Hometown: Staten Island, New York
Occupation: Retired Bartender
Reason for travel: Death in the family
John Talignani, a family man dedicated to his late wife and her three sons whom he helped to raise, was born in Italy and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. The World War II Army veteran once owned a taxi and a pizzeria, and retired after 20 years as a bartender and steward at Manhattan’s Palm restaurants. In his retirement, Talignani, now of Staten Island, enjoyed time with family and was a devoted New York Mets fan.The end of Talignani’s life was doubly tragic: he boarded Flight 93 to join family in California where his stepson had been killed and his daughter-in-law seriously injured in an automobile accident on their honeymoon.