Alexander "Alex" Braginsky
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With Artful Touches
You could set your watch by Alex Braginsky. And woe to the boss or relative who let dust accumulate on their computer screens: they got scolded. Having moved to Queens from the Soviet Union in 1979 with virtually nothing, he felt anyone fortunate enough to have state-of-the-art computers had better take care of them.

Mr. Braginsky, 38, was a man who picked up his shirts at the dry cleaner and, before going to work at Reuters, re-ironed them if he noticed wrinkles. A perfectionist but not a prima donna, he would pull over to help if he passed a motorist with car trouble. When he traveled in Europe with his girlfriend, complete strangers would stop him on the street and ask for directions: even in foreign countries, he projected the savoir-faire of a fellow who knew where he was headed.

He rode a motorcycle and filled his kitchen in Stamford, Conn., with topnotch cookware. "A three hundred dollar set of knives," marveled his mother, Nelly. "I'd tell him, for that much, a knife should work by itself. When Alex cooked, it was like art on your plate." He was doing a colleague a favor and filling in at a meeting at Windows on the World on Sept. 11th.

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Published in The Blade on Oct. 21, 2001.
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July 2, 2019
Missing you and forever thinking of all the possibilities of what could have been.
Irena Simis
May 18, 2019
I have a memorial bracelet with Alexander's name on it that I purchased shortly after the 9/11 attack. It was chosen at random for me, but I wear it in remembrance of this man I have never met.
Aaron Swift
April 4, 2018
We will never forget. Thinking of your family and friends today. With love from Texas,
Del Newberry
February 6, 2018
I was also remembering Alex today and found this post. I worked with Alex at Reuters in Palo Alto. I'd only had the pleasure of knowing Alex for around 3months before he was sadly taken from us but he leaves a lasting memory. Smart, humble with a great personality to match.
Jay Patel
January 5, 2018
Alex, around 1990
I just found this photo of Alex with my son, who is now 38, on his lap. It was at a UBS kids party and only Alex was able to wear the huge Santa suit!
LIliana Nealon
September 12, 2016
Eugene Sadovsky
September 10, 2016
Thinking about you even after fifteen years. My friend, my buddy, my loyal employee. Thank you for your life, Alex. The "boss", Liliana
Liliana Nealon
September 12, 2014
Thank you, ???? .....
Evgeny Sadovsky
September 11, 2014
I remember you today and every year that you are gone. You were a wonderful, kind and generous man. I still have and cherish all of the gifts you gave me.
Irena Simis
November 10, 2013
I walked ten miles yesterday for you. Tomorrow I will walk 20 miles for you. This weekend I will walk 50 miles, all for you. Someday I would like to walk 100 miles, just for you, but that sure is a lot of miles for one day! I can do it! I walk miles!
Barbara Boam
July 1, 2013
I walked a mile for you (mile #241) on 5/18/13 as a dedication to your life.
Barbara Boam
February 25, 2012
To The Family,
September 11, 2001 is one of the saddest days in U.S. history. Our only hope is that one day the earth will be a peaceful paradise, and that hope rests with God himself.God's Word speaks about how all wickedness will be done away with and how righteousness is to dwell. When Mr. Braginsky is awaken from the sleep of death, he will not have to worry about evil terrorists snuffing his life away. When you see Alex again, your tears of mourning will turn into tears of joy! I am so sorry for your loss.

Mr. Terry of NC
September 12, 2011
Rest in peace.
Evgeny Sadovsky
September 12, 2011
you will always always be remembered Alex

teresa yeomans
September 11, 2011
Here a Puertorrican family with respect, praying for you and your family. Rest in peace. Daniel, Arnaldo and Brenda from Kissimmee Fl. We pick a flag with this name at Orlando activity today. God bless your family and have your soul with him
Brenda Serrano
September 11, 2011
Rich Hessel
September 11, 2011
Thinking of you Alex, and what goodness and kindness and fun you brought to our lives,
Liliana Nealon
September 12, 2010
We remember you, Alex.
Evgeny Sadovsky
September 11, 2010
Dear Nelly!
I always think about your Alex,whom I know mostly from many stories you told me, but I remember him today especially ...
Inna R,
September 11, 2010
Such a long time ago, and yet such clear memories still persist. Working with you was always a pleasure. Thank you.
Coleen Mesagno
September 11, 2010
Thinking about you, Alex! Have a candle outside burning in your memory

Liliana Nealon
September 11, 2009
Dear Alex, comrade, as I used to call you. Will never forget you!
Your proud ex boss
May 11, 2009
Happy Birthday Alex...
Robert Steven Salsbury
May 10, 2009
Happy Birthday!!!
Doug Abraham
September 11, 2008
Alex, We Will Not Forget You!
Robert Steven Salsbury
May 10, 2008
Happy Birthday!!!
Doug Abraham
May 9, 2008
Happy Birthday Alex Braginsky, tomorrow, May 10th. Let the community remember you for the wonderful moments and times in your life, and the light as well as the art of living you reflected to us all.
Robert Steven Salsbury
September 12, 2007
We remember you, Alex ...
Evgeny Sadovsky
May 10, 2007
Happy Birthday!!!
Doug Abraham
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.
August 27, 2006
In memory....
P Tabbernor
February 6, 2005
I saw Mrs. Braginsky on television several days after the attacks. She had implored Pat Battle to allow her to show Alex's picture on the air, and begged anyone who had seen him to 'just call the Reuters'. It was a heartbreaking moment, and one that is my most lasting image of the tragedy. Ms. Battle, speechless, began to weep, as did I, at the powerful and futile hope of the woman clutching a picture of her handsome son. I think of them often. My heart goes out to Alex's mother, and all who knew him.
Louise Potter
November 20, 2004
I first met Alex at Michael Britt's where we became fast friends and practiced "Firearms" together. I guess this was in the early 1990's and later worked with him in Stanford, Ct. where he was my greatest ally.
I haven't seen Alex since early 1996 when I lost my position in the firm we were both working for.
In 2000, I had a stroke and developed various complications.
I had lost all contact with Alex until today, November 20, 2004 when I was informed by Michael Britt of his death in the World Trade Center.
Alex was a great guy and good friend and I was in shock when I found out that he's gone from us.
The world will not be a better place without people like Alex and I'll miss him.
All I can offfer is my condolences to his family and I know that Alex is in a better place now.
Jeffrey Blackman
September 4, 2004
I had the pleasure of meeting Alex several times as he was a friend of my husband's. Alex was a funny, friendly man and I will grieve for him and his mother's loss always.
Suzy Smith
April 23, 2003
I wear a braclet with Alex's name on it as part of a program to remember those who died in the WTC and other places on Sept. 11th.

I have pledged to wear this bracelt for one year and will say a daily prayer for him and for his family.

We must never forget.

"May eternal light shine upon him. May he rest in Peace"
Kevin Combs
September 12, 2002

I owe you an introduction to my new life, which you made possible eight years ago. You were a friend, colleague and just a good, receptive and always willing to help fellow, Odessa blood, and brotherhood.

Rest in piece, I will always remember you. Thank you for all you did for me.

Kirill Shostak
September 10, 2002
Although I only knew Alex for a brief period of time I am very proud and honored to have been one of his workmates.
May God bless you and your wonderful family.
Ed Anderson
September 8, 2002
Today there was a silent march in Bay Ridge Brooklyn to pay honor to all those lost on 9/11 The names of all the people lost were carried thru the streets of Brooklyn.
I carried the name of Alexander Bragensky. He and all the others like him will never be forgotten. It was a touching memorial to all.
Nancy Daly
September 8, 2002
I just wanted you to know that I am thinking about you and the loss of your wonderful son. I am the Red Cross lady who tried to help you at pier 94. I sure hope that I have the correct person. If not God bless you anyway. I will be singing the Mozart Requiem on Wed. in Menory of your son. God Bless/
Sherryn Malm
August 4, 2002
Dear Nelly,
It was a privilege to meet you and your husband in New York City today. Your love and devotion to Alex was so obvious. Seeing his picture broke my heart...what a beautiful man. I extend you my deepest condolences and wish you the strenghth and courage to carry this unbearable burden.

Liz Alderman
Elizabeth Alderman
June 26, 2002

To the crawl of cruel time slips by trembling,
With an echoing keyboard nocturne,
We suppose you're simply dissembling
We suppose you'll somehow return.

These notes play as you've teasingly tuned them,
With the fork of your vanity days,
But these strings, solid metal, marooned them,
In the void where your young song decays.

Just the shadows from childhood remaining,
And a temple rejected by pride,
So you forge from the field, life retaining,
A firm Will from the autumn inside.

Just as whispering, untrimmed old gardens
That are pictured instead of the pond,
So the music of late snowfall hardens,
As it harbors from fate one so fond.

So that easiest echo recoiling,
Sure would safeguard the sleeping motif,
Which was formed someplace, sometime with toiling
Before Thebes and proud Troy came to grief.

With the purpose to stay with us ever,
Not a splendor but in modest stole.
With the purpose to make kin life clever,
In the light of one kind human soul.

* * *


Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me
by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go,
yet turning stay.

Remember me when no more, day by day
You tell me of our future
that you planned:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then
or pray.

Yet if you should forget me
for a while
And afterwards remember,
do not grieve:
For if the darkness
and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts
that I once had,
Better by far
you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember
and be sad.

* * *

... ...
June 11, 2002
To everyone who paid tribute to my
one and only son Alexander Braginsky I want to extend my sincerest words of gratitude.
I thank everyone who found time to share my grief. All of you spoke so nicely of him. I am sure, should you have a chance of knowing him, you would be happy to name him your friend. This is not my personal opinion, this is the opinion of his numerous Reuters coleagues and common people who knew him.
As a mother I thank everyone who is with us at this terrible time.
I wish everyone health, happiness and best of luck! Let you never know the tragedy as close as I happen to know it. Let no mother know such a loss as I know. Let every mother has a chance to raise her children and grandchildren.

Nelly Braginsky
June 2002
New York
Nelly Braginsky
April 22, 2002
Rest in peace and may God Bless the family and friends that you left behind on 9/11/01.
Angie Campbell
March 28, 2002
I never knew Alexander Braginsky, until yesterday I didn't even know his name.
I picked your name from a list of all the victims who will be honoured with a quilt square for a National Memorial Quilt, Reading the tributes, a small part of your history, your interests your family you are suddenly no longer a name, you are a person to me now. I am not the best quilter in the world but I will put my heart into every stitch and cry for you and your family. God Bless You.
Anne-Marie Zerishnek
January 7, 2002
We are very sorry for your loss of Alex. May his life and love live on in you. May the sorrow you feel today be lightened by yesterday's warm memories. 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
FORGET 9/11/01
December 5, 2001
Eventhou we none of us here know you still we wanted to tell that you will always be remembered and may God be with you.
Musser Hall Ursinus College
November 22, 2001
I hired Alex at Reuters in December of 1999. I used to tell him that his arrival had boosted the company's IQ by a large factor.
I knew he was overqualified for the job, yet felt it would give a way to start in the company
We had become great friends, Alex used to delight us with his cooking.
I sorely miss him.
We love you Alex and we are missing a part of us
Gabriel Bousbib
November 21, 2001
Alex must have been such a wonderful, interesting person! Words cannot express how sad I am that he cannot be a part of our world any longer. May God bless his family members and his wonderful soul. I cannot imagine your pain without him....
Amy Bukys
November 6, 2001
I hired Alex many years ago at Union Bank of Switzerland, giving him his first chance at a big institutional job in foreign exchange sales. My favorite memory of Alex is when he used to dress up as Santa Claus during our Christmas party, and give out gifts to all the kids, including my own. Alex was a wonderful friend and fellow worker. God bless you!
Liliana Nealon
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