Rudolph Mastrocinque

He did not want to miss a minute of the soccer goalie clinic he was running later that night, so Rudolph Mastrocinque arrived at his office in the World Trade Center early on the morning of Sept. 11.

As his wife, Meryl, put it, 'soccer was his life.'

It started out as something for the children, Peter, 11, and Amy, 16. But one day a group of parents got together to play and someone noticed how quick Mr. Mastrocinque’s feet were. He went on to become one of the most enthusiastic members of the Kings Park Soccer Club on Long Island, and coached several children’s teams.

When he was not playing soccer, 'he’d be telling me joke after joke after joke,' Mrs. Mastrocinque said. 'Rudy was very funny.'

Mr. Mastrocinque was 43 and a vice president for property claims at Marsh & McLennan. Mrs. Mastrocinque talked him into buying a boat 'to find some relaxation on the water' after his long hours at the office. He did, and fishing on Long Island Sound became one of his favorite things to do — second only, perhaps, to soccer.

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

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I knew Rudy since middle school days out in Northport, and he was a great friend. We worked on the Northport High newspaper together. Rudy was also a track star in high school, something a lot of people may not know. He was a caring individual. The last time I spoke with him was at our 20th reunion in 1998. My deepest condolensces to all of his family and friends. It is now 2014 and I still think about him and the good times we had. This world is less fortunate now because he is no longer here with us. RIP.
Henry Brent, Family
Nov 13 2014 11:05AM
Thinking of you today Rudy and how friendly and helpful you were to me when I was just getting into the business.. I will never forget!
Norman Perkel, Colleague
Sep 11 2014 8:37AM
I worked with Rudy on various claims while I was employed by an adjusting firm here in Houston and he with Marsh & McLennan in New York. I always enjoyed our conversations. He made me laugh no matter what kind of day I was having. He was one of those rare people that always brought sunshine into the lives of those around him. Many years have passed and I find myself working for Marsh & McLennan. The day I found we had lost him, was a very sad day indeed. I wish I could have met Rudy to let him know what a difference he made in my life. RIP Rudy, you are missed.
Jeanne Eggers, Colleague
Dec 30 2013 11:56AM
Rudy's Grandma and My Grandma was very close friends since childhood. We being close in age were close when we were young. I personally felt he lit up the room when he entered it. Very funny young man who was loved by many. Miss you and thinking of you this day...
Patricia Lehmann, Friend
Sep 11 2013 9:33AM
Thinking of you today and how much you meant to everyone who knew you.
Michael Fleming, Family
Sep 10 2013 11:32PM
Thinking of you and your family. Mg
Mariagrace, Colleague
Sep 11 2012 11:37PM
Dear Rudy - your gentle smile and warmth are on my mind and will never be forgotten. Miss you!
Nancy Gonzalez, Colleague
Sep 11 2011 12:29PM
I cannot believe it is 10 years today. In honor of Rudy and his family, I wanted to add a few words. I met Rudy through my friend Joan. They worked together at Johnson and Higgins. When I would visit Joan, Rudy took the time to say hi and talk. He was a very nice man. I think of him and his family a lot when 9-11 approaches. Rudy and his family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless. Mariagrace
Mariagrace Egan, Colleague
Sep 11 2011 10:11AM
Like Susan Chase I went school with Rudy from Norwood to Middleville then Northport High. On and off we were pretty good friends and aquintances. He was such a great guy and I was so shocked and disappointed that he was killed that horrible day. Even as a NYC firemen, who lost quite a few friends and collegues. I always think about Rudy from time to time. And always on September 11th. God bless, Your friend Skip
Skip Mullen, Family
Jun 25 2011 12:53PM
Thinking of Rudy today. I knew Rudy back in elementary school-Norwood Ave. He was my first 'boyfriend' I think it was 5th grade! I had a wonderful time catching up with Rudy at our 20th High School(Northport) reunion.We lost a good man on 9/11. I will always remember Rudy with fondness. Susan
Susan Chase Scheffler, Friend
Sep 11 2010 8:22AM
I had the honor of working with Rudy, who was well liked and respected by his colleagues, clients and vendors. Everything in his life had special meaning, his family, his job, and soccer and he approached all of this with a deep passion. Rudy and his family will have a permanent place in my prayers.
Joanna Zappala, Colleague
Sep 11 2008 7:56AM
Hi rudy, my name is Davide I'm 26 years old, i'm italian...Naples is my city...campania is my region...I research the origin of my surname: It's Matrocinque like your family so i 've found about You. I want tell you..because I know that You can listen me...that you life in italy will be remembered by me and I pray for you and for your eternal peace...Bye my Brother!!!!
davide mastrocinque, Friend
Sep 17 2006 10:49AM
Although I personally did not know Rudy, I do recall my Grandmother talking of him at reunions. From all of the Mastrocinque family in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticutarea, we send our regards. Rest in peace Rudy, you will be missed. Tom Mastrocinque
Thomas Mastrocinque, Family
Mar 7 2006 7:49PM
Where is that Rud-'I'- Fondest memories of someone so humble and genuine. Your office was a hangover refuge at one time- ha ha, you know what I mean. Thanks for all the flowers. Toni
Toni, Colleague
Sep 12 2003 12:27AM
My name is Candace Nelson. Today is September 11, 2002. This morning, I attended a gathering put together by a local radio station in San Diego, where I live. Each person that came to this gathering would have the honor of reading the name of a person lost one year ago, on live radio. At random, I was given a button that said Rudolph Mastrocinque, 43, WTC. I had the privilege of being chosen to say these things about him. The rest of the day I wore this button, in his honor. I took pictures at the event, including the moment I said his name, and when I rung the freedom bell for him. If anyone who knew him is interested in seeing these pictues, I would be more than happy to email them to you. I feel so connected to Rudolph Mastrocinque now, and I would love to contact his family, or have one of them contact me. I wish everyone who knew him my best wishes, and my deepest regrets. Sincerely, Candace
Candace Nelson, Friend
Sep 11 2002 4:22PM
For many more remembrances of Rudy, please visit the Legacy website at nytimes.com. 1 year later... always in our hearts. HB
Henry Brent, Friend
Sep 11 2002 3:43PM
I had the pleasure of working with Rudy at Johnson and Higgins prior to its merger with Marsh and was shocked to hear that he was lost. One of our clients had the misfortune of suffering several major losses involving its fleet of ships. Rudy assisted in getting each of them settled in a timely way making certain that our client was 'made whole' and resulting in a very satisfied client. One of the true tests of an insurance broker is how they perform when a loss occurs. Rudy met the challenge in this instance as I am sure he did in every loss he handled. In my opinion a Claims Consultant is one of the most difficult positions in our business. Rudy was one of the best. My sincerest condolences to Rudy's family. Karl DeFoeAugust 17, 2002
Karl DeFoe, Colleague Aug 25 2002 10:20AM
August 17, 2002 Karl DeFoe, Colleague Aug 25 2002 10:20AM
RIP bro...I still owe you one. Sorry I did not get a chance to repay your kindness some years ago...From an old friend going back to our Crum & Forster days...
T.Rodriguez, Colleague
Apr 5 2002 11:48AM