John Michael Pocher

John Michael Pocher
World Trade Center

He Arranged the Trips

John Pocher was a details guy, the one in any group who could be counted on to make all the arrangements.

When he and his wife, Laura Grygotis, went to London a few years ago, they flew first class, stayed at the best hotels and ate at five-star restaurants. He planned it all. When he and a couple of friends from his alma mater, Seton Hall, took a weekend road trip to Georgetown to catch a basketball game, he scouted out hotels and restaurants, and picked the best route.

"John didn't want to leave anything to chance," said Michael P. Donelan, a friend and road-trip warrior. "He wanted to make sure things were done professionally."

As a bond trader for Cantor Fitzgerald, Mr. Pocher, 36, had to pay close attention to detail, knowing when and where the bonds in his sector were trading. "But John didn't let his job rule his life," Mr. Donelan said.

In a testimonial, Mr. Pocher's sister Joanne captured his spirit this way: "He loved to throw a party, and he loved to be around his family and friends."

Said Ms. Grygotis: "When I think about John, 'I think about a very thoughtful person.'"

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 15, 2001.

John Michael 36 of Middletown, NJ. Formerly of Boston. He was a victim of the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center. John worked as a bond broker for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of the North Tower. He was a graduate of Seton Hall Preparatory School, Seton Hall University and Fairleigh Dickenson University. `John was a loving and devoted husband, son, brother and friend. He will be sorely missed by everyone that knew and loved him', his wife said. John enjoyed traveling and spending quiet time with his wife, playing golf with his friends and family, and vacationing at the New Jersey Shore. Surviving are his wife, Laura A. Grygotis, M.D., who did her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also survived by his parents, Walter and Pauline Pocher of Livingston, NJ; a grandmother, Irene Domericki of Livingston, NJ; a brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Celeste Pocher; a sister and brother-in-law, Joanne and Brad Dzama; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Thomas and Shirley Grygotis of Absecon, NJ; sister-in law and brother-in-law, Linda and John Kempf; a sister-in-law, Leigh Grygotis; nieces Caroline and Beatrice Pocher and Sarah Kempf; and a nephew, Brian Kempf. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, and cousins as well as many close friends. A Memorial Mass is planned for Monday September 24 at 1:30 pm at St. Catharine's Church at 108 Middletown Road in Holmdel, NJ. Visitation will be from 12:30-1:30 at the Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to charities that benefit the rescue workers or families of victims.

Paid Notice published in THE BOSTON GLOBE on September 22, 2001.

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