As part of the 2,996 project, I am paying tribute to Paul Dario Curioli.
Mr Curioli worked on the 102nd floor of World Trade Center Tower 2 as a Vice President for FM Global, which specializes in property insurance and risk-management solutions. He was age 53 and resided in Norwalk, CT.
This profile of him from The New York Times via Legacy.com says things far better than I ever could:
The son and grandson of skilled craftsmen, Paul Curioli discovered his carpentry gene only after he married. But he quickly made up for lost time.
On weekends, when he wasn’t in the bleachers cheering on his teenage sons’ baseball or football teams, Mr. Curioli, 53, a vice president with FM Global, a commercial insurance company, could typically be found in the garage of his home in Norwalk, Conn., knee-deep in a woodworking project. He built dressers, tables, a blanket chest, a corner cabinet for the television, a game table with an inlaid checkerboard top. His specialty, however, was birdhouses.
In the beginning, he made simple A-frame models. But over time, they became more elaborate. “Some were shingled and stuccoed by hand,” said Mr. Curioli’s wife, Kathi. “They’re beautiful — like Colonial homes.”
A family man who grew his own tomatoes, Mr. Curioli had big plans for his birdhouses. In early September, he told his wife that he thought Martha Stewart might like to see them and asked her to write Ms. Stewart a letter.
After he was lost while attending a meeting at the World Trade Center, Mrs. Curioli decided to act on his request. Last week, she sent Ms. Stewart an e-mail message relating her husband’s story and describing his birdhouses. “He had just started one,” Mrs. Curioli said. “It’s sitting here unfinished.”
There are also a number of nice tributes to him on Legacy.com
- A former coworker describes him as a “Gentle Ben” who seemed too nice to climb the corporate ladder, but made it to the top anyway
- He’s described as a “wonderful family oriented man.”
- One of his nieces has posted a number of tributes to him, one stating that one of his nephews got a tattoo in his honor
From reading the tributes, he seems to have been a genuinely great guy, with a lot of devoted friends. A number of people wrote in after not having seen him in a while, so he was clearly the sort of person who made an impression and was hard to forget.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. Through the mercy of God, may his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.