Project 2,996: Alex Filipov –
American Airlines Flight 11

2009 September 11
by INC


Alex Filipov, 70, was an electrical engineer from Concord, Massachusetts.  He was on American Airlines Flight 11, en route from Boston to Los Angeles for business on September 11, 2001. At 8:46 a.m., the plane he was on crashed into 1 World Trade Center, the north tower.  He and his wife, who was not with him, had been married for 44 years and had three sons.

A member of Trinitarian Congregational Church, Mr. Filipov was a deacon and a former moderator and served on numerous church committees. But family, friends, and co-workers said it was his personal touch that they will remember most.

“He made everybody feel like they were his best friend,” said Judy Walpole, the church’s business manager. “He just made you feel like you were the most important person, as though he got up that morning just because he wanted to meet you and talk to you.”

He was a Boy Scout leader and he coached Little League. He taught his sons to ski, sail, play tennis and guitar.  He kept learning and trying news things–bungee jumping in California when he was 60!  He enjoyed his family, friends and strangers–even learning to say “Do you like Chinese food?” in 17 languages as a conversation starter with foreigners. One of his sons, David, said,

“He would go up to anybody and start telling stories about himself.”

Whenever I read about someone who died on September 11th, there is the personal connection of what that person meant to the family and friends left behind; my heart is touched as I identify and understand some small part of their emotions as their great loss impacted their lives.  As I read about the life of Alex Filipov, I though of  losing my own dad, an Eagle Scout and former Scoutmaster, who could and would also talk to anybody about anything.  I found it especially poignant that his son David, a journalist, wrote his father’s obituary for The Boston Globe.

At age 70, Alex Filipov was far too young a man to die.

9 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 September 11 1:17 pm
    justrand permalink

    thank you, INC. Like you I find myself personnally connecting with each and every one of these people…and wondering again, as I did then, what the horror of their last minutes must have been like. Alex and those on his flight couldn’t know that the lunatics who perpetrated this had as little regard for their OWN lives as they did for the REAL human beings they highjacked.

    But as I keep pointing out…this will NEVER work again. Everyone knows that there is no such thing as a “negotiation” with these animals. Kill them…or be killed BY them. A binary choice.

  2. 2009 September 11 1:25 pm
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    All comments for these 9/11 heroes have been great.

  3. 2009 September 11 1:49 pm
    JustMary permalink

    Excellent tribute, INC.

  4. 2009 September 11 2:59 pm
    TLS permalink

    Today I am reading the posts with my 8 yr old son, putting faces on the human cost of this tragedy. Hearing the couragous stories of these exceptional people has made a real impression him. He now sees them as fathers, daughters, brothers, neighbors and the heros that they were. I tried to instill in him today that the only people who can turn these honored Americans into victims will be us, if we choose to forget their sacrifice.

  5. 2009 September 11 3:04 pm
    justrand permalink

    TLS, I cannot think of a better educational experience for your son! You’re a fine parent, and are on the road to raising an equally fine American!! thank you!

  6. 2009 September 11 3:18 pm
    JustMary permalink

    I commend you for homeschooling your son! Such a wonderful thing to do.

  7. 2009 September 11 3:29 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Alex, you were a happy man, and died bravely. My your family remember you that way, and see you again at the appointed time.

    May God dry their tears in the meantime.

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