John Fiorito: Attention for 'Little
Fiorito loved the sun and fishing and wide open spaces.
He also loved working as a broker at Cantor Fitzgerald.
But he loved nothing more than being a husband and a
father. At home, his wife, Karen, says, he was
meticulous. Each night, he carefully pressed his clothes.
Each morning, he used special clippers to groom his
At 40, he gave the same kind of attention to his
6-year-old son, "little Johnny," who three years ago was
found to have leukemia.
He loved trains and boats because that is what little
Johnny loved. And when his son needed special care, the
family moved closer to a good hospital, where little
Johnny would eventually receive a successful bone marrow
transplant. Mr. Fiorito -- or "Johnny Fever" as some of
his friends jokingly botched his name -- also loved
surprises. He proposed to his future wife in 1987, at a
dinner atop the World Trade Center. A waiter brought her
ring on a silver platter. "John was fidgeting that
night," she said. "After he gave the waiter the ring, I
think he was worried he'd never come back with it."
And after 11 years of marriage, one of the biggest
surprises was that he never forgot how to be tender.
"Till the end, he always held my hand," his wife said.
"And he always complimented me on how beautiful he
thought I looked. I don't know if every husband does
that; but he did."