Juan Lafuente

Juan Lafuente
World Trade Center

Simple Needs


Juan Lafuente, 61, was a vice president at Citibank, near the World Trade Center. Here is his wife, Colette, the mayor of Poughkeepsie: "He loved his family, his work, his home. He constantly strove to improve himself professionally, and never considered retirement after leaving I.B.M. in 1993. . . .

"Juan did not need things — he had the same jackets, shirts and slacks for years and years. He lived a simple life — good food and a night out with family or friends. After his morning paper and coffee at the deli, his weekends were spent mowing or raking or painting, bill paying, watching the Mets (his love for baseball he brought from Cuba), storming out of the room when they really screwed up. . . .

"He had great joy in his daughters' accomplishments and supported them through all of their struggles."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 31, 2001.




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