Rena Sam-Dinnoo

New York, New York


New York, New York


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A Full Life, Each Second
Her day would start at 4 a.m., when she would rise to make coffee for her husband before he left for work, and would not end until after she had watched the 10 o'clock news. In the intervening hours, Rena Sam-Dinnoo would study for her undergraduate degree at Pace University, cook some dinner for her husband, Andy, work a full day in the accounting division of Marsh & McLennan and attend classes at night. It was not that she was without help — except for the cooking, her husband, who races horses professionally, would do all the housework. It was simply that she "was a very hardworking person," in the words of her sister, Gina Sam. Originally from Trinidad, Ms. Sam-Dinnoo had just finished her degree and was looking forward to going on to a master's and becoming an accountant, her relatives said.

"She was never a dull person," Mr. Dinnoo said. "She is well educated, and loved to talk, really about anything." He said that he and his wife had not seen much of each other lately because he had been away on business for the six weeks before Labor Day, and then she had gone to Boston last weekend to pick apples with relatives. "We went shopping together to buy groceries on Monday night," he said. "Monday night is the last time we went out together."

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Today I am running/walking miles in your honor for the 9/11 remembrance race. I just wanted to stop here and tell you that.
- thoughts, prayers, and love to all that knew you! ♡

Dear Sam-Dinnoo family,
Many blessings and love on this day and always.. You are in my prayers.

I still think of you often. We spent so much time on the phone together during our years at Marsh. I will never forget that fateful morning when the phone fell silent. My wish is that you are at peace.

Saw your name. Had to look you up. You shine everyday here at the Memorial!

i visited the memorial site yesterday and saw Rena's name. my thoughts are with you on your sad loss.

I still think of you Rena. I wish I could hang out like we used to.

Dear Betu, Gina and Family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you now and forever. Let the light that shined through Rena shine in each of you.

Time goes on; but so does your memory.
Peace to all your friends and family.
Take care.