Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

This Is How I Want to Remember My Lovely Robert; THE VICTIMS

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

This Is How I Want to Remember My Lovely Robert; THE VICTIMS

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WHEN Robert Eaton and his bride, Jacqui, went up the aisle eight years ago a bright future lay ahead. The former St Paul's chorister had left Britain for New York and had become a rising star in the tough world of international finance.

But today Jacqui waits griefstricken for news of her husband, missing since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center last Tuesday.

He was a merchant banker for finance firm, Cantor Fitzgerald, on the 105th floor of the north tower, when the first hijacked jet slammed into it.

The 37-year-old is one of more than 5,000 missing in the wreckage and a week after the attack his parents in Britain have finally come to accept they will never see him again.

"This is my Robert," said his mother, Laura Eaton, pointing to his picture.

"This is how I want to remember him. He had such a lovely smile." Her voice cracking, she breaks down in tears.

Watching the news of the attacks live on television she had immediately pressed the button on her telephone that dialled his direct line. After the third ring the line went dead.

Originally from Brighton, Robert sold his one-bedroom bachelor flat in Battersea 10 years ago to pursue his dream in the US.

He had been selling bonds at brokers Garban in London and transferred for a brief spell to the firm's New York offices. His talent was recognised and rewarded by the firm but in no time he was headhunted by Cantor Fitzgerald - one of the world's largest financial companies. He rose rapidly into the higher echelons of New York's financial world.

While there he met and married Jacqui, an American. The couple, who lived in Long Island, never had children.

"She is so distressed I can hardly make out what she is saying," said Mrs Eaton, a former singing teacher. "Like all of us, she hates to think of him and all those people desperately trying to get out."

Last Friday Mr and Mrs Eaton travelled from their home in Ditchling, Sussex, with the rest of their family to attended the memorial service at St Paul's in honour of the victims.

For his family it brought back poignant memories of the times Robert had sung there, his "beautiful" treble voice filling the great building.

From the age of nine to 13 he boarded at St Paul's Cathedral Choir School. …

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