James Maounis "Jimmy"
Occupation:Fiduciary Trust International | Account AdministratorDedicated Memorial Sites:Reflections:The New York Times Portraits of Grief
How many guys would blow off drinking with their pals in order to drive their sister to the beauty parlor? ("You got a brother?" asked Anthony Giammona. "Would he do that for you?")
Mr. Giammona's friend James Maounis would. "He'd take his sister out to dinner," he said, adding that the Maounis clan — two brothers, one sister, the parents — were "more like friends than a family unit."
In the same vein, Mr. Maounis, Mr. Giammona and their friend Ralph Baione were a lot like family. As teenagers growing up in Gravesend, Brooklyn, in the 1970's, they went to discothèques together; as adults, they biked, traveled, got haircuts and met women together. They even shared a nickname: Way.
"You're out and you're amongst others, if you give out a 'Waaaaay,' it alerts the people in our group," Mr. Giammona said.
Mr. Maounis, 42, was an account administrator at Fiduciary Trust on the 90th floor of 2 World Trade Center; his sister Mary Jane worked in the same building on the 62nd floor. She survived.