Firefighter Was Legendary Cook

Nov. 28, 2001

Among his family and friends, John McAvoy's cooking was legendary. He was the designated chef for all gatherings, including family reunions and even baby showers.

The 47-year-old Staten Island resident was a firefighter with Ladder Co. 3 in Greenwich Village. He was last heard from when he was on 31st floor of Tower One. He served 24 years in the fire department, including 13 years with Engine Co. 5 in Manhattan. He joined Ladder Co. 3 six years ago.

He is survived by his wife, Paula; a son, Kevin James; a daughter, Kate Marie; his mother, Phyllis; and brothers Michael and George.

--Compiled by Newsday