James J. Straine

James J. Straine
World Trade Center

Pleasure From Fishing

Last August, the Straine family moved to Oceanport, N.J., so that James Straine, 36, could be near the ocean and the Shrewsbury River. Everywhere you go in Oceanport you can see water, and it was just perfect for his great passion, fishing. He would arrive home from his job as a bond salesman at Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center, scoop up his son Finn, 3, and off they would go, to fish. "He and Finn were best friends," said Mr. Straine's wife, Trish. Last summer, Finn caught his first one, a little snapper, and naturally, Mr. Straine took a picture.

Mr. Straine was also dedicated to his job. When his second son, Charlie, was born on Sept. 5, he took one day off, then he worked half-days. Sept. 10 was his first full day back at work. "He should have been home," Mrs. Straine said.

On Sunday, Sept. 9, the Straines and Mrs. Straine's mother, Dolores Carr, went to the park. There were some children fishing, and Mr. Straine helped them bait and cast their lines. "He just loved that," Mrs. Straine said. "That's exactly why we moved down there. It was a perfect day."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 23, 2001.

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