Occupation:Fiduciary Trust International | Investors Services OfficerDedicated Memorial Sites:Education:St. Joseph College
Paul Rizza was born on June 1, 1967, the first-born child of Vivian and Paul Rizza. Christine joined the family four years later.
Paulie came into the world kicking and crying as if he was ready to conquer the world. As he grew older, Paulie was a very energetic child who loved to be active and around people. After an action packed day, he would ask the tired adults what was next.
Paul's school years were very exciting and provided an outlet for his incredible energy. He loved sports. In High School he participated in wrestling -in the winter, football in the fall and Lacrosse in the spring. By the time Paulie graduated from High School, he had many letters and trophies to his credit. Paul was very popular among his classmates, although not always the most tactful person. Hence his senior year he was voted the most likely to have his foot in his mouth.
Paul was a very social person. You can always count him in to go to a party, a sporting event or any other social activity. He loved his friends and all family gatherings.
After he graduated High School, Paul entered the Navy. After he was discharged, he explored many job opportunities and took college credits. Paul's lucky break came when a friend's father took a special interest in him,. He saw something special in Paul that even Paul didn't know existed. This man gave Paul ajob at Chase Manhattan Bank and this was the turning point in Paul's life. It was then that Paulie met Elaine Minnick at a company soft ball game and they were married two years later. With this new founded confidence, Paul obtained his BA degree at St. Joseph's college.
Paul took great pride in his accomplishments. He loved his wife and the life they built together. They bought a home in Park Ridge, NJ where Paul spent his days cooking, growing vegetables and herbs and of course watching sporting events. However this domestic side did not prevent Paul from having fun. He loved to entertain friends with many favorite recipes which included the fruits from his garden.
At the time of his death, Paul, aged 34 worked as a investor service officer at Fiduciary Trust. The Sunday before the attack on the World Trade Center, Paul and Elaine harvested tomatoes and made sauce together "He had such a passion for life," Elaine said. "He loved good food" Paul leamed to cook from his father and he often called home to ask his father about culinary advice.
It is very fitting that Paulie's memorial stone is placed at Cedar Beach in Babylon. Paulie loved the beach and was often seen boating and fishing, and working during his high school years.
Paul is survived by his parents, Paul and Vivian Rizza, his sister, Christine and her husband, Kenneth Nippes and their two children, Jonah and Kate. Nephew of Laura and George Prisco, Ann and Robert Baugh, Dr.Joseph and Guje Rizza. He is also survived by his cousins Joseph and Valerie Baugh, Jesse Prisco, Christopher Rizza and Robert Olofsson. Inclosing I would like to add the Paulie lived more in 34 years than most people live in a lifetime.