Just a Working Man
Lynda Mari was painting her porch last fall when she was approached by a construction worker with an extension cord.
"Hello, I'm Eddie," he said. "You mind if I borrow your power?"
Eddie D'Atri was a handsome, muscular fellow. "I told him, 'You can borrow anything you want," Ms. Mari said the other day.
She asked him if he was a fireman. "I just felt it," she said. "Something just told me." He told her no, he was just a working man, but she didn't believe it. Her brother is a fireman, and something deep inside her made her fearful of falling in love with a guy like that.
But she did. They were engaged June 30.
Mr. D'Atri was 38. He studied nursing and was a lieutenant at Squad 1 in Park Slope, Brooklyn. He was crowned Mr. Staten Island in 1987.
Sadly, steel is stronger than muscle, and Mr. D'Atri leaves behind a broken heart.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 22, 2001.