Alan L. Wisniewski

World Trade Center

Alan Wisniewski, 47, family came first

Alan Wisniewski hated to miss a day's work.

As associate director of the Sandler O'Neill investment banking firm at the World Trade Center for the past three years, the 47-year-old Howell resident wrote computer programs to help banks convert stocks after a sale.

"He was very devoted. He learned the work ethic from his father. He probably had his laptop out on the train both ways," said Kathy, his wife of nine years.

"The thing that was most important to him was his family," his wife said. Because of a 90-minute commute each evening, he did not return home until 8:30 p.m., when his youngest children were already asleep. So weekends were devoted to his wife and three children: Erica, 15, Jessica, 6, and Matthew, 4.

He loved to ride his bicycle long distances along the Shore.

An avid Notre Dame and Yankee fan, Mr. Wisniewski faithfully took his children to a Dad and Kids YMCA camp weekend in the Poconos each summer. He talked about computers at career day at his children's schools. He dressed up as a Ninja Turtle to entertain kids as part of a program that offered free fingerprinting to Howell's youth. He donated a week's vacation to a Blairstown camp for children with cancer.

A graduate of Chubb Technical School for Computers in Parsippany, Mr. Wisniewski graduated from Union High School in 1972.

Ten minutes after American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower, Mr. Wisniewski tried to get through to his wife at Aldrich School in Howell, where she works as vice principal, but the phone lines were down. He reached his 85-year-old mother, Muriel, to tell her he was okay. He worked in the South Tower. His wife's parents drove to the school to give their daughter the message.

"I went about the whole day taking care of business at the school and taking care of the students thinking everything is fine. I was comforting other people," his wife said.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Rose Church, 603 Seventh Ave., Belmar.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Wisniewski Family Memorial Fund, c/o St. Rose Grammar/High School, 605 Seventh Ave., Belmar, N.J. 07719.

Profile by Donna Leusner published in THE STAR-LEDGER.

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