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Mark Quattro, 56, Attorney and Community Leader, Dies

The former selectman's sudden death is called 'a devastating loss.'

Mark H. Quattro, a well-known community businessman, former selectman, member of the Democratic party and community volunteer, passed away Thursday afternoon. 

"It's a devastating loss for the community," said Mary Tomolonius, who worked with Quattro on the Sam Collins Day Committee, the Democratic Party and more. "He touched so many people's lives. I'm just in a state of shock." 

A justice of the peace, Quattro was a longtime attorney in town.

Quattro's community involvement included serving on the Board of Selectmen, the Democratic Town Committee, The Lions Club, the Chamber of Commerce, Sam Collins Day committee and more. He was also an avid skier and golfer.

He died at the Chippanee Golf Club in Bristol. Many said it was a heart attack. 

"He was doing something he loved," Tomolonius said.

Julius Fialkiewicz, owner of Realty Works in Collinsville, worked with Quattro professionally but said he was also a great friend and advocate for the town. 

"We were just great friends," he said. "I'm going to miss him and the town's going to miss him. He's done an awful lot." 

Fialkiewicz, a Republican, said Quattro "spoke his mind" but was always respectful and professional, even when the two disagreed on an issue. 

Town Clerk Linda Smith interacted with Quattro regularly, not only through her job but also while her kids were growing up alongside Quattro's. In addition to the community and charity events, he was a big presence at games and school activities. 

"It's a great loss to the community," she said. "My heart goes out to his family." 

Kristen Garlans worked for him for 11 years. 

"Mark was just the kindest, most generous person I've ever met," she said. 

At his office Friday afternoon, there was still a state of shock. The office will handle any pending legal matters and questions at (860) 693-3836 but it was more a personal loss than anything.

"I looked for his car when I came in," Garlans said. "Nobody can believe it."

Legal assistant and office manager Fran Barrett, whom Quattro just called "boss" worked with Quattro for several years when he started at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy in 1981 and then when he started his own practice in 1989. 

"I just don't know what I'm going to do without him," she said. 

Lenny Isaac, an attorney with offices in West Hartford and Waterbury, stopped by to reminisce. He said the two worked together on various cases for more than 15 years. He remembered Quattro's passion for skiing. 

"He would fly across the world to find cold weather," Isaac said. 

Kristin Oswald, immediate past president at the chamber, remembers how Quattro provided legal counsel and review free of charge for the chamber. He was a member of the nominating and awards committee. She remembers how just this year, two members of the awards committee received awards — Dennis Cardello of Collinsville Savings Bank for Business person of the year and Marge (and Gordon) Harmon for service to Canton. Quattro managed to come up with different stories for each of them and keep the element of surprise for both, she said. 

"He was very clever," she said, adding that he always added humor to his chamber presentations. 

Oswald said Quattro was always generous, supporting the Made in Canton Booth at Sam Collins Day year after year. 

Phil Worley, executive director of the chamber, remembers how the organization's scholarship fund was $500 short this year. Without being asked Quattro donated the money so the organization could give two Canton High School seniors $1,000 each. 

"It was just the kind of guy he was," Worley said. 

Also a supporter of the arts, Collinsville artist and teacher Kate McAllister said he was treasurer for the Collinsville Artists Initiative, helped her receive a grant for a mini golf build-off event in Collinsville, and always had advice on how to manage the finances. He was the voice of reason, she said. 

"You had a lot of crazy artists running around and he was our concrete block," she said. 

Some members of McAllister's family also had memberships to the club in Bristol where he died and knew him through golf. 

"He was a really great guy and it's really sad," McAllister said. 

Quattro graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1973 and received a degree in Urban Studies from the University of Connecticut and a law degree from Georgetown. 

He and wife Linda have two children. 

Quattro would have turned 57 tomorrow (Saturday, June 23), but sadly, his Facebook page is filled with condolences rather than birthday wishes. 

Quattro recently spoke to Canton High School seniors at a voter registration session. Although speaking for the Democratic Party he pointed out the "black eyes" of many famous presidents, including Native American relationships under Andrew Jackson and the Japanese internment camps authorized by Franklin D. Roosevelt. 

He told the students to be independent thinkers regardless of party and said he still believed he and they could make a difference. 

He told the students, "Get out there and change the world." 

Quattro's obituary and funeral arrangements can be viewed here. 

Wyatt June 22, 2012 at 04:02 PM
What a tragedy. My heart goes out to Mark's family and many friends and acquaintances. Though I only knew him professionally, he has been a tireless advocate for his community and an outstanding, model citizen. My deepest condolences.
Lowell Humphrey June 22, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Such sad news. Mark defined the term 'community service' and Canton is a better place due to his efforts. My condolences to the entire Quattro family. RIP Mark.
Andrew Ziemba June 22, 2012 at 07:12 PM
He was always such a nice guy. Super busy all the time it seemed. A true businessman.
David Sinish June 22, 2012 at 07:49 PM
What Mark gave so freely to Canton was priceless. He taught us all so much about love of Community and Family...and a whole lot about History. Volunteers are difficult to find, great contributors are so very rare. Mark, thank you for all you have done for us.
Freddi Smith June 22, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Mark Quattro was bigger than life. He worked tirelessly for his community, he was passionate about his family and he met all challenges with zeal. An incredible athlete, he traveled to find the greatest moments on the slopes, the fairways and the mountains. He conducted his law practice with professionalism that reflected the intelligence and skills of his experience. Mark was a kind man with a caring heart. He had a wonderful sense of humor and knowing him was nothing short of a gift. I can't help but think how lucky the seniors at Canton HS were to have a genuine role model speak to them. And I feel very lucky not only to have known him, but to call him "friend." I hope that his family will accept my heartfelt condolences.
Peter Smirniotopoulos June 22, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Mark is one of my best friends. We attended Georgetown Law together, were housemate for most of that time, went skiing together, and have remained close friends ever since graduating in 1981. He was one of the funniest and most easy going guys I know, and his laugh could put a smile on anyone's face. We spoke often, and it was clear how much he loved his wife and two children. My heart is broken by the news of Mark's passing, and my sincere condolences go out to Linda, his children, Nick and Alana, and to everyone in the Canton community who knew and loved him. He will forever be missed.
Ingrid Sidoti June 22, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Canton has lost a very, very special person who was caring & devoted to his Family & Community
arnie June 23, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Lost: A good friend, a good counselor and a good man. R.I.P. Mark. I will never forget you. Condolences to Linda, Alana and Nicki, your parents, siblings extended family and friends.
Joe Casorio June 23, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Condolences to the Quattros, Mark was a wonderful parent and supporter of his children. Thank you for his support to our family and community. He will be missed! Joe Casorio
Marcie Shepard June 23, 2012 at 11:23 AM
At the young age of 56, Mark Quattro left an amazing legacy - of lending a hand, of loving his family, and of leaving people laughing. What a difference his life made. He will be sorely missed by so many. Marcie
Jill Goldman June 23, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Jill Goldman It's hard to imagine this world without Mark in it. He was a good man who touched each one of our lives in so many ways. The Goldman family will always treasure the great friend we had in him and special memories shared with the Quattro's. Our hearts are heavy with grief. He will never be forgotten and missed beyond words!! Condolences to Linda, Alana, Nick and family. Jill, Arnie, Allison & Bryan
Shirley Krompegal June 23, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Mark will live in our hearts forever. He was a kind, thoughtful, giving man who adored his wife and children. He was a special friend and an excellent counselor. Our sympathies to Linda, Alana and Nick. Fred and Shirley Krompegal ..
Julius Fialkiewicz June 23, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Man you were always late for everything why did you rush this. Linda,Alana & Nick you are in our thoughts. jr &gail
Sara Sheas June 23, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I worked with you on many projects around Collinsville, Mark, and you assisted greatly with many legal matters including the purchase of my first home. Rest in Peace my friend. Very sorry to hear this sad news.
kcn June 23, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Mark was a role model for all of us, sharing and caring with everyone...and bringing that wonderful, smooth, handsome personality to make each event a better one. Our deepest sympathies to Linda, Alana, Nick and family... ...the Nappi family
mike kozlowski June 23, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Mark,Thank-You for your dedication and interest with our "Scouts', Mike Kozlowski former scoutmaster troop 177 Canton, Ct.
Michael Czorniak June 23, 2012 at 08:46 PM
mark and i went to unconn together, through unfortunate circumstances we re-kindled our friendship with a death of another friend, larry reitman aka "needles", two years ago...mark and i shared an absolute passion for skiing and, he and his daughter was able to spend the last the 2 marches in snowbird, utah skiing with my wife and I...his excitement for skiing was immense with both of us telling stories of skiing the steep and the deep all over the US and Canada, each of us trying to outdo the other with our near crashes, how steep we skied, and how deep or the great the snow was trying to put to shame others who were 30 yrs younger than us, others stared at us with amusement at our enthusiasm and excitement for skiing, each of us egging the other one for a newly discovered trial or slope that was steeper or more nasty or deeper with snow than the previous one...our motto was "steep and deep"...tears are forming in my eyes, i just wish that they were snowflakes instead of tears for mark, i will miss a great skiing partner but also miss a great lawyer, gracious human, wonderful husband and father...my truly deepest sympathy to his wife and two children...michael and dawn czorniak
Mayan Antonucci June 24, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Mayan Antonucci Mark your big smile…… You will be deeply missed around town and giving your extensive time volunteering and spirit, admiration for the town of Canton. Linda, Alana, and Nick you are in our thoughts. Mayan, Joey and Allie Antonucci
Emil Huyghebaert June 24, 2012 at 07:20 PM
My family is very sorry to see that Mark has passed away. He was one of the good guys that exemplified what “Good Citizenship” was in the Town of Canton. He always had something to say and nearly always had a smile on his face. In Boy Scouts we look to Cheerful Service as a path to Good Citizenship. That was Mark Quattro. Rest in Peace friend. Our prayers are with his family. Emil Huyghebaert Scoutmaster Troop 77
Theresa Sullivan Barger June 24, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Mark embodied citizenship, service, caring for others & devotion to his community & family. Canton benefitted from his generosity -- he gave so much of his time & resources. But even more we benefitted from his spirit -- his ability to disagree without being disagreeable. Our prayers & sympathy are with his family, friends, colleagues & clients. Our town is left with a void that can't be filled. Glenn, Theresa, Andrew, Emily & Brian Barger
Attorney Kimball Haines Hunt June 25, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Mark, in his practice of law, was a colleague who was consistently candid, thorough, and dependable, in a profession that is frequently fraught with contention and the exhalting of tactical advantage. His unexpected passing is sad and disorienting. Attorney Kim Hunt
Greg Boyko June 25, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Mark was a wonderful blend of intellect, humor and compassion.His passing is a great loss for all who knew him. Canton is a poorer place today. My deepest sympathies to his entire family. Greg Boyko
John Fitts (Editor) June 27, 2012 at 02:12 AM
The number of people who came out to the calling hours and service made it apparent just how many lives Mark touched. He was always good to me and we had some nice conversations recently, including one at LaSalle just before the Fireplace closing. I also send my sympathies to Mark’s family.

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