The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Sunday, December 21, 2014


Bridge Honors Massachusetts, Rhode Island Couple Killed on 9/11
Ellen Goodchild, left, hugs Patrick Nassaney as Margaret Nassaney, right, looks on Thursday, July 28, 2011, in Attleboro, Mass., after a ceremony renaming a bridge to neighboring Pawtucket, R.I., for their children, Lynn Goodchild and Shawn Nassaney, a young couple who perished in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. AP Photo/David Klepper.

By: David Klepper, Associated Press

ATTLEBORO (AP).- Before the politicians and the cameras showed up, Ellen and Bill Goodchild took an unhurried stroll on the bridge that now bears their daughter's name. There were no tears; just smiles for the child they lost on 9/11.

Lynn Goodchild and her boyfriend, both 25, died in the attack on the World Trade Center towers.

"If they named a mailbox after my daughter I'd be happy," Ellen Goodchild, of Attleboro, told The Associated Press. "She would be like, 'They're naming a bridge after me? We were just a couple of kids!' For them to be remembered 10 years later, and for total strangers to come up with the idea, it's just wonderful."

Lynn Goodchild was heading to Hawaii for a vacation with boyfriend Shawn Nassaney when their United Airlines Flight was hijacked and flown into the South Tower. On Thursday, the Goodchilds joined the Nassaneys to dedicate the rebuilt and renamed "Lynn Goodchild Shawn Nassaney 9/11 Remembrance Memorial Bridge."

The bridge arches over a rail line and connects Attleboro and Pawtucket, R.I. It also connected Goodchild and Nassaney during their relationship.

"She lived in Attleboro, he lived in Pawtucket," said Patrick Nassaney, Shawn Nassaney's father. "I'm sure they came over this bridge a thousand times."

The 9/11 attacks ended what by all accounts was a promising future for Goodchild and Nassaney. They met while attending Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. Nassaney worked in sales at American Power Conversion in Rhode Island. Goodchild was an administrator at Putnam Investments in Massachusetts. Both were working on their MBAs at Providence College and planned to marry once they graduated.

Both were hardworking, athletic and fun-loving, their parents said. He was a runner and she was president of the college martial arts club. They loved to travel.

In the nearly 10 years since 9/11 the Goodchilds and Nassaneys have stayed in close contact, connected by shared tragedy. Goodchild's family created a memorial foundation in her name. Nassaney's family set up a scholarship in his name and holds an annual charity golf tournament and a 5k run.

"It really doesn't heal," Patrick Nassaney said of his grief. "There's no such thing as closure. As you go on, it's like dust. It builds up a veneer."

What helps is knowing that your child isn't forgotten, he said. That's why he was delighted when the Goodchilds called four days ago and told them that city leaders had asked that the County Street Bridge be renamed in honor of Goodchild and Nassaney.

"He would have said, 'I have a bridge? Cool! Let's put a toll on it," Patrick Nassaney said.

More than 100 residents turned out for Thursday's dedication ceremony on the bridge. The mayors of Attleboro and Pawtucket spoke. So did Massachusetts state Rep. George Ross, R-Attleboro, who choked up when he mentioned the young couple. "We must keep their memories alive," he told the crowd.

The two families together pulled down the cover that had hidden the new name of the bridge. The crowd cheered.

"It's a good bridge," Ellen Goodchild said, all smiles.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.





Today's News

July 29, 2011

Featuring Some of Japan's Top Art Talent, Earthquake-Postponed Art Fair Tokyo 2011 Opens

Bureau of Land Management Suggests Changes on Christo's Colorado Proposal

Archive of "Rebel Without a Cause" Director Acquired by the Harry Ransom Center

Walmart Donates $20M to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art to Sponsor Admission

Preparations for Major Medieval Show at the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung in Full Swing

Phillips de Pury & Co. Announces Highlights From September London Design Auction

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Provides 3,000 Pieces of Art to Arts Council

Exhibition on Notable Artist Liu Kang to Commemorate Centennial Year of His Birth

Henry Moore Institute Opens First Solo Exhibition by Artist Mario Merz in the UK for Nearly Thirty Years

Sixteen New Galleries Unveiled in Dramatic Transformation at the National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of American History Showcases Life and Laughs of Phyllis Diller

Australian Artist Andrew Rogers Completes the Arch of Memory, the World's Largest Basalt Arch

Bonhams Appoint Richard Harvey as Global Head of Wine With Sales in London, HK, LA and SF

Road To 2012: A Local Story on View at the View Tube in London

Ducati Launches Official Motorcycle Racer Valentino Rossi Art Collection

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum Celebrates Owney the Postal Dog

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan to Stay Open Until Midnight on Last Two Nights

Martha Stewart, Macy's CEO and a High-End Fashion Designer Studying Haiti Crafts

The Museum of Modern Art Announces a Change in Admission Prices; $25 for Adults

'Snapshot' Exhibition at Van Gogh Museum will Zoom in on Artists' Everyday Lives

Relaunch of Science Museum Exhibition: Space at the Science Museum

Bridge Honors Massachusetts, Rhode Island Couple Killed on 9/11

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt

2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction

4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million

5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson

6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery

7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum

8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation

9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard

10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site