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Joseph Berry
Age: 64
Occupation: CEO
Worked for: Keefe, Bruyette & Woods
Originally from:
Resided in: Saddle River, NJ
School: Archbishop Molloy High School
Submitted by: Irish Tribute ()

Other links: Irish America Magazine article, August 2001


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Vacations With the Children

Joseph John Berry, a man who left big tips and who once urged a nervous friend to go through with her wedding because "marriage is a wonderful thing," simply hated the idea of a vacation without his three children. Never mind that they are all grown now, with the youngest 21 and the oldest 27. Whether it was a trip to Italy or one of their annual pilgrimages to Aruba for New Year's Eve, "our children came with us," Evelyn Berry said. "All three of them. All the time. Wherever we go, whatever vacation. To this day, if we're going away they're there with us.

"How many children do you know who spend every New Year's with their parents?"

To Mrs. Berry, who would have celebrated her 32nd wedding anniversary next month, this is the essential fact of her husband's life B not the honors he collected as one of the most influential Irish-Americans on Wall Street, or the professional status he enjoyed as chairman and co-chief executive of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, an investment banking firm, but the fact that he also coached just about every team his children ever played on, from soccer to basketball.

"If anything, we were more in love today than when we first got married," Mrs. Berry said.

Mr. Berry, 55, who worked on the 89th floor of 2 World Trade Center, died on his wife's 54th birthday.

"The fact that he's gone is the greatest pain," she said. "The day it happened is immaterial."
-- anon (Friend)
17 Oct 2001

Joseph J. Berry, 55, of Saddle River, N.J., also was on the 89th floor of the south tower when the second plane struck. Tapped to be co-chief executive of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods less than two years ago, Mr. Berry helped steer the investment banking firm with his calm demeanor and a knack for consensus building.
-- Jay Dooling ()
07 Nov 2001

Joe will be missed by many in the Irish American community as he was such a giving and wonderful man who had time for everyone.

He was very proud of his Irish roots and when our magazine, Irish America, honored him at our Wall Street 50 awards, he and his wife attended.

He will be remembered as a man who had a giving and kind heart.

May your family find comfort and strength from all the wonderful things you did while here on earth, for you certainly sleep with the angels tonight.

-- Trish Daly (Friend {})
21 Jan 2002

-- anonymous (Friend {})
04 Mar 2004

Sorry for your lose
-- anon (Friend {})
04 Mar 2004

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