Arcangel Vazquez

Arcangel Vazquez
World Trade Center

Devout and Helpful

Arcangel Vazquez usually stayed for three Masses every Sunday at St. Barbara's Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn. He had attended the church since he was young, and at 47 he was an active member: an usher, a catechist, a leader of the men's program.

"He could never say no," said his friend Diane Munez, the secretary of St. Barbara's. "He always wanted to be in the middle of everything."

Mr. Vazquez, who had a 21-year-old daughter and grandchildren, worked in maintenance on the upper floors of 2 World Trade Center. He was last seen helping people leave the 96th and 97th floors.

At his church, where co-workers noted the aptness of his first name, no one expected otherwise. "That was like him," Ms. Munez said, calling him "a comforting friend for everybody."

"Always listening," she said of him. "He always had this smile on his face. The most beautiful teeth."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 6, 2001.

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