Jeffrey Collman
Happiest in Flight
Jeffrey Dwayne Collman, a flight attendant for American Airlines, had his normal flight pattern down pat: he worked the Boston-to- San Francisco route, an itinerary that linked two of his favorite cities and made for a reasonable commute home to Navato, Calif.

His presence on Flight 11 on Sept. 11 was a fluke: he had a birthday coming up on Sept. 28 and signed on for the extra trip so that he could take time off to turn 42 with a little party at home. An inspired dessert chef, he was likely planning to get creative and bake his own birthday cake.

And he didn't mind flying the extra shift: traveling was his idea of bliss. Becoming a flight attendant three and a half years ago had been the culmination of a stubborn campaign. After United turned him down, he applied to American; he was ecstatic when he was accepted on his second try.

His on-the-ground passion was tennis. The week before his death, he attended the United States Open in Queens.

"He had friends all over the world; he was a people person," said his stepmother, Kay Collman from Yorkville, Ill., his hometown. "He'd know the life histories of his passengers after just one flight."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 9, 2001.


Jeffrey Collman loved to fly and loved to travel.

The Yorkville native determined at a young age that the easiest way to do both was to become a flight attendant.

Collman, 41, who lived in Novato, Calif., caught on with American Airlines five years ago.

"It was his dream job. He had friends all around the world from his travels," his stepmother, Kay Collman said from her home in Yorkville.

Tuesday, Collman was working at his dream job when American Airlines Flight 11 was hijacked and then slammed into the first World Trade Center tower.

The Collmans last heard from their son via e-mail the night before he left Boston, telling them he was headed to Los Angeles.

They knew quickly Tuesday that he must have been on the plane they saw on TV crash into the tower.

"When anything happened bad before involving planes, he'd call us and say, `I'm OK.' But he didn't this time. We knew in our hearts before it was confirmed," Kay Collman said.

On Saturday, Collman's parents were at O'Hare International Airport to catch a flight to Boston for grievance counselling arranged by American Airlines.

As she waited to board the plane, Kay Collman recalled how much Jeffrey loved to travel. She used to tell him he should be saving his money for when he got older.

She remembered him telling her: "There's no guarantee I am going to be old."
Published by Newsday on Sep. 13, 2001.
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Keith Bradkowski
Spouse
September 29, 2021
Every year the 9/11 Memorial places a rose on the birthday of everyone killed in the attack.
Keith Bradkowski
Spouse
September 29, 2021
Angel birthday wishes! I hate that it’s 20 years, and I can’t believe it’s 20 years. You are missed! Always and forever loving you.
Anna Johnson
September 28, 2021
Today would have been Jeff’s 62nd birthday. I’m sure he’s smiling down from heaven.
Keith Bradkowski
Spouse
September 28, 2021
American Airlines Alabaster Eagle honoring Jeff.
Keith Bradkowski
Spouse
September 12, 2021
I am so grateful to many friends and family who reached out to me on this 20th anniversary. I always love hearing stories about Jeff and his joking around. We loved playing jokes on each other. I thought a lot about the years Jeff and I were together and if I condensed one thing that I received from Jeff it would be a line from the song Wind Beneath My Wings, “I want you to know the truth, of course I know it, I would be nothing without you.”
Keith Bradkowski
Spouse
September 12, 2021
You are never forgotten Jeff. I think of you often. ❤❤❤
Denise
September 11, 2021
Miss you everyday love Dad and Kay
DWAYNE COLLMAN
September 11, 2021
It's been 20 years since you boarded your last flight. Thinking of you, not just today, but everyday. You may no longer be here, but you will never be forgotten.
Marie Garfield
September 11, 2021
I can’t believe I’ve missed you 20 years. Oh how I miss you! I will whisper a prayer to you on Saturday, as I light the very small amount of candle I have left, from your Memorial. I love you my sweet dear friend, Jeff! Forever.
Anna Johnson
September 10, 2021
Edit to the obituary. Jeff and I had reservations to be in Milan, Italy to celebrate his 42nd birthday on September 28th. Together, we would sightsee the beautiful city and art. As Providence would have it, more than 100 people memorialized Jeffs life on the 28th day of September 2001 in a beautiful ceremony in Fort Heath Park overlooking the Boston Harbor. A sea of 42 balloons rose in the sunset sky.
Keith Bradkowski
Spouse
September 6, 2021
Jeff loved flying on the 767.
Keith Bradkowski
Spouse
September 6, 2021
This past August 31, 2021, would have been Jeff’s and my 31st Anniversary together. We met at a birthday party in a town outside of Chicago. We quickly fell in love and our song was Bette Midler’s Wind Beneath My Wings.” Whenever it played on the radio, we would sing to each other. The song described us well. A challenging childhood, Jeff grew up to be the finest, compassionate, protective, and loving mate. When Jeff left for work, he always left “sticky-notes” with the words “Guess Who Loves You? Me!” I always introduced Jeff as “my better half.” I am told that finding one’s soul-mate is rare, so I am blessed we had 11 years together and know one day we will be reunited. I still feel his presence every day. Over these past 20 years, I realize that Jeff never needed a plane, because he always had wings—Keith Bradkowski, (Spouse/Soulmate)
Keith Bradkowski
Spouse
September 5, 2021
Remembering Jeffrey on the 20th anniversary of 9/11....
Cindy Roe
September 4, 2021
Happy Heavenly Birthday Jeff. You are loved and missed by many. Kind soul gone to soon.
Diana Coughlin
Friend
September 29, 2020
I think about you daily, but today on your birthday, I’m writing it down. I miss you always dear friend. You made the world bright.
Anna Johnson
Friend
September 28, 2020
I am sitting here in the Dallas area tonight. Mentioning to my adult children once again about that day and what led up to it. I want to leave here how touched I was that evening flight from San Francisco to Boston when I met an angel. He was literally lit up with love and happiness! About his job, relationships, his future? It didnt matter! I felt a little giddy myself and understood. He specifically told me where he was seated ()if I needed any help from him. He warmed my ❤ And soul that evening. RIP my happy friend I will never forget! Ever!
jennifer craig
Friend
February 10, 2020
Dear Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith..these are the bouquet of flowers during the daylight at the 9/11 museum in NYC September 11 2019...American airlines flight 11 our family love you Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith love Charlene
Charlene Jones
Friend
September 29, 2019
Dear Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith..a couple more pictures for jeffery's legacy..jeffery's eyes are so beautiful...heart and soul....god bless you Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith love Charlene...its nice to remember Jeffery and I share the same BIRTHDAY...I am honored....
Charlene Jones
Friend
September 29, 2019
Charlene Jones
September 29, 2019
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September 29, 2019
Charlene Jones
September 29, 2019
Dear Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith..hi!!..there is another view of the rose..I tried so hard to get the right picture..it was wicked windy...after taking the pictures I did not realize they were in black and white...when I walked in there was no one there..peace and serenity..the presence of Jeffery...I sang HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jeffery!!..the birds were flying..the sky was blue with clouds....Jeffery knew we were there....your angel in heaven was singing with me..the wind beneath my wings..love you Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith love Charlene
Charlene Jones
Friend
September 29, 2019
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September 29, 2019
Charlene Jones
September 29, 2019
Dear Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith...hi!..so nice speaking to you Mr Collman on jeffery's BIRTHDAY....Keith you too!..I said I was going to the DFW international airport memorial to place a rose for Jeff's BIRTHDAY..my phone only took black and white photos..the rose is a beautiful rose mixed with a mauve color..it was so windy I cut the steam and was able to make it stay..thinking of Jeffery yesterday on his birthday...will speak soon god bless you Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith love Charlene
Charlene Jones
Friend
September 29, 2019
Charlene Jones
September 29, 2019
Miss you everyday. This birthday was no different, celebrate you, my friend.
Anna
Friend
September 29, 2019
Dear Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith..hi!!!..I hope you all are good..thinking of Jeffery today on his birthday...I am honored to share the same BIRTHDAY as Jeffery..at the 9/11memorial in NYC they put up a white rose when their birthday is here...I will be in touch soon. God bless you Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith love Charlene
Charlene Jones
September 28, 2019
Dear Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith..hi...I enclosed 2 pictures of guy who works at the 9/11 museum in NYC..guy had tickets to the Dallas cowboys and knew I was not able to make the trip on September 11 2019...so guy called me and we met at olive garden..I need you to know with guy there in NYC at the 9/11 museum jeffery's legacy is alive and watching from heaven..Jeffery birthday September 28th the same as me..thinking of Jeffery..God bless you Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith love Charlene
Charlene Jones
Friend
September 25, 2019
Charlene Jones
September 25, 2019
Charlene Jones
September 25, 2019
Dear Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith..hi!!..sorry I have not been in touch..was in the hospital for 1 week..critical thyroid...the pictures I sent are from captain Beverley Bass YOU are HERE a documentary shown in 800 theater's only on September 11 2019..I had not seen Beverley for 30 year's...Jeffery BIRTHDAY next sat.September 28th..mine too...a friend of mine from the 9/11 museum in NYC just landed HERE...I will speak to you guys soon..God bless you Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith love Charlene
Charlene Jones
Friend
September 21, 2019
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September 21, 2019
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September 21, 2019
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September 21, 2019
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September 21, 2019
Charlene Jones
September 21, 2019
Dear Mr and Mrs Collman..hi..I wanted you guy's know too..the bouquets of flowers were ordered by my good friend G at the 9// museum in NYC..since he knew everyone's plans where changing for our plans for September 11 2019..he ordered the flowers in honor of our flight 11 crewmembers...will be in touch very soon..love you Mr and Mrs Collman love Charlene
Charlene Jones
September 20, 2019
Hi Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith..there were 2 bouquets of flowers for Jeffery...one at the opposite ends...there is a special captain yesterday who spoke so fondly of Jeffery...we were thinking of him as you and Mrs Collman had your party in celebration of Jeffery..we had ours missing Jeffery always always remembered...God bless you and Mrs Collman and Keith..I will speak to you soon love Charlene
Charlene Jones
September 12, 2019
Jeff, thinking of you on this day. Miss your contagious smile.
Diana Coughlin
Friend
September 11, 2019
thanks everyone for messages and Charlene for flowers. Jeff is always with us in happy memories Dad and Kay
Dwayne Collman
Father
September 11, 2019
Thinking of you Jeff, you are never forgotten. XO
Denise
September 11, 2019
Thinking of you always for you are always in my heart.
Keith Bradkowski
Spouse
September 11, 2019
Love you Jeff, you are never forgotten! Your friendship, your smile, your laugh.
Anna
Friend
September 11, 2019
Thinking of you today, and everyday.
Marie Garfield
Friend
September 11, 2019
Dear Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith..thinking of Jeffery today and always..the flower are from guy and myself at the 9/11 museum..I am not there as you guy's now..guy is..he works for the 9/11museum..god love you Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith love you ALL Charlene
Charlene Jones
Friend
September 11, 2019
Charlene Jones
September 11, 2019
Charlene Jones
September 11, 2019
Dear Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith..thinking of Jeffery tonight with a moment of silence...prayers always for you guy's..god bless you Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith will be in touch love you guy's Charlene
Charlene Jones
September 10, 2019
Hi I'm a sophomore at Shanley Highschool and I'm doing an assignment on the 9/11 attacks and I thought it was cool how active he was in the community and he seemed like he was a very nice person!
Maya W
August 29, 2019
Hi Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith..I found a few more picture's at the DFW international airport memorial..they show jeffery's name a little closer..God bless Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith love Charlene
Charlene Jones
Friend
August 20, 2019
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August 20, 2019
Charlene Jones
August 20, 2019
Hi Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith!!..well here are the 1967 Boston red Sox lineup..taken in Logan international airport BOS Massachusetts 52 years ago.in American airlines terminal.small world when you think about it..I am from Boston Jeffery flew out of Logan like me..Jeffery loved tennis..going to Harvard university...we share the same BIRTHDAY...Jeffery tonight I pray the Boston red Sox win and get a GRAND slam homerun in honor of you tonight..and always..thinking of Jeffery always..God bless you Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith love Charlene
Charlene Jones
Friend
August 20, 2019
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August 20, 2019
Charlene Jones
August 20, 2019
Dear Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith..hi!!..great talking to you today Mr Collman..so glad you got your motorcycle license..I knew you would!!..captain Beverley called me a little while ago..I will give you a call on Tuesday..be safe. Love you guy's love Charlene
Charlene Jones
August 18, 2019
Dear Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith..I found a few other picture's that shows jeffery's name clearer..DFW international airport memorial is beautiful..peaceful...I can hear bird's flying bye..serenity..love you Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith..Charlene
Charlene Jones
August 2, 2019
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August 2, 2019
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August 2, 2019
Charlene Jones
August 2, 2019
Hi Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith..the picture's did go thru..good..s very peaceful day..sky blue wind blowing..Jeffery looking down from heaven smiling.I feel his presence here.ALL flight attendant train in DFW international airport at the learning center..we become family..a special bond..missing all my family..Love you Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith love Charlene
Charlene Jones
July 31, 2019
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July 31, 2019
Charlene Jones
July 31, 2019
Dear Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith..I tried to send some pictures it said legacy was down..I will try later love Charlene
Charlene Jones
July 31, 2019
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Charlene Jones
July 31, 2019
Dear Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith..hi...it was great speaking to you Mr Collman..I hope Mrs Collman is good..Keith thinking about Jeffery always..I made a trip to DFW international airport memorial in grapevine Tx the other day..I took some pictures which I will post..feeling all their presence under a clear blue sky..God bless you Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith..will keep you updated on September 11 2019 love Charlene flight attendant American airlines BOS Logan international airport and DFW international airport
Charlene Jones
July 31, 2019
Dear Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith..8 hope this message finds you guy's good..I will give you a call to keep you updated..still working on my project for September 11 2019 in NYC..thinking of Jeffery on the 4th of July..beautiful fireworks lighted the skies of heaven..my email [email protected] is up and running again 617-369-2444..god bless love Charlene flight attendant American airlines BOS Logan international airport BOS Massachusetts
Charlene Jones
July 8, 2019
Dear Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith..hope all you guy's are doing good..I found the original picture of me and betty ong on our layover..the other picture is President George Bush before he took office in 2000..it was taken before September 11 2001..DFW crewmembers who I flew with out of DFW too..including BOS..will NOT let Jeffery ever be forgotten..will keep you guys posted on September 2019 love Charlene BOS Logan international airport BOS Massachusetts
Charlene Jones
Friend
June 19, 2019
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June 19, 2019
Charlene Jones
June 19, 2019
Dear Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith..remembering Jeffery today on father's day..I hope you guy's are good..still planning on NYC in September 11 2019..still working on my project..will be in touch..I was thinking of Jeffery today also..I knew I had my 1967 Boston red Sox lineup when they won the pennant..I found it today!!..I believe Jeffery guided me to my beloved red sox as my crewmembers are and will always be my beloved angels and friends in heaven..thank you Jeffery..smiling bright light everyday from heaven..love Charlene flight attendant American airlines BOS Logan international airport BOS Massachusetts
Charlene Jones
June 16, 2019
Dear Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith..wishing you a happy memorial day..I went to st ann Catholic church yesterday..I have not been to a mass since my father Charles passed away.I stayed for the rosary and complete mass..I prayed for your family and Keith..I got holy water and brought it home..I blessed the pictures I have of my my crewmembers who are my family with holy water last night..thinking of all of you..Jeffery looking down smiling..working on September 11 2019..making some headway..will keep you posted..God bless you Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith love Charlene American airlines BOS Logan international airport BOS Massachusetts
Charlene Jones
May 27, 2019
Dear Mr and Mrs Collman and Keith..I enjoyed our conversation today..Jeffery heard us speaking..I am continuing to make my contacts...I shall keep you posted..thinking of Jeffery on memorial day and always..had a long talk with my parents in heaven..I told you I have my fathers dog takes from Korea..my most treasured pocessions my dad's dog tags and my mother's cross shall perpell me forward to September 11 2019...will keep you in my prayers..call anytime LOVE Charlene American airlines flight attendant BOS Logan international airport BOS Massachusetts
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