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  1. Newsday
    November 8, 2001

    George C. Merino

    His Little Girl and Cars Were His Passions

    It’s ironic, said Olga Merino, that her husband, George Merino, escaped communist Cuba as a child only to be killed in a terrorist attack in this country.

    Merino’s family came to America from Cuba in 1968 when he was 7 years old. That event in his life forged a lifelong passion for politics and world history. Merino, 39, kept up with current events all over the world by way of a short-wave radio. His wife said he listened to news from Cuba each morning when he awoke and each night before he would go to sleep. “He loved history. He had dates memorized of wars and other things,” said his wife.

    Right before the attacks, he told his wife that approaching 40 had made him think that he needed to do something important with his life and was contemplating entering politics.

    Merino worked for Fiduciary Trust for the past six months as a securities analyst. His new job took him to the 90th floor of Tower Two on Sept. 11.

    Olga and George met when they were teenagers but lost touch for four years. In 1982, he called to see what she was up to. “I remember he said, ‘Do you want to marry me?'” remembered Olga. Four years later, they were married. The couple have a daughter, Tania, 11, and reside in Bayside.

    Whenever Merino had a spare moment, he would combine two favorite loves; time with his daughter and car shopping.

    Describing Tania as “truly daddy’s little girl,” Olga Merino said her husband was filled with adoration for their daughter. On the weekends, he would take her to nearby car dealerships to look at all the new models. Right before the attacks, he was about to make a decision to buy one. “That’s one of the things Tania said to me,” Olga recalled. “‘Daddy never got to buy his car.'”

    — Stacey Altherr (Newsday)

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