My brother Brian was most of all a good friend. Not only to me but to many others. It wasn't apparent to me how many lives he touched until after this tragic event. I met so many people who traveled from different states and even different countries to pay their respects. They had nothing but great things to say about my brother. Their memories all reflected the caring, humorous side of my brother that we'll always remember. He was a passionate competitor at work and at play. Some might say that my brother lived a lifetime in his thirty three years. His zest for life him all over the world. His love and respect for his grandparents drove him to file for Irish / US dual citizenship. He was always on the go. I was often envious of his travels. After September 11th we had many calls from relatives in Ireland. Many people in Ireland had relatives lost in this tragedy particularly the families of the NYPD and FDNY. We heard a touching story from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, home of my mother's parents, where Catholics and Protestants held a joint candlelight vigil in memory of the victims from the World Trade Center holding their pictures and joining in prayer and song. He's working his magic from above. The great picture attached shows my brother at Windows of the World looking out over the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the same site our grandparents viewed as they entered this great country 80 years ago. It will hang in my house as long as I live and my childrens from then on. We'll never forget his smile, his jokes or his caring touch. His number in sports was always 14. Whether it was soccer, basketball or baseball it was always 14. Never knew the significance ....didn't really care. This year my son's, Brendan and Tyler will both honor their uncle Brian by giving up their numbers to proudly wear #14 for the upcoming Lacrosse season. In a world sometimes short of role models they were fortunate to have him in their midst. He will never be forgotten.
Bill Novotny, Brother
Brian was a classmate and a person that will be missed by friends and especially family. My prayers to you and your family are forever, buddy.
Raymond Marrero, friend
I just wanted to express my deepest sympathy with the Novotny family. I didn't know Brian, but had met his brother briefly through friends of mine at Plattsburgh State Universtiy that were from Rockland Co. I know everyone from that community is grieving with you during this time of loss. God now watches over your son.
Darren "Dink" O'Hern, friend of sibling's friends