CHURCH AND A LITTLE BEER
It is true that Herman Broghammer, 58, a senior vice president at Aon, was an observant Roman Catholic. He attended weekly mass at Sacred Heart Church in North Merrick, N.Y., was a eucharistic minister and, for 30 years, a presence at church charity events.
"But he was also a hellraiser," said a friend, Art Dignam. The two neighbors upgraded the Knights of Columbus bar from "a stodgy old man's nickel beer set-up" to "let's have fun here!" They would rise at 4 a.m. for a golf game just hours after they'd fallen into bed. At Mr. Broghammer's 40th birthday party, he allowed himself to be dressed in alpine shorts and lederhosen, as 15 couples roasted him to the strains of "The Sound of Music."
Mr. Broghammer lived deeply - husband, father, avid athlete, and, for 20 years, manager of a sprawling football pool. But his distinguishing characteristic was a sunny gentleness. "When you were mad, he would let you have your feelings but he would never agree with the reason," said his wife, Ursula. "And eventually you would say, `I guess I really shouldn't be angry.' " After the towers collapsed, one mourning friend vowed a bloody vengeance. Another friend interjected: "But think what Herman would do: he wouldn't do that."
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