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Joseph R. Rivelli, Jr
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Birth: Jan. 5, 1958
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 11, 2001
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

New York City Fire Department, Ladder 25, Firefighter

He was a charm king, that Joe Rivelli. Confident and comfortable in his own skin, quick with a withering quip, faster still to a fire, the first to volunteer his fists to defend his buddy Tony Portela in a Houlihan's scuffle and, for years, the kind of magnet that too many women tried in vain to stick to.

He had a restless intelligence: taught himself to build computers, started on a stockbroker's license, stayed glued to the History Channel on days off from Ladder 25 in Manhattan, was closing in on a pilot's license.

So who knew, when Firefighter Rivelli finally married at 39, that he was secretly a sentimentalist, waiting to be discovered?

Always close to his parents and three siblings, he now left sweetie-pie notes for his wife, Cheryl, under the pillow, and would call her at their home in Upper Manhattan after big fires, even at 3 a.m., just to hear her voice. Her children from a first marriage, Phylicia and Christopher, whom he introduced as his daughter and son, would find his notes in their school lunch bags. At 44, he was still Joe still sarcastic, still blunt. Only now, he was openly grateful.
National September 11 Memorial
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Plot: Panel S-22
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Sid Fisher
Record added: Aug 14, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74910109
Joseph R. Rivelli, Jr
Added by: Sid Fisher
Joseph R. Rivelli, Jr
Added by: Linda Bagnelle
Joseph R. Rivelli, Jr
Added by: Sid Fisher
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