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Guy Tozzoli, Oversaw World Trade Center Construction, Dies at 90

Guy Tozzoli was the founder of the World Trade Centers Association and a longtime Westwood resident.

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.

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.

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Patti Frank March 13, 2013 at 03:49 PM
God rest Mr. Tozzoli. I worked at the PA of NY/NJ when Mr. Tozzoli was there and my mom worked in his department. The name Tozzoli is synomous with the World Trade Center and the PA and he was a great leader and visionary, plus his dept. always had the best Christmas ("Holiday") party every year. May he be blessed with eternal peace.

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