Susan MacKay

Westford, Massachusetts


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A Dress Transformed
Susan MacKay, a vice president at the TJX Companies, a discount apparel and home fashion retailer, had been looking forward to her business trip to Los Angeles for weeks when she and some colleagues boarded American Airlines Flight 11 in Boston on Sept. 11. "She loved the travel part of the job, and had been looking forward to this California trip all summer," said her husband, Douglas. "They have a good time when they travel."

Ms. MacKay, 44, spent her entire professional life in retailing, first for Jordan Marsh, then for Marshalls, a retailer that was later bought by TJX. But she was much more than a working woman.

"She loved her job, but she was so excited about having children," said Nan Alphen, a longtime friend and neighbor in Westford, Mass., about 25 miles northwest of Boston. "They were the highlight of her life."

Ms. Alphen recalled that Ms. MacKay, an accomplished seamstress, transformed her wedding dress into a christening gown for Matthew, 13, and Lauren, her 8-year-old daughter. "She loved to sew," Mr. MacKay said. "Everything in the house, she made. The comforters, the pillows. Her youngest sister got married last fall. She made her wedding dress."

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My condolences and well wishes go out to Susans loved ones.

Always in our thoughts and prayers. NQHS 75'

Thinking of the most beautiful you.... today and always

Thinking of you today/ Your loving brother Sean.

I went to college with Susan. She loved the fashion industry. She was a role model to many of us. It was no surprise to learn that she was a VP at TJX.I think about her often, not only on September 11.

I still remember our phone conversation the night before you boarded the plane, and your excitement about coming to LA. Holding you and your family forever in our hearts.

Remembering you on this day especially as your classmates gather for the 40th reunion. You will not be forgotten. Always remember your smile. We will meet again some day.

14 years ago our hearts were broken at the thought of your passing. You will always and forever be remembered as a beautiful, kind, smart women. May God reward you, and hold your family close as we recall the day you were taken from this earth.