from the Staten Island Advance:
Patrick Woods, 36, was installing cubicles in Tower 2
He called home just after the building was hit; his brothers believe he
tried to help others
Date of Death 09/11/2001
By Alysha Sideman ADVANCE STAFF WRITER
Three brothers so close they did everything together became one less
Sept. 11 when Staten Islander Patrick Woods, the oldest of the trio, lost his
life after the World Trade Center disaster.
The 36-year-old was a member of the Local 608 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. He was installing cubicles for employees of AON Insurance on the 103rd floor of Tower 2 when it was attacked. His body was identified yesterday. "He called my dad to say he was OK just after Tower 2 was hit. Then he said, 'They're jumping out of windows, dad. I gotta go.' I know he didn't jump. He wouldn't give up," said his 33-year-old younger brother, Christopher. After he got off the phone with his father, family members said Mr. Woods called his mother to tell her not to worry.
"We were all very close. The last time I saw him was September 6. It was my birthday party," said Christopher. Family described Mr. Woods as a "good union man" who was extremely loyal. A Brooklyn native, he moved to Dongan Hills with his family at age 17. At the time of his death, Mr. Woods had been living with his father, Patrick, and his youngest brother, 28-year-old Thomas.
"He had a heart of gold," said Thomas. Because he was an outgoing person and known to "help anyone in need," his brothers believe he probably tried to be a hero in the midst of all the chaos. Mr. Woods loved frequenting the beaches of Staten Island, especially Great Kills and Midland Beach, where he would lay in the sun for hours working on his tan. In addition to his brothers, Christopher and Thomas, and his father, Patrick, surviving is his mother, Eileen Conroy.
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