Joseph V. Maggitti, 47, insurance executive

September 23, 2001|By Lynn Anderson | Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF

Joseph V. Maggitti, a Harford County businessman who loved to create Italian dishes for his family and friends and who coached his children's baseball and softball teams, died Sept. 11. He was among the victims of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. He was 47.

Mr. Maggitti was a vice president for Marsh USA Inc., an insurance brokerage. He was visiting the company's national headquarters in the north tower of the World Trade Center when the attack destroyed the building.

He lived in Abingdon with his wife, Pamela A. Kortesis Maggitti, and their children, Christopher, 21, a student at Towson University, and Lauren, 14, a student at the John Carroll School in Bel Air.

Family and friends said Mr. Maggitti enjoyed watching his children play baseball, softball and soccer. He was a coach for the Emmorton Recreation Council.

He was an active member of New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Abingdon, said Brian B. Dembeck, a friend of the family. The church serves a free dinner to Harford residents about once every two months, and Mr. Maggitti was always eager to help prepare the meals, said Mr. Dembeck.

"He pitched in wherever he was needed," said Mr. Dembeck, a member of the church. "One night we served spaghetti, and he was there in the middle of the day getting all the sauces going."

Mr. Maggitti loved to cook Italian dishes such as lasagna and cannoli. His friends and family knew that if they asked him to bring food to an event, it was sure to be produced in such large portions that everyone went home with leftovers.

"Everyone knew that if he was bringing something, you were going to like it," said Mr. Dembeck.

Mr. Maggitti was born in Baltimore and grew up in Highlandtown.

He attended Patterson High School, where he met his future wife. They married in 1976, the same year Mr. Maggitti received a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Baltimore.

During his college years he played on the school's soccer team, which won the NCAA Division II

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Howard K. McComas III Funeral Home, 1317 Cokesbury Road, Abingdon. The family will be present from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mountain Christian Church, 1824 Mountain Road, Joppa.

In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his mother, Amelia Mary Pietrogiacomo Maggitti of Baltimore; a brother, Andrew S. Maggitti of Berlin in Worcester County; and a sister, Mary Ann Derr of Saugus, Calif.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Joseph V. Maggitti Scholarship Fund, c/o Sun Trust Bank, 2912 Emmorton Road, Abingdon 21009.

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