Thomas Fitzpatrick

Thomas Fitzpatrick
World Trade Center

He Made His Calls

Thomas Fitzpatrick briefly dated a woman named Marianne during his days at Boston College. Perhaps her name was Maryanne, or Mary Ann. It escapes the memory of his real Marianne, the one who lived around the corner when they were children in the Bronx, who was his steady girl in high school and to whom he wrote each day during their separation. She was the one he married in 1994, who kept their home in Tuckahoe, N.Y., and bore the two children he adored, Brendan and Caralyn.

"When we finally got married, everyone teased us about how long it took," said Mrs. Fitzpatrick.

The lengthy courtship was consistent with the 35-year-old Mr. Fitzpatrick's patient, methodical approach to his work as a bond salesman and financial adviser at Sandler O'Neill & Partners. Mr. Fitzpatrick made daily calls to clients from his office on the 104th Floor of the south tower. After the first hijacked jetliner hit the north tower, he was making the calls again, assuring them he was in no danger. "I never met a more thorough financial adviser," said Thomas Wirth, a longtime client.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 1, 2001.

Thomas Fitzpatrick, 35, of Tuckahoe, was at work as associate director at Sandler O'Neill and Partners on the 104th Floor of Tower 2 on September 11. He was leaving for a convention that afternoon, but now he will never come home to his wife of 7 years, Marianne and his two children, Brendan 2 1/2 and Caralyn 6 months. Thomas met Marianne while he was attending Fordham Prep high school in the Bronx and they have been together ever since. He graduated from Boston College School of Management in 1987 and received his MBA from Fordham University. He had worked at Sandler O'Neill for almost ten years and truly liked the challenge of his job. He genuinely was interested in his clients and always tried to do his best for them.

He was always up for trying new things and was looking forward to his job as father of two. He loved spending time with his son and couldn't wait to teach him how to play golf. Daddy's little girl was often in his arms, they were quite taken with each other. His family will miss his smiling face, usually telling a corny joke in his distinctive voice and him laughing at himself. They will also miss his sense of adventure, though he has begun his own new journey.

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