Frank J. Vignola Jr.

Frank J. Vignola Jr.
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A Kid's Man

Their house in Merrick, N.Y., was the playground, and Frank J. Vignola Jr. was the leader to the kids. "Our gate is like a revolving door, and sometimes I answered the phone, 'Grand Central,' " said his wife, Lynn Vignola. On the weekends, more than a half-dozen kids -- the couple's children, nieces and nephews -- kept the gate swinging.

Mr. Vignola, 6-foot-1, would try to make the biggest splash in the swimming pool. He would play Monopoly and Battleship, and run electric trains, with the kids.

For his own children -- Sarah, 13, and Anthony, 8 -- weekends were "Daddy Time." When a new "Star Wars" movie or an "X-Men" came out, he would get up at 6 a.m. and go to the theater with them to wait in line. Anthony would follow Daddy like a shadow, even when he ran errands.

Weekends are a lot quieter now. "When I asked my son 'Want to play with Mom?', he said "No, you don't have imagination.' " Mrs. Vignola said.

Mr. Vignola, 44, was a senior vice president and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 26, 2001.

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