Mets Fan Had a Gift for Friendship

October 3, 2001

Squad 1 firefighter Stephen Siller had just finished his shift on the morning of Sept. 11 and was on his way to meet his three older brothers on the golf course when the first plane hit the World Trade Center. He made a quick call to his wife, Sarah, to tell her something terrible had happened, then raced back to the firehouse in Park Slope for his gear.

He was last seen driving his own car into the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel.

Siller, 34, a Staten Island resident, lost both his parents by the age of 11. He grew up on Long Island with his adoptive family and graduated in 1984 from St. Agnes Cathedral High School in Rockville Centre, where he starred in "The Music Man" and "Our Town."

He was a partner with his brother in the Staten Island Furrier, held season tickets to the Mets, loved to argue politics and was an avid reader who had a gift for friendship, his family recalls.

He is survived by his wife; daughters Katherine, Olivia and Genevieve; sons Jake and Stephen; brothers Russell, George and Frank; sisters Janis, Mary and Regina; and 21 nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 11 a.m. today at Sacred Heart Church, 981 Castleton Ave., Staten Island.

--Elizabeth Moore (Newsday)