Most people aren’t morning people- especially when they know they have to go to jobs they don’t like. Angelo Amaranto was not one of those people. He woke enthusiastically every morning at three o’clock to catch the subway from Borough Park to his job at 2 World Trade Center.
Angelo’s janitor job was hard work, but he loved it. He was employed by Ebasco and worked on the 87th, 89th and 91st floors of the tower. He had worked at 2 World Trade Center since the towers opened in 1973, and he knew that building well. His wife, Maria, says he would regularly go into work one or two hours early every day. Sometimes he would even work the weekends.
Originally from Salerno, Italy, A young Angelo Amaranto fell in love with New York when he arrived in Brooklyn with his young Bride. He got a janitorial job at the Nasdaq, where he worked until he took the World Trade Center job. “He told me the pay was better and if they took him, he would have to work nights for a little while,” his wife, Maria, told Newsay. “He said it was worth it because it was a better building. He switched to days after two years or so. He loved those buildings.”
Angelo took great pride in providing for his family. He had worked hard and honest his entire life. But it wasn’t about the money. “He used to say to us, ‘You know, a lot of people have money,'” his daughter, Emily recalls. “‘I have something better than money. I have grandchildren.”
It is my honor to pay tribute to Angelo Amaranto today.
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