Eager to Share the Wealth
At 25, Robert Tipaldi was generous in success, his relatives say. Two months ago, he bought a summer home in New Jersey, where he loved to entertain family and friends. Next year, he planned to buy a boat for his 40-foot dock at the house. "He wanted to enjoy everything and have everybody enjoy his fortune as well," said his stepfather, Gerard Lombardo.
Mr. Tipaldi rode a motorcycle, went skydiving, played ice hockey and planned to become engaged to his girlfriend next year. He lived in Bellmore, N.Y., with his mother, Stella Lombardo, and his stepfather. Mr. Tipaldi was an assistant trader with Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of 1 World Trade Center. He cherished the job for its intensity and excitement, Mr. Lombardo said. On the morning of the attacks, his mother heard from Mr. Tipaldi one last time. He told her he loved her and to tell everybody he loved them, too.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 10, 2001.