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Date of Birth: May 31, 1969
Department: Operations/P&S Dept.
Position: Operations Manager
Joe,I remember your first day at Cantor Fitzgerald
some 14 years ago.Don’t ask me why I just do.I remember you were only 19 years old back then. I liked you right away. I remember we went to Las Vegas with Mike Z. I also remember that you introduced me to my Wife Teri while we were in Vegas. Joseph,what can I say over the last 14 years we have had lots of great times.
GOD took you from us much to early, but knowing that you are in Heaven makes this tragedy a little easier to bear.Until we meet again,I will NEVER FORGET YOU.
CHARLES BELLAVIA/CO WORKER BEST FRIEND
Joseph started his career at Cantor Fitzgerald 14 years ago. He started out on the bottom and steadily worked his way up to the great manager he is today due to a lot of dedication, long hours, and hard work. Joseph has many sides of him that some of you saw and some he saved for me. Anyone that knew Joe always had something good and wonderful to say about him. He didn’t have a mean bone in his body. His ability to make people laugh was one of his qualities that drew me to him. No matter what the situation and how bad it was, Joe always turned it around and made light of it. He was very easygoing and very, very thoughtful to both his friends and family.
I met Joe through Cantor in 1995 over the phone. I, myself, worked for a brokerage house and had to deal with him on a daily basis. I knew just talking to him that he was one in a million – and I was right! We finally met face to face in 1996 in Cancun Mexico. He was on one of his many vacations with his friends and I was with mine. When we met, we both knew, “This was it”.
Joe, my love, my life, I promise that I will raise our son to be
exactly the man that you are – all of your goodness he will have. He will always know what a wonderful husband and daddy you are.
September 11th my world stopped. I will miss you and love you the
rest of my life.
Until we meet again,
Joe and my husband John Gnazzo worked together and were great friends. I loved when John would come home from work and have a Joe Reina story for me. It always made me laugh. Joe had the ability to make anyone laugh. He was witty, generous, a dedicated manager and a devoted husband to Lisa and his family. He was thrilled at the thought of having a baby. My condolences go out to the whole Reina family.
Lisa: I will miss Joe very much. We must be strong and accept this horrible tragedy that doesn’t make any sense. I will always be here for you. I’ll talk to you soon.
Little Joe: One day you will read this and know that your father was a special person who needed to be with the angels in heaven to try and make this world a better place. You see, he is in that better place watching your every move. I am so sorry you never got a chance to meet him, but through your mom you will know him and his spirit and legacy will live on forever. God Bless you.
I used to sit next to Joe for quite some time when I was a P&S clerk at Cantor. I had the pleasure of hanging out with Joe many times after our softball games. He was always the planner of our events. How you describe Joe is so perfect, so true. He is definetly one in a million. I left a few years after the 1993 bombing. I pray for you all every night to give you the strength to go on. I am so sorry.
God Bless you, your son and your family.
JOE WAS A SWEET AND GENUINELY KIND PERSON. MY HUSBAND MICHAEL HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH HIM FOR YEARS, AS I ALSO DID MYSELF. I REMEMBER JOE ALWAYS BEING A FUN PERSON TO BE AROUND. HE ALWAYS HAD A SMILE ON HIS FACE AND SOMETHING NICE TO SAY. I WILL MISS HIM AND SO WILL MY SON MICHAEL.
My thoughts and prayers to the Reina Family.
I worked with Joey for quite some time and was lucky enough to hang out with him outside of work also. We went on a few ski trips together and one was funnier then the next. I will always remember the days playing softball with him and all the good times we had at work together.
Joey, you will always be missed.
My prayers go out to Lisa and little Joey.
Dear Joseph, as another day passes and you’re not here my heart aches a little more. As I and the rest of your family mourn your loss, we recieve comfort in the way of Lisa and your newborn son.
Joe, this promise I make to you, “Until my eyes close for the last time and we meet once again, Lisa and the baby will be loved and taken care of always”. Little brother, you need not worry okay, they are in good hands. I love you and miss you very much! Fly with the Eagles Joe.
Joe was one of a kind. We were colleagues for several years and more importantly became good friends. He would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He spoke endlessly about Lisa and how he had finally found his match. I had the pleasure of attending his wedding and he could only look forward to happier days. A friend like Joe comes around only a few times in life. Lisa, my thoughts are with you and Joe Jr. Thanks for the great friendship and I’ll see you soon my friend.
To his Family:
I sat behind Joe for two great years at Cantor. All I can say is that he was a fantastic guy who helped me out with work issues and personal as well. I miss ya Joe, Rest in peace.
Joseph, I miss you so much it hurts. I miss your phone calls in the middle of my busy day and when I heard your voice it always made me smile. Your son now brings me the same joy. Joe he’s beautiful, but you already know that. He’s the light in all of our lives, just like you were. I feel as though you are always with me, please don’t stop. I know you can’t answer me, so I promise I won’t stop talking. Can’t wait to see you again, I miss that wonderful face and joyful laugh. I LOVE YOU………..
I SAT BEHIND JOEY FOR MANY YEARS, AND YOUR RIGHT ALL HE DID WAS MAKE PEOPLE LAUGH, NEVER A MEAN BONE IN HIS BODY. I TO HAD THE PLEASURE OF HANGING OUT W/JOE AND HE WAS A FANTASTIC GUY. I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOST. MY PRAYERS ARE W/YOU ALL.
Joe was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet!! When Joe asked me to play softball with the opts guys this past summer there was no way that I could turn him down. It’s so sad that so many that played on the Cantor softball team are gone. I remember driving home with Joe from a game and talking about his wife Lisa (the love of his life) and the excitement that he felt about the fact that he would soon be a father. To say that he was excited is an understatement ! It breaks my heart to know that Joe was robbed of seeing the birth of his child. My heart goes out to Lisa and all of Joe’s family. I know Joe’s son will grow up to be as strong and as wonderful a person as his Daddy was.
There is so much to say-you were one of a kind. I remember how you always helped me out if I got really busy and if I was angry, you would show us a website or tell a joke and you would make me and the rest of the crew laugh. I remember how funny I thought it that you and my boyfriend had the same name, pronounced differently and then you met him and right from the start, he said to me, your boss is great! Everyone who had the pleasure of meeting you and knowing you was lucky.
I remember the story of how you and Lisa met and how very excited you were when you found out about the baby. I know you would have made a wonderful father for you were clearly a wonderful, devoted, loving husband. Everyone knew how much you cherished Lisa. You spoke so highly of her, and were so worried about her if she were sick and so doting and caring throughout the pregnancy. I remember when you needed advice about which Vermont Teddy Bear you wanted to buy her for her mother-to-be, Mother’s Day gift. You had to make sure it was perfect for her.
I pray that Lisa will be alright and that she will have the strength to raise that beautiful baby. I am absolutely positive she will raise him to be the warm, caring, loving, funny person his daddy was.
Your love for Lisa will always be shown through the eyes of that beautiful little boy you created together.
God bless you, your family and all who mourn for you.
Joe was the coolest co-worker I had. When I got to the cage he had to train me and he was very patient with me. Lisa, I remember when you used to call all the time and Joe used to always ask me to take your messages, because he knew I would give it to him. Lisa, you had a good man and yes, he was very funny! He and I used to always talk about what kind of engagement ring he was going to get you. Now I see he did it and I’m very happy you got a chance to spend part of your life with a good guy. Joe, you were compassionate, fun and a good boss. I’m sorry your life had to end this way because you deserved better.
Joe was a man of his words, a true man. He meant so much to me while I worked at Cantor for 3 years. In the short period that I got to know him I was able to see a person who would give his shirt off his back for you. I will never forget our talks about work, vacations, diets, and most of all softball. As soon as we got in in the morning Joe would begin making up the line-up for the game that day. Lisa, I want to send you my prayers and let you know that I think about Joe and the boys everyday and I will never forget him. To his son your father was warm, caring, and sincere man whom would talk about you before you were born like he knew you. Finally I want to send my thoghts to Joe’s family.
Eric Golden & family
To my brother Joseph. A brother who to me was always caring, loving, understanding, a great listener, and a very happy man. I can’t begin to say how much I miss you but I know you have never left me. Everyday I live I spend with you in my heart & thoughts and one day we will be together again. What you have given to me over the years is cherished more than ever. Your baby Joseph is an extension of you. You did a great job. Lisa & the whole family will continue where you left off taking good care of him. You will be proud. My heart is sad but when I think of you I smile. Love you always & forever.
Your Sister Joann
J.R. was like the “keeper” of the cage. I worked alongside him for a number of years and his work was always so organized and detailed that it was only right that he be the one to organize the food orders, write the lineups, draw up the football and fight pools. I’ll never forget the “gavone” table. He was so funny. I can still hear his deep, chuckling laugh.
I’ll never forget how he would slam his fists down on his desks every Monday morning after a Jets’ loss. I’ll also never forget how he was always on the internet planning his next vacation spot with Lisa. He lived for his vacations with his wife he would tell me. He was so excited to have a little baby that he spent hours looking for things to buy his new baby.
“Little” Joey, your pop’s love for you will forever help you along. He will always be right over your shoulder guiding and protecting you.
Lisa, my deepest sympathies and prayers are with you and the rest of your family. J.R. was someone that helped me along and helped shape who I am today. He always lent a helping hand to me. I think of him all the time. God Bless.
I worked with Joey for 7 years. The thing I’ll remember most about him was his dry sense of humor. He had a way of making the funniest remarks about the crazy things that used to happen at work. I always found him to be a warm and caring person. He was a dependable person who I could always count on. It was truly a pleasure to have known him. I will never forget him. I will keep his family in my prayers.
MY COUSIN JOEY! JOEY WAS MY ONLY COUSIN THAT WAS CLOSE TO MY AGE. 3 YRS OLDER THAN ME AND THE SAME AGE AS MY BROTHER. NEEDLESS TO SAY WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME TOGETHER OVER THE YEARS. FAMILY VACATIONS EVERY SUMMER WHEN WE WERE KIDS, EITHER GOING AWAY, OUR HOUSE OR HIS, WE EVEN MET UP A FEW TIMES FOR A SPRING BREAK TRIP OR THE JERSEY SHORE. WE WERE ALL SO BUSY THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS, THE FAMILY TRIPS SLOWED DOWN, BUT WE KNEW THAT IT WOULD ALL START AGAIN WHEN WE HAD KIDS OF OUR OWN.
WE MISS YOU JOE, WE TALK ABOUT YOU ALL THE TIME. IT’S JUST NOT FAIR. WE WILL MAKE DO. EVERYONE IS WATCHING LISA AND LITTLE JOE, AS YOU ARE I’M SURE.
JOE WAS THE TYPE OF PERSON THAT WHEN YOU LOOKED OVER AT HIM YOU HAD TO SMILE. IF YOU SAW PEOPLE STANDING AROUND HIM, THEY WERE SMILING. HE WAS JUST THAT WAY AND DID IT WITHOUT TRYING. HE MADE PEOPLE HAPPY.
WE MISS YOU JOE AND LOVE YOU
SEE YOU AGAIN
Joe, I remember your first day at Cantor Fitzgerald some 14 years ago. Don’t ask me why I just do. I remember you were only 19 years old back then. I liked you right away. I remember we went to Las Vegas with Mike Z. I also remember that you introduced me to my wife Teri while we were in Vegas. Joseph, what can I say? Over the last 14 years we have had lots of great times.
GOD took you from us much too early, but knowing that you are in Heaven makes this tragedy a little easier to bear. Until we meet again, I will NEVER FORGET YOU.
I worked with Lisa at Gruntal when she first met Joe. She would be so happy when I told her Joe was on the phone. The smile she always had on when he would call was priceless. She would tell me she finally found someone who was “the one”. He was always as friendly as anyone could be. Lisa ..I`m sure your son will grow up and be as nice and kind as his dad.
Love, your friend and co-worker, Michael
When I first met Joe through a mutual friend about 8 years ago, one of the first things I noticed about him was how comfortable and welcome he made you feel. We always used to meet at Joe’s parent’s house for a few drinks (Bacardi & Coke, of course!) prior to heading out on one of our Bay Ridge adventures on a Saturday night. One night that stands out in particular was my 25th birthday. It was cool just for the fact that Joe and some of my other buddies were coming out but Joe had that way of adding an extra touch to a special day. While out at a club, Joe bought me a bottle of champagne, poured glasses for our gang and then started handing out glasses to everyone in the club! It was a classic example of Joe’s generosity and good humor. Another great memory was the week in Cancun in 1996, the first time he met Lisa face to face. I remember every night Joe debating whether or not to call her. Finally, on the last night, he got the nerve, and that is when his new life began – a new life that was unjustly cut short by cowards. Joe, you were loved by many and will be missed greatly. I always think about the great times we had and I miss the great times we would have had in the future.
I’m at such a loss for words, losing you in our family was the worst pain I have ever felt. This whole thing still doesn’t feel real. I still feel like I’m going to wake up from this nightmare and you will be here and everything will be the way it should be.
I just want you to know that you made me feel real lucky to have you as an Uncle. You always had Me, Lauren, Alex and Michael laughing at every chance you could. That’s why getting together with the family was so much fun. The baby is amazing; every time I look at him there is no way you could wipe the smile off my face. There isn’t one day that goes by that I don’t think about you.
I Love You and Miss You So Much!
Joseph, I know you you can’t read or see this, but writing this to you so others can helps me. We were born 11 years apart, we lived in 2 different States and miles away from each other.
We never really did what most brothers did or will do. We never talked about raising children, or how married life was treating us. We never said I love you enough.
All these we’s Joseph and now, “no us”. We were cheated Joseph, why I don’t know. We can never finish our talks, our disagreements or discuss accomplishments ever again. And that too tears at me something fierce.
I knew that you loved me and you knew that I loved you, but did you know how proud I was of you? Very proud Joseph, so very proud. Usually the younger brother looks up to the older one. I looked up to you. Your courage, kindness and genuine demeanor far outweighed mine.
At your Memorial people came by the hundreds to show there respects to a man who respected all of them. They cried as they explained how you touched each of their lives. I will never forget that ever.
Your son will know who were and I will see to that as I know others will do the same. He will come to see what a true “gentle man” you were and how special you were to us all. A kind caring and giving person is never forgotten.
Our talks may be just one sided down here but I know you hear me so I’ll keep talking to you okay. Forever in my heart,
My cousin Joseph and I were born in 1969, just months apart. Through the years, our families spent Christmas holidays, summer vacations and many sleepovers together. Those special times had a great impact on my life. Especially the cousin to cousin relationship I had with Joseph. As a young child until today, knowing I was going to see Joseph and spend time with him was a joy. We would reminisce about our younger years and talk about our future plans. Unforunately, this can no longer be…now, everything is a memory I will cherish and share with Joseph Robert and my son, Angelo Joseph. Joseph Robert, you will read this one day and I want you to know what a wonderful, caring man your father was. Joseph, I love you and miss you, and will see you again!
Forever in my heart,
On September 11, my world ended, too. I lost my husband George, who worked with Joe and mentioned him in his stories about work. I thought I couldn’t go on, until I looked at our baby daughter Dina, and my older daughter Stacey. Our children are the thread that holds us together and brings us through times like this. The pain will never end, but looking into the faces of our children will help us heal.
You may have known George, who also worked at Gruntal. Please feel free to e-mail me to talk. I would love to hear from you. Take care of yourself and little Joe.
Christina Paris, [email protected]
WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT THIS WHOLE SITUATION, IT IS SO TERRIBLE THAT INSTEAD OF SAYING GOODBYE TO YOU IN PERSON I HAVE YO WRITE IT IN A TRIBUTE. YOU HAVE BEEN IN MY LIFE SINCE I AM 7 YEARS OLD. WHEN MY FAMILY AND I JUST MOVED HERE FROM FLORIDA, YOU BECAME MY BROTHER ANTHONY’S BEST FRIEND ALONG WITH JOE BINGHI. MY MOM USED TO DRIVE US ALL TO SCHOOL IN THE MORNINGS AND AFTER SCHOOL WE WOULD PLAY IN THE WOODS WHERE YOU AND BROTHER BUILT THE “FORT”. YOU WERE ALWAYS THE TRENDIEST KID IN SCHOOL KEEPING UP WITH ALL THE FASHIONS. YOU WERE ONE OF NICEST GUYS ON THIS EARTH AND WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW I AM SURE YOU ARE THE SWEETEST ANGEL. YOUR SON IS SO HANDSOME AND LISA IS A GREAT MOM TO HIM. YOU WERE LUCKY TO BE IN LOVE. THEY SAY SOMETIMES PEOPLE LIVE A WHOLE LIFETIME WITHOUT FALLING IN LOVE, BUT YOU DID IT AND LISA WAS YOUR SOULMATE. YOUR LIFE LIVES ON IN LITTLE JOEY NOW AND BOY IS HE HANDSOME!!! YOU ALWAYS LOOKED OUT FOR ME LIKE A BIG BROTHER AND I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT. WE WENT THROUGH MANY YEARS OF ASKING EACH OTHER FOR ADVICE ON LOVE AND LIFE AND I MISS THOSE CONVERSATIONS. YOU ARE MY NIECE GILLIAN’S GODFATHER AND I AM THE GODMOTHER AND I WILL MAKE SURE SHE GROWS UP KNOWING HOW WONDERFUL HER GODFATHER WAS. GOD REST YOUR SOUL!
ALL MY LOVE MARIA X0X0
WHEN ITS COMES TO THE GREAT ONES JOEY WAS SIMPLY THE BEST. I WAS LUCKY TO WORK WITH HIM FOR 3 YRS (89-92)AND THE MAN TOUCHED EVERYONE. I HAD SOME OF MY GREATEST TIMES AROUND JOE AND THE REST OF THE CREW I WAS VERY PROUD TO BE PART OF. THE SKI TRIPS THAT WE RAN TOGETHER WERE SOME UNBELIEVEABLE TIMES AND OF COURSE THE GOING OUT AFTER WORK WE DID AND BOY DID WE DO A LOT OF THAT. JOEY YOU KNOW I LOVE YEA YOU WERE A GREAT MAN AND A TRUE PERSON . (SHOWTIME) AH-COME-ON
I never forget our years of friendship,at Cantor we had our own mark we where family in the early nineties and we will always be.God Bless you and your family
It was a pleasure knowing you. The year we played together on the Cantor softball was a lot of fun. We would drive home together after games and you always called your wife to see if she wanted anything. I’ll never forget your face when you talked about your wife being pregant. You glowed and couldn’t wait for the baby to be born and get your house. You always talked about your wife with love and I was lucky enough to have met her and her sister one night at Madison Square Garden in the sky box. We always had a great time up there with more laughing than anyone can imagine. My prayers are with you and your wife and child.
May God bless them and you forever.
Your friend Mike Bivona
Happy Birthday.We both wanted you to know that we are thinking of you on your birthday and everyday. We miss you and you will be in our hearts forever. Until we all meet again.
Kenny & Edie
J.R., I just wanted to wish you a Happy First Fathers’ Day. Give Little J.R. a hug from all of us. We miss you so much. We think and talk about you all the time here. And hey, Happy Birthday too, buddy! You’ll be with us forever…
I am just sitting hear thinking about you and I wanted you to know that I miss you and think of you every day. There is not a day that goes by that I do not smile or laugh remembering the good times. I wish you were here to share the good times with Lisa and Baby Joseph. Please watch over your family and keep showing them little signs that you are and will always be around. I know the saying is true “Only the good die young” because God has two good people you and my Dad and you two are the best. Please tell my Dad I will see him again.
Today is your sons 1st Birthday Party and I wish you were going to be there to see him celebrate but I know you will be looking down and you will be there in our hearts. We all miss you so much and we will NEVER forget you. Please watch over all of us.
P.S. Josehh says Daddy.
I am writing you just to let you know I am thinking about you. I spoke to Lisa today and she told me Sunday Little Joe was all geared up his Jets outfit walking around. I know you see him and I know you are with all of us everyday, but I wish we could all see you. There is not a day that goes by that I do not say I can not believe you are not here. We had so many good times and so many more to come. Please watch over your parents and give them strength to go on. Watch over your family and do little things to show them you will always be around. Joe, I know you are in good hands up there. I pray to my Dad and tell him to watch over you. One day we will all be together but until then you remain in my prays and thoughts everyday.
Thinking of you on your birthday and everyday. Wishing you were with us and remembering all the good times.Always in our hearts and on our minds.
Love Kenny & Edie
As the 2 year Anniversary of you not being in our lives is coming, I think of you more. There is not a day that goes by that Kenny and I do not talk about you.I do not want to say Happy Anniversary in Heavan because its not a happy one and it is not where you should be. You should be here with your wife, son, family and friends. There are so many good things going on in your families life that you should be here to share along with. Joe, always remember that we miss and love you more everyday and no, it does not get easier as the days go by. Kiss my Dad for me and Tiffany for Denise. Miss you alot! Your son is all his father. God bless
I am not going to say Merry Christmas because the holidays are just not the same when people we love are not with us. I know you have many angels with you (Tiffany and My dad) but we wish you were here with us. As the holidays approach we remember all the good people that are no longer with us to share these happy and joyous Holidays. I often wonder why? God seems to always take the good ones first. Your son is all you and the more and more i look at his pictures teh more i see his father. god bless and please watch over all of us.
Happy Saint Joseph’s Day
Happy Birthday Joe. Thinking of you everyday and wishing you were here with us. until we meet again
Please give your family the strength to get threw this hard time in there life. Please watch over your nephew Michael and know that you both are in our prayers everyday.
As september 11th gets closer I think of you with tears in my eyes. I wish we could see you 1 more time. Please give your family the strength they need right now to go on. Now there are 4 angels in heavan, My Dad, Tiffany, You and Michael. Please watch over all of us and remember all of you are gone but will never be forgotten and will remain in our hearts forever.
IT TOOK ME THREE YEARS TO KNOW WHAT TO WRITE….BUT I STILL DON’T…ALL I KNOW IS THAT OUR LIVES HAVE SUCH A BIG VOID IN IT…I REMEMBER THE DAY LISA & YOU TOLD US THAT SHES WAS HAVING A BABY…WE WERE SO EXCITED!!!!OUR CHILDREN WOULD GROW UP TOGETHER …OUR WEEKENDS
WOULD BE GREAT !BUT THEN THIS ALL HAPPENED..& YOU WERE TAKEN FROM US….NOBODY HAS THE ANSWERS…BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW – YOU WERE ONE OF A KIND…MY BEST FRIEND FINALLY FOUND THE MAN OF HER DREAMS….& EVEN THOUGH YOU AREN’T HERE PHYSICALLLY , YOU WILL ALWAYS BE THE MAN IN HER
DREAMS…WE LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH..
JOHN & DINA
DEAR UNCLE JOE,
I LOVE YOU & MISS YOU
Happy Birthday. We miss you so much.
Its been a long 4 years I still cant get over what happend. I think of you and the guys everyday and wish things were diffrent.
The Yanks have fallen apart and Boston won the whole thing last year and their in first by a few games now……you would be sick to your stomach …..wish you were here JR…….my prayers are with you and you family
Thinking of you always and wishing you were here. Merry Christmas in Heavan.
Today it has been 7 years since that tragic day. Joey you were a good friend and great person to work with. You really made it fun to come to work everyday. I was there today at ground zero and memories of your laughter and the things you use to say made me laugh and cry at the same time. I hope the memories of you will last forever in the people you touched in your life, I know they will last forever with me
I can never forget your story about having to get lunch for one of the brokers when you worked upstairs. Think of you guys often.
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