Anthony Quattrocchi, Heights fire commissioner, mourned

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by Laura Bollin
staff reporter

Anthony R. Quattrocchi, a member of the Palos Heights Fire Protection District Board of Commissioners, died on Nov. 11. He was 83.

Fire Chief Jack Nagle remembered Mr. Quattrocchi as a great person. “Tony had been serving as a commissioner since 1999, and he really had a passion for what he did here,”  Nagle said.

A message honoring Mr. Quattrocchi’s life was placed on the sign outside the Palos Heights Fire Protection District on Harlem Avenue. “Our deepest sympathy to the family of Com [Commissioner] Anthony Quattrocchi,” the sign read.

Mr. Quattrocchi’s grandson, Mark Wodka, noted that his Houses of Worship grandfather was a veteran of the Army.

“He was born on the Fourth of July, and he died on Veterans Day,”  Gene Dilling, Mr. Quattroc-chi’s son-in-law, noted.

Mr. Quattrocchi grew up in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. He attended De La Salle High School in Chicago, and De-Paul University. He worked as a sales representative in the steel industry. He married his wife, Therese, in 1971. Along with serving on the fire commission, Mr. Quattrocchi volunteered at Palos Community Hospital.

“He always told his grandkids, “I taught you everything, and you still don’t know anything!”  Dilling said.

Chief Nagle said Mr. Quattroc-chi’s responsibilities as a commissioner included participating in the hiring and disciplinary actions of the fire district. He and fellow commissioners conducted interviews with new hires.

Mr. Quattrocchi is survived by his wife, Therese, his daughter, Colleen, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held on Monday at the John Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home in Palos Heights. A funeral Mass was held at Incarnation Catholic Church in Palos Heights on Tuesday. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Mausoleum at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that people make donations to the Loyola University Medical Center’s Center for Home Care and Hospice. To make a donation, call 216-4983.

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