Bernard D. "Bernie" Favuzza


1949 - 2001
Bernard D. Bernie Favuzza
World Trade Center

Model Trains a Passion


Each time his wife, Vincenza, got pregnant, Dominick Favuzza would buy a Lionel train set: engine, box cars, caboose and tracks. This was postwar New York in the 1950's.

He did this a month before Bernard's birth. And he did it before his daughters, Janice and Anna, were born. Around Christmas, the shiny trains would clack around the tree.

Bernard Favuzza, who was 52 on Sept. 11, had taken to the hobby. He built a miniature model of Ridgewood, Queens, in his house in Suffern, N.Y. ‹ with a train that whistled through his childhood neighborhood complete with Dietz Coal.

And he took over his dad's tradition of buying the trains for those soon to be born. He bought them for his nephew Kevin, 12, and his grandson Dominick, who is 2 today.

"They were relaxing," Anna Favuzza said of her brother's train hobby. "It's stressful, right? The market. Wall Street. This was a way for him to unwind."

Mr. Favuzza was at Cantor Fitzgerald, above where one of the planes went in. Now his daughters, Donna Posta, 32, and Laura Favuzza, 24, will take care of his trains.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 28, 2001.




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