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Date of Birth: March 28, 1976
Department: Government Bonds Operations
Three minutes before the first plane hit Tower 1, Joseph Doyle, 25, was sitting at his desk on the 101st floor talking to his brother, Billy. Most of the time, the two brothers were too busy at work to talk, but that morning they were chatting about Joey’s fantasy football league and laughing.
It was a conversation Billy Doyle, 29 will never forget.
He hung up the phone only to find out a few minutes later a plane hit his brother’s building. He immediately screamed, “My brother! My brother!” and dialed his number. The phone just kept ringing.
At their Annadale home, Bill and Camille Doyle were watching a television program, which was interrupted by the news of a plane hitting the World Trade Center. They sat in disbelief. Just then their daughter, Doreen Lutter, arrived for a visit. She was unaware of the attack, having just dropped her daughter off for her first day of preschool. They all sat by the television, jumping at every phone call, hoping to hear from Joey.
Joseph Doyle remains among the people missing in the World Trade Center attacks. A government bond supervisor at Cantor Fitzgerald for the last three years, he was a devoted son, brother, and uncle.
Born in Eltingville, he moved with his family to Annadale 20 years ago.
Mr. Doyle was a gifted athlete who joined his first ball club just barely out of nursery school. He played in the South Shore Little League and Babe Ruth League and was starting pitcher for St. Joseph-by-the-Sea High School, where he earned Staten Island Advance and Daily News All Star Honors in 1994. He graduated from the Huguenot school the same year.
Mr. Doyle again starred in baseball as a pitcher for Wagner College, where he earned a partial scholarship and graduated with a degree in business. He was known as “the bulldog” on his college team.
But his love for sports was not limited to baseball. Football Sundays are like a holiday in the Doyle house, and his friends would come over to watch the games and eat. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.
He also rooted for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Miami Heat, and was a member of the Cantor Fitzgerald softball team. It is apparent from the photos his friends have been bringing to the family, that Mr. Doyle was a wrestling fan, too. In the photos, he is seen making the “I Love You” gesture popularized by wrestler Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka.
According to his family, Mr. Doyle lived a full and happy life, which revolved around his many friends and family members.
“He had just finished an unforgettable summer sharing a beach house with his brother and some friends,” said his sister, Mrs. Letter. “He was known for his outrageous shirts as well as his outrageous smile. His list of friends is endless. Anyone who met him loved him.”
“My brother was a devoted uncle to my two girls [3year old Ashley and 1-year-old Alexa]. He treated them as if they were his own,” continues Mrs. Lutter. The family had a vacation at Disney World in May, and she said her brother was “smiling from ear to ear with his nieces. It’s one of his favorite vacation places.” It’s a vacation Mrs. Lutter will treasure in her memory.
Mr. Doyle was also close to his brother-in-law, Andrew Lutter. Lutter works in downtown Manhattan, and raced to the World Trade Center as a soon as he heard of the plane crashes. He was across the street when Tower 2 collapsed, but escaped unharmed.