A Father of Two, With a Third on the Way
October 5, 2001

Gerald Atwood, 38, was born and reared in Brooklyn.

He "adored his children," said his wife, Barbara, who is pregnant with their third child, due in March. And being a firefighter "was pretty much a lifelong dream," she said. "He felt that was his calling."

Atwood graduated from South Shore High School and spent two years at Kingsborough Community College. He had been a firefighter for eight years with Ladder Co. 21 in midtown Manhattan. Earlier he ran a renovation business with his brother.

Atwood's whereabouts when the World Trade Center collapsed "is the big question," said his wife.

Possessed of an infectious laugh, Barbara said, "he liked simple things, doing projects, sharing tools, helping neighbors with their houses. Or he'd go on trips with his brothers, fishing trips." He had a wide range of interests and a retentive memory. "He'd read the paper and know everything in it, from politics to sports," she said.

Also surviving besides his son Gerald, 2, and daughter Margaret, 1, are his parents, Gerald and Elaine; brothers John, Raymond and Gregory, and sisters Jane and Elaine. --Mary Voboril (Newsday)