In memory of Michael Waye.
Michael H. Waye
World Trade Center
The Father-Son ConnectionWhen Evelyn Yeow watches her 5-year-old son, Jason, try a new kind of food, she can't help thinking of her husband, Michael H. Waye. Although Mr. Waye, a Long Island native, loved filet mignon, he was game for trying the unfamiliar dishes of his wife's native Malaysia. "He was just like his son," she said. "Even when he would look at it and think he wouldn't like it, he would try it." It was, in part, that openness that helped win over her parents, who immigrated to Queens 20 years ago. "My father was worried about me marrying a Caucasian," she said. But soon, her parents adored him. "He really cared about my family. Sometimes I didn't even have to ask him and he would offer to do something like taking my parents around or taking them to the park." Mr. Waye, 38, who was in charge of the data center at Marsh & McLennan, was also working on an M.B.A. "He said his future would be being C.E.O. in one of these companies," Ms. Yeow said. Now, she says, it's hard to see what it was all for. "All the success, he did all these things — for what? After all this, he's gone." At home in Morganville, N.J., Ms. Yeow is the connecting link between a little boy and a father who is gone. "He loved anything with water," she said. "I'm trying to train my son, and he loves swimming. I say, `Maybe someday you'll be like him.' " Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 8, 2002.
Michael Wayne was a veteran of the United States Navy and worked as a technichian for America's first passenger rail simulator at Metro-North. He was an honest and dedicated man who studied hard to advance his position in life. He was proud of his position at Marsh. Mike was a veteran who was taken from us too soon. We'll never forget him.
Pierce Haviland, friend
I worked with Mike at trade.com. I knew him to have loved his children. That is what our conversations were about; family and vacations and school and girl-scout cookies. He had an infectious smile despite on-the-job frustrations. He really did smile and laugh a lot. He was smart and experienced and knew exactly how much that intelligence was worth. He had a team-player attitude and stuck with things even when confronted with mounting difficulties. When he left to go to Marsh I remember feeling his absence. I have wanted to write something for him and to his memory for much too long. So, on this anniversary day I write this and to his family I can tell you that this was one very good guy! I wish I had known him longer.
Jim Meyer, 9/11/2004 10:28:28 AM
Mike and his brothers were like big brothers to the kids in my neighborhood when I was growing up. He was always around to talk to us and to make us laugh. This tradgedy was difficult enough to deal with and when I found out that his life was taken that day, it just added to the pain. I would imagine that in a difficult or troubling time, that Mike is the type of person that anybody wold want around for support. His sense of humor alone could help one through those times. Mike will be missed by myself and my family. I will never forget how much he has impacted my life. God Bless America!
Will (Willy), 9/12/2002 9:15:29 AM
Mike was one of the first people I met when I started at Marsh. He never missed a "hello" in the hallway or an opportunity to make a joke after that. Mike was a person of true wit, intellect, practicality and dedication. Common sense was his mantra. He was someone who never did what was "just required", but rather was an individual who always went beyond what was asked of him and then some. Mike was that rare fellow, so few of us meet in our existence, who liked to make the lives of all those he interacted with easier...
...and certainly at the least, get you to smile.
matthew adduci, 9/11/2002 10:02:38 AM