Dear family & friends of Joe Deluca:
I had been associated with my friend Joe through the many meetings and car events of the SCCA. (Sports Car Club of America, Northeast Div.)
Joe was an avid Morgan Car lover, who had a prime example of either a 1935 or 1937 Morgan automoble. He would come to the events all decked out in orignal leather riding clothes, gloves and hat and goggles. What a sight to see. Of more import, Joe was so active with all the members of all the car clubs, including the JAG (Jaguar Auto Group). Joe always wanted the details to the letter. His professional career at Pfizer Corp, NJ.which included detail computer programs that involved a lot of genius on the part of Joe to maintain.
On his personal side, Joe and I would run several of the infamous 'Four Turkey Road Rally's'. He was instrumental in my becoming active in the newsletters of the SCCA and running the annual rally. We would ride around for hours laying out the course. What a beautiful memory indeed. I really don't know where or when we found the personal time, but we did it for the club and for the members.
Finally, I know Joe Deluca. He was a fighter. Don't get Joe mad! I know firsthand; when I made one mistake in the instructions, boy was he hot. But, later he would forgive and forget and expressed laughter. He definitely (without question) would have been a fighter and planner on Flight 93. Absolutely! Ask anyone who knew Joe. Joe would have gone down fighting for his fellow campanions, friends,and loved ones, and would have consider himself last man overboard. This was Joe. He was great!
I am both shocked and aggrieved by his untimely death, but understand, there must have been a purpose and mission for Joe amongst these 40 passengers (and flight crew) on Flight 93. And, I'm sure the crew appreciated him on-board. No doubt about it. He loved America !
God bless his family and loved ones, God bless all his fellow passengers and crew that Sept 11th,and God bless America.
P.S. Joe, I can only hope there are some Morgans in Heaven. I will miss your good company at all the meetings and your name will always be remembered.
Tom Kotinsky 9-18-02 Boonton Twp, NJ [email protected]