2009
Still missing you and think about you often.
Ken Adams
May 26, 2009
To Diann & Family,

We never forget. This Memorial Day, I wore Jay's shirt from the first golf tournament to honor the memory of Jay.
Brian McArdle
May 20, 2009
May 20, 2009

For language arts we are doing a project on memoirs. i am writing about the 9/11 attack, since i knew Jay. he was my 4th cousin.

God Bless You and Your Family
Kaitlyn Cohen
April 16, 2009
JAY, I THANKYOU FOR HELPING ME GET INTO MMA IN 1986.OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY EACH AND EVERY DAY.WE WILL NEVER FORGET,THE HAYNES FAMILY
DAVID HAYNES
March 3, 2009
Death, be not proud

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.
Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

By John Donne
The Poetry Foundation

Doug Abraham
September 11, 2008
Jay and I were classmates at MMA. Jay being a "C" and myself being a "B" we lived in First Company our Youngie year at MMA. I remember playing intramural sports with Jay, and his always upbeat attitude and sense of humour. I am finally home this September and am looking forward to playing in Jay's tournament and meeting his family.
Roger Bumstead MMA 79
Roger Bumstead
September 11, 2008
Never forgotten
Maureen LeBoeuf-Noll
November 4, 2007
Will always miss you.
Brian
July 24, 2007
Dennis W. Corcoran
June 15, 2007
In memory....
P Tabbernor
May 17, 2007
To the Corcoran family,
I did not know Jay personally but am a fellow MEBA engineer. I think I understand your loss & pain. Having grown up in NYC I lost several friends & acquaintances in the WTC, including my oldest & dearest friend, Stephen Hoffman. Over the past few years, I have met a number of people on ships & in the halls that knew Jay & they all spoke so highly of him. He was obviously a man of true character to have left such a great impression on those that knew him.
Patrick Murphy
December 9, 2006
Just wanted to say How sad it makes me visiting these sites and that I think about families like yours everyday....

Trudy
Trudy Antle
October 30, 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
October 3, 2006
It's been five years. It's been an eternity. All the changes in our company, APL (American President Lines), all the changes in the world after. I didn't find out Jay was in that 2nd plane (and that I watched it, and his, end live) till four weeks after, when I was reading the Union paper. It was more than a shock and a blow to the gut. It still is. Fair winds and following seas, shipmate. Those of us MEBA and MFOW are still carrying on, even in the face of madness. God's brightest blessings for you, and the family, friends and shipmates left behind.

Ilya Murdoch McVey, Merchant Mariner
Ilya McVey
September 22, 2006
My condolences to the family of John Corcoran.May you find peace and comfort.Iam very sorry for you loss.I will pray for you.God Bless
Dawn Sproules
September 11, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with you today on the 5th anniversary! I think of you, the family everytime we go to Boston to the union hall and everytime I walk around the Bay Pointe Country Club where MEBA holds the golf event in Jay's memory. We live right next to the golf course. My husband is a fellow MEBA member, first/chief engineer. He is away for 84 days right now and my son is in the U.S. Marines and he is stationed in Japan!
Janis M. Fuller
July 19, 2006
Even though i didn't know you, i heard so many wonderful things about you. Your family and you are in my prayers<3
lauren harding
September 11, 2005
I NEVER MET JAY, BUT I WORK WITH HIS SISTER-IN-LAW ANNE MARIE. I WAS SO SADDENED BY THIS NEWS. ANNE MARIE TALKED SO HIGHLY OF JAY. MY PRAYERS & THOUGHTS ARE STILL WITH DIANE, MEGAN, & JAKE. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WILL STAY WITH ME & MANY OTHERS FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES. GOD BLESS YOU ALL,
CHERYL
CHERYL ROSSETTI
August 28, 2005
Jay, we still miss you. I sailed with Jay some years ago on the Sealand Developer. He was a great engineer and a top notch shipmate.
I remember how proud he was of his family and how with pride showed us
Diann's work from a Wearguard catalog.
Paul Cass
August 16, 2005
MAGA ONYEOLU
September 11, 2004
In remembrance of Jay and his loss his family has suffered.
Dan Massoni, D-1 MEBA (PCD)
July 28, 2004
thank you to an american hero
rayse brown
March 24, 2004
My deepest sympathies to the entire Corcoran family. I was on the Cross-county team with Jay at Tahonto RHS (He always came in first). Godspeed Jay, we'll always remember you.
Roy Kinsley
September 11, 2003
My deepest sympathies go out to Jay's family and friends. May your loving memories bring you comfort.
Heather Persons
September 11, 2003
We're still missing you buddy.
Ken Adams
September 11, 2003
My heartfelt condolences to Jays' family and friends.

Mike Hastings MMA 82
9-11-2003
Mike Hastings
September 11, 2003
John Corcoran is my 3rd cousin. I never had the opportunity to meet this man that I have read and heard so much about. I want his family to know that he is in my thoughts today, Sept. 11, 2003. God Bless You All.
Theresa (Perry) North
September 11, 2003
Jay, We have a bowl with 9/11 victims in it placed in the lobby of the company I work for, and I picked your name. I never knew you, and I don't know your family, but I do know the pain. My thoughts and prayers will be with your family and friends today. God bless them. Brian
Brian Johnson
August 4, 2003
My heart was in my mouth when I came across this web site. Could this be a relative of mine? My deepest condolences to John's family. All I do know is that my own father came from Prince Edward Island and he spoke about some of his family going to Massachusettes.
Before I go to bed tonight, I will say a prayer for him as I am deeply rooted in the Roman Catholic faith and believe in prayer. Will include his family as well.
Allan Patrick Corcoran
May 31, 2003
I stumbled accross this site, and felt the need to read about one of the people who lost their lives that day. I picked Jay's. He sounds like a great man, which makes it even harder. I hope you are all healing from this tremendous loss. The whole world feels it too. Even for those we never knew. It is way to easy to imagine how it would feel to loose someone so special.

Sincerely, Jennifer
Jennifer Little
February 28, 2003
When the names were published I could not help but notice John "Jay" Corcoran. After reading about this man I feel honored to share his name. I also feel a connection because I work for the company that builds the planes that were used as a weapon that day. My son Brian Is now in the U.S. Army carrying on a lineage of Proud Corcorans. Our prayers and thoughts are always with you.
Brian John Corcoran Jr.
February 20, 2003
Your family is my thoughts and prayers
James
November 22, 2002
My heart goes out to Jay's family. I honestly feel your pain and share your grief. My daughter, Alicia, was on the same flight and she was a very special soul as well. May you find peace in your heart and a greater depth of love to help each other through. I find some comfort in knowing that wonderful people like Jay were on Alicia's flight. John
John Titus
November 1, 2002
My thoughts and prayers are always with your family. May God bless you all. I will live the rest of my life and think of you often. It is wonderful to have known a great man like Jay.
Debbie Mooney
October 6, 2002
To All that Write,
Your words mean more than you know. I think that I can speak for the Corcorans, Curleys, and the rest of Jay's relatives when I say that I don't think we could have done it without everyone. Thank you!
Curley Family
September 13, 2002
I knew Jay as a classmate at MMA and had met his sister Donna the summer before we started at the academy. My heart felt sorrow goes out to all those Jay left behind especially his children. I pray that you find peace and strength in each other. I think of your loss often and continually pray for your peace.
Gary Steinmetz
September 13, 2002
To the family of John J. "Jay" Corcoran,

I did not know Jay personally, but I heard a lot about him from his sister who at that time resided in New Jersey. She spoke of him with such a special love and pride and it is very clear that he indeed was a person that makes us all proud to be Americans. My prayer is that the God of all peace comfort you with his peace and reveal himself to your hearts in a powerful way, for He is always near. We mourn with you for your loss.
Melori Urquhart
September 12, 2002
We never met... but I live in your area of town. I said a prayer for your family. God bless.
A neighbor
September 12, 2002
To all Jay's Family-
Never did I have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Corcoran or his family but over the years growing up in Norwell I have heard his name used over and over again. What a nice guy they would say, or what a nice family. I want to say that Jay and all the Corcorans will be in my heart and prayers forever.
Love,
Maura Keeley and the Keeley Family
The Keeley Family
September 12, 2002
Although I never got to know Jay's wife and children, I've known Jay my entire life and my thoughts and prayers go to all of his family. I'll always have such wonderful memories of time spent with the entire Corcoran family both in Boylston and on Cape Cod. They've all been like family to me!
Susan Summa
September 12, 2002
dear Mrs. and the family of John (Jay) J. corcoran -

for September 11th, 2002 my school handed out bracelets, each with a name of someone whose life was taken during the event on Sept. 11th 2001. I received jay's name. i was excited to go search for his story and to find that he represented our country in the marines. it was an honor to read about his life. i hope this day had a blessing on your life as it did on my this sept 11. I will continue to pray for all of you daily hoping for the faith and future of life to come.
Madeline Tarrillion
September 11, 2002
I just want meghan and you all to know that I was thinking of you guys today! Your father/husband will always be in my heart and in my prayers for as long as i live . God bless and take care!
elizabeth ghilardi
September 11, 2002
It is strange how you feel a connection to someone with the same last name. Today is 9-11-2002. When CNN posted all the names of those lost, I looked for any Corcorans. I am so sorry for Jay's loss to his family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers for many years to come.
Catherine Corcoran
September 10, 2002
I worked with Jays daughter Meghan at Home Goods in Norwell MA. I didn't know what to think when I heard. I knew someone who was more affected by this than anyone. I knew someone whose life would never be the same again. My heart goes out to Meghan and her family. I want them to know that I think of them everytime I am reminded of 9-11. I know that their lives are painful now and I only wish that with every day that passes their lives are filled with love and joy and rememberence. Good Luck and God Bless you. Also I work for a woman who is a flight attendant for American Airlines. She has 2 small children who I take care of while she's flying to Paris, I think of her when I think of 9-11 aswell. It pains me to think that that could have been her and her children could be alone. It's a scary world that we live it and I hope it continues to get better. Tomorrow is 9-11-02, there will be a silentness in the air, I will be looking up at the sound of a plane, I will be nervous, but I wouldn't let anyone break my pride and spirt that I have for the red, white and blue. God Bless American. -Jen
Jennifer Cass
September 8, 2002
Your family will forever be remembered in my thougts and prayers. The youngest of my now grown children is named John T. Corcoran II.
Ellie Dupuis
September 4, 2002
To the family and friends of Jay... I am doing a project for one of my classes at Cabrini HIgh school in New Orleans... I choose Jay to write about for a paper... and to pray for and to wear his picture all day at school on September 11th. May God bless all of you lots of love!
Rachel Cressionnie
September 4, 2002
It's been almost a year since that terrible day. I found this site while looking for a way to make a tribute to Jay on Purdue University's Wall of 9/11 remembrance. I have posted the material in honor of you, Jay. Words cannot express my sympathy for his sisters, mother, wife and children.
Betsy Fay Walits
August 20, 2002
With sympathy for John and his family from a fellow seaman. Rick Harris, QMED.

Rick Harris
June 12, 2002
On June 6, 2002 1 mile was walked to honor the life of John and all the family, friends and loved ones he left behind. May you find some comfort in knowing you do not grieve alone.

John, may you enjoy the 19th green in heaven and know that you will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace.
Kathy Swaringen
April 4, 2002
To Diann & Kids
Not a day goes by that I don't think of you guys. Prayers and love to you all. Stephen Saganey
Stephen Saganey
March 26, 2002
My thoughts and prayers are still with Diann, the kids, and all affected by this abhorrent tragedy. Jay was well known, well liked and is missed by many. My thanks to him for his dedication to our country over the years. God Bless.
Barbara Farrell
March 18, 2002
To:John's family & friends
I'm sorry for your loss. My stepdad (Louis Mariani)was on the same flight with John on Sept. 11. I didn't know John, although we share the same last name. I'm not trying to compare with your grief-but I can somewhat relate to how you have been feeling. Please know that you will all see John again someday. Take care (he would want you to).
Gina Corcoran-Bronley
March 12, 2002
I did not know John but when looking for family members after the attack I found him.
Since our shared last name is fairly rare I always feel a sense of family whenever I run into a member of the clan. God bless your branch of the family. And God bless the country to which he was so devoted.
Augustine Corcoran
March 3, 2002
My prayers for the family and for the courage of Jean Corcoran, a beautiful and strong women.

Grace Smith
Osterville MA
grace smith
January 19, 2002
To Jay's family and friends:
My prayers and heartfelt sympathy go across this country to you. May you find hope and healing. I just received my "mercy band" yesterday and have said many prayers already for all of you. I will continue to pray for your comfort.

Love and blessings,
Sue
sue geist
January 16, 2002
I have been wearing a mercy band with John's name on my wrist daily. I have it on so I can remember him and keep him and his family in prayer. God is great! He will and is in control of all. We as people don't understand his great wisdom and Infinate power. Everything happens for a reason we just don't understand. I am an only child and I lost both my parents to death within 3 yrs. It's hard to go on. God has carried me though. I read about John and I wanted to know the person I've been praying for. I feel close to him now he is in my life. God bless all who read this.
Elaine Tafoya
January 12, 2002
May John's humor, leadership, life and love live on in all who love him. May warm memories of times together lighten the deep sorrow in your hearts. We are very sorry for your great loss of John. 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
November 23, 2001
Jay was a close friend of ours. From the baseball diamond at Morningdale Manor thru Tahanto Regional High school and Mass Maritime. We shared some great times. He will be missed. He had just great wit and humor. This, to this day, it is so unbelivable. Our heart aches for Diann, Meg and Jake; along with his sisters.
Ann & Bob Coolidge
October 25, 2001
Dear Family & Friends of Jay Corcoran,

Though I did not know Jay or his family, I felt a kinship with them since Jay and I shared the same name. I am praying for your family during this time of sorrow.

Sincerely,

John D. Corcoran
John Corcoran
October 17, 2001
Dear Family and Friends of Jay Corcoran III,
May you find peace in your hearts having had the honor of knowing Jay in your lives. He was a kind, helpful, cheerful, and bright First Assistant Engineer who will be greatly missed by all of his shipmates. All Blessings and Sincere Sympathy for your loss.
Cynthia Caster
September 28, 2001
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU ALL.MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
JOHN MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.
BARBARA BOLIN
September 24, 2001
It was with a profound sense of sorrow that I learned of Jay's death recently. I grew up with his sister, Donna, and played some baseball with Jay at Tahanto. I would like to extend my sympathy to his family and friends.
Mark Bartholomew
September 20, 2001
My sincere condolences to Dianne and the entire Corcoran family. Words can not define the anguish and dispair at such an incomprehensible act against humanity. I knew Jay from both high school and while at MMA. I will remember Jay's easy smile and quick wit for any situation. Hopefully at some point in the not to distant future a fitting memorial will be established at Mass Maritime to honor Jay. Nothing else in life can return you back to hard reality than the premature loss of someone you have known and shared experiences with. God be with us all. Andy Munter
Andrew Munter
September 20, 2001
I was very close friends with Jays wife, Diann in High School. I remember that from the day Jay and Diann met, they had eyes only for each other. Diann was (and is) a beautiful and classy woman. I always admired her faith and dignity. She could have had any guy in her hometown school, but she loved Jay with all her heart, and he her. They were truly a match made in heaven, where he now resting-watching us all with that infectious grin. My deepest sympathies to the entire Burke and Corcoran families.
Sue (Stevens) Gaudette
September 18, 2001
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of a wonderful friend, neighbor, father, son, and brother. We are shocked and stunned that such a tragic and unexplainable series of attacks could occur and impact the life of someone we knew so well. May you have comfort in knowing that everyone who had the opportunity of knowing Jay is grieving with you.
Steve and Judy Palmer
September 16, 2001
We will all miss you Jay.
My heartfelt condolences to the entire Corcoran family.
Dan Moylan
September 16, 2001
I was a classmate of his at MMA. I don't think I've seen him since then. All I remember was that he was "good people". My heart goes out to his friends and family, especially his children.
Paul Rochford
September 16, 2001
I grew up in Morningdale a few streets away from the Corcoran family. Jay's sister Debbie and I were best friends in high school, and Jay, just a year behind, was someone that you just loved being around. My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to all of the Corcoran family. I plan to attend the Memorial Service on Tuesday, and hope to be able to express in person how much I sympathize with the loss of Jay. Love, Maggie.
Maggie Hafey
September 15, 2001
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your fellow alumni are very proud of all you have done.
Fair winds and following seas.

John Sutton, MMA 81
John Sutton
September 15, 2001
My deepest sympathies to Jay's wife, children and to Jay's Mom, Jean and sisters. I am Jay's sister
Sandy's college roommate. No words can express how very sorry I am for Jay's sudden and tragic death. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers as well as in the nation's. This has been a devastating loss for so many. May you find strength and comfort in knowing that so many people are keeping Jay in their hearts.
Nancy Spiliotis Davenport
September 15, 2001
Our deepest sympathy to your family on their tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless you all and God bless America!
The McKee Family
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