First Officer Thomas McGuinness
Discoveries Through Faith

Two days before his senior prom, Tom F. McGuinness made a life-altering choice: he asked a young woman named Cheryl to be his date. It didn't give her a lot of time to prepare, but she agreed. "I got a dress and we went to the prom, and we stayed together ever since," Cheryl McGuinness said recently.

But then Mr. McGuinness, 42, was big on life-altering decisions. About a year and a half ago, he and his wife and children, Jennifer, 16, and Tommy, 14, decided to move back east, to Portsmouth, N.H., from California, in part so Mr. McGuinness could pursue better opportunities with American Airlines. He was the co-pilot on American Airlines Flight 11, which struck the north tower of the World Trade Center.

More significant, his wife said, was a decision he made eight years ago, while they were attending a small Bible study group. Mr. McGuinness had always been a religious man — the family attends a nondenominational Christian church — but hearing others talk about their relationship with God gave Mr. McGuinness a new perspective, and he found his faith intensifying.

That realization prompted a change in him, said his wife. "Our family strengthened, his relationship with the kids strengthened, our marriage strengthened. The way we showed love to one another deepened," she said. "It was the biggest blessing that I could have received."
Published by Wicked Local Cape Cod on Sep. 13, 2001.
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Never Forget!...R.I.P.
An old friend
Friend
September 13, 2021
Charlene Marie Jones
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September 12, 2021
Charlene Marie Jones
Friend
September 12, 2021
Mrs McGuiness..I enclosed 2 pictures..one is Hawker Vanderguard class photo from American Airlines graduation in 2013..the other is my sister Barbara Christine Jones..she became a RN that day!!..she was with captain Thomas today.captain Thomas and Barbara and betty and all our loved ones in heaven are watching over us..God bless you and your family Mrs McGuiness love Charlene Marie
Charlene Marie Jones
Friend
September 12, 2021
Hi Cheryl,
I doubt that you remember me but I used to ride and occasionally teach Jennifer at Chestnut Hills Equestrian Center. I remember Tom from around the barn and at horse shows. He was always friendly and kind and invested in his kids. I am remembering your family today as I do every 9/11 and praying for all of you. Thank you for sharing Christ with others over the years with your book and speaking. I know it has made a difference for others who are suffering.
Kimm Crandall
Acquaintance
September 11, 2021
20 years....My prayers for your family on this day and for every day until you are reunited with them... God Bless
Mike Sutton
Military
September 11, 2021
Dear Mrs McGuiness and family..Remembering captain Thomas on this memorial day.May 31 2021..thank you captain Thomas for your service to the United States of America military...your service to your country..your family and your career with American airlines will always be remembered..I do hope Mrs McGuiness you and the family have been well during this coronavirus pandemic..God bless you Mrs McGuiness and your entire family..be safe..love Charlene Marie Jones retired flight attendant with American airlines BOS Logan International airport BOS Massachusetts
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Charlene Marie Jones
Friend
June 1, 2021
Hi Mrs McGuinness and your family..I hope this finds you and your family well...happy new year 2021....thinking about captain Thomas and this coronavirus panademic..wearing mask on the planes now...I did not ever think in my lifetime would I ever see that...please take care Mrs McGuinness..always feel free to contact me 617-369-2444 I have text too..my email has stayed the same [email protected] may 2021 be filled with God blessings for you and your family..love Charlene Marie Jones American airlines flight attendant BOS Logan international airport and DFW international airport
Charlene Marie Jones
Friend
January 31, 2021
Dear Mrs McGuinness and your family...today is veteran's day November 11 2020..honoring and saluting captain Thomas on this day...I hope your family is well from this coronavirus panademic..stay well and safe..God bless you and your family Mrs McGuinness..love Charlene marie jones flight attendant american airlines BOS Logan international airport
Charlene Marie Jones
November 11, 2020
Dear Mrs McGuinness and your family..I hope your family are doing good during this coronvirvus panademic..I tried several times to post a message to you.but I was not able to leave one..please know on September 11 2020 you and your family were not alone thinking of captain Thomas...I know Peggy ognogonski was planning a memorial in BOS..I was unable to attend..I wish you good health and God bless you and your family..captain Thomas will NOT ever be FORGOTTEN...LOVE Charlene Marie Jones Flight attendant American Airlines BOS Logan international airport..BOS Massachusetts
Charlene Marie Jones
Coworker
September 18, 2020
Dear Mrs. McGuinness and family, I am thinking of you all today. I met, several years ago your husband's mother at the Electrolux vacuum cleaning store in Burlington. While we were talking about our vacuum cleaners she told me about her son who had been on American Airlines Flight 11. I was taken aback. She said how handsome he was and what had happened. I couldn't believe the strength of this woman who could have endured that loss of her handsome son in such a tragic way. I think of her often. I met her more than 15 years ago. I am thinking of you all today. Blessings to you and especially to Tom's Mother whose company I so enjoyed.
Allison Preece
Friend
September 12, 2020
Dear Mrs McGuinness and family...I do hope you guy's are feeling good..this coronavirus panademic has really been bad..today..September 11 2020 is the 19th anniversary of 9/11...I can NOT believe 19 year's has gone by....thinking of captain Thomas today..Peggy Ogonowski hatch was heading the ceremony in BOS..I did not know this until a few days ago....please know I am always praying for your family..my sister Barbara Christine Jones Edmonds passed away on April 13 2020 at 66 yr old..she was an RN..it gives me comfort that as Barbara was on her journey from this ..to eternal life in HEAVEN..Barbara was met by a lot of people..one was captain Thomas McGinness..Barbara had heard so many stories about my flight 11 family..God bless you Mrs McGuinness and your family...if you ever want to talk I believe you have my phone number if not is 617-369-2444...LOVE Charlene
Charlene Marie Jones
Friend
September 11, 2020
Dear Mrs McGuinness and your family..I found this picture of jerry stiller and myself..when I was living in upper west side of Manhattan on off days I would go out for lunch..I saw WGA at Rockefeller center..I asked if I could walk the picket line..I had my APFA union card with me..within 5 minutes jerry stiller came over to me...so we walked for WGA..I am a flight attendant union APFA captain Thomas union APA..unity all the way for our rights...god bless Mrs McGuinness and your family love Charlene
Charlene Jones
Friend
May 26, 2020
Charlene Jones
May 26, 2020
Dear mrs McGuinness..I posted a couple of pictures of my sister Barbara..while flying out of Logan international airport..I believe my sister Barbara my friend Elaine swalnick and Sylvia pattavina..flew on OFF days with me to LAX..I believe they met captain Thomas..I know they did coz at one time or another betty..Amy.Jeffery were on the flights with us along with captain Thomas..thank you captain Thomas for your service to our country the United states of America military navy..your dedication to our country was most appreciative..to keep our country free..Mrs McGinness after all this coronavirus stuff goes away I will be back in BOS..would love to met you for coffee..I feel as though I know you [email protected] please stay well and your family..HAPPY memorial to you and your family..captain Thomas too..I had to put the pictures on..Barbara knew how much I adored my flight 11 family..now she is with them..and they are talking about us..be safe love Charlene
Charlene Jones
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May 24, 2020
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May 24, 2020
God will keep Tom in His kingdom. He will.have no wants or needs. I am sure about it.
Lakshmi Sridhar
April 20, 2020
Dear Mrs McGuinness..this is a picture of me and my good friend Gregory Brock who lives in SFO..as crewmembers we all are family..peace and LOVE Charlene
Charlene Jones
Friend
February 11, 2020
Dear Mrs McGuinness..this is my class graduation picture..I am in the first row by the banister..Craig Mathews flew with captain Thomas the Gunther twins too..they are in the back row with gailen lee David..captain McGinness was so kind to all of us..God bless your family Mrs McGuinness love Charlene
Charlene Jones
Friend
February 11, 2020
Dear Mrs McGuinness and your family.this is betty's class at American Airlines..betty is in the back row love Charlene
Charlene Jones
Friend
February 11, 2020
Hi Mrs McGuinness and your family.happy new year 2020..please forgive me for not writing sooner..thinking of captain Thomas today..I have betty's class picture..betty was in class 87-42 and I was in class 87-43..betty graduated 1 day before me..I have learned over the years Mrs McGuinness..once you are a crewmember its for life..like the military..for we all were on the same ground..at one time or another..sending you and your family peace and love in 2020 and always..God bless you and your family Mrs McGuinness love Charlene
Charlene Jones
February 11, 2020
Dear Mrs McGuinness and family remembering captain Thomas today on veterans day..captain Thomas was in the United states military..captain Thomas served his country with dignity and dedication to his country..captain Thomas is thought of us always as you Mrs McGuinness..we all honor captain Thomas..god bless you and your family Mrs McGuinness love charlene
Charlene Jones
November 11, 2019
Dear Mrs McGuinness and your family..Hi!!..I hope you all are good...I posted some pictures today..I went to the DFW international airport memorial on my birthday..September 28 2019..I thought what a wonderful day to visit my friends...the pictures only took on black and white..I don't know why??..it was a gorgeous day..the roses were pink mauve color..getting back into the car I noticed..I tried to change to color so you were able to see the beautiful color of roses...extremely peaceful there..I believe this was one of my best birthdays...I love roses..so that's what I did..God bless you Mrs McGuinness and your family love Charlene
Charlene Jones
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October 4, 2019
Charlene Jones
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October 4, 2019
Charlene Jones
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October 4, 2019
Charlene Jones
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October 4, 2019
Charlene Jones
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October 4, 2019
Charlene Jones
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October 4, 2019
Charlene Jones
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October 4, 2019
Charlene Jones
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October 4, 2019
Dear Mrs McGuinness and your family. Hi!!..oops. I made a boo boo..I meant to say GUY has KEPTED the legacy of captain Thomas alive at the 9/11memorial in NYC...he works every Saturday except last week he was here in Texas...visitors always ask questions and as I say..GUY is the man who is meant to be there for our loved ones..thinking of you and your family always love Charlene
Charlene Jones
September 28, 2019
Charlene Jones
September 27, 2019
Charlene Jones
September 27, 2019
Dear Mrs McGuinness and your family..hi!!..I was thinking of captain Thomas and your family last Saturday September 21 2019..as you know, I was planning on going to NYC this September 11 2019..I ended up in the hospital on September 13 2019..ugh..my friend guy works at the 9/11 museum in NYC..guy had tickets to the Dallas cowboys game Traditor..lol I am for new England patriots!..guy asked if we can meet and I said yes..I had only been out of the hospital for 1 day but I knew I had to see him..we met at olive garden in grapevine tx...I will tell you honestly Mrs McGuinness..guy has melted captain Thomas legacy alive..it was an honor to have met him..guy must be the nicest man I have met lately on this earth..captain Thomas and your family has the best man guy at the 9/11 museum and memorial..I have enclosed a couple of pictures.God bless you and your family Mrs McGuinness..love Charlene
Charlene Jones
September 27, 2019
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September 17, 2019
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September 17, 2019
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September 17, 2019
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Charlene Jones
September 17, 2019
Dear Mrs McGuinness and family..there are so many friend's and people I have met who are connected to September 11 2001..they speak about our crewmembers flight 11 and captain Thomas with the highest respect.guy who works with tony at the 9/11 museum is coming to DFW for a cowboys game..being a new England patriots fan for 55 year's I will over look his favorite team the cowboys..guy will be seeing me here..he wants to visit the DFW international airport memorial which is so peaceful..guy said last week it was extremely emotional at the 9/11 museum. He is looking forward to relaxing after a hectic week in NYC..I sent a couple more pictures..I am in the hospital right now..I probably will be discharged tomorrow..thinking of you Mrs McGuinness and your family..it seems the more people I met the more they want to know about captain Thomas McGinness and our family crewmembers..god bless Mrs McGuinness to you and your family love Charlene
Charlene Jones
September 17, 2019
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September 16, 2019
Dear Mrs McGuinness and family guy from the 9/11museum NYC put the flowers up for him and me..thinking of captain Thomas today. God love you Mrs McGuinness and your family..NOT ever to be forgotten
Charlene Jones
Friend
September 11, 2019
Charlene Jones
September 11, 2019
Dear Mrs McGuinness and your family..thinking of captain Thomas tonight..taking a moment of silence...prayers always for you and your family god bless you all love Charlene
Charlene Jones
September 10, 2019
Hi Mrs McGuinness..captain Beverley just called me..her plans have changed for NYC for September 11 2019..her book tour has been pushed out to start in the late fall..meaning probably thanksgiving time..her daughter Paige in NYC is a pilot for American eagle called envoy now..she starts captain training at the flight academy in Euless on September 2 2019..3-4 weeks.
Beverley does not get to see Paige a lot so she spoke to random house who is doing her book tour..they want the whole family in NYC for the first day PR...with the max 80 out of service til the holidays and they are taking all the super 80 planes out..its been hard for her and her husband this summer non rev due to cxdl flights..I can understand that 100 percent..did not like non rev..at least it was free!!..I don't think Peggy is going to NYC..I believe she will go to Logan..Cathy ong probably will still go to NYC..I am to write her..Jeffery Collman parents I just spoke to have not made up their minds yet..so..plans for NYC are delayed..sounds like my schx when I was flying..I will keep you posted on captain Beverley plans for NYC again..I am planning on moving home to GREEN harbor Massachusetts next summer..my family always summered there..its a beautiful quaint small coastal beach near Marshfield Massachusetts..my mother is buried there..my closest friends are in Quincy and Weymouth BOS..as I have aged 63 I need to be with my family..I did not get married or had children I was married to my career..we are still looking at the 20th anniversary of September 11 for a music venue in NYC 2021..my friends in the jazz foundation and music industry said they will help me plan..2 year's is time for planning for music venue..NYC will be easier for me to get to..I can take the acela from south station to grand central station quicker..I like the train better than flying..yes..and that was my profession for 32 year's..it is a GRAND career but we all have to fulfill other dreams..Mrs McGuinness any questions please don't hesitate to call me..text or email me..I will always keep you posted.
Will you go to Logan?..I have not even been to the BOS Logan memorial..been back quite a few times..hard to go..I believe NYC would be easier for me..when I fly into Logan I see gate B32..need I say anymore..god bless your family..love Charlene
Charlene Jones
August 18, 2019
Hi Mrs McGuinness and family..I hope you guy's are good..thinking of captain Thomas today..captain Beverley bass called me yesterday to see what day I was going to NYC..I said I will ask you guy's if you are going to NYC or the BOS Logan memorial..I have my clothes will book my trip next week..I believe I will be going around September 9th 2019..I will let you know the exact date after captain Beverley calls again..captain Thomas will NOT ever be forgotten love Charlene
Charlene Jones
August 18, 2019
Hi Mrs McGuinness and your family..I am sorry the 1st 2 pictures are sidewards..I am not an expert on phones..growing up in Quincy Massachusetts we had manual typewriters..no computers..and phones that you may not leave a message..remembering captain Thomas...thank you Mrs McGuinness..God bless you and your family love Charlene flight attendant American airlines BOS Logan international airport and DFW international airport
Charlene Jones
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August 7, 2019
Charlene Jones
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August 7, 2019
Charlene Jones
Friend
August 7, 2019
Dear Mrs McGuinness and your family..I enclosed a few more picture's..my FRIENDS on American Airlines flight 11 are my family too..I spent more time with my crewmembers than my own family..NOT ever to be forgotten God bless you Mrs McGuinness and your family love Charlene American airlines flight attendant BOS Logan international airport and DFW international airport
Charlene Jones
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August 7, 2019
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August 7, 2019
Dear Mrs McGuinness and your family..I sent some picture's..I will send a few more tomorrow..love Charlene flight attendant BOS Logan international airport and DFW international airport
Charlene Jones
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August 6, 2019
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August 6, 2019
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August 6, 2019
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August 6, 2019
Charlene Jones
August 6, 2019
Dear Mrs McGuinness and your family..a few picture's are on their way..my phone needs to charge..actually I need a new one..I will send you the other's tomorrow.God bless love Charlene flight attendant American airlines BOS Logan international airport and DFW international airport
Charlene Jones
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August 6, 2019
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August 6, 2019
Dear Mrs McGuinness and your family..I hope you are enjoying your summer..thinking of captain Thomas last week..I went to the DFW international airport memorial and spent sometime there..serenity and peaceful..blue skies..I will be sending you some pictures..I have not even been to our BOS Logan memorial yet.nor NYC..DCA yes..I am still planning on September 11 2019 for NYC..I know captain Beverley bass will be there on September 9 and 10th..then she goes on a book tour for me and the sky..the story of September 11 2001..captain Beverley is keeping the memory of our family and friends alive with come from away..I know I will not ever forget my family flight 11.we all trained here in DFW international airport..my email is up and running captain Beverley made sure of that..617-369-2444 [email protected] God bless you Mrs McGuinness and your family love Charlene flight attendant American airlines BOS Logan international airport and DFW international airport
Charlene Jones
August 6, 2019
Dear Mrs McGuinness and your family..I hope you had a GRAND 4th of July..remembering captain Thomas for his service to the United States of America navy..my father was U.S. army in Korea..thank you captain Thomas for your dedication to your country your family your career your friends family and your crewmembers..I am still planning on coming to NYC on September 10 2019 my email is up and running [email protected] 617-369-2444..captain Beverley bass is heading to Sydney Australia soon for the opening night of come from away..captain Beverley is still planning on being there on September 10 2019..I will keep you informed Mrs McGuinness..God bless you and your family.love Charlene BOS Logan international airport BOS Massachusetts
Charlene Jones
July 5, 2019
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June 24, 2019
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June 24, 2019
Charlene Jones
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June 24, 2019
Dear Mrs McGuinness and family..I hope you guy's are GOOD..I found my 1967 Boston red Sox lineup..52 year's old..this was when the red sox won the pennant..the impossible dream!!..my father Charles took us to BOS Logan international airport..that was the first time in Jr high I had ever been in an airport..captain Thomas heard my stories of Fenway park and how many baseball games I went to in my life..a lot..I remember it was American airlines..I have the pictures..American airlines stewardess as they were known back then took us to the gate..8 screaming teenagers..you would have thought it was the Beatles from Liverpool LHR.still planning on NYC for September 11 2019..my email is up and running now..617-369-2444..god bless you Mrs McGuinness and your family love Charlene flight attendant American airlines BOS Logan international airport BOS Massachusetts
Charlene Jones
Friend
June 24, 2019
Dear Mrs McGuinness..I found my picture of President George Bush before he took office as president of the United States of America..the picture was taken before September 11 2001..DFW captains and flight attendants. God bless love Charlene American airlines flight attendant BOS Logan international airport BOS Massachusetts
Charlene Jones
Friend
June 18, 2019
June 18, 2019
Dear Mrs McGuinness and family..thinking of captain Thomas today father's day..I hope this finds everyone in your family well...on our flight 11 I would always tell our crew about my days at Fenway park!!..they all knew I loved the red sox..so on this father's day a homerun for captain Thomas!!..I found my 1967 Boston red Sox lineup!!..they would be so HAPPY..I told my friends how my father Charles in heaven too would take us to Logan international airport..6 screaming teenagers..the stewardess as they were known back then showed us which gate to go to..I can honestly say being a parent is the most loved but hardest job a parent can have..I have tony conigliaro. Billy C Carl yaszemski..mike Andrews the whole crew..just like my flight 11 crewmembers. Family..on father's day I salute captain Thomas..today its root root for the hometown BOS Massachusetts..honored to have been and still part of my life..I am still planning on going to NYC for September 11 2019..the stars are shining bright from heaven tonight and always..thank you captain Thomas..I honor you..god be with you Mrs McGuinness and your family..I will take a picture of them..love Charlene Marie flight attendant American airlines BOS Logan international airport BOS Massachusetts
Charlene Jones
June 16, 2019
I served with you sir, my division office in VF-21, you were great to work for!!
RIP sir
Dean Richardson
Military
May 27, 2019
Dear Mrs McGuinness and your family..I hope all is well with your family..thinking of captain Thomas today on memorial day..honoring his service with the United states of America with the navy..captain Thomas devoted himself to his country.his family and his crewmembers..saluting captain Thomas always..god bless love Charlene flight attendant American airlines BOS Logan international airport BOS Massachusetts
Charlene Jones
May 26, 2019
Dear Mrs McGuinness and family..hoping you are having a nice mother's day..I wanted to give you an update..I spoke to my friend and music collaborator peter Hume in LAX last night..peter explained that 4 months is not enough time to get the musicians and singers in plus get a musical venue..Melissa loves the idea but is committed to another event..peter explained it takes 1-2 years to organize a grand musical event for our love ones and all in 9/11..I am still keeping my plans to be in NYC..just don't know the days yet..captain Beverley is in Sydney Australia right now for rehearsals for come from away..captain Beverley will be there September 10 2019...when she gets back in about a month a definite time will be arranged..I spoke to tony at the9/11 museum yesterday..I am going to see come from away on Broadway and the 9/11 museum..I have not been back to NYC since 2008..11 years..its time for me to come to NYC and pay my respect and honor to my family crewmembers and all who lost there life on September 11 2019...our love ones will NOT ever be forgotten..I plan to start speaking to my friends in NYC on Broadway and the jazz foundation..Grammys..we will have a musical venue just not this 9/11..god bless my phone number is 617-369-2444..I am in the DFW area right now..Love Charlene American airlines BOS Logan international airport BOS Massachusetts
Charlene Jones
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