CALIXTO ANAYA JR.: Doing Things
Anaya Jr.'s wife, Marie, remembers the New York City
firefighter everyone knew as Charlie as "very attentive
to the little things that keep love alive," whether it
was taking days off for activities with their three
children or showing up with flowers when she did not
"Charlie always wanted to do things the right way,"
Mrs. Anaya said. When they were married in 1990 in a
simple civil service, Mr. Anaya insisted that they begin
saving for the big church wedding her parents could not
afford. Six months later, they marched down the aisle of
St. Rita's Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn.
Mr. Anaya, a former Marine who re- enlisted when the
Persian Gulf War broke out in 1991, believed true
patriotism meant flying the American flag, not only in
front of their home in Suffern, N.Y., but also wherever
the family came to rest on camping trips or jaunts to the
Mr. Anaya, 35, loved the Yankees in baseball and the
Giants in football with similar exuberance. He preserved
the hole he punched in his basement ceiling while
celebrating the Yankees' World Series victory over the
Mets last year.