Guy Tozzoli, who founded the World Trade Centers Association and oversaw the construction and operation of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, died in his sleep Saturday, according to an obituary. He was 90.
Tozzoli lived in Westwood for 60 years before moving to South Carolina two years ago, his son, Michael, told Patch.
He began working for the Port Authority in 1946, taking a break to serve in the Navy from 1950 to 1952. Tozzoli then returned to the Port Authority and was named Director of World Trade in in 1962. It was "Tozzoli’s vision," according to the obituary, which led to the construction of the 110-story Twin Towers.
"My dad was, in many ways, larger than life," Michael Tozzoli told Patch Tuesday. "How many people can say they built one of the largest buildings in the world, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and worked until 89? He will be missed.”
Guy was a survivor of the first attack in 1993, spending several cold hours in a stairwell after the bombing. He was stuck in traffic en route to the WTC when the planes struck in 2001.
"We used to say that Tower 1 and Tower 2 were his first two children and the rest of the six of us were child three through eight. Because he lived the towers, he was it,"Michael Tozzoli told Patch in 2011.
Guy Tozzoli later went on to found the World Trade Centers Association and helped create other world trade centers overseas. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times.
Tozzoli is survived by his wife, six children and two grandchildren.
A wake will be held at Becker Funeral Home in Westwood from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. A funeral will be held at St. Matthew's Church in Ridgefield at 10:15 a.m. Monday.