John Linguiti, executive vice president and chief financial officer for News Corporation's News America Marketing, died July 8 at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola after an illness. He was 60.
"He never complained about a thing, even to the end," said his wife, Maura Elizabeth Linguiti of Stewart Manor. "His hourglass was always half-full, never half-empty, and that's how he lived his life."
Linguiti, who managed the financial activity of News America Marketing's Web operations -- Fox.com, FoxSports.com, FoxNews.com and FoxMarketwire.com -- was born in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. His father, Alexander, worked for the welfare department, while his mother, Marie, was a seamstress.
Linguiti graduated from Christ the King High School in Queens in 1970 and received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Baruch College in 1974. He became a certified public accountant after graduating and received a master's in business administration from St. John's University in the late 1970s.
The former Maura Kelly said she met her husband at a Christmas party in 1976 and they wed in 1981. They settled in Stewart Manor, where they raised their daughter Maura Cathrine, who still lives there.
On Saturday mornings, Linguiti joined as many as 12 other men at the Manor Fruit Shack to sit outside, drink coffee and discuss the news. "It was our own little country club," said longtime friend Vincent Clarke of Floral Park, describing Linguiti as a confidant who "was always willing to go out of his way to help people."
Rita Meyer, executive vice president of human resources for Manhattan-based News America Marketing, said in a statement that as CFO since 2001, Linguiti guided the company "confidently through periods both great and challenging."
"The role he held was of critical importance to the success of our organization, yet his door was always open," Meyer added. "His dedication, mentorship, intelligence and kindness were what endeared him to all of us."
Linguiti was a fan of disco music and sports, attending 13 Super Bowls and holding season tickets to St. John's basketball games, his wife said.
"He used to always say, 'We're not here for a long time, we're here for a good time,' " she said.
Besides his wife and daughter, survivors include his mother, Marie, of Queens Village, and brother Vincent, of Sound Beach. He was predeceased by his father. He was buried July 13 at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.