Remembering the victims: Frank J. Spinnelli

Several of Babalu’s contributing writers are participating in Project 2996 again this year.  Project 2996 aims to remember each of the 2996 victims of 9/11 with blog posts.  I had the honor of participating in the past.  You can read my previous posts honoring Nancy Yuen Ngo and Enrique Antonio Gomez.

Frank J. Spinelli


Frank Spinelli was a foreign exchange broker at Cantor Fitzgerald in Tower 1 of the World Trade Center.  You’ll remember that 658 employees of that firm died on that day.  Frank was one of them.

Frank Spinelli was 44 years old on that fateful day.  By all accounts Frank Spinelli was a dedicated family man. He left behind a wife, Michelle and three children Nicole, Christopher, Danielle. Today the children are 25, 22, 16 respectively.  Danielle lost her father at age 8.  Hard to believe 8 years have gone by.

In one of the many 9/11 victims guest books I read a comment about Frank from a stock broker friend.

One thing I will always remember about Frankie is that when I was between jobs (which would happen from time to time in the FX business) he was one of the very few to call me at home regularly to see how I was doing, or with tips on trading rooms needing someone like myself. Most of my other “friends” in the market treated me like a leper during those times.

According to the New York Times, Spinelli was able to call his home after the plane struck tower 1. He knew the building had been hit by a plane.  He left a message and closed it by saying `I love you and I’ll see you later.’  Needless to say he never did see them later.  The Times reports that it took two weeks to find his body.