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Norman Rossinow was on a business trip in Cleveland in August when he and some colleagues -- who had just attended a workshop on human relations -- began discussing the best things that had happened to them in their lives.
Mr. Rossinow told the group that meeting his wife, Susan, and marrying her this past June was the best thing in his life.
Susan Rossinow found out about her husband's loving words from a colleague who was with him in Cleveland, after it was learned he perished in the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11.
Mr. Rossinow, 39, of Cedar Grove, was working as a senior vice president for Aon Corp. on the 105th floor of the South Tower. That morning he was able to call his wife and tell her he was okay, but she said it took some convincing to get him to leave the building. "If you tell me you love me, then I'll come home," she recalled her husband saying before he hung up the phone. That was the last time she spoke to him.
Mr. Rossinow grew up in North Caldwell and graduated from West Essex Regional High School and Syracuse University, where he majored in business. He celebrated his 10-year anniversary at Aon in June, where he had worked as a risk manager.
His wife described how her husband loved his job and was dedicated to doing good work. He got along well with people and worked to provide insurance for television shows on particular channels that were represented by his company.
"He was very well-liked," she said. "He was just amazing."
The couple met two years ago and got married on June 16. They spent their honeymoon in the Bahamas. Susan Rossinow remembered how her husband won $2,000 gambling there. When she encouraged him to try some more, he ended up losing the money but taking it in stride. "I would do it all over again," he said at the time.
When his new father-in-law died in February, a few months before his wedding, Mr. Rossinow invited his mother-in-law, Frances Bernstein, to stay at his home as long as she wanted. His wife said that his new mother-in-law was the first person he greeted when he walked in the door at the end of the day. "He truly was the best son-in-law," she said.
Mr. Rossinow enjoyed golf and played at the Greenbrook Country Club. He also loved hiking, camping and scuba diving. He and his wife had planned a trip to Florida and a long weekend in New York City this fall.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his mother, Anne of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a brother, Seth of Montville; a sister, Diane Peterson of Alexandria, Va.; a paternal grandfather, Bernard of the Bronx; a maternal grandmother, Helen Zarra of Manhattan, and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held for Mr. Rossinow at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Temple Sholom of West Essex in Cedar Grove.
The family requests any contributions in Mr. Rossinow's memory be made to the American Red Cross.
Profile by Elizabeth Moore published in THE STAR-LEDGER