It is hard to put the whole of someone’s life into a few short words, & I am at a loss as to how to memorialize a man I did not know. From the precious few facts that I know about Mr. Roberto I can see that he was a man of character & that he lived life well. I know that he loved his family, & that they loved him & miss him still. We as a nation miss him, & wish to honor him & his sacrifice. We want to celebrate the life that he lived & the man that he was.
Joseph Roberto was 37 when he died on September 11, 2001. He was a husband & father of one child & on September 1, his wife told him that he would be a father again in May. That his family was very important to him is evidenced by the trips to the Bronx Zoo with his son, & the way that he helped his parents decorate their house for Christmas.
Actually, Christmas was one of Mr. Roberto’s passions. He would spend days decorating the outside of his Midland Park, NJ home & would help his parents decorate their house in New City. He had a dozen Christmas ties & a big Santa hat. His wife Janet told a reporter for Newsday that he loved the Christmas season because “people were always a little bit nicer at Christmas time.”
Mr. Roberto was vice president & research analyst for Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods & worked on the 89th floor of Tower Two of the World Trade Center. He spoke to his wife & mother a few minutes before the plane hit tower one.
He was a motorcycle enthusiast, coin collector, & Civil War buff, but he will be missed most for his spirit & his love for home & family.
Joseph Roberto we will never forget!