Thomas Joseph Sgroi

Thomas Joseph Sgroi
World Trade Center

A Man of Many Loyalties

Thomas Sgroi liked to keep his world around him. He was a picture taker.

Not that he was a camera buff, said his former wife, Laraine. "He just wanted to have pictures so we'd have the memories."

Mr. Sgroi, 45, who worked for Marsh & McLennan on the 95th floor of the World Trade Center, moved from Brick Township, N.J., to Staten Island after his divorce in 1999, but the family remained close. He and his former wife exchanged e-mail frequently on the subject of their two sons, Michael, 20, and Nicholas 14.

"Everyone in the family counted on him," Mrs. Sgroi said. "He was the rock."

He was the kind of guy, she said, who had kept all his friends from high school in Borough Park, Brooklyn, where his parents still live in the house where he grew up, the kind of guy who liked doing home improvements, the kind of guy you wanted at your party and who liked throwing a party himself, the kind of guy who prized loyalty.

"He was a major Jets fan," Mrs. Sgroi said. "I'm trying to continue that tradition," she said. "I was never into football, but now I feel like I have to be. For him."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 20, 2001.

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