Monday, September 11, 2006
We Shall Never Forget...
Bernard D. Favuzza
Here are a few articles to give you an idea of the man Bernard Favuzza was:
Model Trains a Passion
Each time his wife, Vincenza, got pregnant, Dominick Favuzza would buy a Lionel train set: engine, box cars, caboose and tracks. This was postwar New York in the 1950's. He did this a month before Bernard's birth. And he did it before his daughters, Janice and Anna, were born. Around Christmas, the shiny trains would clack around the tree. Bernard Favuzza, who was 52 on Sept. 11, had taken to the hobby. He built a miniature model of Ridgewood, Queens, in his house in Suffern, N.Y. ‹ with a train that whistled through his childhood neighborhood complete with Dietz Coal. And he took over his dad's tradition of buying the trains for those soon to be born. He bought them for his nephew Kevin, 12, and his grandson Dominick, who is 2 today. "They were relaxing," Anna Favuzza said of her brother's train hobby. "It's stressful, right? The market. Wall Street. This was a way for him to unwind. "Mr. Favuzza was at Cantor Fitzgerald, above where one of the planes went in. Now his daughters, Donna Posta, 32, and Laura Favuzza, 24, will take care of his trains.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 28, 2001.
December 9, 2001
Bernard Favuzza was a sentimentalist.
A model railroad fanatic, his elaborate layout in the basement of his Suffern, N.Y., home was modeled after the Ridgewood neighborhood where he was born and raised, said his wife, Linda. The buildings, too, she said, had a personal touch. All are named after old friends, such as DiNapoli, for his longtime buddy Dominick.
Favuzza's keen sensibility absorbed his family, his wife said. Their grandson, Dominick, 2, was the center of her husband's universe, his wife said. "He was crazy about him. He would call two or three times a day just to ask how he was doing. He was already planning for his education."
A government agency broker for the past two years with Cantor Fitzgerald in the firm's Tower One offices, Favuzza, 52, spent most his working life in the brokerage industry, his wife said, starting out with Bankers Trust when he graduated from Holy Trinity High School in Ridgewood.
He and his wife had been married for 32 years. They have two grown daughters, Donna Posta of Tuxedo, N.Y., and Laura of Bennington, Vt.
Favuzza's wife said she talked to him on the phone right before the terrorists struck. S he said he was lamenting how he was having a reaction to his asthma medication that caused rashes on his body and mentioned that he'd made an appointment to see his doctor.
A physical fitness practitioner and teen hockey player, Favuzza couldn't get enough sports, his wife said. He watched just about every sport on television, including baseball, football, hockey and basketball. He worked out regularly at the local gym and ran frequently until he developed asthma in the past few years, she said.
An Oct. 13 memorial for Favuzza was held at Wanamaker and Carlough Funeral Home, Suffern.
-- Collin Nash (Newsday)
I'm am proud to be able to honor Mr. Bernard D. Favuzza on this 5th year after that tragic morning, September 11, 2001. At the same time I wish we didn't have to do these, that, that horrible day, September 11, 2001, had never happened. But, unfortunately it did and may we never forget...
Bernard D. Favuzza and his family.