Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Mother lost family after 9/11 death

Kevin Dennis with his mother Patricia Bingley and his two sons Russell (left) and Elliot
Kevin Dennis with his mother Patricia Bingley and his two sons Russell (left) and Elliot

A British woman who lost her only son in the 9/11 attacks has spoken of her heartache at being cut off from her twin grandsons since the atrocity.

Patricia Bingley, 77, says she wants a final chance to talk to the boys, who are now 16 but were just six when she last had contact with them.

Her son Kevin Dennis, 43, died after going to work on the 101st floor of the World Trade Centre's north tower when terrorists flew hijacked airliners into the landmark New York skyscraper on September 11 2001.

Mrs Bingley, from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, says soon afterwards she had a row with his widow Debra and lost contact with her grandsons, Ryan and Elliot.

"She just cut me off completely. Lots of people have tried to get through to her but she has changed her phone numbers many times," she said. "All I want is to talk to the boys on the phone. That's the only thing I want before I die. My son would have been gutted had he known that she had stopped me from contacting them."

Mr Dennis was brought up in London's East End and started working in the City of London at 17 before being moving to the US to work for Chase Manhattan aged 22.

He and Debra came back to Britain after getting married, but he was headhunted by New York-based financial company Cantor Fitzgerald and the young family returned to America shortly after the twins were born in November 1994.

Mrs Bingley said the impending 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks had brought home the scale of the loss of her "Cockney kid living the American dream".

She said she takes some comfort from the fact that he lived a "wonderful life", flying on Concorde, commissioning fine suits from tailors in Hong Kong and dining in the best restaurants in the US. She added: "He was a good son, such a good man, very successful. He wanted to have a good life but he knew he had to work hard for it."

Mr Dennis's widow could not be reached for comment.

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