The Meticulous Brother
Most kids hate hand-me- downs. But Paul Spagnoletti did not mind wearing his brother Greg's. The reason was that the clothes always seemed practically new, arriving spotless and crisply folded. Greg was the third of the four Spagnoletti brothers — best friends and hockey fanatics all — and he was utterly meticulous. He was also, as Paul Spagnoletti put it, "definitely the responsible one."
As an adult, living in the city and working as a bond salesman at Keefe Bruyette & Woods, Greg Spagnoletti was a problem- solver, caretaker and coach, checking in on his kid brother every day, helping his dad with his finances, organizing an ice hockey team at Chelsea Piers and dropping in on Anthony, the neighborhood tailor, with a cup of coffee.
And Mr. Spagnoletti, who would have turned 33 on Oct. 18, remained as neat and particular as ever. Two years ago, he bought a 1,200-square-foot apartment on West 72nd Street. It was perfectly livable, but Mr. Spagnoletti and his fiancée, Gretchen Zurn, spent nine months gutting it to its slab and girders and putting it back together again.
"When all was said and done, he was so proud of it," Paul Spagnoletti said. "It would take him 45 minutes to give you the tour."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 9, 2001.