Daniel Brandhorst-Gamboa

Los Angeles, California


Los Angeles, California


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Daniel and Ron and their son, David; victims of United Airlines Flight #175 on September 11, 2001. Dear friends of Donato Tramuto and Jeffrey Porter of Ogunquit. A celebration of their lives will held on Saturday, October 6th at 11 o'clock at the Ogunquit Baptist Church, 175 Shore Road, Ogunquit. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Brandhorst-Gamboa Memorial Bench Fund, c/o Tramuto-Porter, P.O. Box 1728, Ogunquit, ME 03907. J.S. Waterman & Sons-Eastman-Waring 617-536-4110
Paid Notice published in THE BOSTON GLOBE on September 30, 2001.

Proud Adoptive Parents
Daniel Brandhorst and Ronald Gamboa changed their flight plans so they could return to Los Angeles from Boston on Sept. 11 with their son, David Gamboa-Brandhorst, on United Airlines Flight 175.

Mr. Brandhorst, 41, was an accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Los Angeles and Mr. Gamboa, 33, was the manager of a Gap store in Santa Monica. David, 3, who was named for Daniel's brother, was adopted in 1998. He had, said Donato Tramuto, the friend they had visited in Maine over the weekend, "the spirit of Ron and the intellectual curiosity of Daniel."

Mr. Brandhorst and Mr. Gamboa had been introduced at a party 13 years earlier. Mr. Gamboa was the lighter side of the two. "He could make a rainy day look happy," Mr. Tramuto said. David Brandhorst, Daniel's brother, said "Ron was the other side that kept Dan civil."

In 1996, Mr. Brandhorst and Mr. Gamboa moved to Los Angeles, when Mr. Gamboa became a troubleshooting manager at the Gap and Mr. Brandhorst got on the road to his partnership at PricewaterhouseCoopers. David arrived in 1998, with Mr. Brandhorst and Mr. Gamboa there at his birth. Mr. Brandhorst, said Scott Pisani, a senior consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Los Angeles, "was very intense and focused at work." But with the arrival of David, "he made a tremendous amount of time for his family," including taking his son to work with him.

Few people on the work side knew about Mr. Brandhorst's family. "My brother led two lives," David Brandhorst said. "A private personal life and a business life."

Mr. Tramuto said that Mr. Brandhorst himself was "very skeptical about what this lifestyle meant." But after years together with Mr. Gamboa and their success as parents, Mr. Tramuto said, "I told him that `you and Ron have convinced me that two men can really raise a child.' " The proud parents, Mr. Tramuto added, had planned to adopt another child.

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Hi Dan ...
Gary here again (and always).
I’m here in Pasadena (still) thinking about you. My daughter is visiting from DC, and she happened to drop In as I was about to write this note.
We reread together my note to you from last year, 2019, where I told my remembrance of “being with my daughter (her), in Old Town One Colorado where PetSmart.com was launched in 2000 with your help - and how I shared your story with her”.
She has never forgotten that day, or the tears...

Praying for you, your family, and all of the victims taken from the tragedy.

Dan, David and Ron, you are never forgotten! It may be 19 years today, but for me you are the face of this tragedy and it still seems like yesterday. I think of you, pray and reflect what a horrible day this was for America. Many colleagues from PwC were lost on this terrible day, whether I personally knew anyone, my heart is still fragile and hurts every year on 9/11. May you all rest in peace and know that we all care and continue to think about you! God Bless you always!

Early this morning as I posted your picture on FB in remembrance of you, the tears flowed over the events of this day 18 years ago. The loss of you, Ron, David and our five PwC work colleagues still feels like it was just yesterday. I think of all of you at this time of the year but especially with you when the Oscars come around. (I know that I have told this story before.) Even though I am retired from the firm but being on the Oscars work for 30 years, my mind still is at work on...

Hi Dan ~
Its Gary, your old PWc client from Disney, B3 and PetsMart.com, writing again to share my recent remembrances of you. You already know of course, but typing this with my one finger skill gives me joy of sorts to let others share those moments.
I was in Old Town Pasadena a few weeks ago with my daughter when we walked into the One Colorado area. She asked me about my startup venture selling dog food on the internet in 2000, from cramped office space above the El Fornio...

Dear Dan.
18 years and it still feels like yesterday. As with every passing year, I remember you, David, Ron and all our colleagues from PwC on those flights. I pray for all those souls that were lost on the horrific day and I pray that we never see the likes of this event again. Always remembered....

Dan I will always remember your happiest, most mischievous self.

Dan, another year passes and it is still hard to believe. You will always be remembered and we will never forget your kindness and good spirit. God Bless you in Heaven.

Never Forgotten!