"The Admiral" Sets Sail to Make Final Voyage
Bible readings were given by his sons-in-law and his brother, Leonard Quadracci, who directs Quad/Med, an on-site medical clinic for Quad employees and their families. Near the end of the service, his brother Tom Quadracci—who has now assumed the role of Quad/Graphics' president and CEO—gave a moving eulogy, followed by three of Harry's four children. "Heaven, watch out for Harry," he proclaimed, referring to his flamboyant brother who possessed an insatiable zest for life. "Harry did not just live life. He attacked life. And with such great energy, he did nothing in a small way."
There was hardly a dry eye in the church as each child recalled growing up with their almost larger-than-life father. Kathryn Quadracci-Flores, a surgeon, spoke of how many times people had told her how much they admired her father. "To me, he was just my dad," Quadracci-Flores revealed to the mourners. "He wasn't a storybook dad, a perfect dad, and he certainly wasn't a 'Leave-it-to-Beaver dad. But he was always there for me." Harry's youngest daughter, Elizabeth, who works in Quad/Graphics' New York City sales office, followed her older sister. Born the same year Quad/Graphics was founded and now engaged to be married, she spoke of their last venture together to shop for her wedding dress. "We did make it down this aisle together," she sobbed, "just not the way we had planned."
Son Joel Quadracci, vice president of print sales, concluded the family eulogy. "Some people say you built Quad/Graphics brick by brick," he related about his father's emphasis on the importance of a well-trained, customer-driven work force. "But that's not true; you built this company person by person."
Joel also related how Harry taught him the importance of humility and respect for people of all walks of life. Those in attendance knew that Harry was a big believer in continuous employee education, benefits like on-site day care centers and health and dental clinics, and in promoting from within, rather than hiring managers from outside the company. He also believed senior management should empower workers with the best equipment available, and then get out of their way.