Harry W. Marquardt
Harry W. Marquardt, 92, of Greco Lane, Dunkirk, N.Y., died peacefully on Aug. 11, 2013, in Schenectady, N.Y., at the home of his elder daughter and son-in-law, after a brief illness.
He was predeceased by his wife, Phyllis, on July 2, 2000, after 58 wonderful years of marriage.
He is survived by daughters: Diane Wheeler of San Diego, Calif., and Lynne Di Stasi of Schenectady, N.Y., and son-in-law, Robert Di Stasi; grandchildren: Jeffrey (and wife, Jes-sica) Di Stasi and Stephani Di Stasi (and her fiance, Ben Rower); sister, Jean Harvey; and several nieces and nephews.
Harry was born in Dunkirk, N.Y., on Oct. 7, 1920, son of the late Louis and Minnie (Miller) Marquardt, and remained a lifelong resident. He was a 1938 graduate of Dunkirk High School, and was em-ployed by both ALCO and A.J. Wahl Co. before his retirement in 1979.
Harry joined Irondequoit Lodge 301 Free & Accepted Masons (F&AM) in 1960 (master in 1968 and 1974) and received the Dedicated Service Award of the Grand Lodge F&AM of New York State in 1979. He was appointed district deputy grand master of the Chautauqua District in 1984-85 and was active in the district’s Masonic Council. He was a past presiding officer of both the Dunkirk York Rite and the Jamestown Scottish Rite, which bestowed upon him its Meritorious Service Award in 1981. Harry was the eldest member of the Red Cross of Constantine, an organization honoring those individuals who have presided over every division of the York Rite.
His other memberships included St. Mark’s Con-clave, the Dunkirk Commandery of Knights Templar, Jamestown Consistory, the Grand Chapter of the State of New York Royal Arch Masons and Ismailia Shrine of Buffalo.
Harry was an avid trumpet player and director of the Akbar Band of Dunkirk from 1933-75, a member of Ismailia Shrine band since 1964, and a valued member of the West Seneca Band until a few years ago. From 1975-87, he was editor of the Scottish Rite “Masonic News,” and a columnist for Ismailia Shrine “Smile” since 1985. He was a lifelong member of St. John’s United Church of Christ and a past treasurer of its council, as well as a church deacon and elder. Harry was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and devoted community member. He will be fondly remembered for his passion for life, incredible wisdom, and gifts of music, writing and drawing.
His many decades of community involvement and leadership will be deeply missed with his passing.
Calling hours will be from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, at the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home. The Masonic Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. during calling hours. Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 11 a.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery, Lakewood, N.Y.
Memorials may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ in memory of Harry W. Marquardt.