Vincent Gallucci: He Banished
Gallucci was not one to be bound by the formality of the
upper echelon of a big financial firm, his wife, Barbara,
said. "A friend said that even though he was a senior
vice president in a very corporate environment" -- the
information technology department of Marsh & McLennan
-- "he would pass by the desks of colleagues, people
above and below him, and he would pinch them on the side
or give them a big hug."
Mr. Gallucci's easygoing style apparently served him
well. After his death, his wife was informed that he was
to have been promoted to managing director in November.
"That was something he was really looking forward to,"
she said. "You don't go much higher than that."
Mr. Gallucci, 36, never lost sight of what motivated
him -- his wife and son and daughter and their house in
Monroe Township, N.J. "He was working so hard because he
wanted to achieve, but really he wanted to be with the
kids," Mrs. Gallucci said. "His weekends were not spent
golfing with friends."
Mrs. Gallucci did not feel much like celebrating
Christmas this year, but the kids insisted on it: Daddy's
Last Christmas, the 7-year-old, Joseph, called it. Now
that the holidays are over, the Galluccis have plans for
their Christmas tree.
"We're going to plant it in the backyard for Dad,"
Mrs. Gallucci said.