Service was held
on October 6th, 2001
on November 28th, 2001
Around the World - Robert Linnane was a horrible dresser.
the ridiculous bright red shorts that he jogged in while training
to join the Fire Department and the mismatched get-ups that
he called evening wear, he was a walking affront to the eyes.
"We would have to make him go inside and change," said Al Belfiore,
a friend. This shortcoming was tolerated by Firefighter Linnane's
friends all over the world because of his cheerful, easygoing
and tolerant personality. An enthusiastic traveler, he had worked
for Delta Air Lines for nearly a decade before becoming a firefighter.
He took every opportunity to fly off and meet new people, and
he often had a pass to bring one of his New York friends along.
"It was a life that people liked hearing stories about," said
his brother Vincent. It was a life that ended at 33 as a New
York firefighter — he had passed the daunting physical tests
and joined the department after his 30th birthday. His body
was identified by the Grateful Dead tattoo on his ankle. His
favorite song, a Dead standard titled "Sugaree," says: I'll
meet you at the Jubilee If that Jubilee don't come Maybe I'll
meet you on the run. Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES
on December 5, 2001.