Avid Bowler and Mets Fan
Tuesday night was his night. Bowling night. Virtually his whole life, Michael Massaroli bowled. As a young boy, he would tag along with his father to the alley and keep score. Once he started knocking down the pins himself, he never stopped.
He lived in Staten Island with his wife, Dianne, and their children, Michael Jr., 6, and Angelina, 6 months.
He bowled once a week from September to May, as a regular in the Tuesday Night Mens Triples league at the Bowling on the Green alley. He maintained an average of about 190, and his constant bowling companion was his best friend, Paul Colletti. They had bowled together since they were 10.
Sept. 11 was a bowling night that didn't happen, and Mr. Colletti has not bowled since then and doesn't know if he ever will again. As a tribute to his friend, the alley has renamed the Tuesday night league the "Mike Massaroli Memorial Triples."
Mr. Massaroli, 38 and a vice president of operations at Cantor Fitzgerald, was also a fanatical Mets fan. His wife estimated that out of 162 games, he would catch — in person, on television or on radio — at least 160.
It was never a good idea to raise the subject of the Yankees. As Mrs. Massaroli put it, "He used to say his two favorite teams were the Mets and whoever was playing against the Yankees."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 30, 2001.