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Town officials gather at the 9/11 memorial today to pay tribute to the nine Montclairians lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
COURTESY BOB RUSSO

Montclair held a Sept. 11 ceremony on Friday at the Watchung Plaza 9/11 Memorial. About 20 people gathered as flowers were placed on the memorial. The names of the nine Montclair victims were read. They are:

Michael Collins, 38, a manager with Cantor Fitzgerald. He moved to Montclair in 1997 with his wife, Lissa. He was also an avid skier, snowboarder and rock climber.

Caleb Arron Dack, 39, vice president and director of global sales and alliances, Encompys.  He wrote loopy poems and complex business software. Dack was attending a trade show at Windows on the World on 9/11. He lived in Montclair with his wife, Abigail, and their two children.

Emeric J. Harvey, 56, founder and president of Harvey Young Yurman Inc. His relentless energy made him a natural leader. On Sept. 11 Harvey was at a weekly breakfast meeting at Windows on the World. He lived in Montclair with wife Jennifer.

Scott Johnson, 26, who was born and raised in Montclair. He graduated from Montclair Kimberley Academy. In March 2000, he joined the investment banking firm of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc. Johnson was adventurous and loved to travel. He is survived by his parents, Ann and Thomas S. Johnson of New York and Montclair.

Howard Kestenbaum, 56, a senior vice president with Aon Corp. Kestenbaum was an avid baseball fan, was active at his temple and cared deeply about the homeless. He moved to Montclair in 1985 with his daughter, Lauren, and wife, Granvilette.

Robert M. Murach, 45, who worked for Cantor Fitzgerald. He grew up in Brooklyn and lived in Montclair with wife Laurie and daughters Madison and Hayley. He loved scuba diving and golf.

David Pruim, 53, a senior vice president for Aon Corp. He lived in Montclair with wife Kate and daughter Carrington. He was described as the most gentle 6-foot-4 person ever.

Ronald Ruben, 36, who worked for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc. He loved to fix and build things. Ruben graduated from Montclair High School and lived in Hoboken.

Michael Stewart, 42, an immigrant from Northern Ireland, had started a job as a senior executive at a financial trading firm, Carr Futures in June. He was an amateur rugby player, and loved the sport, but his love for his sons Franco and Eamon was greater.