Franklin Pershep, 59, was an insurance underwriter working for Aon Corporation on the 93rd floor of Tower Two of the World Trade Centre.
He was at work when the tragedy of September 11 unfolded five years ago. He did not survive.
Franklin was apparently known as "the Bagel Man," often stopping at a shop near his home to pick up two or three dozen bagels to celebrate a co-worker's wedding, promotion or new baby, and then sometimes for no reason at all. One of his daughters used to stop at the same bagel shop in the mornings, and they would tell her that her breakfast was on the house, that her dad had paid for her bagel and coffee when he was in earlier that morning.
Mr. Pershep used to love to tell the story of his Incredible Shrinking Cubicle. He knew his co-workers were pushing in the walls of his office a tiny bit each day, but he wouldn't let on that he noticed, even when he had to turn sideways to get inside.
Franklin was married for 36 years to Estelle with whom he shared two daughters, Stacy and Sharyn. His three grand children Mack, Heather and Hunter, ask for him everyday.
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