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Andrew Garcia was one of the victims on Flight 93. Andrew Garcia, 62, of Portola Valley, California, a salesman. He was 62, but most people wouldn't have believed it if they met him. Andrew Garcia kept active, both physically and mentally, and loved to play tricks on people. The President and founder of Cinco Group, Inc. was returning home from a business meeting on September 11, 2001.
- 1938/1939 Andrew was born in Sunnyvale
Andrew attended San Jose State University . He worked as a grocery clerk and postal carrier through school, then landed a job as an air traffic controller and then as a purchasing manager for United Airlines.
- 1968 Dorothy met Andrew, a prankster considered quite the eligible bachelor, in 1968 when they both worked at United. She knew instantly that she would marry him.
"My mother says I came home from work that day and said, 'I just saw the man I'm going to marry.' She asked his name and I said I didn't know," Dorothy recalled with a laugh. "I found out who he was and the rest was history."
- 2nd June 1969 Dorothy and Andrew get married. His wedding ring is later found in the wreckage of Flight 93
- September 11 Andrew managed to punch his wife's number into his cell phone and utter her name before the line went dead.
Wedding Ring FoundEdit
Dorothy told investigators that the only thing she wanted from the wreckage was her husband's wedding ring. They would know it, she said, from the cursive inscription inside: "All my love, 8-2-69," the date of their wedding.
"It was symbolic of Andy and of our love," Dorothy said of the ring. "I just wanted it back."
All promised to do their best but said the odds of finding so small a needle in so large a haystack were slim. Dorothy held out hope, praying endlessly with her prayer group for its return.
"There were nine or 10 people praying hard for its recovery," Dorothy said. "I kept praying and believing it would come back."
Dorothy's faith was rewarded on December 17,2001 when the phone rang.
"I have some news for you," an FBI agent told her. Dorothy immediately knew that the ring had been found. The agent promised to return it as soon as possible. Two days later, two agents knocked on her door. They handed her a small white box. Inside, wrapped in tissue secured with a gold seal and a white ribbon, was her husband's wallet, card holder, luggage tag, credit cards and driver's license.
And a small purple velvet pouch containing a ring. Dorothy's face lit up when she saw the inscription.
"All my love, 8-2-69."
Sure enough, it was Andy's.
"It's absolutely perfect," Dorothy said. "It looks just like he took it off his hand and put it on mine."
It had been a difficult three months for her, who struggled through the birth of a grandson, her daughter's wedding anniversary, her own birthday and Thanksgiving without her husband by her side. Christmas was especially hard, she said, because of the little things -- like deciding who to seat at the head of the table.
"Christmas was bittersweet," Dorothy said. "But we have a lot to be thankful for. We were married for 32 years. He was a wonderful, beautiful man and I have three wonderful children. We're trying to focus on all the wonderful years we had together and not on our loss. We know we'll be united with him in heaven when it's our time."
Until then, Dorothy has her husband's ring, worn on the middle finger of her right hand.
"It's staying there forever," she said.