Vincent Gallucci

Vincent Gallucci was not one to be bound by the formality of the upper echelon of a big financial firm, his wife, Barbara, said. 'A friend said that even though he was a senior vice president in a very corporate environment' — the information technology department of Marsh & McLennan — 'he would pass by the desks of colleagues, people above and below him, and he would pinch them on the side or give them a big hug.'

Mr. Gallucci’s easygoing style apparently served him well. After his death, his wife was informed that he was to have been promoted to managing director in November. 'That was something he was really looking forward to,' she said. 'You don’t go much higher than that.'

Mr. Gallucci, 36, never lost sight of what motivated him — his wife and son and daughter and their house in Monroe Township, N.J. 'He was working so hard because he wanted to achieve, but really he wanted to be with the kids,' Mrs. Gallucci said. 'His weekends were not spent golfing with friends.'

Mrs. Gallucci did not feel much like celebrating Christmas this year, but the kids insisted on it: Daddy’s Last Christmas, the 7-year-old, Joseph, called it. Now that the holidays are over, the Galluccis have plans for their Christmas tree.

'We’re going to plant it in the backyard for Dad,' Mrs. Gallucci said.

Copyright (c) 2001 by The New York Times Co. Reprinted by permission.

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Vinnie, I am retiring from the United States Navy after 34 years of service. I have dedicated my retirement ceremony to you and have made mention of our friendship and association we had when we were in school. We were high school classmates and soccer/lacrosse team-mates. We were both Brooklynites originally and you became my first friend in John Hill School. I have been abroad for many years but visited ground zero last year and as if by providence, some of your family were there looking for your name on the wall at the exact same time I was doing the same. We spoke and I let them know that we had known each other as teenagers and that I wished the family all of the best. God bless you and your family. Sincerely, Sean
Sean Ian Fischer, Friend
Nov 21 2016 9:20PM
Vince, I think of you frequently and remember the good times we had working at GC. You were a real gentlemen and missed by all.
John C Brocker, Colleague
Sep 11 2014 10:20AM
In the late 90's I worked at Marsh on a team that Vince led. He was an enthusiastic, charismatic, caring, and intelligent leader. I worked many levels below him but he still took the time out to get to know me and my co-workers whether they were employees or consultants. You could tell that he truly cared about each and every person he worked with. He was so proud of his family. He had such a bright smile, a wonderful sense of humor, and a way of making all those around him feel special.
Lisa, Colleague
Sep 11 2014 10:15AM
I worked with Vince in the information systems dept at Guy Carpenter back in 1990 (2 WTC 68th floor). Vince and his sidekick Colin were my favorite people in the department. Vince was larger than life...you couldn't help but smile when he walked past your desk. He had that rare gift of making you feel like you were the most important person in the room....he made us all feel like that! Years later when I worked in the WFC for Lehman I would see Vince in the lobby coming back from lunch and he was always so happy and enthusiastic. Such a wonderful guy and proud husband & father.....so sad. My continued prayers go out to his family.
Jeanne Burrus, Colleague
Aug 2 2014 2:21PM
One of the best people to work with. He was great. My thoughts are with his friends and family today. I hope you've found peace.
Natalie Augustin, Colleague
Sep 11 2013 4:28PM
I will never forget you Vince. The lessons you taught me I now teach to my children.
Steve, Friend
Sep 11 2013 9:41AM
I still remember Vinnie from the days when he worked at Guy Carpenter. He was a great guy with a wonderful smile and sense of humor. He was a real gentleman too. Memories like that last a lifetime, and longer. Virginia
Virginia Van Loan Lynch, Colleague
Jul 16 2013 1:34PM
Still thinking of you<3
Alyssa, Family
Sep 11 2012 11:22AM
Happy Birthday Angel <3
Alyssa Gallucci, Family
Oct 25 2011 7:52PM
It is the 10th Anniversary today and you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I spoke with Chad today and have committed to play in weekend golf tournament in your honor. The team members are Chad Capper, Andy Dock, Gerald Pinney, Lars Helstrom, Paul Allieri, possibly Danny Marcello. I look forward to seeing Barbara and the kids some day. God Bless you my friend and god bless your family. Wayne Stefanovich
Wayne Stefanovich, Friend
Sep 11 2011 1:04PM
Ten years ago, my high school in Illinois gave out bracelets with one name of a September 11th vitim to wear. My bracelet said, Vincent Gallucci. I have been praying for him and his family ever since. I found that bracelet today after I heard his name being called out on the CBS telecast. It's extremely gratifying to read and see that the Gallucci family is still strong today and has had much support over the years. God Bless.
Lauren, Friend
Sep 11 2011 10:44AM
You know....as I was choosing from the 'drop down' bar if I was family or friend....had to pick FAMILY!! Vinny was 'family' to me...to all of us in the Allieri clan. He was a big brother to me, just like Chad. So many funny memories of the shenanigans those guys pulled in HS. Every weekend...it seemed...those goofballs were in some sort of 'trouble'. Not bad trouble...just wise guy slash funny guy trouble. My parents could never get mad at them b/c their pranks were histerical. We miss you Vin! Paul misses u the most, of course. You would be so, so proud of Barb, Joey and Alyssa. They are exactly the people you would want them to be...just like YOU! Dear Vinny, You are missed so dearly by the Allieri family. You blessed our family with many happy memories. There are numerous hilarious, knee slappin' stories we still mention to one another about the fun times you and Paul and your wacky, fun loving friends from good old Boonton had together. I do not whisper your name when I mention you to my friends. I say your name loudly and proudly...'My brother's best friend, Vinny, was the greatest guy you could ever meet.' The world is not the same without you, Vinny. You were truly a one of a kind and I am so honored to have known you! peace....baby... :) allison
Allison Allieri Hayden, Family
Sep 10 2011 10:31AM
Hey Dad, Unfortunately we only knew each other for five years, but they were the best five years I could've asked for. You were such a well-rounded person that everyone loved. I am so proud to be able to call you my dad. It really kills me that you're gone, I wish that I can get your advice sometimes. My main concern and goal in life is to make you proud. I think about you everyday. I know you're with me in spirit. A lot of people have suffered from your loss because you were such an inspiring person and put an impact on many people's lives. The pain will never go away, but I like to smile and remember all the fun things we did when I was little. It took me a long time to understand and accept that you have been taken away from us.. but I will be okay. I can't wait until I'm older and can share with my children what a great grandfather they had. It'll be ten years tomorrow, but it feels like it was only a day ago. It's sad how there are some things I cant remember, like your voice. But all that matters is that you are my dad and I know how much you loved and cared about me. I will never forget. Alyssa<3
Alyssa Gallucci, Family
Sep 10 2011 12:12AM
Wow, I just re-read my words from nearly 10 yrs. ago and I am hoping that I was true to them. Your children are strong, kind, and loving. And boy do they love each other. Joe is driving himself 20 miles each way to SENIOR year of high school!!! Yes I taught him to drive LOL. And Alyssa takes full advantage of having a big brother with a license. I am often reminded of you whenever parts of your personality appear through them. Joey LOVES to make me laugh and succeeds very often. Alyssa's determination and discipline closely matches yours. You would be so proud of all they have done. We miss you each and every day, but get our strength from yours and are determined to make this a life worth living! Love always, Barbara....and if by any chance you have some connections, I'd appreciate a little help in getting Joe into his first choice college:)Love, Love, Love You
Barbara Gallucci, Family
Sep 9 2011 5:08PM
I wanted to take a moment and say thank you for being an incredible person in this world. You have gone too quickly and I never met you in person, but through this website I read about the fulfilled life you lived. I pray peace for your wife, children, co-workers, friends and all the people who feel the loss of you. I am just a woman from NH who has clicked on the 9-11 memorial website and requested to honor someone, and your name came up. I went a little further to read about you and put a face with the name. I am so overwhelmed with emotions as I read about you and your life. I pray that you are resting in peace and that God will continue to watch over and guide your family. I didn't know you, but I honor you this 9-11. Warmest Regards to your family, Selyn Sanville <3
Selyn Sanville, Friend
Sep 8 2011 5:38PM
This message is for Mrs. Gallucci. My husband Bernard was working at Chase Plaza on the morning of 9/11. After the attacks he found a memorandum paper with the name of Vincent Gallucci, the memo was dated January 21, 2000 and it was to his attention. My husband folded it up, not looking at the name and we put it safey away in an envelop. He recently opened the envelop. The other day we were looking at all our things from that day and decided to have the burned memo put in a frame to honor the names on this. It is so beautiful and we need to get it back to you. My cell # is 727-385-5828 our email address is is blcj4757@msn.com, I would welcome hearing from you so I also posted it on another memorial website, not sure if you are contacted but I hope so. this can be returned to you and your family, a few years late. I hope you get this message. With kindest regards, Leslie and Bernard Lucchesi
Leslie, Friend
Sep 4 2011 12:31PM
Barbara, Thinking very much about you and yours. What a spirit still dwells with us. Fondly, Sally Strachan
Sally Strachan, Colleague
Sep 2 2011 10:48PM
This place is not the same without you. We all miss you.
Anonymous, Friend
Sep 1 2011 11:10AM
They got em Vinny may you rest in peace
scott aumann, Friend
May 2 2011 6:28PM
I went to high school with Vinnie and remember him as such a friendly, outgoing soul. I think about you often, and remember you fondly. God bless you and your family.
Ginny Otte, Friend
Sep 11 2010 9:57PM
It's been 9 years, and I still think about you, Vinny. We went to high school together. I knew you in the hallways and on the sports teams. We didn't know each other well, but that doesn't seem to really matter. I haven't seen you in 28 years, but you have touched my life. My heart goes out to your family as they continue their lives keenly missing you each and every day.
Kim Nolte, Friend
Sep 9 2010 11:28PM
I went to High School with Vinnie in Boonton, NJ and although we never kept in touch afterwards, I will never forget him, his personality won't let it happen. He was always one of the good guys and kept me laughing in Mr Venenchak's algebra class. I did not realize he was a victim until I read his name on a memorial at Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia where I was deployed in early 2003. Rest in Peace Vinnie.
Fred Casale, Friend
Oct 16 2009 12:43PM
Thinking of you today Vince... remembering how funny and sweet you were. I remember when you and your wife were having you son and how excited and proud you were. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers today and always.
LB, Colleague
Sep 11 2009 10:56PM
Vince, 8 years have passed since that tragic day. You were my manager, but you were so much more. You taught by example how to be a leader, a friend, a husband, and a father. You are sorely missed. Your friend, Steve
Steve, Friend
Sep 11 2009 12:06PM
Dad, It may be 7 years later,(which is hard to believe), but I have missed you so much over them. I love you so much. You were the best father a kid could've asked for. I just wish you could see how much I have grown and how tall I've gotten! I love you dad, and I will never forget you. Your son, Joey
Joe Gallucci, Family
Sep 13 2008 9:30PM
Vince, Thinking about you 7 years later. I pray for you and your family and know that all of those who were lucky enough to have known you are the better for it. Steve
Steve Ovadia, Colleague
Sep 11 2008 9:44AM
Vince work with my mother and it nice to know that on that day she was not alone. You are all missed.
Sarah Fagan (DeSimone), Friend
May 21 2007 10:01PM
Hey Vince, It's been 5 years without you. You will always be missed! - Steve
Steve Ovadia, Colleague
Sep 11 2006 12:46PM
Uncle Vin, You don't know how tough it is to live without you. You were the best and WILL ALWAYS BE.your my godfather and noone can EVER take the place of that. I love you so much that i cant even explain. You don't know how much pain me, mommy, and grandma are in. I love you. Always, Your Goddaughter, Sandra
sandra, Family
Jun 30 2006 9:04AM
By accident, I came across Vinnie's name. Needless to say I am sad. I knew Vinnie since I was a little girl, Our families were close as many were in Boonton Township. I never had the pleasure of knowing Vinnie after High School. 'GALLUCH!' I use to say REAL loud to you, and I know you can STILL hear me. May your love live in on forever in your children. Luisa Onorati Lu@SoftRock941.com
Luisa Onorati, Friend
Dec 22 2005 12:28AM
I was a good friend of Vinny's from William Paterson College. Vinny was one of the nicest people I have ever met. He was always there to make people laugh and he was always ready to have a good time with friends. One of my greatest memories of Vinny was driving around with him and a few other friends in his gorgeous Iroc Z28 with the music blasting. We all had a lot of laughs together. He will be greatly missed.
Nancy Petrillo (formerly Nancy Mason), Friend
Dec 10 2005 2:11PM
I worked with Marsh & McLennan for about a year with all of the folks on the 97th floor. It was a great mix of people of all backgrounds, contractors, employees, consultants, everyone was treated well and enjoyed working together. It was a really wonderful environment. I close my eyes and can picture Vince perfectly. He was a great role model, he worked hard, he respected his co-workers regardless of level, and he was a great family man. I used to sit across from him and could see him when he was at his desk. He was a wonderfully pleasant man, really kept things positive and motivated individuals. I am sure he is missed by all who knew him.
Paige, Colleague
Sep 10 2004 12:03PM
My thoughts and prayers will always be with the Gallucci family. Vinnie had a super sense of humor and always kept us Boonton Township guys on guard. I miss you and look forward to seeing you in heaven. Your friend, Wayne Stefanovich
Wayne Stefanovich, Friend
Apr 6 2004 10:17PM
I didn't know him too well, but there was a time in my life when he was good friends with my friends, and we all hung out for a period of time during high school. Although I went to Morris Catholic, I would always be a 'Boonton-ite' at heart and I could tell he was too. What I remember most about Vinny, was the smile he always had and the laughter he brought to all our gatherings. He was a joy to be around and made me laugh all the time. I will always remember him with a smile.
Mary Louise McGuinness, Friend
May 13 2003 12:28AM
Vince was the only person that I have come across in my career that was able to be both a boss and a good friend. I think of him often, when I'm working and when I'm with my family. I'll never forget how he would often call home in the afternoon and have Barbara put Joey 'bag-a-donuts' on his speakerphone. He was so proud of him. Vince taught me never to forget what we're working for. He never did.
Steve, Friend
Apr 21 2003 5:33PM
I met Vinny in high school. Vinny had more positive energy than any being on earth. He was always extremely wound up with humor, love for his family, and funny antics to get you out of your comfort zone. Vinny was also very smart and motivated to succeed. We had so many great times together pulling pranks on people and each other, listening to music, going to the shore, playing lacrosse. We were in each others weddings eventhough I went away to college and lived in Atlanta. We had vacations together with our families (Wendy and the kids love Vinny, Barbara and the kids). Vinny would call me when he came to the Marsh office in Atlanta so we could keep in touch. I got to see Vinny when he came to Atlanta in Spring 2001. Ive cried so many times for Vinny and his family. I think of him alot. Barbara, I want you to know how much we love you and the kids. I dont know how to keep in touch. I know you are strong and have alot of support. I miss you Vinny, your friend Chad
Chad Capper, Friend
Sep 20 2002 3:03PM
I think of Vinny often and the pain Barbara is experiencing. At their wedding I remeber thinking how Barabara looked like a princess who had met her Prince Charming and what a fairy tale life they would lead. Unfortunately a cruel act ended the fairy tale much to early, but I pray that someday the pain will lessen and the happier memories will become stronger. I remember the last time I saw Barbara she was sharing Halloween pictures of Vinny dressed up like Superman, he had a great sense of humor and a love for his family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Kathy Walsh, Friend
Sep 11 2002 11:15AM
I knew Vinnie back in his early days at Guy Carpenter, when he and Randy were the 'whiz kids' of the IT group. My sorrow to Vinnie's family. You must have wonderful memories of him to carry you through the years.
Ginny Lynch, Colleague
Sep 10 2002 11:13PM
I've never had a great knack for putting my thoughts onto paper, but when I think of you, Vinnie, I can't seem to stop writing. When my dear college friend, Barbara, met you at the end of our senior year at William Paterson College, she knew you were the one. . . and I could only see why. During the time that you and Barbara were dating, a group of us would faithfully get together and have a bunch of fun; Chinese New Year, Comedy Clubs, South Street SeaPort, BBQ's and New Year's Eve Parties. You welcomed her friends, were unpretentious,kind,and handsome with a great sense of humor. You know I was an easy target to make laugh and you took advantage of that. I remember everytime you saw me, you would make the silliest face possible and then ask me if I could duplicate it. I would just burst out laughing. My brother, who you only met a few times, told me that whenever you spotted him on the train, you would make it a point to say 'hello'. You and Barbara packed more love, happiness and success into your 15 year Union than most couples do in 50. My heart grows heavy when I think of you, Vinnie. I just know you are in a kinder, more peaceful place. Love, Nina
Nina Malloy, Friend
Sep 10 2002 4:45PM
I am from Brazil and Marsh is our customers here and I find a person that probably is my parent. I would like left my message of fellings and ask to some parent of Vincent return my email to identify is we are parent or not.
Paulo Gallucci, Family
Sep 10 2002 2:41PM
Vince was our IT guy back in 1986 when we first moved over to the World Trade Center from 110 William St. He was always fun and sweet. Always would tickle or hug you and make you laugh. He was good friends with Colin and together they would have you crying laughing after they fixed your computer problem. When he went over to the Marsh side I would see him from time to time down in the concourse of the Trade Center and the last time was a year before the horror. He would yell out PEROXIDE..the nickname he gave me because he liked that way that sounded instead of Pirozzi. He was always a fun loving quick talking person and my sympathy and prayers go out to his family and friends. I will always remember him. With Love, Ro
Roseann Pirozzi, Colleague
Sep 10 2002 10:49AM
Vin, you were the son that every parent would have dreamed to have. You were our happiness, we were very proud of you, now without you our lives are empty, we will go on with memories of you and we will try our best to keep you happy, although you are in heaven and watching over all of us. You will live in our hearts and we will always love you. We know that someday we will re-unite again, until then rest in peace our son. Love mom & daddy.
Joseph & Angela Gallucci, Family
Jul 16 2002 8:45PM
My brother was the 'ultimate' in my eyes. No matter what he did he could never do any wrong. We had a special brother/sister relationship and I am very thankful that we did. As children I was Vinny's shield, whenever he would get in trouble he always came running to me for help, but as adults he became mine. He was the only person who could feel, understand and read my eyes. Today I stand alone because my shield is gone. There are many things I would like to say to you Vinny, but it is hard to put them all in one little space, but I am very glad that last summer I did get to tell you how 'very proud I was of you and all you had already accomplished'. My love for you will never die, you will live in my heart forever and noone can take that away from me. Your name stands for 'conquerer' and that's what you were. I promise to watch over your cildren and love them as much as I loved and love you. Grace
grace santorelli, Family
Jun 30 2002 10:21AM
Vinny was the kindest man I've ever known. From our very first conversations I knew how sincere, loyal, and non-judgemental he was. I could, and did, tell him anything. These past months have been a very tough road. I never expected to feel this type of emptiness in my lifetime. But Vinny you taught me well and I intend to use those lessons to try as I promised you before, to raise our children to be happy and whole. Your sweet smile and gentle soul live on in Joe and Alyssa. I hope they grow to be just like you. That will be my tribute to you. You are my angel and I will love you forever. Barbara
Barbara, Family
Jun 24 2002 11:44PM
We wish than Uncle Vinny did'nt die on September 11. He was the uncle of our best friends. They miss him so much and it makes us sad to see them so sad. Please remember that your uncle still loves you, now. We will always be your friends and we will always remember your uncle and keep him in our prayers.
Evan and Allison Ruggiero, Friend
Apr 25 2002 10:14PM
I did not know Vince personally. I only met him once-he was very likable.I know now that he was so much more than likable because I have learned about him through my friends grief: Vince's sister, Grace. Now, I see his face and I see my friend's face too. I see her cry and I see his eyes. I wish I did know him. His friendship would have been a gift.My friend, Grace will always be a gift to me. I love you,Grace and I will always remember your brother as if I knew him well.
Gina Ruggiero, Friend
Apr 25 2002 10:08PM
I paused at the section on this form when they asked about my relationshipp with Vince. He was a colleague, but he was also a friend, mentor and leader. As a friend he was always giving his latest update about his family and/or his various home projects and was always interested in what was happening on your end. Family was important to him. There was a period of time when we were working late to meet some tight dates and I jokingly mentioned to Vince one day that my daughter was mad at him for making me work so late. He actually punched up my number on his speaker phone and apologized to my 4 year old and then he sent me home. Vince was also the best boss that I ever had. He always knew what was right for me, even when I didn't. He was always coaching and encouraging and always managed to bring out the best in people. If you didn't get it quite right, he help you through so you wouldn't make the same mistake twice. More importantly, he was always willing to give someone a chance if he believed in them. He always said if you keep you head down and do your work, the rewards take care of themselves. And with Vince that was true. He demanded a lot, but he gave it right back. Not one day goes by that I do not think about Vince. I am constantly applying the lessons learned by working for him. I consider myself lucky for having the honor and privilege of working for him. I will never forget him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Paul, Colleague
Apr 24 2002 1:24AM
Sometimes in life, a special someone comes along that changes your life forever, that makes that one big difference. That person for me was my cousin Vinny. When my father passed away, Vinny, became for my younger brother and I our BIG Brother. He took my brother to his soccer games and helped us both with our homework. He struggled to keep our family together. We were going to be okay he told us over and over again. He never left our sides. I will never forget I was a senior in high school, and he had just started his new job at Guy Carpenter. I was in a play at school and he surprised me and was in the audience, front and center. He wrote to me frequently in college at a time I was scared and very unsure of my surroundings, somehow he always knew what I was thinking. I will never forget his face when he saw me in my wedding dress, or the kind words he spoke to me before I walked down the aisle. I will never forget what he did for me, I can never forget you Vinn, I miss your smile and the crazy funny things you always did. I miss you. Phyllis/cousin
Phyllis, Family
Apr 21 2002 10:50PM
Our uncle Vinny was very special to us. We will miss him so very much. He always made us laugh and played jokes on us. Besides being a good uncle he also was a good person. We will never forget him, and we will LOVE him forever.We will never forget the time he tried to ride my snowboard and couldn't stop, we laughed all day. And also last summer when we Kareoked to Who Let The Dogs Out and he let us sing ONLY Who Who Who?. We never got a chance to say Good-bye, this is our way of saying good-bye for now until we meet again. WE LOVE YOU your niece/goddaughter and nephew.
Alessandra and Vincent Santorelli, Family
Apr 14 2002 10:57AM
There is an emptiness in my heart today for Vince, as there has been each and every day since 9/11. I'm not sure it will really ever go away. I wish I had one last chance to say 'thank you', above the noise of all the daily struggles. Thank you for your help, your kindness, your friendship and your desire to get the job done. I will miss you my friend.
Richard Kimball, Colleague
Apr 4 2002 11:22AM
Although Vince and I never met in person, I knew him to be a caring and helpful person. Even though he did not have the time, Vince took the time to help me gather information for a paper for one of my college classes. He also encouraged me to continue my coursework. He said he would be there to help where he could, and offer a word of encouragement should I need it. Knowing him has enriched my life. Thank you, Vince.
Ramona Simmons, Colleague
Apr 4 2002 11:16AM