Christopher Ingrassia

Watchung, New Jersey


Watchung, New Jersey


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A Concern for Others
Sure, Christopher Ingrassia was a Wall Street whiz and a terrific athlete. But what stood out about him to many was the deep kindness he poured out on friends and strangers alike.

Even in high school, where he played three sports and was very popular, his sweet concern for others was evident.

One day, when a group of girls stood up and left the table after a girl they didn't like dared to join them, Mr. Ingrassia went over and sat with the abandoned girl. "The mother of that girl told us about it," said his father, Anthony Ingrassia. "There are so many stories like that."

Recently, as a trader at Cantor Fitzgerald, Mr. Ingrassia, 28, who lived in Watchung, N.J., was at a business dinner with several of his bosses and several clients, when he could not help but overhear the argument between the man and woman at the table behind them ‹ and noticed when the man got up, threw the napkin in the woman's face, and left the restaurant.

"Chris turned around and said, 'Don't worry about it; you're with us now,' " his father recalled. "He told her he wasn't a very good dancer, but he asked if she'd like to dance. And he danced with her that night."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 17, 2001.

Christopher Ingrassia, 28, sports enthusiast

Christopher Ingrassia, 28, of Watchung, had a passion for sports and a sense of humor that kept his friends in stitches.

"One of the things that I think people would remember most about him, other than his sheer size, was his quick wit. He was just so funny that everyone loved him," recalled Dennis O'Dowd of Boonton, Mr. Ingrassia's roommate for two years at Princeton University.

He recalled that on a recent trip to Atlantic City, Mr. Ingrassia -- who sported a goatee, was 6 feet tall and weighed a "barrel-chested" 285 pounds -- was mistaken several times for baseball player David Wells.

"He wouldn't say yes or no (that he was Wells), he just sort of played along. That was a typical Ingrassia," Mr. O'Dowd said.

On Sept. 11, Mr. Ingrassia, who worked for Cantor Fitzgerald, was at work on the 104th floor of Tower One when the World Trade Center was attacked.

His family recalled his joy in life as well as his passion for sports.

"Chris was just a very happy, out-going person," recalled his father, Anthony.

"He had a tremendous number of friends. And what he really enjoyed was watching sports on TV or going to see Yankees and Giants games," his father said.

Mr. Ingrassia was a sports enthusiast from his youngest days. Little League soccer and baseball, midget wrestling and Pop Warner football were among his pursuits as a boy.

In high school, Mr. Ingrassia earned varsity letters in football, wrestling and track for three years. He was an all county, all conference football player for two years and was on the Coaches All State Team in his senior year at Watchung Hills Regional High School. He was a county and regional heavyweight wrestling champion for two years in high school and his senior year was fourth in the state championship. He played football two years at Princeton.

Although he worked long hours as an equity options trader at Cantor Fitzgerald, he loved his job. "All his clients and his co-workers were young guys like himself, and he really liked working with them," his father said.

Mr. Ingrassia went to work with Cantor Fitzgerald immediately after graduating from college. He spent one year working at the firm's World Trade Center office, and then transferred to London for four years. In February, he returned to Cantor Fitzgerald's offices in the World Trade Center. He was made a partner in March.

Mr. Ingrassia is survived by his parents, Gloria and Anthony of Watchung; his brothers Anthony, Jr., 29, of Watchung and Paul, 26, of San Diego, and a sister Elisa, also 26, of Watchung.

A memorial Mass for Mr. Ingrassia will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Stony Hill Church in Watchung, followed by a "Celebration of Life" at the church's Father Platt Hall. A memorial fund will be established in his name at Princeton University. Donations should be made to Princeton University, Office of Recording Secretary, P.O. Box 5357, Princeton, N.J. 08543.

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May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

We send our deepest sympathy to your family for such a sad loss. May God continue to give the strength needed to cope. Chris is still missed greatly and will never be forgotten. May the time come when these acts of violence will be gone forever and family and friends are not separated.

Until we are all together in Heaven

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Have you ever known someone who was popular, smart, a great athlete, but most of all kind?
My uncle Chris was like that and I'd like to tell you about him.
He was captain of the football team at Watchung Hills High School, a champion wrestler, and ran track. He was so well liked that he was voted "Mr Watchung Hills" his senior year. He was extremely intelligent, especially in math. He went to Princeton University and had a great job on wall street; but out of all his...

Mardi Gras 2016

I visited New York recently and walked through the New Jersey wall with all of the names on it. my eye suddenly caught the name "Ingrassia". I couldn't believe my eyes. My great grandparents came from Sicily through Ellis Island and ended up in New Orleans, LA. My grandfather was Joseph Ingrassia. My dad Thomas Joseph Ingrassia. I wanted to know more about Christopher and decided to google him and I found this. So glad to learn more about him. We must somehow be related. ...

Told my kids about you when we visited the Memorial. July 2016

I never knew you, but I captured this moment when I went to visit the 911 memorial. May you rest in peace.

Another year passed but you are not forgotten. I continue to pray for you and your family. Until we meet in Heaven.