'Mr. Smiley' Grows Up
As a child, Patrick M. Aranyos, a bond broker with Euro Brokers at 2 World Trade Center, was known as Mr. Smiley. As an adult, his life revolved around an enormous cast of companions.
He would ask them "How are you doing?" and expect an answer. "There was a tilt of the head and a look in the eye," said John Minardo, who met him at Boston College, "that said he really wanted to know."
They flocked to his Halloween parties, where he dressed as a flamenco dancer one year. They knew he loved football; he insisted on participating, even as a skinny 16- year-old dwarfed by bulkier players. "He was like a knife, he was so thin," said his mother, Winnie, remembering the lineup at his school in North Palm Beach, Fla. "But he persevered."
In New York, they came by the dozens to go out with him at night or rolled into town from Europe, knowing they would always have a place to stay — at Patrick's. "You know how so many people in New York are so work-driven?" said his girlfriend, Alex Kearney. "He wasn't like that."
"He would give his right arm for anybody," said Ted Franchetti, one of his roommates.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on January 13, 2002.
Patrick Michael, age 26 years, of N.Y.C., formerly of Jupiter, Florida and Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England, died tragically on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center. He was a bond broker for Euro Brokers. Beloved son of Alexander (Sandy) P. Aranyos and Winifred (Winnie) O'Reilly Aranyos. Loving brother of Alex and Stephanie. Cherished grandson of Gertrude Aranyos of Manhasset, N.Y. Dearly loved nephew of Frank O'Reilly of Armonk, N.Y.; James O'Reilly of Kells, Co. Meath, Ireland; Mai O'Reilly Whyte of Kells; Eugene O'Reilly of Patrickstown House, Ballinlough, Kells; and Vivian Aranyos Garcia of Madrid, Spain. Also survived by many loving friends and relatives including the Most Reverend Dr. Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath. His late grandparents were Alexander S. Aranyos, and Francis and Winifred O'Reilly of Patrickstown House. Patrick attended Dr. Challoner' s Grammar School in Amersham and the Benjamin School, North Palm Beach, Florida. He graduated from Boston College in 1997 with a B.S. in Finance and Marketing. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 A.M. on Saturday, 6th October, 2001 at Blessed Sacrament Church, 152 W. 71 St., N.Y.C. A Mass will also be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, 12th October, 2001 at St. Patrick's Church, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations payable to Boston College may be made for the benefit of the Patrick M. Aranyos '97 Memorial Fund at Boston College.
Paid Notice published in THE BOSTON GLOBE on September 30, 2001.