Always the Best Man
Fresh out of Boston College, where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in finance, Joseph Visciano told relatives he loved his new job as a trader for Keefe Bruyette & Woods, a securities company at 2 World Trade Center. Mr. Visciano, 22 and single, had promised his mother that he would someday give her a granddaughter, but first he wanted to focus on his career, save money and go for an M.B.A.
"His career was really very important to him," said Bill Matarazzo, a cousin, adding that Mr. Visciano had been an overachiever since kindergarten.
Mr. Matarazzo and Mr. Visciano grew up like brothers across the street from each other in Staten Island, and worked through their teenage years in the family business - an auto parts wholesale company where they did everything from inventory to sales. When Mr. Matarazzo planned his wedding, he asked his cousin Joe to be his best man.
Mr. Matarazzo acquiesced to his extended family's wishes to go on with the wedding yesterday. Mr. Visciano's younger brother, Jason, would stand in as honorary groomsman. "No one can take his place," Mr. Matarazzo, 24, said of Mr. Visciano, who worked at the trade center for only six weeks. "He will always be my best man."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 6, 2001.
JOSEPH G. VISCIANO, 22, of New York, went straight to work training to be a stock trader at Keefe, Bruyette and Woods just a month after graduating magna cum laude from Boston College in the spring. His career was taking off. The morning of Sept. 11, Visciano, who was nicknamed Joe V., he had gone to work at the World Trade Center for an early morning meeting. "He was probably more successful in 22 years than most people are in a lifetime," said his cousin Billy Matarazzo.
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