Alexander Filipov
A Desire to Know

Alexander Filipov, an electrical engineer, did not just check his sons' homework. He explained it in complex mathematical terms. He took them sailing and taught them to calculate their location by the positions of the stars.

"He had incredible math acumen," said David, a son who is a journalist. "But he was no genius whiz nerd. He would go up to anybody and start telling stories about himself."

He asked religious proselytizers about their lives and showed them the backyard goldfish pond he had carved in granite. He learned the phrase "Do you like Chinese food?" in 17 languages to open conversations with foreigners.

Mr. Filipov, 70, and Loretta, his wife of 44 years, lived in Concord, Mass. He was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11, which was hijacked en route from Boston to Los Angeles and flown into 1 World Trade Center.

When he was 60 and on business in California, he went bungee-jumping. "I didn't like when I was done," he said later, "and nobody was looking at me."

"Every new gadget he found he had to tell you about, whether or not you understood it," said David Filipov. "He wanted very badly to learn things and know things."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 8, 2001.

Alexander Filipov, engineer and outdoors enthusiast; at 71

By David Filipov, Globe Staff, 9/21/2001

Alexander M. Filipov, an electrical engineer and church deacon, died in the crash of American Airlines Flight 11 in New York City on Sept. 11. He was 70.

A longtime resident of Concord who semi-retired in 1999, Mr. Filipov continued to work in the field of electronics as a consultant. He was traveling to California on a business trip at the time of his death.

A member of Trinitarian Congregational Church, Mr. Filipov was a deacon and a former moderator and served on numerous church committees. But family, friends, and co-workers said it was his personal touch that they will remember most.

"He made everybody feel like they were his best friend," said Judy Walpole, the church's business manager. "He just made you feel like you were the most important person, as though he got up that morning just because he wanted to meet you and talk to you."

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, in 1931, Mr. Filipov graduated from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, in 1955. He spent summers exploring the Canadian Arctic and rebuilding Model-A cars, experiences that set him on a lifetime path of outdoor adventures and tinkering with intricate machinery.

Mr. Filipov moved to Concord in 1959 and became a US citizen in 1962. Over the years, he worked as an engineer in several Boston-area companies.

He was also a Boy Scout leader and Little League baseball coach who delighted in teaching his children to ski, sail, play tennis and guitar, and do complex math homework assignments.

Unwilling to move away from Concord when his last employer, Vibrometer Corp., relocated to California, Mr. Filipov became a consultant and developed still more interests, including painting, golf, and astronomy. He would spend Sundays at church after services, recounting Arctic adventures and amusing his fellow members with his often irreverent humor.

Mr. Filipov leaves his wife of 44 years, Loretta; three sons, Allan of Houston, Jeffrey of Salem, and David, of Moscow; two brothers, James of North Bay, Ontario, and John, of Windsor, Ontario; and a sister, Angeline Brown, of Alvordton, Ohio.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Trinitarian Congregational Church in Concord.

Published by Newsday on Sep. 13, 2001.
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Remembering Alexander on the 20th anniversary of 9/11...
Cindy Roe
September 12, 2021
Alexander seems like he was a kind, smart, interesting, adventurous man. He is the type of person I wish I could know. My thoughts and prayers go out to all his family and friends who still mourn this loss. I'm so sorry for what happened to him. We will never forget.
McKell Swain
September 17, 2020
Alexander, it sounds like your legacy lives on in your family. The world lost a lot of great men and women and children on that horrible day, including you. I lift up your friends and family today as I pray for them to continue to feel the encouragement of others as we remember Alexander and others. Much love from Texas.
Del Newberry
March 6, 2015
bella beltz
September 11, 2014
hi you will always be remembered
jason lewis
September 11, 2014
you will always be remembered because I'm doing a project on you in school
jason lewis
September 11, 2014
bella b
September 12, 2013
It was the best birthday present I ever got except when you were born on my second birthday.Almost twins, two years apart. Hope to see you soon.
Angeline Brown nee Filipov
May 4, 2013
Remembering when my friend and I went to a Easter Service at the Concord Trinitarian Congregational Church without my family and you were so welcoming and made us both feel so comfortable. Your spirit lives on.
Brooke Bero
September 11, 2012
10 years later, it still saddens me as if it happened today. RIP Al. Love to all the Filipovs with a special hug to Loretta.
Becky Eaton Valentine
September 11, 2011
To the family and friends of Alexander Filipov:
Alexander will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not allow those we lost on 9/11 be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you.
Peggy Childers
September 11, 2011
May your family and friends have found some sense of peace in the memories they carry with them. God Bless you and them.
Marsha R
September 7, 2011
Allan and entire Filipov Family,

It was not until I saw the interview of your mom on TV during the coverage of Ted Kennedy's death that I became aware of your dad's passing.

As I remember his visits to 22 Campus Ave they were always full of joy, laughter and interesting conversations.

May your happy memories help you through your difficult moments.

John Shea Jr TEP URI
John Shea
September 14, 2009
Jeff and the entire Filipov Family - we are thinking of you today. God Bless You.
The Fedors
September 11, 2009
Hi It has been 7 or so years since the 9/11 and every time i think of the event it brings a tear to my eye. although i never met you you looked such a happy Man who enjoyed every minute of your life.

This is Jamie Dorman,Age 14, From Scotland R.I.P
September 8, 2009
I liked your site..
Rob Miller
September 7, 2009
I never met Alex, yet today I met his loving wife Loretta while doing some Propane service work. The world could use her thoughts and beliefs with dealing with the after effects of such a tragic loss of a love one. I left her home with some new ideas. Such a woman is a living monument to the type of person Alex must have been.
Larry Fleming
May 14, 2009
After the attack on September 11th i was so upset that i joined the army to try and do something about the terrorists attacks. after i came back from the army learned that i had lost a family member on the first plane. his name was Al Filipov. now i have never met Al but he was my grandfather cousin, so he is my third cousin i believe, none the less he was still family. i just wanted to leave a little note in here and say that i think of 9/11 frequently and will never forget. take care and god bless
yesterday is history, tomarrow is a mystery and today is a gift , thats why they call it the present.
Matthew Wells
September 11, 2008
To the Filipov family- our thoughts and prayers are with you this day.
The Fedors
September 11, 2008
It has taken me 7 years to write this tribute, as I worked with Al for about 4 years while we both worked for Vibro-Meter in Long Beach prior to their relocation. I remained a consultant here in Huntington Beach and was responsible for connecting Al to the consulting project he was returning to on that tragic day.

All the tributes in this log are wonderful and representative of a man who genuinely touched so many lives. He was one of the first to visit our home and family, as a fellow ‘east-coaster’ when we relocated to CA. We still use his house-warming gift on a daily basis. I miss and think of Al on a daily basis – not in regret, but knowing that Al was a man of conviction and love for his fellow man. The reason I haven’t written this tribute prior, is a simple memory of a conversation that Al and I had in the ‘lab’ one day. It was a conversation on ‘hi-jacking’...we were probably the two biggest frequent fliers in the company. Al told me if that ‘ever happened’ to him he would not go down without a fight and I am forever reminded of this conversion that Al certainly did not go down without a fight. I am convinced that it was Al who was the first person in that first class section who stood up and took a stand for life and liberty, not selfishly for himself but for friends, family and country. I remember our conversation like it was yesterday, and today, 7 years later it’s time for me to pay tribute to one whose destiny, and now legacy, is to stand-up…I will never forget.
Christian Staller
September 11, 2008
What a beautiful article your Son David wrote about you in today's Boston were truly a wonderful Dad! Thank You for Sharing your experience with us David.....Rest in Peace......
September 11, 2008
Toata compasiunea si regretul pentru pierderea tragica suferita
Filipov Alexandru
February 17, 2008
In memory....
P Tabbernor
June 4, 2007
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.
November 1, 2006
First off please let me extend my deepest sympathies to the Filipov family. I did not know Alexander but I did meet his brother Jim through my brother Bruce and wow do they look alike Jim and Alexander.
I liked Jim from the moment I met him and if Alexander was anything like Jim then in my opinion he must have been a heck of a person. Once again , please accept my deepest heartfelt sympathies for your loss.
God Bless
Tim Colquhoun
May 1, 2006
Hello Loretta,

I woke up this morning remebering and Al. I just want you to know he will never be forgotten and how proud he would be of your involvement with Peacful Tommorrows. I know you now this, but Al sure loved you and loved the people of the world and because of that he will always be a part of our lives.

Peace to you Loretta,

Love, Roberta Enriquez
roberta enriquez
September 11, 2005
Dear Loretta, I've thought of you so often, and always ask Jim or Peggy or Dr.Berk about you, but hadn't wanted to intrude. And now, upon reading some of the released transcripts, the tears have come again, and I decided to wait no longer. My son (24 now) was living nearby the towers and we couldn't find him for 10 hours that day-NYU eventually put him up in a hotel for 6 weeks. But we were obviously so randomly fortunate. And then I found out about your beloved Sam. There are no words; but over the years, I have read all the tributes in the Guest Book about Sam and am not surprised that a lovely and funny woman such as yourself shared your life with such a remarkably kind and interesting human being who was loved and admired by so very many. You are truly always in my prayers. With much love from one of 'Doc A's' most longtime patients.
Deborah Grudzinski
August 13, 2005
Dear Loretta, I think about you and Al and your family often. He had such an infectious personality. On one occasion, while he was on business trip in Long Beach, a group of us with Al were walking to dinner and he said "good evening" to a stranger, the stranger returned the greeting and then Al said,"now we are not strangers anymore" Looking at us with his big smile wondering if we got the message. I got the message, and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't say Hi! to a stranger. The world is a warmer place because of Al Filipov.

Peace ~ Love
Warm wishes for the Holidays and always

Roberta Enriquez
Long Beach, Ca December 8,2004
roberta enriquez
December 9, 2004 will never be forgotten. Thoughts and prayers are with your family always.
K. Melaragni
September 12, 2003
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Alex Filipov.

Tina Luciani-Scott
Tina Luciani-Scott
October 19, 2002
I whis you can enjoy eternety in heaven. And hope you dont feel pain or know any anger.
Best wishes marleen
October 11, 2002
Dear David, and all of the Filipov family. My heart goes out to you at your loss here--in this bit of time. I pray that you be comforted; that your joy be returned in a better time there, where no evil will ever triumph. You will continue to be in my prayers.
Jane Shaw
September 21, 2002
On this day and forever, God bless your soul.
Solange, Victor and Dmitry Filipoff
Solange Filipoff
September 11, 2002
In memory of Alexander Filipov
Michael Bernard
September 11, 2002
I feel so sad for the wife of this wonderful man. After 44 years of marriage the love they shared must have been immense, but that love will still be there in a spiritual form. May god bless this entire family.
July 21, 2002
I did not know Mr. Filipov, but I was friends with a someone who worked in the hotel in Long Beach that he stayed in frequently on his visits to California. I was deeply touched, and moved, by the stories my friend told me of Mr. Filipov, of how he was such a happy, vibrant, and uplifting person who spread joy wherever he went. I came to this site because I wanted to learn more about Mr. Filipov, and I am not surprised to find my friend's stories of him being repeated over and over. Even though I never met Mr. Filipov, he is in my thougths and prayers whenever I see or hear anything about Sept 11. My deepest condolences to his family, and to all those whose lives he touched and who mourn his loss. I hope that having known such a wonderful man, and the many happy memories of him that you hold in your heart will be of comfort to you.
Joseph Kelly
July 18, 2002
June 5, 2002
I never met Alexander Filipov, but my Dad knew him when they attended Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, many years ago, as engineering students.

I was very sad when I read Alexanders portrait of grief. It describes a wonderful man, curious and bright and interested. I was reminded of my own dear friend Ian, who is an electrical engineer,a mathematical whiz, an avid sailor (but also, very kind.)

I am so sorry for your loss--God help you in your grief--

Mary Romaniuk, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Mary Romaniuk
April 29, 2002
I purchased a bracelet with Alex Filipov's name on it and committed to pray for his family. After reading about him, I am grateful to God for having given me the opportunity to know about such a kind and caring man. Through this tragic experience, I hope and pray for God's peace to comfort the Filipov family.
Dex Alexander
April 20, 2002
I am so thankful to have found this website with Mr. Filipov's picture and bio. I have been wearing a Mercy B.A.N.D. for the past 5 months on my wrist with his name on it. I pray for you, his family everyday. I am so thankful that I was able to read about his life and about who he was. I would love to hear from a family member to talk to you about Alex and to learn more about this man whose name I wear daily, and to know how specifically I may pray for you. My name is Nikki and I am a 5th grade teacher in Albuquerque, NM.
Nikki Tripp
April 19, 2002
Al was the loving husband of my first cousin,the former Loretta Demech.Loretta's mother is the former Jennie Uritz, my father's sister.My father, Carmen Uritz quietly and peacefully entered into eternal rest on 8/31/01. Al and Loretta came to Pittston on 9/8/01 to attend my father's memorial service.I always knew as I was growing up how much they loved their Uncle Carmen and the rest of our Uritz family.The last words my dear cousin Al spoke to me on that day were "Be sure to bring your mom up to Concord and stay a few days with us." Sadly less than a month latter my mother and I did travel up to MA
for Al's memorial service. The only reason that Al was on that plane was because of his weekend trip to PA to be with my family in our time of sorrow. Al always flew on Monday's.Not a day has gone by since 9/11 that I don't think about how strange and confusing this all seems to me. A few tears are shed each and every day.But I know of the deep and unwavering faith in GOD, the ONE AND ONLY GOD OF ALL RELIGIONS AND FAITHS, that both Al and my dad held in their heart,mind, and soul.Their faith and witness has been passed to me and can feel the peace within my heart.I know that are together with God.
Even if no one was ever to read these words,I feel so much better having written them. If you,Loretta, Alan,David and Jeff, do read this, know that I love and pray for you all and the rest of the very large Uritz family. I don't think you could find a more loving and beautiful family than the one created by my grandparents, George and Minnie Urizzio . Love & peace, Peter Uritz.
Peter Uritz
March 16, 2002
I worked with Al Filipov Jr. in 1981 -1983 in Kansas. He was a great guy and spoke of learning with passion. His father taught him well. My heartfelt sympathies Al.
Randy Davis
March 12, 2002
I had the pleasure of working with Al several years ago. Al was consulting on a reliability growth program on high frequency, high g-level accelerometers for his former company. It was an area where I had little experience. I learned so much from the short time I had working with Al. He took the time to work with me, to explain and educate me on the concepts of the testing we were performing. However, what I truly remember the most, was going out lunch with him and listening to his countless stories, and tales which ranged on any subject under the sun. As some else has already stated about Al, “He made you feel like he got up that day just to see you.” I can attest to that, he was a good guy, and I am grateful that I was given the honor to have met him. He is a man I will never forget, and my prayers and love go out to his family.
John Baron
March 11, 2002
I truly wish I could have konown this man. He must have loved life, people and above all his family with all his being. There are too few of him to go around. Be glad you had the chance to know him and wrap yourselves in the warmth of those memories while you try to heal from your loss. God Bless.
Sheila Werland
February 28, 2002
I remember a thoughtful person, a coach.
I couldn't have had a better baseball coach. Someone who loved the game and understood it, he never put winning ahead of learning and improving. There's nothing like playing where you want to play and always being encouraged, and that is what Mr. Filipov did.
I remember being allowed to "help" build an addition and scrathing my initials along with David and Jeff into the concrete footings. Probably a huge nusance, but never made to feel like one.
I also remember being invited to go sailing and learning how to tack, jibe, and navigate. A trip from York, Me. back to Beverly that David and I made with our dads is a fond memory.
My prayers are with you.
Mark Luoma
February 6, 2002
my hopes and prayers are with all the families effected by the tragedy. I recently lost someone very close to me (before Sept.11) and I would like you to know that though you may not know me your not ever alone.
Jennifer Stark
January 30, 2002
My deepest condolences to the Filipovs on the loss of a truly lovely man.
Lee Hockstader
January 15, 2002
My deepest condolences for the loss of your dad.
Paul Lambert
January 15, 2002
My deepest sympathies to the family of Alexander Filipov for his tragic loss. May God bless.
Maria Dakis
January 13, 2002
We are deeply sorry for your loss of Alexander. May his math abilities, his life and love live on in you. 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
January 12, 2002
Amanda MacDonald
January 5, 2002
Being an American Airlines employee
at the time, we cant tell you how saddened we are...God Bless You...You are forever in our hearts
lisa ewing
December 31, 2001
Barbara Bolin
September 26, 2001
We remember Al from the many goods times we had at Heritage Swim & Tennis Club, where we and our families spent most of our Summer days together.

Al was always soft spoken and kind and a good example to all, and a good friend. Dick and Al played tennis most Saturday afternoons during the Summer, before often retiring to "the Kitchen" for some cold beers and home fries, and maybe a boiled lobster, too. Good comrade. He be missed..goodbye old friend.

We don't know why God allows such a terrible thing to happen to an innocent being, but we do know Al is now beyond all suffering and enjoys eternal happiness.
Dick & Pat Doherty
September 25, 2001
We look on the world sadly today(forever) and that will never be forgotten ,many of you not know by all , but as we set here with sadness in our hearts and tears in our eyes for the so many men, woman & children’s lost. We cant help to feel pain .Pain for you the
families and friends , our prayers are with each of you. May you find peace .Even thought right now you don’t know where it is. May you remember all the fun you and
your love one had and make that be the reason you find peace. Look in your mothers,fathers, children and grandchildren’s eyes and know that they will help you go on. They
need the love you need and they need to lean on you as you lean on them .Find comfort in each other .

To The Families & Friends
Of Loved Ones Lost

Innocence stolen from faces
Bright futures forever lost.
The actions of two dark souls,
Came with a tearful cost.

A light from your hearts is dimmed,
A voice is forever silenced.
By two men's unneeded acts of rage,
And two men's senseless violence.

The pain you all feel,
I can see in your eyes.
In your tears, in your voices,
And in the hurt in your whys.

But despite all the anger,
We must keep our faith alive,
For the ones you all lost,
They really did survive.

They dance across your memories,
And leave footprints in your thoughts.
And looking upon you now,
They can see you love them lots.

They may have left this world,
But they never went alone.
For in the kingdom of our hearts,
They sit upon a diamond throne.

Their spirits are now free,
And God embraced them with open arms,
They flourish in a safe place,
Where they live without worries or harms.

And in God's grace,
They are showered with praise and love to give,
Can you imagine a better paradise,
Where you would want your child to live?

For life's greatest gift,
Is our place in heaven above,
A place where happiness thrives,
And hearts are filled with love.

So take your time to cry,
And let emotions run deep,
But never forget that in your hearts,
The memories you will eternally keep.

I beg you to hold your child close,
And create a relationship of trust,
But above all just adore them,
And saying you care is a must.

And send your love to those in need,
And embrace the mother that cries,
And as the hands of time continue to turn,
It will become much easier to rise.

All we can do is miss them,
And be happy that they are free,
And focus on the fact,
That the future resides in you and me.

For we all have the power,
In our integrity and how we pray,
And always, always remember,
That after the darkest nights,
Rises the brightest day.

-Matthew Phillips
September 18, 2001
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