Harry W. Marquardt
Harry W. Marquardt, 92, of Greco Lane, Dunkirk, NY died peacefully on August 11, 2013 in Schenectady, NY 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, CA and Lynne Di Stasi of Schenectady, NY; son-in-law Robert Di Stasi; grandchildren Jeffrey (and wife, Jessica) Di Stasi and Stephani Di Stasi (and her fiance, Ben Rower); sister, Jean Harvey; and several nieces and nephews.Harry was born in Dunkirk, NY on October 7, 1920, son of the late Louis and Minnie (Miller) Mar-quardt and remained a lifelong resident. He was a 1938 graduate of Dunkirk High School and was employed by both ALCO and A.J. Wahl Co. before his re-tirement 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 Chautauqua District in 1984-1985 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 Conclave, the Dunkirk Commandery of Knights Templar, Jamestown Consistory, the Grand Chapter of the State of New York Royal Arch Ma-sons and Ismailia Shrine of Buffalo. Harry was an avid trumpet player and director of
the Akbar Band of Dunkirk from 1933 to 1975, a member of Ismailia Shrine band since 1964, and a valued member of the West Seneca Band until a few years ago. From 1975 to 1987, he was editor of the Scottish Rite “Masonic News,” and a columnist for Ismailia Shrine “Smile” since 1985. He was a life long 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, fa-ther 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 de-cades 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, August 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, New York. Memorials may be made to St. John’s United
Church of Christ in memory of Harry W. Marquardt.