Vincent F. DiFazio: Sportive
among the dark suits and dresses at a memorial Mass for
Vinny DiFazio in September were a number of boys wearing
baseball uniforms. Mr. DiFazio coached baseball, as well
as soccer and basketball, depending on what his three
children -- Joey, 15; Gina, 11; and Dana, 9 -- were
"When he wasn't going to a game or home watching a
game he was coaching a game," said his wife, Pattie.
The couple met 23 years ago at Glassboro State
College, now Rowan University, in Glassboro, N.J. He was
a business major who was not quite sure what he wanted to
do after graduation, Mrs. DiFazio recalled. But after
working briefly as a salesman, and with some
encouragement from a good friend from high school, Ken
Barrett, Mr. DiFazio got a job on Wall Street.
"You have to be competitive, you have to be able to
talk to people," Mrs. DiFazio recalls Mr. Barrett's
telling her husband. "You would make the perfect
Although the job was hectic and involved long hours,
Mr. DiFazio, 43, appreciated the security that his job as
a government bonds broker with Cantor Fitzgerald
provided. But it was probably not his dream job. "My
brother would have been a lot happier working 9 to 5,"
said his brother, Sal, "and coaching a different sport